What is the relative success rate of individuals of finding a good job as a legal consultant?
I appreciate law and am very interested in the fields of both political science and business. I intend to pursue both as an undergrad in a double major. I also attend to go to law school, however am not sure that I would practice as a true lawyer.
I honestly don't know the answer to your question. However, I'd like to encourage you to actually practice law for a few years before becoming a consultant. Why? Because learning is a never-ending process, and, when you are fresh out of school, you will be competing for consulting jobs with people who have both an education and experience. It will not be easy - especially if you intend to make a living at it. You will need to have a special skill/knowledge to offer to make them want to come to you.
I am speaking in general terms, about law in general. However, I imagine you could possibly become a statistician sort of consultant - one who tells the candidates about their image and how they are doing in the election. But, you don't need law school for that. The idea behind becoming a lawyer after finishing law school, at least in part, is to earn enough to pay off the student loans. Law School is very expensive.
While there will be many things you learn in school, there will be many more that you don't. How does plea bargaining work? What are the local DA's tendencies in that regard? Working for a few years will help you gain an understanding of the "real world," and I highly recommend it!
"Legal consultant" is pretty vague- what kind of consulting do you want to do? Are you planning to go to law school? What kind of service(s) to you want to provide? The success rate of finding (and keeping!) and job varies greatly, and it's hard to respond without more accurate information. I'd suggest visiting the library and looking up some more detailed information, or visiting with someone who has the job you believe you would want, and maybe they can point you in the right direction. Good luck.