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What are the most common undergraduate degrees under a pre-law path?

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suraj’s Answer

Surprisingly, some legal professionals argue against choosing a pre-law degree. U.S. News & World Report states that a 2011 LSAC study revealed that only 61 percent of pre-law students gained law school admission, whereas philosophy, economics and journalism majors all had acceptance rates over 75 percent. Though it seems counter-intuitive, aspiring lawyers may be best served to forgo an undemanding pre-law degree in favor of a more challenging single-subject major.


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Richard’s Answer

I believe popular degrees before law school include History, Business, Economics/Finance, Philosophy, Political Science, Computer Science, and Engineering. My wife is an attorney. She majored in History. She said she really thought all of the reading and writing required for that major was beneficial in law school.

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Estelle’s Answer

I agree with Richard, and remember that your major is not as important as your undergraduate grades, your LSAT score, your letters of reference, and your personal statements on your law school application. For now, just focus on finding a college that fits you and your budget and a major that really interests you in college so that you will make great grades and get strong letters of recommendation from professors that recognize your potential.
Couple of other pieces of advice:
Look for hands-on experience: intern at a law firm or legal aid
Be active the world: volunteer in your community or on campus.
Improve your standardized test skills.
Practice public speaking and writing.

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Jared’s Answer

I would agree with the earlier respondant that political science is probably the most popular/traditional. I chose that major for my undergraduate degree. However, I chose it because I was interested in the subject not because it was necessarily the best major. I think political science will help prepare you for essay exams. With that said, law school essay exams are different than any other exam you will ever take. So my recommendation is to study something you are interested in. I think people do best at subjects they are interested in and it won't seem as if you are laboring trying to get through the material. Another suggestion is to find law classes taught in different subjects and take them as electives i.e. Business law, Constitutional law etc. These classes will help prepare you for the material as well as help you decide if you want to pursue law in general. I hope this helps.


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Bruce’s Answer

You only have one chance at a college experience. Take courses that interest you. There is no such thing as pre law classes that will help in law school. Grades are all important. If there are no courses you love take easy cours


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Erin’s Answer

The most common route is to major in Political Science, with something in Pre-law.


But because you can be an attorney in any field don't feel pressure to go that route. I have friends who started their careers as pilots, and after law school practiced aviation law. Or grew up on a farm and do animal law. The most important thing is to take courses that require you create "logical arguments." This could be courses in psychology, philosophy or even something in the sciences.


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