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Title: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: Standards on November 17, 2004, 03:56:31 PM
Hey, I'm currently a senior in HS, and I am wondering what colleges around the country are the best in pre-law majors and are the best at preparing you for law school...please help  ;D
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: trogdor on November 17, 2004, 03:58:03 PM
pre-law is a waste of time.  get a real major, and take some of the poly sci classes that are law related to get a feel for it and decide whether or not you are truly interested in law. 
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: be10dwn on November 17, 2004, 04:00:09 PM
My wife likes watching survivior and it cracks me up watching the one chick on their who is a pre law major.  I just want to tell her to get a real f-ing education.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: lexylit on November 17, 2004, 04:08:49 PM
Hey, I'm currently a senior in HS, and I am wondering what colleges around the country are the best in pre-law majors and are the best at preparing you for law school...please help  ;D

go to the best school possible and don't major in pre-law. in fact, don't go to a school that has such a thing as a pre-law major.

ivies and small liberal arts schools like swarthmore place well in lawschools, as does stanford, uc berkeley, etc.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: Standards on November 17, 2004, 04:13:45 PM
I don't understand what you guys are saying...I know that there is no pre-law major...but, its more of a focus...one would undertake a major and take classes to prepare for law school...that's what I meant by pre-law(I am currently looking at Miami of Ohio, Dayton, Loyola, and DePaul)
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: amelus on November 17, 2004, 04:14:43 PM
moreover, where you go does not matter much at all quite frankly.  some here will tell you that going to a better institution helps your odds of acceptance at any given law school.  this certainly might be true, but debatable and very little evidence to prove it helps.  the best evidence is that those from the top institutions gain acceptance with lower avg gpa than those not from those few schools.  however, while not a gimme, it is probably easier to get a higher gpa at a school that is not one of those instituions.  basically, go wherever you want (personally i'd choose the state school in your area if it is somewhat reputable and save yourself a lot of money), pick a major that interests you (but yes, dont do pre-law!!) and just make sure you have as high a gpa as you can.

g'luck
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: lexylit on November 17, 2004, 04:15:38 PM
yeah, don't take "classes to prepare for law school." take a traditional major like english, history, economics, political science, physics, whatever floats your boat.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: be10dwn on November 17, 2004, 04:16:07 PM
I don't understand what you guys are saying...I know that there is no pre-law major...but, its more of a focus...one would undertake a major and take classes to prepare for law school...that's what I meant by pre-law(I am currently looking at Miami of Ohio, Dayton, Loyola, and DePaul)

well you said pre law and that triggered a knee jerk reaction from most of us.  
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: be10dwn on November 17, 2004, 04:17:37 PM
yeah, don't take "classes to prepare for law school." take a traditional major like english, history, economics, political science, physics, whatever floats your boat.
and to piggy back on that,  I would stay away from crim justice, political science, things that are common.  If I had it to do over again I might not ahve majored in history, though I don't know what else I would have majored in.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: amelus on November 17, 2004, 04:19:46 PM
granted this is coming from someone who has never stepped into a law school, however i have spent plenty of time studying something that is similar and so i have confidence when i say the following.  in law school, aside from a good work ethic and solid time management skills, you need a critical mind.  you need to analyze cases, infer from them, compare and contrast to others etc...  these are skills.  a variety of knowledge can be helpful, but more important--attain these skills.  it can be accomplished in history, literature, economics, etc... and that is why you see ppl attending law schools with a variety of majors.  all can have the skills required.  the most important thing is to find a major your happy with (or can at least tolerate for 4 years) and excel within that field (at least in terms of gpa).
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: trogdor on November 17, 2004, 04:22:27 PM
majoring in something in the sciences, or philosophy or english would be good.  law schools are looking for people with majors that aren't a dime a dozen and that also require critical thinking.  only take a couple of classes as electives that relate to law.  for instance, i'm majoring in environmental science, but i've taken a class on "the american judicial system," and i'm taking "privacy law" and "civil liberties" next semester just to see what i'm interested in.  
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: futurejd20 on November 18, 2004, 04:37:48 PM
pre-law would be idea. don't listen to them. you will be much more prepared for law school than a psych major, for example. english will also be nice because law school requires a lot of reading and writing.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: DOWNY COOLEY on November 18, 2004, 10:53:43 PM
Go PLAY with your barbie!

HTH
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: AMB22 on December 01, 2004, 02:55:33 PM
Just go to a good school, get good grades, find two or three profs you can get to know well to solicite letters of rec from and do well on the LSAT. Thats all that matters.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: Michiganhopeful on December 05, 2004, 01:31:57 PM
I agree.... pre-laws ironically have the absolute worst admissions stats out of everyone else.  I think physics majors fare the best.  In all seriousness, if you are gunning for a top law school, your best chance is to do some sort of science major coupled with a humanities major.  I think this show that you have the critical thinking skills plus the ability to express yourself, or if you had to choose, do the science major and get good grades.  Pre-law just doesn't make you stand out enough....... and BELIEVE me standing out is INCREDIBLY important in the law school process.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: laur0212 on December 05, 2004, 01:47:49 PM
seriously, the guy said criminal justice?  i majored in that and that's how i came to the decision to go to law school.

but yeah, i agree with everyone else.  don't do a pre-law major, just find something that interests you, be it history or poly sci whatever and major in that.

and i wouldn't stress about it too much just yet.  most schools don't make you declare a major until the end of your sophomore year, which gives you 4 full semesters to figure out what you like.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: strouse on December 08, 2004, 01:28:12 PM
Interpretive Dance at Community College is a good start


HTH
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: LSATGuru on December 09, 2004, 12:18:13 PM
Go to the school where you can strike the best balance between reasonable name recognition/brand name and the highest GPA.  This is what will get you into law school. 


The largest stumbing block, in my opinion, is the LSAT. If you're that insanely sure you want to be a lawyer, I would major in something VERY intensive, like Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, or something that requires massive amounts of analytical though and/or reading.  I've seen far more engineers blow away the LSAT their first time out than History/Philosophy/English/Classics majors (sorry TDPookie :P you're an exception). 

Another key factor is to get into as many leadership roles as possible while in college. This will play huge in your admissions.  But GPA and LSAT reign all if you're white. 
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: headlesschicken on December 09, 2004, 04:39:48 PM
I disagree with the previous post. I was a comp. lit. major, and I could not imagine a better way to prepare for the LSAT, which is 3/4 a test of your ability to read closely and analyse what you're reading and 1/4 a test of your logical reasoning. I think being a lit major was the primary reason why I scored a 174 on the first test I ever took (having never looked at an LSAT before) and scored a 179 when I took the test for real.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: LSATGuru on December 09, 2004, 06:41:37 PM
Touché.  I'm sure you being very intelligent also played into the picture.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: Julie Fern on December 10, 2004, 03:10:50 PM
pre-law curriculum and pre-law advising aren't the same thing.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: domovoy on December 18, 2004, 05:21:09 PM
And don't tell anyone you're majoring in pre-law. Here's why:

Everyone knows there is no such thing as a real pre-law and pre-med major.

When you say you're pre-med, you're a bio or bio-chem major that thinks that he/she is better than the rest of the bio majors simply because you're planning to go to med school. No need to look like an arrogant prick.

If you want to become a lawyer, go get a real major, do something you like, and then go to law school. Then you can say i'm a lawyer.

Why advertise the wish to become one? (There's enough people that hate lawyers already)
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: maximumtennis82 on December 18, 2004, 08:30:28 PM
I'm with headless chicken...I think philosophy (logic in particular) was a great undergrad course of study to help with the LSAT.  Deciphering exactly what arguments boil down to and coding things into logical notation helped me immensely in the arguments section, reading all those dense proses helped with reading comprehension, and games weren't hard after doing so many in classes (logic, again).

Most of my peers who graduated in philosophy and took the LSAT did well on it as well.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: bhvexille on December 18, 2004, 08:33:22 PM
I took (and aced) a logic course in college.. it didn't help me at all..

The logic used on the LSAT is very rudimentary, and my princeton review teachers covered all of it very competently

Philosophy majors tend to do the best on the LSAT because the people who tend to major in philosophy tend to already have -- in ample supply -- the basic reasoning skills that 1) make philosophy fun, and 2) make the LSAT easy

Just go to the best school you can get into, and major in something you truly enjoy studying.. and get the best grades you can get.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: maximumtennis82 on December 18, 2004, 09:53:54 PM
bhvexille-  I think it heavily depends on the type of logic courses one takes...I went through several (and aced them), ranging from one that was basically pure math to one that was focused upon looking at attempts to take historical dialectics from a variety of areas of philosophy and translating the different author's positions into logical arguments.  I think the latter type helped me a lot.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: bhvexille on December 18, 2004, 09:57:15 PM
Well having that ability is definately important on the LSAT, but I'm skeptical as to whether or not that's something that can be explicitly taught

I've always thought that being able to "internalize" arguments and see them as logical statements (and not get caught up in what they're "about") is something that people either can or can't do

But if you have the opportunity to develop this skill (assuming, for argument's sake, that it can be developed in a logic course), then you should absolutely take it

I just took the basic logic/math course.. the only thing from there that I used was how to do a contrapositive
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: Dominique on January 17, 2005, 06:33:19 PM
Just to clarify for you guys, some schools do actually have majors in pre-law.  Though you'd be a fool to do it.  Most schools just have a pre-law advising program.  Certainly no reason not be involved in that, in my opinion. 
As far as what majors are best, I think there is no right answer except to say that you want something challenging.  Whatever your major, schools just want to see that you challenged yourself and that you worked hard.  And I love when folks say that philosophy majors to well on the LSAT because that makes me confident!  Personally, I am a double major in Philosophy and Political Science.  I hate poli sci, but I've heard from adcoms that this is a fantastic combination.  Plus double majoring makes your whole college experience just a little tougher, which they always like.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: Julie Fern on January 18, 2005, 05:47:41 PM
The bottom line, as others have alluded to, is just do what you enjoy. I am a Political Science major and I have enjoyed every bit of my education. Sure, they may be a dime a dozen, but don't major in something such as Physics to impress adcomms; do it because you enjoy Physics. You will almost always perform better in a major that you enjoy and are passionate about.

by way, julie love all your movies.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: The Name's Dali on January 18, 2005, 07:16:28 PM
Thanks Julie :)
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: tamica on March 19, 2005, 04:58:01 PM
I would like to know what to major in also, I was thinking of a Pre-Law Major at a community college and then transferring to a four year college and major in either Criminal Justice or English.  What do you guys think?
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: MC Paul Barman on March 19, 2005, 05:06:40 PM
major in something that you'd like to do if LS was not an option after graduating.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: tamica on March 19, 2005, 05:19:30 PM
Thanks Paul,

That is a great idea.  Now what about law school?  Do you think Nashville School of Law would suite me?  I have 3 children and I want a full time job in a law firm?  I live in Jackson thinking of moving to Nashville closer to the law school.  Should I go now or later, I'm starting an associates degree in Pre-Law, but I can finish up there in Nashville. Help Me!
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: MC Paul Barman on March 19, 2005, 05:33:20 PM
i wouldn't move right now if the only reason is to be close to a law school you *might* attend in 3-4 years...you should do your best in college/on the lsat and then go to the best school you can get into that will work w/your family situation. I \dont think the nashville school of law is even accreditted. do not go there. its a ttt and a huge waste of money...............i hope this is a flame.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: tamica on March 19, 2005, 05:42:22 PM
Thanks Paul,
 
But... If I shouldn't go to Nashville School of Law, where should I go that offers a night school allowing me to work a job?  I have no help in finances right now. Help Again Please!
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: MC Paul Barman on March 19, 2005, 06:00:10 PM
there are lots of schools w/part time night programs. do some research. if you go to nashville, you will not become a lawyer - you wont be able to sit for the bar.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: tamica on March 19, 2005, 06:08:28 PM
Thanks Paul,

If you hear of anything else that could help, please let me know.

Thanks again :D
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: bloomich on April 01, 2005, 09:48:52 PM
yeah, don't take "classes to prepare for law school." take a traditional major like english, history, economics, political science, physics, whatever floats your boat.
and to piggy back on that,  I would stay away from crim justice, political science, things that are common.  If I had it to do over again I might not ahve majored in history, though I don't know what else I would have majored in.

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majoring in something in the sciences, or philosophy or english would be good.  law schools are looking for people with majors that aren't a dime a dozen and that also require critical thinking.  only take a couple of classes as electives that relate to law.  for instance, i'm majoring in environmental science, but i've taken a class on "the american judicial system," and i'm taking "privacy law" and "civil liberties" next semester just to see what i'm interested in. 
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I'm sorry but this kind of advice is BUNK... take virtually any demanding major in science or liberal arts, work hard, do well and you should be fine!!!  history and polisci are classic "pre-law" (to use the OP's terms) concentrations for a reason!... as a law school applicant, you should set yourself apart in terms of your personal statement, your letters of recommendation, your work experience, your extracurriculars, your volunteering, and last but CERTAINLY not least your GPA and LSAT... your actual major is not where you want to be different for different's sake... any "hard" natural science or liberal arts program is appropriate... if you find that you love polisci or history... go for it! they are great preparatory backgrounds for law... pls, do NOT avoid history or polisci because you think they won't differentiate you... that would be robbing you of a potentially valuable undergraduate experience, if in fact, you would have found either interesting/worthwhile... i will admit that i take personal exception to this kind of thinking because i am a history major but more so because i think history is wonderful and i would hate to think that someone who would feel the same way would decide not to pursue a degree in history for fear of being too "ordinary"... find something you are interested in, and do well in it!
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: Julie Fern on April 02, 2005, 02:44:05 AM
taking at least one law-related class is good to help you make sure you like discussing cases.  class in logic also can be helpful on lsat.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: legends159 on April 02, 2005, 11:24:03 AM
The goal is to get the highest GPA possible. If taking something you hate hurts your GPA then its not worth it. A 3.6 at something you like looks a lot better than a 3.0 at something you hate, even if its something excruciatingly difficult. In the end the law schools care about your stats because thats what'll determine their rankings.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: dal79 on April 04, 2005, 07:42:23 PM
I disagree with the previous post. I was a comp. lit. major, and I could not imagine a better way to prepare for the LSAT, which is 3/4 a test of your ability to read closely and analyse what you're reading and 1/4 a test of your logical reasoning. I think being a lit major was the primary reason why I scored a 174 on the first test I ever took (having never looked at an LSAT before) and scored a 179 when I took the test for real.

Yeah, but you come accross as a feminine hygiene product bag, so what good is a 179 LSAT when you're a doushe bag? ;D
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: LaneSwerver on April 04, 2005, 07:43:40 PM
taking at least one law-related class is good to help you make sure you like discussing cases.  class in logic also can be helpful on lsat.

I heart logic.

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Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: rick8481 on April 15, 2005, 01:29:03 PM
I think that the University of Phoenix offers an excellent online Pre-Law major. 
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: V00Jeff on May 05, 2005, 07:51:23 AM
Honestly, look for a school with a good reputation, solid liberal arts stuff, and a lot of grade inflation.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: Julie Fern on May 09, 2005, 06:29:10 AM
do that with straight face, you mean?
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: asugirliegirl on June 29, 2005, 11:48:29 AM
something to consider...
after 4 years of undergrad, you might not get into law school or you might decide that you do not want to be a lawyer.
in picking a major, choose one that 1) will prepare you for law school and 2) will help you find a job in an area you want should you decide not to go to law school.
also, if you're interested in a particular area of law, you might need a specific undergrad degree (i.e. accounting or finance for tax law or some sort of science for medical malpractice, etc)
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: WreckInTurn4 on September 27, 2005, 02:29:58 PM
Can someone please post how the usual timeline is for someone that eventually goes into law school. I've been told four years of college, sometimes three.  :-\ Can someone just clarify what the common routine is(Like four years of highschool, four years of college(apply in junior year, and take LSAT). Is that correct?
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: bruin on October 16, 2005, 07:55:38 PM
4 years HS
4-5 years college
[take LSAT June of junior year>]
(optional) 1-3 years work after college
Apply the fall before you plan to start law school
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: shae on November 25, 2005, 07:28:02 PM
I would say go wherever you want- but if you are trying to choose between 2 or 3 schools, pick the one that has a pre-law advisor.  Ours has been an amazing resource and I don't how people at schools without one find out all the stuff that she tells us (I guess they read message boards).

Also, she is very connected with the law school community so we get almost every dean/admissions director from texas law schools and some out-of-state schools as well.  Very nice resource to have.

PM me if you have any questions for me (doubt you will) b/c I don't usually check this board.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: bruin on November 27, 2005, 11:24:17 AM
I would say go wherever you want- but if you are trying to choose between 2 or 3 schools, pick the one that has a pre-law advisor.  Ours has been an amazing resource and I don't how people at schools without one find out all the stuff that she tells us (I guess they read message boards).

Also, she is very connected with the law school community so we get almost every dean/admissions director from texas law schools and some out-of-state schools as well.  Very nice resource to have.

PM me if you have any questions for me (doubt you will) b/c I don't usually check this board.

To be fair, many people have shared experiences with their pre-law advisors here that sound simply horrible. Having a bad pre-law advisior may be worse than not having one at all.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: ChlorasepticRelief on November 28, 2005, 02:09:35 AM
My pre-law advisor taught one of the history classes I took freshman year... she was a b*tch then, and I have no reason to believe she's not one now; so I've never talked to her about law stuff. Honestly, I think LSD is better than any advisor, anyway.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: bruin on December 02, 2005, 11:50:28 PM
My pre-law advisor taught one of the history classes I took freshman year... she was a b*tch then, and I have no reason to believe she's not one now; so I've never talked to her about law stuff. Honestly, I think LSD is better than any advisor, anyway.

According to LSAC, my undergrad is the largest single feeder to law schools, and we don't have a pre-law advisior at all.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: shae on December 04, 2005, 08:03:37 PM
Our advisor doesnt teach classes; her full-time job is to be a prelaw advisor.

She was very helpful.  Obviously you can send a lot of students to law school w/o one, but she is extremely useful for us.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: bloomich on December 05, 2005, 06:40:26 AM
Our advisor doesnt teach classes; her full-time job is to be a prelaw advisor.

She was very helpful.  Obviously you can send a lot of students to law school w/o one, but she is extremely useful for us.

the point here is that choosing between schools on the basis of whether or not they have a pre-law advisor may not be the *best* way to go about making that decision...
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: Vannabunny on December 06, 2005, 11:22:38 AM
Pick a school where you'll be happy.... it'll help you get better grades.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: shae on December 06, 2005, 07:46:37 PM
Our advisor doesnt teach classes; her full-time job is to be a prelaw advisor.

She was very helpful.  Obviously you can send a lot of students to law school w/o one, but she is extremely useful for us.

the point here is that choosing between schools on the basis of whether or not they have a pre-law advisor may not be the *best* way to go about making that decision...

Obviouly.  It is something to consider if comparing two like schools.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: nukelaw on December 06, 2005, 07:48:39 PM
HYP seem to do pretty well each year... ;D
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: bloomich on December 06, 2005, 08:25:18 PM
Our advisor doesnt teach classes; her full-time job is to be a prelaw advisor.

She was very helpful.  Obviously you can send a lot of students to law school w/o one, but she is extremely useful for us.

the point here is that choosing between schools on the basis of whether or not they have a pre-law advisor may not be the *best* way to go about making that decision...

Obviouly.  It is something to consider if comparing two like schools.

you said if you're down to 2 or 3, PICK the one with the pre-law advisor
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: shae on December 12, 2005, 11:39:11 PM
Our advisor doesnt teach classes; her full-time job is to be a prelaw advisor.

She was very helpful.  Obviously you can send a lot of students to law school w/o one, but she is extremely useful for us.

the point here is that choosing between schools on the basis of whether or not they have a pre-law advisor may not be the *best* way to go about making that decision...

Obviouly.  It is something to consider if comparing two like schools.

you said if you're down to 2 or 3, PICK the one with the pre-law advisor

LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  ;D

What I meant was- if you are choosing among 3 schools that are equal in all other aspects, choose the one that has a good pre-professional advising program.  if you cannot decide based on any other factor and you know you want to go to law school then choose the school that appears as if it will help you do that.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: linquest on December 13, 2005, 06:40:39 PM
I slightly disagree.  Remember that second to academics, networking is key to the job hunt. From what I've seen, what often distinguishes "elite" schools from the rest is their Career Services Office, although sometimes this does include the pre-law advisor.  This is even more important if there is a possibility that you will be working between undergrad and law school.  And, if your law school is less well-known than your undergrad, you'll have that network to pull from.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: shae on December 13, 2005, 08:28:12 PM
if you know that you want to go to law school (and you actually end up doing that) then you will probably not work in between undergrad and law school (except for a summer job or something of the sort).

Also- i think this would be covered when i said "if everything else between the schools you are considering are equal..." phrase.

I guess what you can learn from this thread is everyone has different reasons for choosing different schools, so choose based on your priorities and not what you read on some message board.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: nordhabs on December 16, 2005, 02:53:11 PM
Just don't take too many cake classes, get great grades and do well on the Lsat.  The LSAT is the MOST important thing.  Enjoy life; you might even change your mind about law school.  I am a 2l, and like most,  I only considered law school shortly before graduating.  People who want to lawyers "since they were a kid" are a bit strange, I think...
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: shae on January 14, 2006, 05:06:30 PM
i am beginning to think that the "diffculty" of your classes doesn't matter all that much.

unless you take basket weaving and floral design for 4 years, law schools have no idea how difficult your classes really were.

dont major in criminal justice, but you dont need to major in some type of obscure science either.

have a high gpa and a high lsat and you can go wherever you want.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: Yale College Inferno on January 14, 2006, 08:53:02 PM
i am beginning to think that the "diffculty" of your classes doesn't matter all that much.

unless you take basket weaving and floral design for 4 years, law schools have no idea how difficult your classes really were.

dont major in criminal justice, but you dont need to major in some type of obscure science either.

have a high gpa and a high lsat and you can go wherever you want.

I agree with all of these points. To the basket weaving/floral design point I would add do not take a disproportionate number of courses that have "intro" in the title or have low course numbers on your school's scale. e.g. if your scale starts at 000 don't take way took much "Econ 001" / "English 010" etc.; if your school starts numbering at 100 don't take disproportionately many courses like "Econ 101 / English 110" etc. Of course a few is TOTALLY FINE, it's just that over 4 years there should be some sort of advancement instead of still being at the bottom level in junior or senior year.

But there are plently of courses with decently high course numbres, and titles that don't say "intro," which are easy.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: Yale College Inferno on January 14, 2006, 08:55:07 PM
If you are planning this far ahead (!), and you know some specific law schools you're intersted in, you could call them and ask what undergrad schools are best represented in their LS student body. At Yale Law for example, the 2 biggest feeder schools are Yale and Harvard Colleges, while at Harvard Law I believe Harvard College is the best represented.
Title: Re: Looking for the best Pre-Law colleges
Post by: CRDFNSKY on January 29, 2006, 08:21:09 PM
yeah, don't take "classes to prepare for law school." take a traditional major like english, history, economics, political science, physics, whatever floats your boat.

In college, I took 2 seperate constitutional law courses and a class called the legal environment of business. All of those classes gave me an excellent background. There were alot of concepts I already had a bare bones grasp on, and that gave me an edge throughout the first year. Take hard classes, get good grades and try to get a little exposure to the law to see if its for you. That and a job in a law firm or courthouse (future job contacts) will go along way for you in various aspects of a law school/legal career.