eachdaythewiser wrote:Philosophy is one of the top performing majors for law school.
Source? Philosophy is one of the top performing majors for the LSAT, but that doesn't mean it actually PREPARES you the best, it could be about those who self select into these majors. Even if it does prepare the AVERAGE student better, that shouldn't matter for the LSAT student who is willing to put in the time and effort to maximize his score.
eachdaythewiser wrote: The ability to rationalize and apply logic is crucial for law school as well as law, which is why it's examined in the LSAT.
Meh, logic was more important for the LSAT than it is for succeeding in law school.
eachdaythewiser wrote: While i'm sure accounting is fine, I wouldn't gain anything out of it to help me in being a good performer on the LSAT, in law school, or after.
The class I hear I should try and take the most, from professors who have their students' best interests in mind and practicing attorneys at big law firms, is accounting for lawyers. Most lawyers are 1) idiots when it comes to math and 2) don't have a clue what an account looks like. If you want to work at a big law firm, a decent knowledge of both of these things can be helpful (much more helpful than knowledge about Sidgwick). This knowledge would have been extremely helpful for the Tax class I've taken as well as the Corporations class I took. Knowledge about philosophy can be helpful...hmmmmm...for a jurisprudence class? For background information about the history of legal thought? For background knowledge about some issues in Property and Criminal law?
eachdaythewiser wrote: Frankly it's argued that one should take courses in their undergrad that enhance their ability at analytical thinking as well as intensive writing. English and Philosophy really stand out for this.
Both of these things are completely credited. That said, LSAT prep is sufficient by itself to prepare you to think analytically. Intensive writing is a helpful skill, but by no means a necessary one to be able succeed in law school. Exam writing is usually word vomit and LRW writing is more technical writing with a very strict format.
I would recommend in a major that would get you a job straight out of undergrad.