betty_bojangles wrote:RZ5646 wrote:I'm a philosophy major and it's improved my writing and reasoning abilities more than I think any other major would have. It also definitely helped as LSAT prep. However, if I had put less effort into it or went to a school with shitty philosophy faculty, things might have been different. It's certainly not the case that philosophy is guaranteed to make you a better thinker or better person, and I'm not claiming that.
All I'm saying is that for prelaw purposes, philosophy is probably the best major.
That being said, going to college just to go to law school is stupid, so ideally prelaw kids would pair philosophy with something marketable.
I think 90% of people should do STEM or business, and if I could go back in time that's what I would do.
I majored in pure math and have also taken a lot of philosophy courses. I think that reading and writing math proofs was significantly more difficult and did much more for my writing/reading and definitely reasoning skills than philosophy work did. I also found that I was in a much better position when approaching the LSAT as a result. Whether or not this will help in law school, I don't know, but if we are talking just reading/writing/reasoning skills I think there are definitely majors that beat out philosophy for sure.
Math and physics probably beat philosophy in the amount of raw brainpower required, I'll give you that.
I am a slightly above average econ major from an average state school. I have several poli sci friends. They are typically working for close to minimum wage not using their degrees.
I don't work IB or consulting or make 65k. Still, I started at $55k in an area where my apartment only costs $400 a month, and got a small raise/bonus in my first 6 months.
I work 40 hours a week most of the time . I don't regret my econ degree at all.
So who did you know that gave you that job? Unless you're STEM, it's all about connections.