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Double major in Education and English for law school?

orrounorroun Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
Hello,

I am currently a senior interested in double majoring in education and English. I know for law schools they say that you may major in whatever you like as long as you have a high LSAT score and GPA. I plan to practice the LSAT throughout all my years in college to practice the LSAT and plan to volunteer abroad and teach abroad as well. Would top law schools not consider me so much because of my majors?

Thank you for everyone's advice and opinions.

I dream to be able to attend the top 14 law schools.

Replies to: Double major in Education and English for law school?

  • orrounorroun Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    I am sorry there is a mistake in one of the sentences. Excuse that. Thank you
  • evergreen5evergreen5 Registered User Posts: 306 Member
    You may major in whatever you like. Generally, I would suggest choosing a major as if you were NOT planning on law school later.
  • TempeMomTempeMom Registered User Posts: 2,759 Senior Member
    Your major is basically irrelevant. Don't do a double major because you think it will help for law school and seriously consider whether it will end up costing more (which is a bad thing).
  • runnersmomrunnersmom Registered User Posts: 1,686 Senior Member
    I'm not sure how many times people need to say it for students to believe it...major doesn't matter. Do well in college, consider getting some work experience after graduation, and kill the LSAT (or GRE, I guess, for the schools that accept it).
  • HappyAlumnusHappyAlumnus Registered User Posts: 1,100 Senior Member
    I disagree with some of the responses above. I graduated from Harvard and do not know any classmates who majored in education. I'd stick with majoring only in English unless you plan to teach as a back-up.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 20,897 Super Moderator
    edited October 8
    Harvard and a lot of the other T-14 now take a number of TFAs into their classes. There seems to be no harm in being a teacher/ed major especially if OP decides to teach before attending law school.
  • HappyAlumnusHappyAlumnus Registered User Posts: 1,100 Senior Member
    TFA is not the same as being an education major; there were plenty of JET program alumni when I was at HLS.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 24,956 Senior Member
    edited October 9
    It's unclear why you feel a need to do a dbl major that includes education. You don't need an official major in it to take enough classes to certify, if that's a goal. Nor do you need that for TFA.

    Also, nowadays, a good education program overlaps with some pysch and social sciences. As a hs student, you may not realize that. You might wait til you're in college to make this decision, explore first.

    Maybe a different way to look at it is that law school requires analytical strengths. Build those.
  • orrounorroun Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    edited October 13
    Hello, Sorry for the late responses. I just saw many answers now. Well first off, THATS AMAZING THAT YOU GRADUATED FROM HARVARD and well for someone who attended I have read articles from Yale for people who attended/attending their law school said that they were majoring in a wide variety of things from physics to drama. So I do plan to work a lot on my analytical skills. Do you have any advice for me to prepare for my future.

    Thank you @HappyAlumnus
  • orrounorroun Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    edited October 13
    Hello, thank you for your response. What does TFA mean. I do not understand. Elaborate. @sybbie719
  • orrounorroun Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    @sybbie719 May you please explain to me what TFA and JET means?
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 20,897 Super Moderator
    TFA Teach for America
    JET Japan Exchange and Teaching
  • HappyAlumnusHappyAlumnus Registered User Posts: 1,100 Senior Member
    edited October 13
    @orroun, go ahead and major in education. You won't end up in a top-10 law school. Education is viewed as an "easy" major, like criminal justice, that doesn't attract the sharpest students.

    My advice for your future is not to mouth off at people who are trying to be helpful to you, and to pay attention to what people are trying to tell you, and to improve your analytical skills. So you read that people at Yale majored in things from physics to drama? Of course they majored in a lot of things, but not "easy" majors such as education and criminal justice which don't attract the best and the brightest.

    So go for it and major in education. How can you be a senior and not know what TFA and JET mean?
  • HappyAlumnusHappyAlumnus Registered User Posts: 1,100 Senior Member
    edited October 15
    Also, @orroun, you asked if "top law schools" would consider you. I mentioned that I went to Harvard simply because that seemed relevant for your question.

    But go ahead, please be sure to major in education.
    Post edited by skieurope on
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