Best Undergrad Major For Law School (and College Degree)



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Not all lawyers knew they wanted to be lawyers when they were young. But a select few knew that they had to go into law.

But before you can go to law school, you need to go to college. And law school is its own beast.

So if you are a high school student or college student who knows that you want to be a lawyer, what major should you choose? What degree best prepares you for doing well in law school?

Today we’re going to discuss the right major and degree for anyone that knows that law school is in their future.

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  1. Thank you Legal Eagle. But, I think the consensus is that Philosophy is one of the more popular majors. Having studied it myself I believe that it indeed reigns supreme. But, if you have time pick up a philosophy book for table talk and you might find yourself really interested in the subject matter. Philosophy itself is great and one of my favorite philosophers was Aristotle.

  2. currently studying philosophy and public speaking in hopes for law school, ur videos have been really nice to get myself excited for the concept of going into law!

  3. I'm not from the united states but I'd really love to go to law school there. It has come to my attention now that you apparently need a college major to enter law school? I'm unfamiliar with the US system and i don't really understand. I thought you go to university after Highschool

  4. Philosophy majors score higher on the LSAT and the Bar exam. I actually had a philosophy professor who got a higher grade on her LSAT by challenging her test scores and arguing for each of her answers.

  5. Poli-sci student here! Pre-law B.A. However, when I chose my degree I had not yet decided to attend law school, but, once I got into classes, I quickly realized that I finally wanted to take my parents advice and become a lawyer. They’ve told me since I was 3 that I would be a lawyer someday. Something about me being a little sh*t that argued over every little thing.

  6. I’m almost done with my bachelors degree in Business Management.

    I’ve explored different degrees and it is taken a long time to get to my final semester.

    Unfortunately, straight out of high school, college was not a priority. My grades were poor in science and math but high in psychology. I went through my first two years aimed at being a psychology major, and did well there, but with my other courses my GPA was not great. It was right about a 3.0.
    Fast forward, add a marriage, and add working in the field and deciding psychology wasn’t great. I’m at a 4.0 in my business major and will likely end with slightly below that 3.8ish after my last semester.
    The average comes out to be about 3.5 from what I can see on my transcript.
    My concern is that my first couple of years will impact any pursuit into law school as I began to navigate this trajectory. Could this negatively impact getting into a law school? I understand the LSAT matters and that I wouldn’t get into something like Harvard.

  7. Yeahhhh I’ve noticed the ‘it depends’ thing. I was given the opportunity to shadow a few lawyers in my area since I was really interested in the field. I was allowed to follow two around for two sessions, a prosecutor who took me to court with him one day and kept me in his office to ask questions another, and a civil lawyer who mostly did personal injury who had me do the very basic of work and had me again stay in his office one day for me to ask questions. On the days where I didn’t sit there and watch, most of my questions were met with “Depends on a few things” “In what situation do you mean?” “There’s a lot of answers to that” “Maybe an example would help to explain that, but keep in mind it’s not always like this”

    So I was both getting a grasp on what things were and horribly confused at the same time? And it was great.

  8. Very non-traditional student here. Returning to school and have decided to go to law school. My question isn’t about what major to choose, but what undergrad school to choose. Ultimately right now I am currently attending the University of Arizona Global Campus. I have three kids and a full time profession. I’m wondering if top law schools tend to not admit students from these types of institutions despite grades and lsat scores. Should I consider transferring to a more traditional university?

  9. I would recommend Philosophy. Most of the LSAT was formal logic and law school writings are basic deductive arguments with an added technical layer of applying rules to facts. In a sense, the law, at least the theoretical aspects focused on in law school, is basically philosophy applied in real life.

  10. I've been in the Banking IT industry for the past 23 years. I've been accepted to the Texas A&M School of Law for the M. JUR. – Cybersecurity Law and Management program. As a non-lawyer, I am still a bit skeptical about the time and financial investment vs. career growth potential. Can you provide some insight into the benefits or risks of law degrees for non-lawyers?

  11. I’m a politics & law major, I’m also a history buff. Nonetheless I do want to become a lawyer and hopefully of owning my own law firm in life that’s what I’m striving for, also almost done with undergrad and we’ll see where this goes.

  12. I studied history during the undergraduate and I found History major is well-prepared for law schools. It trains your ability in writing, reading comprehension, research, and logical reasoning, basically everything you need for law schools.

  13. I'm studying Political Science because when I was younger I read that Hillary Clinton studied it for her undergrad then went to law school for her post grad,

    NB; I'M IN AFRICA, HOPEFULLY I CAN APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP PAST MY UNDERGRAD

  14. 3L Law student here. I agree with most of what he said. No one major will make you excel at law school, but some majors are unquestionably more useful than others. If you study American history, you will have a leg up on everyone else, because you will already understand the historical context of the cases you read and the historical evolution of the US Constitution. Likewise, if you complete an English major that focuses on composition, your writing will be much better than many of your fellow students. Finally, the one major that is absolutely useless is Legal Studies. You need to learn how to read efficiently and write effectively if you want to excel in law school, and Legal Studies doesn't teach you either of these things.

  15. I am about a year away from having my English degree and I have taken a few political science classes and I am potentially interested in a career in politics and I see law school as a potential gateway into that field. It also seems a lot better than teaching. I thought I would do creative writing but I figure I can always write books whether poetry fiction nonfiction etc with a law degree on the side. My other option would be either a creative writing or English literature master's but not really sure about how worthwhile those are either.

  16. Well I'm majoring in English literature and I'm working on a legal studies minor that they offer at my college as well I hope this is a good preparation for law school

  17. Do not go thousands of dollars in debt for a useless degree just because you like it. Lots of people drop out of law school or need to make money before they attend law school, get a good degree or else you're screwed

  18. I would like to note that fi you are transferring in undergrad your major matters. Top colleges will be a bit more impressed in a challenging major that you do well in as opposed to a less challenging major that you do well in. It all depends on how competitive the school that you are transferring into is.

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