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prelaw = BAD for law school admissions

waiting_waitingwaiting_waiting Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
edited April 2007 in Law School
well, i keep hearing law admission officers CRINGE when they see prelaw students apply. so waht do i do then? lawschool or not im going to major in english and economics (double major). but should i leave it at this or pursue prelaw?
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Replies to: prelaw = BAD for law school admissions

  • Student615Student615 Registered User Posts: 1,885 Senior Member
    Basically, there's just no *need* for future law students to pursue pre-law (similarly, related fields like criminal justice). There are no pre-reqs to law school. Schools would like to see that you're prepared for the rigor of a legal education. They want to see that you're a strong writer, that you can handle lots of reading, that you have strong analytical skills...they don't care that you've memorized XYZ case decisions or the names of all the supreme court justices (though certainly this is not everything there is to all pre-law programs).

    This isn't to say that pre-law (and criminal justice, etc.) can't lead to their own valuable places, or that they can't be valid programs, but they tend not to strengthen the skills that law schools want in their students.

    Pursuing a double major in English and econ is just fine. It's great. Pursuing a quadrople major in math, fashion design, philosophy, and underwater basket weaving is okay, too. Such is the beauty of law school. Good luck!
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,407 Senior Member
    Pre-law is not a major but a concentration of courses at some colleges that are recommended as you pursue any other traditional major. Admissions personnel at law schools do not cringe at pre-law. However, they don't give it any extra weight either. In other words, having pre-law neither adds to nor subtracts from your application. The more interesting issue is whether colleges that promote their pre-law programs to entice students should be required to attach a warning that says: this really means nothing as to whether you will get into law school.
  • Student615Student615 Registered User Posts: 1,885 Senior Member

    There are a number of admissions quotes in the above article that show some distaste for pre-law (which is usually a concentration/track, but occasionally a major) and explain a little bit about why. As drusba was getting towards, pursuing another major while also following a pre-law track wouldn't hurt you (but it probably wouldn't add anything, either).
  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Registered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    There do exist some majors at some schools that are called "Prelaw". These are bad.
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