*HELP ME* Major decision/help with alternatives!

<p>So as a backup major from Pre-Med, I've been putting pre-law, which has also interested me. I noticed that some of the colleges i'm interested in do not offer pre-law, and was wondering what major I could put instead?</p>

<p>pre law isn't a major</p>

<p>yeah it is, you can major usually in pre-med, pre-law, pre-pharmacy, and pre-dental (there may be more but those are the most common ones i believe) it just prepares you for law school, med school etc. and the tests to get into them</p>

<p>For all the pre- paths, you can major in whatever you want as long as you get all of the pre-reqs needed for law or medical school. Maybe English, though? That would be useful for law school.</p>

<p>I was just wondering what classes would best prepare me for law school instead of a major geared toward getting into law school... like what should I major in do you know what the pre-reqs are?</p>

<p>There are no pre-reqs to law. Build a curriculum that makes you develop critical thinking skills and then do well on the LSAT.</p>

<p>economics
philosophy</p>

<p>I dont think there are pre reqs besides getting good grades and lsat</p>

<p>A lot of law students studied history or political science as undergrads, but I know one who was a chemical engineer!
The previous posters are correct, pre-law is not typically a major. It is helpful if the college has a good advising program for "pre" students (law, medical, dental etc.).</p>

<p>actually there is no pre-med major, but there are "pre-med" majors, only i think ND offers a pre-med major</p>

<p>I'm going to agree that pre-med isn't a major. Major in whatever you want and take the pre-med classes to be on a pre-med path. Check out the pre-med forum on this site for a couple of good "getting started" threads.</p>

<p>ok! thank you everyone!
and I'm not sure if the pre- majors are genuine "majors" but they offer that program so I've just been saying that I want to major in them since theyre just specific majors built toward being accepted to medical school, law school, etc.
ALSO if I wanted to do a pre- major that is "self made" like the program offered at the University of Connecticut, could I combine like english, history and those types to create my own sort of "pre-law" program?</p>

<p>Students in Economics and Philosophy usually score high on the LSAT</p>

<p>Honestly, pre-law as a backup for pre-med seems like "I just want to make money". Think about what appeals to you about medicine, and then find two related majors -- is it helping people? Maybe psychology and public health. Is it the science? Maybe biology and chemistry . . .</p>

<p>To be completely honest, I love both science and law. I can't decide so I think I'm just applying undecided and trying to feel both of them out. I'm doing a medical internship and love biology but i'm not sure if i can handle that sort of pressure, you know? I think i'm starting to lean towards law because i love it equally! :)</p>

<p>There are a lot of other careers in science (even health) and law/ethics/policy, so be sure to branch out and explore other things.</p>

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I'm not sure if the pre- majors are genuine "majors" but they offer that program so I've just been saying that I want to major in them since theyre just specific majors built toward being accepted to medical school, law school, etc.

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<p>But they aren't. They are concentrations, or tracks, or preparation programs, but not majors. All schools will require you to major in something else (like biology, philosophy, environmental science, engineering, etc.) and then you can be on the "pre-med" or "pre-law" track. Furthermore, pre-med is a specified track because medical schools have set prerequisites, but law schools have no such prerequisites. So any "pre-law" track is just a set of recommended classes that a college thinks would prepare a student well for law school. They aren't requirements.</p>

<p>Recommended for law school admissions:</p>

<p>-Any classes that teach you how to think logically. Mathematics and mathematically oriented classes are good, as are classes in philosophy.
-Classes that teach you how government systems work. Political science offers these classes, but so will public administration and public policy departments/schools.
-Classes that teach you how to write well, since you will do a lot of that in law school. English is an obvious choice, but many humanities and social science departments require a lot of writing (anthro, sociology, history, political science, etc.)</p>

<p>Also, if you have interest in a particular kind of law having a major or minor that relates to that is a good idea. People interested in intellectual property law may want to major in engineering or a physical science. People interested in environmental policy and law may major in environmental studies and ecology. Students with an interest in science policy may major in a natural science. Those interested in corporate and finance law may choose a business-related major, and so on.</p>

<p>Most colleges do offer the option to create your own major, but some schools have stricter requirements than others. For example, my college required that you explain why none of the existing majors worked for you (so in your case, they would ask you why you couldn't just double-major in English and history). Also, most colleges will require your self-created major to be some coherent body of work covering both breadth and depth in a specialized field. Simply wanting to take equal amounts of classes in English and history wouldn't be enough - but let's say you wanted to major in American studies, but your university didn't have that major, and you created a major related to American studies from classes in English, history, political science, and sociology - you could do that. </p>

<p>It doesn't seem like you actually need to create an independent major to do what you want to do, though. Select a major in one of your interests and just take your electives in other areas that will prepare you well for law and/or medical school.</p>