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What major(s) should I take in college to become a lawyer?

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Justin’s Answer

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Hi Kelce. It is common to major in political science or English if you’re planning to go to law school. However you can major in anything and still apply. My recommendation is to major in the other related to the type of law you may want to later practice. Example business for corporate law. Or maybe something in science if you want to do environmental law. Philosophy is a great pre law major as well.

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Allison’s Answer

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Hi Kelsey,

Great question!

Law schools accept a variety of majors, so you should major in what you like best! Of course, broadening your horizons in terms of the law would be useful so criminal justice and political science courses would be useful. However, you do not necessarily have to major in these areas. Additionally, you will need to take the LSAT to gain entry to law school, so keep this in mind.

Here is a list of college majors that perform best on the LSAT: https://www.aeaweb.org/resources/students/careers/law-other-professions

Good luck!

Alli Raddant
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Jenna’s Answer

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Your major is less important than your grades. A lot of people choose business, pre-law or philosophy, because these fit in nicely. I was a communications major. It's more important to have a major where you want to complete it and get good grades, and what will fit in with what area of the law you think you are interested in.

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Aman’s Answer

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Learn more about the majors below:

  • Corrections.
  • Criminal Justice.
  • Criminology.
  • Forensic Science.
  • Law Enforcement Administration.
  • Legal Studies.
  • Paralegal Studies.
  • Police Science.


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James’s Answer

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It depends a lot on what kind of law you think you may want to practice. Think about what interests you or what you are passionate about and do some research on law relating to that topic (i.e. politics, media, finance).

James recommends the following next steps:

  • Do some online research and find someone who is practicing g the kind of law you think you might be interested in. See if they would be willing to discuss.
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