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What steps should I take on my path to majoring in law?

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I'm planning on majoring in law in college, yet I have very little idea as to what I'm supposed to do to get there. Any suggestions as to what courses I should be taking, how to apply to take the LSAT, etc. Anything that could help my clueless self!
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Camille’s Answer

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Agree with Bruce! GPA is important, as will be your Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores. P.S. you can apply with any major. I would recommend also planning in case you decide you don't want to law school or if you want to take time to work first. Think of what kind of job you want.

I'd also recommend taking courses that improve your writing and analysis skills, and if your school has it competing on a mock trial/moot court team. Also a pre-law society or group if your school has it.

I'd also recommend getting an internship or job at a law firm, court, or in the law department of a government agency or company. It is good to see the practice of law in action, because it is often very different from what you would expect. One option is to work as a legal assistant/paralegal or as a trial clerk after college.

Prepping for law school while in college:
http://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/grad-school/blog/five-ways-prepare-law-school-undergrad/

Best undergrad majors to find a job:
https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2016-07-21/top-college-majors-for-finding-full-time-work

Info about a career without a law degree:

https://www.thebalance.com/hot-legal-careers-non-lawyers-2164308

FYI going to law school is a MAJOR commitment. It's 3 years where you're not working and very expensive, and a law degree is mostly good for the practice of law. So try and talk to some lawyers and a career counselor first to get a handle
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Daniel’s Answer

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To get into law school, you do not have to be a pre-law student. Though it can assist you with getting into law school, it has limited applications if you choose not to go to law school.. The law is a diverse profession. Another option is to consider what field you want to be in after you graduate from law school. It can be beneficial to have your major in that field, and a minor in pre-law. You then want to get good grades, and take a review course to help prepare you for the LSAT. When you graduate law school, if you have a relevant undergrad major, that can give you a leg up in applying for jobs. If you don't go to law school, you a degree that can get you a job.
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Daniel’s Answer

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The LSAT, your college grades, and your other activities will determine which law schools you can go to. I would definitely take an LSAT review test before taking your LSAT. It is a unique test, and just learning some basics principles on how to prepare and take the test should definitely help maximize your score.
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Bruce’s Answer

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Take courses in college that interest you and that that you do well in. Law schools admit on board scores and your college GPA.
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