McGill undergrad- American Law School

<p>I'm from Philadelphia, PA and applied to McGill. I am 95% sure I want to go to law school after receiving my degree(s) in Economics/Political Science. I have heard, well, not so great things about McGill's econ program, so if anyone could provide any information on that it would be appreciated. My main concern is will an American law school look down upon a degree from McGill? I personally doubt it because McGill is a highly regarded university worldwide but I just want to make sure. I have applied to Penn, USC, Cornell, NYU, McGill, PSU, and La Salle. I am optimistic at my chances at McGill, have already been accepted to Penn State Main, and also have been accepted to La Salle. From those I have spoken to, I believe I may be offered a full scholarship to La Salle, so it is going to be an interesting decision come April. Any help would be appreciated. </p>

<p>P.S. anyone know about visiting McGill? What kind of programs do they have for prospective students who have to travel a long way to get there?</p>

<p>A degree from McGill would be fully recognized and highly regarded by any American law school. A degree from LaSalle would be too if you have a GPA and LSAT score that is high enough.</p>

<p>As for McGill economics, if what you hear is from reading some threads here on CC, remember that these opinions are mostly coming from other high school seniors who consider themselves to be experts on academia and career preparation. A few may be coming from students who were denied admmission to McGill or who flunked out.</p>

<p>The only slight negative about McGill is that if you plan on being a lawyer in America, it would be better to study AMERICAN political science and AMERICAN history, because those are kind of like pre-law subjects. You should acquire a basic understanding of the AMERICAN system of government. </p>

<p>For a million reasons, I would not advise you to go to law school, but if that is the way you want to go, McGill will be more than fine, with the above caveat.</p>

<p>Actually, McGill does offer courses in US politics in addition to Canadian and worlwide politics:</p>

<p>POLI 325D2 Government & Politics: U.S.
Syllabus: Poli 325 Winter 2012 [.pdf]
POLI 425 Topics in American Politics
Syllabus: Poli 425 Fall 2011 [.pdf]
POLI 635 Theories of U.S. Politics
Syllabus: Poli 635 Winter 2012 [.pdf]
POLI 199 FYS:Inside Political Campaigns
Syllabus: Poli 199 Fall 2011 [.pdf]
<a href="https://secureweb.mcgill.ca/politicalscience/sites/mcgill.ca.politicalscience/files/poli_199_fall_2011.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;https://secureweb.mcgill.ca/politicalscience/sites/mcgill.ca.politicalscience/files/poli_199_fall_2011.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>In fact, a recent McGill grad is currently running for Congress in Illinois:
<a href="http://www.alumnilive365.mcgill.ca/2012/01/18/ilya-sheyman-ba-06/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.alumnilive365.mcgill.ca/2012/01/18/ilya-sheyman-ba-06/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Indeed there is only one section in the PolSci course which is specific to Canadian politics, the rest are internationally focused as they would be at any university.</p>

<p>A quick look revealed at least 20 different undergraduate courses at McGill specifically on American history, which is probably more than most US colleges have. </p>

<p>My bigger concern about applying to an American law school after an undergrad degree at McGill would be that McGill's grade inflation has not been as generous as most US schools, which might put you at a disadvantage.</p>

<p>I have the same question, so please answer away! :)</p>

<p>Thanks for all of the posts so far. And I have heard about the grade inflation being lower at McGill. While I would obviously hope it was as good as most American schools in terms of grade inflation, it won't be a factor in the decision.
Waiting to hear back from Cornell, Penn, USC, McGill... got into La Salle, PSU main... there were a few others too but these are the schools I will be choosing from. Decision making sucks.</p>