Hi, I'm a senior and I'm going into sociology after I graduate. I know there is quite a lot to do in the field, but is my choice of a career path seem....right?
I'm going to major in sociology, maybe minor in criminology and my plan after that is going on to law school. I've been told that it's odd I'm going into socio if I plan on going into law afterwards. At the same time I have met people who have gone to school for the same thing and have loved every minute of it. I guess my question is if a major in sociology would be a good path to follow if I'm going into law? #law #lawyer #career-path #majors #sociology
I have good news for you!!
A field called sociology of law, also known as socio-legal studies, became a recognized subspecialty within sociology in the 1930s. As of 2013, two divisions of the American Sociological Association, the Section on Crime, Law and Deviance and the Section on Sociology of Law, reflect sociologists' continuing research on legal careers and other legal topics. Undergraduate sociology majors interested in entering a legal profession may wish to join these sections as student members. They may also choose a sociology major with a specific focus on legal issues.
Legal careers are usually conducted in one of three work settings: law firms, the criminal justice system, and federal, state and local government agencies. Law firms and government legal offices employ lawyers, paralegals, law librarians, private investigators and legal secretaries. Criminal justice organizations frequently employ those workers and also offer jobs to police officers, detectives, parole officers and many other specialized professionals.
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You have a great answer above...just thought I would add to it. There really is no set or specific undergraduate degree if you are interested in Law. On the other hand, if you change your mind and decide not to go into law...having your Sociology degree will be something you can use in your career. I would suggest checking with the admissions dept in the law school you hope to attend, then make your decision from there.
Sociology is a great degree to have with a lot of career and educational options that you can pursue after your degree.
Leeda Bashardost M.D
I am a University of Toronto graduate. Initially when I was in high school I wanted to get into law school as well, which is why I took multiple courses in different fields in my undergrad including sociology. A lot of my colleagues and students who ends up in law school are actually Sociology major. Sociology teaches you a lot and help you understand better the society and humans in general and their behaviour, mentality and way of living which I believe is very significant for law school. So I would highly suggest for you to pursue sociology and it will make a strong base for your career as a lawyer. Best of luck
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That's almost exactly what I did (I minored in Women's Studies, not Criminology). I loved my Sociology courses and Sociology set me up very well in law school. I think it gave me a good insight into patterns and human behavior and I found it very useful to have as a background.