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How useful would a journalism or english degree be in contingency with a law degree?

I want to go to law school to become a lawyer but I want to be an editor first, then later expand my education and change careers. How realistic is this plan and would the prior degree be of any help? #lawyer #judges #harvard

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Camille’s Answer

Yes it's a good plan. The practice of law requires a lot of writing.

I think going out into the world and getting a job before law school is a great idea. You can get some work and life experience, and also see if maybe you just want to do that (and don't end up going to law school at all).

Law school is a BIG commitment. It takes 3 years, costs hundreds of thousands of dollars (I have $200,000 in loans), and at the end it is only useful if you want to be a lawyer for the most part. A law degree doesn't teach you anything else besides how to be a lawyer.

So try your hardest in college, get good grades, and try to get internships for writing/editing. Then after you graduate go and get a job.

If you don't think you want to go to law school, you can first go and get a job as a legal assistant or paralegal. That way you can get experience, earn money, and see what the practice of law is about before you make the huge commitment of law school.

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N’s Answer

I was an English major before I went to law school. As a law professor, I believe excellent communication skills are critical. Your plan sounds like it would work well with the law school application process and law school.

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Richard’s Answer

I think it would be very helpful. Definitely choose a major that interests you! My wife is an attorney. She had students in her school from every major imaginable. Law schools don’t require a certain field of study. My wife chose history, and said that all the essay writing in college came in handy for writing in law school.