What did you major and minor in for law school?

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby Lawyerwannabe18 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:26 am

Bildungsroman wrote:
Lawyerwannabe18 wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:Edit: I also share the general consensus about business being an easy and fairly unimpressive major.
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I'm not arguing that business is easier/harder than political science. I'm just pointing out that business majors get up their own assholes about how "demanding" and "difficult" their major is, despite that fact that business is a piece of cake (yes, including and sometimes especially finance). People who think that equivalent GPAs from liberal arts majors and business majors are somehow factored differently are just deluding themselves. Also, business majors and liberal arts majors just emphasize different skill sets; political science and history, for example, emphasize writing skills, research skills, and logical reasoning skills, whereas finance mainly requires good math skills. Is one of those skill sets rarer than the other, or superior? Probably not. Does a very skilled finance major have any better chance at succeeding in a political science class than a very skilled political science major has at succeeding in a finance class? No.
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In your first post it came across as you saying that all business majors would be equally as easy as liberal arts majors. While I fully agree that most business majors are not difficult for anyone with half a brain, I would still have to say that some are difficult. Finance and MIS are ones that come to mind. At my university the average finance major's GPA is like a 2.7 while the rest of the business dept is a 3.3 and poli sci is 3.4-3.5. Of course every school will have different standards for each major and whatnot.

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby mleibman » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:08 pm

I am the atypical Political science major with a minor in Economics. Although Law schools get a lot of poly sci major applicants, it is a major that sits well with admissions. Poly sci is relevant to law, and it is a major concentrated on A LOT of reading, writing, similar to law school (depending on the rigor of your institution). According to my adviser, when I was a film major, she advised me to switch back to poly sci. This was because if someone had the same GPA as me, I would be looked at second to someone with a history, poly sci, or academic degree. However, if you have a 3.3, it doesn't matter, because anyone with a +3.7 will be looked at more favorably, because the law schools report the GPA, not the major (as previously mentioned). Your major only matters in relation to someone competing against you with the same GPA, similar LSAT.

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby Flanker1067 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:23 pm

I am a finance major who readily admits that business is an easy major. However, to say that business majors are so full of themselves and their studies offends me (well ok, some of them are). At least in business, the average GPA's hang much lower then the average in things like Poli Sci. Poli Sci people piss me off because they think they are so smart because they have a 3.8, when the average is a 3.6 ish. Give me a break. In reality, they probably do more work then business majors, who complain at having to write a 5 page paper, but doing more work doesn't make it hard if there is no standard of quality.

Realized this post makes me sound full of it. So here are my dues. Business is no where near as hard as engineering, math, or any of the sciences (and probably a few others I forgot)

Edited for clarity.
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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby nealric » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:40 pm

Philosophy major. No minor.

IMO it's the best major for law school- especially if you go to a school that stresses analytic philosophy.

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby Flanker1067 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:44 pm

nealric wrote:Philosophy major. No minor.

IMO it's the best major for law school- especially if you go to a school that stresses analytic philosophy.


Not only your opinion, but evidence indicates this as well. Philosophy has the highest avg. LSAT of any of the arts (excluding math, which I guess is somehow a BA)

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby Ford Prefect » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:51 pm

English major, and certified Secondary English teacher and Library/Media Specialist.

Edit: I worked for 10 years before deciding to go back to school, so I guess I didn't major in English for law school. Had I considered it earlier, I would have put a little more effort into my undergrad.
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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby tasteofred » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:55 pm

I'm an environmental science and policy major, policy track. I don't expect adcoms to treat it any differently but all the hard science courses (chem, bio, geology and physics) have already upped my LSAT PTs by a significant number. I also have to take policy (obviously), calculus and economics courses, so I think it's a very well-rounded major. I'm learning a lot of different skills and thought patterns. And also not forgetting how to write by switching to a 100% science major (I almost just went for chemistry).

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby roofles » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:07 pm

Computer Engineering major, no minor. I didn't seriously consider law school until my senior year of undergrad and my GPA reflects it.

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby BriaTharen » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:09 pm

Electrical Engineering

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby WrappedUpInBooks » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:30 pm

Anthropology major, French minor. I didn't do it for law school, but I think it worked out well - it's academic, emphasized reading/writing/research/critical thinking skills, but isn't typical.

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby WSpar » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:01 pm

Electrical engineering with a math minor. I'm ready for a change.

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby OneKnight » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:17 pm

I chose International Affairs with a Women's Studies minor, because I enjoyed the classes and wanted to be a policy wonk. Now that I've decided to go to law school, I'm really glad I chose a major and minor in which I could excel. (Especially because I never hit my LSAT PT average!)

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby absolutazn87 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:44 pm

Mechanical Engineering but I also took classes in programming languages and public policy.

Do you guys think Mechanical Engineering is as good as EE for IP Law?

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby hsprophet » Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:49 pm

Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Business Administration
Masters: Business Administration

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby im_blue » Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:58 pm

absolutazn87 wrote:Mechanical Engineering but I also took classes in programming languages and public policy.

Do you guys think Mechanical Engineering is as good as EE for IP Law?

It's not as good as EE, but it's still good.

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby Illinifan05 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:20 pm

Majored in accounting, and minored in poli sci...Also getting Master's in accouning; admitted to a T13 and a T5 school.

I went to a top 5 school in accounting and there's quite a bit of variation among business majors. Accounting and finance are definitely the hardest, while marketing and entrepreneurship are the easiest, I'd say. However, accy/finance aren't that hard due to the material itself, but the quantity of work (at my school, at least). The accy majors I know are in fact very well prepared for law school due to their ability to process large amounts of dense information and communicate very well (both written and oral). Not as difficult as engineers or chemistry, but more difficult than most liberal arts/fine arts concentrations, I'd say. Just my $0.02, feel free to disagree :wink:

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby gatorlion » Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:25 pm

MC Southstar wrote:Thinking business is a hard major makes me laugh hysterically.


I was not a business major in college, but after the rinky dink intro classes it was basically all wash out from then onward. Again, I majored in political science and minored in geography, but for english or philosophy majors to laugh at business majors who were taking financial accounting (and passing) is absurd.

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby Lawyerwannabe18 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:28 pm

Im a Finance and Poli sci major and I must say that my upper level Poli Sci classes are a complete joke compared to my upper level finance work. Both have different aspects that make them difficult to some people. Finance requires the ability to go through a lot of complex numbers and formulas and understand how that translates to theory and practice, while poli sci is going through a lot of reading and doing a lot of writing. Both require work, but the level of difficulty in finance is much higher.

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby BenJ » Sun May 02, 2010 11:31 pm

I double-majored in history and philosophy, originally with a third major in political science that I dropped when I realized that the subject was an exercise in bullshit.

Analytic philosophy is probably the best subject to prepare for the LSAT and law school (and it's relatively easy on the GPA).

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby motiontodismiss » Mon May 03, 2010 2:20 am

Econ major/law and society minor/business minor.

I SO should have majored in computer science (assuming the major itself is as easy as the intro programming class I'm taking now).

Does a compsci major qualify you to sit for the Patent bar?

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby legalease9 » Mon May 03, 2010 2:36 am

I majored in Political Science and Communication. It doesn't matter what you major in. If anything, they are interested in what classes you took. They like to see writing. Its also true that they like to see ass-kicking classes like advanced engineering 456 etc. (not business... :lol: ) But its about the diversity and challenge of the classes... wait not really. Its all about your GPA and Lsat. So I say the theater majors are on the right path on this one.

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Re: What did you major and minor in for law school?

Postby thusspakebenji » Mon May 03, 2010 12:27 pm

LOL @ Business being a hard major, total joke. Took two classes just to see how it was, total waste of my time.

As for me, Criminal Justice and German double major and minor in History.

Are they hard? No. But I'd much rather read case law and books by old, dead gents than learn about supply side economics. Blech.

Then again, I guess what is considered "easy" for one person is nearly impossible for another, and vice a versa.




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