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What degree do lawyers typically graduate with?

I'm in middle school and taking a career class. I took a survey to see what career paths were recommended and law was one. I would like to understand what degree I might need. #career #lawyer


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Jenna’s Answer

In the United States, you'll need a high school diploma and then a 4 year undergraduate degree from college. It's less important what you have it in than that you have it. People often have undergraduate degrees in things like pre-law, business, accounting or government; however, my undergraduate degree is in journalism, and I had a classmate with an education degree and another one with an anthropology degree. It's more important to get good grades in undergraduate than what the actual degree is in. I would recommend focusing on good grades and extracurricular activities (quality over quantity!) in high school to get into the college of your choice, and the meet with your college admissions counselor to help you decide what the best undergraduate option will be for you. Good luck!

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Gregg’s Answer

As other have said, you will need an undergraduate degree and then a degree from an accredited law school. As for what you should study, most folks in my law school had political science degrees but it really does not matter what your undergraduate degree is in. Mine was in business with a concentration in marketing. What is important is that you use college to learn some of the skills you will need to succeed in law school. I would recommend taking writing courses as being a good writer will give you a huge leg up during your first year. Courses that require research are also good for building your legal skills.

Good luck!

Gregg

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Amanda’s Answer

Law school is a separate graduate program/school that you attend after one graduates from college with an undergraduate degree. The great thing about going to law school is that you can have pretty much any degree to apply to and attend law school. You’re not limited to any specific major for undergrad if your ultimate goal is to attend law school.

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Latoya’s Answer

Hi Mira,

If you want to be a lawyer you can get into law school with any bachelors degree. There is no specific bachelors degree that is required. However, most students major in political science or pre-law. It would be best to major in an area that you like and that you know you will get good grades. You will need a high GPA to get into a good law school.


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Noah’s Answer

As other's said, there's no specific major required to go to law school. Some majors may help slightly more (philosophy, political science, etc.) to give you some background, but are not necessary. Some schools have a pre-law major, but I would advise against it. If you decide you don't want to go to law school or absolutely hate law school, a pre-law major may not be very useful for other career choices.

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