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What is the best major to do in undergrad?

Hey, my name is Ma'Asia Bastfield I am a senior at Garingr high school. what I want to major in undergrad is forensic science and minor in per-law maybe I really don't know.

What is the best major to do when going to undergrad trying to be a lawyer?

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Sree Padma’s Answer

I agree the best way to achieve your goal is to learn to think critically and learn the skills of communication, research, and solving problems. Any good undergraduate courses train you in these skills. When you get to that stage, don't be afraid to change your mind to take a different career path.
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Ricky’s Answer

I did my major in philosophy and a good amount of my colleagues were applying for law school. The key is to choose a major that will help you improve your reading skills, critical thinking, and logical argumentation. If you really like forensic science, you could major in it and do a minor in philosophy/logic or something in the social sciences or humanities which will give you the skills. I heard in college that doing pre-med or pre-law is not that effective, yet I don't have stats.
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Marisa’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Maasia,

I'm not a lawyer or a law student, but I saw many of my peers from undergrad go on to law school. And they had a wide variety of majors, including English, Political Science, Philosophy, Sociology, History, and others! I think most people who have graduated from law school would agree that there isn't one "best" undergraduate major to prepare you to become a lawyer.

My advice would be to choose a major that will develop the skills needed (critical thinking, research, problem solving, written/oral communication, etc) to attend and succeed in law school. And there are many majors that will do just that. Choose your major based on what you want to learn about most. If you are invested in the content, it will make the process of learning the necessary skills that much smoother.

Best of luck to you, Maasia!
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Joseph’s Answer

This is outside of my professional but here is a link which may help your interest: Also, CHEMISTRY you're going to need lots of it.

https://catalog.tamu.edu/undergraduate/agriculture-life-sciences/entomology/forensic-investigative-sciences-prelaw-bs-emphasis/
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Maasia,

For undergraduate studies, you can major in Forensic Science. If you attend a local college or university that does not offer Forensic Science as a major, then one of the science fields will benefit you like Chemistry, Biochemistry or Biology. If you plan to be a future lawyer, then taking additional classes in Criminology, Communications, Math and English will help your skills in writing, communication and critical thinking.

Here are some colleges and universities to consider for Forensic Science:

- Penn State University
- Syracuse University
- Texas A&M University
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- George Mason University
- Michigan State University
- University of Tennessee (*There is a body farm that is located on campus).

When reviewing colleges and universities, it is best to check the following:

- In-State vs Out of State Tuition
- Internships
- Scholarships
- Career Placement upon graduation
- Course work and offered classes
- Post-Graduate Degrees

Hope this helps and best wishes for your education and career in Forensic Science and Law!
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Baljit’s Answer

Hi Maasia,
I took Sociology, Accounting and Law as my undergraduate courses to lead to a JD. Sociology is pretty similar to Political Science and Psychology. You could also call the admissions dept at the college you want to attend and ask what they are looking for as far as undergraduate courses.
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