Any thoughts on legal studies?

<p>So now I have decided to pursue a degree in legal studies despite my father telling to major in business and my uncle recommending engineer (who by the way is an engineer). I just better be making the right decision. Business seems so boring even though grads make bank. Engineering is not attractive because I don't like making stuff. Well wish me good luck</p>

<p>Do you want to be a lawyer? Because law schools usually look down on any explicitly pre-law major. You'd be better off majoring in something else, anything else, it really does not matter what.</p>

<p>Yes I do want to go to law school. I read on the legal studies department website that this major is not a pre-law major</p>

<p>If you want to attend law school, DO NOT major in Legal Studies.</p>

<p>Better options include Philosophy (probably the best), English, and Rhetoric.</p>

<p>DO not major in Philosophy unless you want an Engineering-like GPA. It's hands down the hardest humanities.</p>

<p>Ah right, forgot I was in the Berkeley forum for a moment. Philosophy here is tough.</p>

<p>Matt, it's true that we have a fairly rigorous Legal Studies program taught by professors from one of the top law schools in the country. But with that said, many law schools will still look at it as a pre-law major and frown upon it.</p>

<p>Pick a major that can give you synergies in law. Engineering opens up patent law and it doesn't even have to be hands-on; something theoretical like physics works too. My friends in Haas tell me that the material they learn is fairly boring and not that advanced, so you'd probably feel the same way about straight-up business. However you can study rigorous economics which are much more interesting. Or you could get some kind of mathematical/statistical background since most lawyers lack that.</p>

<p>Of course GPA is king, so major in what can get you a high GPA.</p>

<p>I'm just curious - why do law schools dislike pre-law, and since they do, why are there so many pre-law majors around, unless pre-law can go elsewhere besides being a lawyer?</p>

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I'm just curious - why do law schools dislike pre-law, and since they do, why are there so many pre-law majors around, unless pre-law can go elsewhere besides being a lawyer?

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<p>Well, the idea is that if you have a skill in another area, then you can be more well rounded as a lawyer and a person. </p>

<p>It's a load of crap in my honest opinion. Do what you love and what you're good at, because a 4.0, in the end, is still a 4.0.</p>

<p>I see, thanks.</p>

<p>Yes, that logic does seem somewhat strained.</p>

<p>Out of curiosity, why is it so commonly understood that law schools look down upon "pre-law" majors? i guess i've heard that med schools are interested in applicants that majored in things other than biology, but never that they "frown" on it. ??</p>

<p>mkapur, read two lines above you.</p>