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What college should a lawyer go to?

I was wondering what college I should go to if I want to be a lawyer. #law

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Edward’s Answer

Four-year with liberal arts. I'd pick one that has the best math department because math and law are both based on symbolic logic so math is a great preparation for law. You don't have to major in math necessarily

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Jennifer’s Answer

Any college that is a accredited will be suitable, but go to a school that has a good reputation and that will challenge you. Of course, the better the undergraduate school that you attend the more likely it is that you will attend a higher ranked law school.

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Paul V.’s Answer

The top three law schools in the country are Yale, Stanford and Harvard Universities. I graduated from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Stetson Law is ranked #1 in the country in Trial Advocacy

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Sara’s Answer

You can really attend any accredited university in the United States. Most Law schools don't have specific major requirements and admissions are based on a combination of GPA, LSAT scores, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement. If a university offers pre-law advising that can be a plus. If your goal is to attend a top tier law school, then you'll want to attend the most prestigious undergraduate program where you can gain admission. Good luck!

Thank you comment icon Thanks so much! Wyatt
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Seth’s Answer

Wyatt, you're asking the right questions! In years past, becoming a lawyer was your ticket to success, but these days the legal market is more competitive. You can still do quite well, but it's worthwhile to plan in advance and make sure it's for you.


As previous commenters said, you can go on to law school from any accredited institution, but to have an easier time getting into top law schools, you'll want to go to a college with a good reputation. What state do you live in? Typically, the main campus of a public university system is well-regarded. Also, look at selective private colleges in your area. You can find these on prominent rankings sites (U.S. News or Forbes), or by looking at the profile of a college's first-year class. If their freshman earned good GPAs and test scores in high school, that's a good sign as to the rigor of the college's class and the smarts of your classmates!


Why do I put such an emphasis on esteem? Because, like I said earlier, the legal market today is competitive. At some lower-ranking law schools, only a quarter of J.D. graduates get full-time jobs as lawyers. But schools in the Top 50 or so of U.S. News rankings still send their graduates on to success: most will earn full-time jobs, and at the "Big Law" firms, the pay can be incredible. To get into those schools, you'll need to work hard and maintain above-average achievement, but your goal is very attainable.


Thanks for being so thoughtful about your path, and good luck as you get ready for college!

Thank you comment icon Great point. Job market for lawyers shrunk dramatically. Look at the 'BigLaw' firms and which universities they typically hire from. Or else, you could be saddled with student debt and no job. Dilip Mathew
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