Law School Discussion

Specific Groups => Canadian Law Students => Topic started by: doesitmakeadifference? on June 17, 2012, 12:57:21 PM

Title: Honors vs Traditional Degree
Post by: doesitmakeadifference? on June 17, 2012, 12:57:21 PM
I am looking to attend law school after graduating from McGill University (my undergrad). I am going into second year at mcgill and need to pick my major/minor. The two programs i am looking into are a major in economics with a minor in finance/marketing, or a joint honors program in finance and economics with a minor in really anything. I know the honors program for econ and finance is one of the hardest programs at mcgill and will alter my gpa negatively compared to the first option. So the question i have is out of your personal experience and knowledge should i pursue the honors degree or take the normal economics program and obtain a higher gpa. does the honors degree carry enough weight that it will help my application?

Thanks
Title: Re: Honors vs Traditional Degree
Post by: FalconJimmy on June 17, 2012, 02:33:40 PM
I am looking to attend law school after graduating from McGill University (my undergrad). I am going into second year at mcgill and need to pick my major/minor. The two programs i am looking into are a major in economics with a minor in finance/marketing, or a joint honors program in finance and economics with a minor in really anything. I know the honors program for econ and finance is one of the hardest programs at mcgill and will alter my gpa negatively compared to the first option. So the question i have is out of your personal experience and knowledge should i pursue the honors degree or take the normal economics program and obtain a higher gpa. does the honors degree carry enough weight that it will help my application?

Thanks

Maybe for the very, very best schools, like maybe the top 3, the honors might carry some weight.

For all the rest, they're going to make their first cut based purely on numbers. 

Just my decidedly non-expert opinion on the matter.

OTOH, an honors degree in finance/eco from McGill might be enough to land you on wall street, thus making law school largely unnecessary.