Engineering or pre-law

<p>I'm stuck between these two. I've always really enjoyed math and science in high school but I've had no calc. But at the same time I took a con law class in high school and really enjoyed it, I'm not the most adversarial guy though, it usually depended on the topic we were arguing that decided how much I said. I'm in LSA now so I'm working on the pre-req's for transfer to engineering. I have math 115, chem 130,125/126,eng 125, and urop for first term. Does this mean I waste time in LSA or if I go into engineering I can just continue? What do you guys think, should I just stay LSA and go the pre-law track? Thanks.</p>

<p>Why not study engineering and then go to law school anyway?</p>

<p>Patent lawyers make the most dough.</p>

<p>If I transfer to engineering do I have to make up the however many terms spent in LSA?</p>

<p>Well, you'll have some of those pre-reqs, you'll have your 16 HU/SS presumably, you'll be alright for transfer.</p>

<p>"Why not study engineering and then go to law school anyway?"</p>

<p>"Patent lawyers make the most dough."</p>

<p>Pretty much sums it up.</p>

<p>I second what Emaheevul07 said, why don't you do pre-law AND an engineering major?</p>

<p>There really is no pre law track. You can major in ANYTHING and apply to every law school in the US. You just need to do well and get a good LSAT score.</p>

<p>one potential problem with the engineering -> law school track though is that it is much, much harder to get a good gpa in engineering than in liberal arts, and law school is very numbers driven</p>

<p>It is truly a myth that lawyers must be adversarial in nature.</p>

<p>Often, lawyers appear to be adversarial so they can protect their clients and take the blame for perceived non-cooperation. For example, I know the CEO of a large company who was a lawyer by training--but he still had a lawyer with him when necessary to say, "I'm sorry, but I can't allow my client to answer that question." Having a lawyer with the client also means the client can ask for a break to consult with his lawyer--even if he really just wants an excuse for a break, or time to think about the issue. </p>

<p>Many lawyers never represent a client in court (In 7 years of practicing law, I never went to court for a client.) Particularly in a field such as patent law, a lot of time would be spent advising the client and dealing with government agencies. </p>

<p>While practicing business law, I was involved in negotiations, but it wasn't too difficult for a nice person like me. For example, I would go through a document I had drafted with the lawyer for the other party and he or she would take notes and talk to his or her client. Then he or she would let me know the areas of agreement, and I'd talk to my client about the areas still up in the air. Sometimes the business people would get together to work out the sticky issues. Sometimes I'd have to explain the legal basis for our position. I never raised my voice; nobody ever yelled at me; we never came to blows; the other attorneys were usually (but not always) extremely polite. My role was to advise my client and explain my client's position to the other party. I enjoyed working with other people toward the same goal of closing the transaction.</p>

<p>Lawyers do have a duty to represent each client zealously. Explaining a client's position clearly and to the best of your ability is not the same as being adversarial toward others, however. </p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>Ah thank you so much for your input, especially Schokolade. And does anyone know the average engineering student's GPA?</p>

<p>The average is a 2.9.</p>

<p>is 2.9 the average engineering gpa at Michigan?</p>

<p>Yes... ... ...</p>

<p>do law school admissions give some leeway for engineers because of their significantly lower GPA's?</p>

<p>yeah, I'd think (hope) the admissions people would consider course rigor, and see that engineering is harder than LSA?</p>

<p>Well, if you're applying for patent law you're competing with other Engineering and Science majors anyway right?</p>

<p>I would think that graduate schools in general recognize the hit engineers take in gpa. I knew a guy that was doing aero at michigan last year, and wanted to do patent law. Got into Northwestern Law with a 3.1 and a 170 lsat.</p>

<p>A 170 LSAT is very high... I imagine that GPA was still a negative.</p>

<p>Yeah, the GPA prob was still a negative, but I'm saying that in general an engineer is going to get some leeway in terms of grade point. I highly doubt that he would have gotten accepted if he had a similar gpa from lsa.</p>