Pre-Law as an UG Major

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Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby reallycreativename » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:11 am

I'm considering Pre-Law as my UG Major and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this.

Do people that take Pre-Law as their major do better on the LSAT?

I know law schools don't care about your major, but since they are always looking for diversity this might be the only negative major.

Yes? No? Maybe?

Thanks!

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby pu_golf88 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:15 am

From what I've gathered schools don't care what your major is, unless it's a pre-professional major like pre-law then it's slightly frowned upon. Someone feel free to correct me.

Being a pre-law major probably wouldn't help you do better on the LSAT either.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby hiromoto45 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:16 am

pu_golf88 wrote:From what I've gathered schools don't care what your major is, unless it's a pre-professional major like pre-law then it's slightly frowned upon. Someone feel free to correct me.

Being a pre-law major probably wouldn't help you do better on the LSAT either.

+1

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby dutchstriker » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:17 am

Pretty sure they actually do worse on the LSAT. I saw a chart on the internet once.

My school didn't have a pre-law major. I don't think many do. I would avoid it. Take something you like and that you can get a high GPA in. My guess is law schools don't really like pre-law majors.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby dutchstriker » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:19 am

Here you go:

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Of course, the student is much more important than the major. But just for kicks.

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Postby Cupidity » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:20 am

Actually, on average Pre-Law majors are one of the WORST performing groups on the LSAT, as strange as that sounds. I wouldn't have believed it, but someone had a link to a reliable chart. Take my word for it. Don't do it, because if you don't follow through on LS, a degree in "Pre Law" won't help you find a job.


Philosophy and hard math majors perform the best.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby Cupidity » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:20 am

dutchstriker wrote:Here you go:

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Of course, the student is much more important than the major. But just for kicks.


Dude! That is hillarious, read my post like....submitted at the same exact time.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby dutchstriker » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:25 am

Philosophy for the win.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby TTH » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:40 am

+1 to everything said. Pre-law is shit. Major in something you will enjoy, and maybe add a philosophy minor if you want to get some exposure to formal logic and what not well before the LSAT.

Ironically, for most of the time I was in UG, I thought philosophy was a coasting major existing only to facilitate serious dope smoking. Now I wish I had take some philo classes.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby Jay9587 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:47 am

+ 1 to what everyone said. As a Pre-Law major with a 4.0 in the major, believe me when I tell you it did not help me one bit on the LSAT. In addition, from what I have gathered most of the material I am learning is wrong, and will have to relearn in law school.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby EzraStiles » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:16 am

Law School's like to take students without some pre-existing legal knowledge so they can teach law in their own specific way. You should major in something you love and enter LS with a fresh slate, ready for them to start molding you.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby Kiersten1985 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:51 am

OP, are you sure your school offers a Pre-Law major? In any case, don't do it. Major in whatever the hell you want and get a stellar GPA. That's all that matters.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby reallycreativename » Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:44 pm

Thanks everyone. I wasn't really considering it. I just wanted to confirm my speculations. Yes, Texas Tech, one of my choices of schools, offers Pre-Law as a major.

No longer considering it. Thanks!

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby englawyer » Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:13 pm

dutchstriker wrote:Philosophy for [strike]the win[/strike] second place.


FTFY. Math wins 8)

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby dutchstriker » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:07 pm

englawyer wrote:
dutchstriker wrote:Philosophy for [strike]the win[/strike] second place.


FTFY. Math wins 8)

Blech. I was considering all the other life benefits of a philosophy degree. Like... enlightenment. And joblessness.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby Kiersten1985 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:13 pm

reallycreativename wrote:Thanks everyone. I wasn't really considering it. I just wanted to confirm my speculations. Yes, Texas Tech, one of my choices of schools, offers Pre-Law as a major.

No longer considering it. Thanks!

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Wait - you're in high school???

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby 4910 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:17 pm

lol high schooler... get out of here you clown and have some fun, what do people learn as a pre law major?

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby housie07 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:23 pm

you should be a classics major.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby iamtaw » Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:28 pm

dutchstriker wrote:Philosophy for the win.



+1

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby doopwooper » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:42 am

englawyer wrote:
dutchstriker wrote:Philosophy for [strike]the win[/strike] second place.


FTFY. Math wins 8)

You don't learn how to argue in Math like you do in Philosophy. Philosophy wins :P

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby Veyron » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:48 am

Pre-law majors actually have the lowest average LSAT scores of any major (if someone could find the list to corroborate this, that would be great). Something mathy has the top spot. In general, if you want to go to law school TAKE MAJOR WHERE IT IS EASIEST TO GET A's (I wish I had done this). Then, use all of your free time to study your ass off for the LSAT. This is the best advice you will ever receive and if you don't take it (and you want to be a lawyer), you are an idiot.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby Rowinguy2009 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:54 am

Don't take pre-law. FWIW I was a journalism major and I feel like it was a great choice. It was easy as hell...but for some reason most people think it's a legit major. At the same time you write a lot, which is not a terrible skill to have as a future law student.

Of course if you don't go to law school job prospects for a journalism degree are absolute shit right now, but I guess they are probably still better than poli sci or philosophy. Not trying to be a journalism troll, but I think it was a great choice for me.

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby cylusr » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:56 am

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Re: Pre-Law as an UG Major

Postby washed out » Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:48 am

So from what I gather, an undergraduate curriculum built around preparing a student for law school is entirely counterproductive to getting said student into law school. Correct?

I'd like to dive deeper into this paradox. Anybody here care to endorse a pre-law course of study?




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