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As an undergraduate, which major should I choose if I want to go into law?

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Ro’s Answer

During law school, I remember students going around introducing themselves and their majors. The majority were Political Science and Business majors at that time. However, what I do remember is that the students with majors in the tech industry (Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics) got pretty good jobs right out of law school in the law department of tech companies. If your major is in a field that is employable, having a law degree only adds to your value. Every industry utilizes the law, (tech, gaming, medical, education, sports, financial, etc.) so major in a field that you enjoy and will do well in!
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Jenine,

I am not a lawyer, but my best advice for any job with various options, like law, is to think about the law that you want to practice. Do you want to do criminal, civil, estate, tax law? Do you want to work for the government or a private organization? How do you want to practice - as a group or on your own? Then you can back into your major from there. I think that knowing what kind of law you want to practice will also help you choose the right school. When I was young, I used to carry around a copy of the Nevada Constitution. That is my home state. I wanted to be a lawyer covering the big stuff, getting laws passed. I had looked up what to take in school. Political Science and US Government were the big focus points at the time.

I am a learning and development professional these days. I ended up wanting to train people on how to be better at what they do for a living. I started out as a Journalism major but did not end up graduating with that degree. With that in mind, I would say, start with the path you want to take in law and see where it takes you.

Best of luck in finding your major,
Gloria
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Ken’s Answer

The area of law is very broad. The application of law that best suits you is the one which you should seek, and it requires you to get to know yourself better and to learn more about the options available.


<span style="background-color: inherit;">Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> </span>


Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want  to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network  ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
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Sarah’s Answer

Quick answer: Political Science and International Relations are common choices. Anything that helps you pass LSAT's to get into a good law school.
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