If you want to attend law school, you’ll need to make some decisions as to what major you’ll need. Here is one relatively little unknown fact about law schools: they don’t exactly have a preference for one major over the other. In fact, they will actually consider and accept applicants from multiple different majors in order to make their schools as diverse as possible. That being said, you shouldn’t just pick any major you want without any discretion involved in the decision making process.
You’ll need some certain skills heading into law school, and your major of choice should wrap around those skills. Heading into law school, you’ll need some strong writing skills, thinking skills, comprehension skills, and public speaking skills. Your degree should incorporate all of those skills one way or another, but so should your high school transcript. A law school will not be impressed by an array of lightweight courses where you don’t put your skills to the test.
Granted, you should choose a course that you are passionate about. What good is it if you go to school for something you don’t like? You won’t be enjoying yourself and you won’t put as much effort into it either. Law schools will also be more likely to accept you if you select a major that aligns with your passion; they’ll be able to see this by comparing your major with courses you took in high school.
Examples of majors you can embark on that have to do with law and can incorporate the skills we talked about include history, economics, sociology, philosophy, and political science. You can always speak to an advisor at your college of choice for more specific information regarding majors at that particular school.
Here’s the truth: law school is very competitive and only the top schools will be accepted. You’ll need a high GPA and a good enough school on the LSAT, which stands for Law School Admissions Test. If you have a high GPA and a low LSAT or vice versa, they can help to reinforce the other. However, most law schools set a score range for students they will accept in regards to GPA and LSAT scores, and if you aren’t in that range, they will be significantly less likely to accept you. Know what you school requires and then strive to meet that requirement.