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Is Pre- Law worth it if you don't know if you want to be a lawyer?

I am about to be applying to college, and I was wondering if prelaw is worth doing if you're unsure about your career aspirations? I plan to be a history major. # #career #lawyer

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I would recommend that you major in something that could practically help you find a job if you decide you want to go to law school and become a lawyer. Even if you decide to go to law school, you may want to work for a few years after college. I worked for a year after, and it was good experience. I also saved up some money for law school. Also, schools like to accept students from all different majors - they like diversity. There is no particular major that will make you more likely to get accepted into a school.

I majored in accounting and was able to work for a year after school. I didn't know until I was almost done with college that I wanted to go to law school. Accounting was also helpful in tax law, which I ended up practicing. You could also consider becoming a paralegal, it's a field that pays well and would be a huge asset if you decide to go to law school, because then you already know a lot about the practice of law.

You can prepare for law school and see if you may want to study law by doing as many law related activities and classes as you can. For example, take law related classes and participate in your school's mock trial team if they have one. You can also try and get an internship at a law firm to see what it's like to be a lawyer.

Law school (and the practice of law) involve a lot of researching, reading, and writing. Plenty of attorneys never go into a courtroom, and those who do still need to research, read, and write. So you want to work on developing those skills.

Most important thing while in college if you think you'll go to law school - work on keeping up your GPA. that is a major factor the law schools look at. Once you decide to go to law school, start studying for the LSAT early, that's also another major part of your law school application. Additionally, make sure to develop relationships with at least a couple of professors so they can help you with your application and write you a recommendation letter.

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Good luck!

Camille recommends the following next steps:

Explore majors that you are interested in that could lead to a job after college
Look at classes and activities that your school offers that would prepare you to study law and give you good experience.

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Glenn’s Answer


Camille's advice is excellent. I whole-heartedly agree that the choice of an undergraduate major is not important to being admitted to or succeeding in a good law school. Whatever your major, if your college education teaches you to read with deep comprehension, think logically, and express yourself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, you will be well prepared to be admitted to and succeed in a good law school.

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