Should I declare a minor during undergrad if I want to be a lawyer?
I'm currently an undergrad, but I want to go to law school and be a lawyer. I've been thinking about minoring in psychology but would it be helpful in the long run at all? #psychology #law
Declaring a minor is a great idea! It differentiates you from other applicants, as well as expands your knowledge base outside of your field.
Alex, short answer is yes, you should declare your minor even if you want to be an attorney. Basically it never hurts to show a law school that you have varied interests and talents. Demonstrating that you are interested in multiples things through the declaration of your minor or any other academic achievement/program can only help you during the law school application process.
If you are interested in psychology and have the time in your academic schedule to do so, you might as well pursue your study in it.
I hope this helps and best of luck in your studies!!
Linda Ann’s Answer
Psychology would indeed be a useful minor for law school. Another useful minor would be communication as effective lawyers write a significant number of briefs and need to effectively argue cases in front of juries and judges. A communications minor would sharpen your skills in this regard. A psychology minor (or major) would sharpen your understanding of people, in general!