Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

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Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby legaleagle9 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:37 am

Im trying to figure out what I want to do as my pre-law major. I know it seems like a sissy easy way out, but I want to get the highest GPA possible. I know Communications is an easy major, but is it looked really down upon as a pre-law major?

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby d34d9823 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:40 am

legaleagle9 wrote:Im trying to figure out what I want to do as my pre-law major. I know it seems like a sissy easy way out, but I want to get the highest GPA possible. I know Communications is an easy major, but is it looked really down upon as a pre-law major?

Thanks in advance for the help.

The only thing that matters is your GPA. That said, what happens if you can't go to law school for whatever reason? I would try to give myself different options going forward - not focus in on just one.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby legaleagle9 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:45 am

d34dluk3 wrote:
legaleagle9 wrote:Im trying to figure out what I want to do as my pre-law major. I know it seems like a sissy easy way out, but I want to get the highest GPA possible. I know Communications is an easy major, but is it looked really down upon as a pre-law major?

Thanks in advance for the help.

The only thing that matters is your GPA. That said, what happens if you can't go to law school for whatever reason? I would try to give myself different options going forward - not focus in on just one.


As immature as this may sound to you, I'd rather die than not go to law school. Ive already go a pretty good GPA in my second year of undergrad and LSAT PT'ing as high as 170. So while your answer is very sensible, dont worry :). But thank you for reaffirming what I was assuming.

So Communications would not be looked at any differently than say English, Philosophy, or Criminal Justice?

Thanks again in advance. I'm so glad to have found this site.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby 071816 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:50 am

Major doesn't really matter. Only grades matter.

This is fuckin' weird:
legaleagle9 wrote:I'd rather die than not go to law school.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby soj » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:53 am

legaleagle9 wrote:As immature as this may sound to you, I'd rather die than not go to law school.

wow hyperbole

legaleagle9 wrote:So Communications would not be looked at any differently than say English, Philosophy, or Criminal Justice?

Probably not. They're all relatively soft options. Some schools say they dislike pre-professional majors or majors like Communications and Crim Justice, but most schools are so focused on creating the most numerically qualified class possible that they can't afford to be picky about majors.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby 23402385985 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:45 am

Communications are looked down by ANY major. The lowest-of-the-low in terms of the totem poll of majors.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby Heartford » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:04 am

Just be a communications major. Any of the other majors you mentioned will be just as useless, and make you just as unemployable, as a degree in communications. The bachelors in 2011 is the high school diploma of 1981, with the obvious exceptions (Ivy, engineering, etc.).

GPA is all that matters for law school.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby Jack Smirks » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:07 am

If you're going to major in something with no practical use/job prospects out of UG at least make it something interesting like Philosophy or Poly Sci.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby FantasticMrFox » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:36 am

legaleagle9 wrote:So Communications would not be looked at any differently than say English, Philosophy, or Criminal Justice?

If those are your only options, I'd stick to Philosophy or English, mainly the former.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby 23402385985 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:40 am

Heartford wrote:Just be a communications major. Any of the other majors you mentioned will be just as useless, and make you just as unemployable, as a degree in communications. The bachelors in 2011 is the high school diploma of 1981, with the obvious exceptions (Ivy, engineering, etc.).

GPA is all that matters for law school.


I think that there is a definite small bump for harder majors against a comparable candidate, stats wise. Frankly, I think being a bio major helped me overcome my utterly shit GPA from my first two years.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby Samara » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:40 am

Or you could try majoring in something you enjoy. Not only will it give you better QoL options if law school doesn't work out, (assuming you don't actually /self) but it's usually easier to do well in classes that you enjoy than it is in classes that are "easier" but not enjoyable.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby 23402385985 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:45 am

Samara wrote:Or you could try majoring in something you enjoy. Not only will it give you better QoL options if law school doesn't work out, (assuming you don't actually /self) but it's usually easier to do well in classes that you enjoy than it is in classes that are "easier" but not enjoyable.


I have to agree here. I would recommend majoring in something you could find employment in if, God forbid, law doesn't work out or you end up FUCKING HATING the idea of law school. Go in undeclared, even, and take some various classes. Maybe you'll find out you like interior design. Your major does not matter, but do something you like so you don't hate four years of your life.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby Lieut Kaffee » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:59 am

For what it's worth, I think you should pick Philosophy over Communications, especially if they are equally "soft" at your school. I found Philosophy to be pretty good substantive preparation for the general style of thinking and writing in 1L. Philosophy majors also tend to excel on the LSAT, though it sounds like you're already on the right track with that.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby Opie » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:50 am

I picked business because I want to practice employment law, but need a back up if I can't find that. I work for a large insurance company currently and could probably get on staff as a lawyer if needed. The business background gives me insight into the types of matters I will be party to. And it's still pretty easy.

I frankly wouldn't want my name associated with a communications degree, but not for law school's sake. I just think it ranks dead last in respectability of major. Not that I think less of you for wanting to major in it because I know your intentions are to go to law school and as such want the easiest major possible.

Others are right though, go easy or go hard. I don't think there's a benefit to something in the middle. Either take a very easy major and do incredibly well, or something difficult that has good non-law prospects and will get you a soft with law schools.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby nigelfrost » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:57 am

legaleagle9 wrote:I'd rather die than not go to law school.


Because I can't resist these types of conversations, do you mind if I ask why?
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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby Odd Future Wolf Gang » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:06 pm

Why you pay 40,000 a year to learn how to communicate bro?

Lieut Kaffee wrote:For what it's worth, I think you should pick Philosophy over Communications, especially if they are equally "soft" at your school. I found Philosophy to be pretty good substantive preparation for the general style of thinking and writing in 1L. Philosophy majors also tend to excel on the LSAT, though it sounds like you're already on the right track with that.


Bolded is true if by "Philosophy" you mean Analytic Philosophy. If it's that Continental BS you're talking about; that shit is useless. In the latter you read some bullshit like "GENDERED BODIES: DECONSTRUCTIVE ASEXUAL HERMENEUTIC PHENOMENOLOGY." And all the kids in the class go WOW THAT WAS MIND-BLOWING, just because they didn't understand WTF was going on. Kind of like how some people watch David Lynch films and go wow that was amazing; you ask them to elaborate on what makes it so amazing, and they are like hmm?

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby SilverE2 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:58 pm

Odd Future Wolf Gang wrote:Why you pay 40,000 a yearto learn how to communicate bro for an undergraduate education, ever?


ftfy

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby nigelfrost » Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:00 pm

Odd Future Wolf Gang wrote:Bolded is true if by "Philosophy" you mean Analytic Philosophy. If it's that Continental BS you're talking about; that @#!*% is useless. In the latter you read some @#!*% like "GENDERED BODIES: DECONSTRUCTIVE ASEXUAL HERMENEUTIC PHENOMENOLOGY." And all the kids in the class go WOW THAT WAS MIND-BLOWING, just because they didn't understand WTF was going on.


This is the most accurate critique of Cont. Phil. I've ever read.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby FantasticMrFox » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:30 pm

Odd Future Wolf Gang wrote:Why you pay 40,000 a year to learn how to communicate bro?

Lieut Kaffee wrote:For what it's worth, I think you should pick Philosophy over Communications, especially if they are equally "soft" at your school. I found Philosophy to be pretty good substantive preparation for the general style of thinking and writing in 1L. Philosophy majors also tend to excel on the LSAT, though it sounds like you're already on the right track with that.


Bolded is true if by "Philosophy" you mean Analytic Philosophy. If it's that Continental BS you're talking about; that shit is useless. In the latter you read some bullshit like "GENDERED BODIES: DECONSTRUCTIVE ASEXUAL HERMENEUTIC PHENOMENOLOGY." And all the kids in the class go WOW THAT WAS MIND-BLOWING, just because they didn't understand WTF was going on. Kind of like how some people watch David Lynch films and go wow that was amazing; you ask them to elaborate on what makes it so amazing, and they are like hmm?

Are there schools that have philosophy majors that don't even cover the foundation and the whole range of philosophy? If you are in one, you should probably transfer.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby Redzo » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:42 pm

Odd Future Wolf Gang wrote:Why you pay 40,000 a year to learn how to communicate bro?

Lieut Kaffee wrote:For what it's worth, I think you should pick Philosophy over Communications, especially if they are equally "soft" at your school. I found Philosophy to be pretty good substantive preparation for the general style of thinking and writing in 1L. Philosophy majors also tend to excel on the LSAT, though it sounds like you're already on the right track with that.


Bolded is true if by "Philosophy" you mean Analytic Philosophy. If it's that Continental BS you're talking about; that shit is useless. In the latter you read some bullshit like "GENDERED BODIES: DECONSTRUCTIVE ASEXUAL HERMENEUTIC PHENOMENOLOGY." And all the kids in the class go WOW THAT WAS MIND-BLOWING, just because they didn't understand WTF was going on. Kind of like how some people watch David Lynch films and go wow that was amazing; you ask them to elaborate on what makes it so amazing, and they are like hmm?


As a Philosophy major, I wholeheartedly endorse this post. Except for the part about David Lynch... Mulholland Drive was really good! It was kinda like, well the girl.... she uh.... hmm....

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby Heartford » Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:06 pm

joncrooshal wrote:
Heartford wrote:Just be a communications major. Any of the other majors you mentioned will be just as useless, and make you just as unemployable, as a degree in communications. The bachelors in 2011 is the high school diploma of 1981, with the obvious exceptions (Ivy, engineering, etc.).

GPA is all that matters for law school.


I think that there is a definite small bump for harder majors against a comparable candidate, stats wise. Frankly, I think being a bio major helped me overcome my utterly shit GPA from my first two years.


Frankly, as someone with a totally bullshit UG major whose admissions cycle went the exact same way as friends who were hard science majors, I think you're probably wrong.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby 23402385985 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:03 pm

Heartford wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:
Heartford wrote:Just be a communications major. Any of the other majors you mentioned will be just as useless, and make you just as unemployable, as a degree in communications. The bachelors in 2011 is the high school diploma of 1981, with the obvious exceptions (Ivy, engineering, etc.).

GPA is all that matters for law school.


I think that there is a definite small bump for harder majors against a comparable candidate, stats wise. Frankly, I think being a bio major helped me overcome my utterly shit GPA from my first two years.


Frankly, as someone with a totally bullshit UG major whose admissions cycle went the exact same way as friends who were hard science majors, I think you're probably wrong.


Looking across LSN made me think that. You may be one example. I saw quite a few. Granted, people lie on their numbers, but I've always heard that there is a small bump. Is it anything THAT substantial? Not at all. But it would likely have you favored over someone with similar #s, all things considered.

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby Bildungsroman » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:07 pm

Law school admissions departments are the only people in this world who don't look down on communications majors. HTH

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby acrossthelake » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:09 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:Law school admissions departments are the only people in this world who don't look down on communications majors. HTH


:lol:

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Re: Is Communications really looked down upon as a Pre Law major

Postby 23402385985 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:10 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:Law school admissions departments are the only people in this world who don't look down on communications majors. HTH


You forgot the sarcasm smiley




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