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The most useful degree for real, contemporary life: Classics.
   Really?  Why is that and can you elaborate?

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   Scentless Apprentice,  No worries, I know I was being a bit dramatic.  It's just that I was a little concerned that I was starting to sound like a moron.  I do appreciate the advice that you and others offered me and I will take it to heart.

  What are your degrees in, if I may ask?

  I don't know if you are aware of this but I'm not a recent high school graduate or some young, twenty-something college student.  I am 37 actually, former military and I have been trying to come to grips with career choice.  For whatever reason I have been unable to pinpoint and decide on a career. At least one that I stuck with.  But after much consideration and soul searching I realized that I did not want to wake up one day in my "golden years" and have regrets or wonder "what if?".  I would rather try my hardest and fail than not try at all, life is much too short. That is the reason I decided that I will just bite the bullet and set my sights on becoming an Attorney. I have been interested in the law for years and I am actually hoping to become an ADA. Of course I will keep my options open as to the area of law I practice in though.

 That is why I have a little apprehension about choosing a major, because of the age factor.  If I was younger it wouldn't be as much of an issue if I had to go back and either get another degree or start looking for another option.

 I hope all this makes sense.  I would love to continue to get advice, support and the like from all of you in this forum.  Especially since the majority of you have a lot more education experience and insight to the matters concerning law school. Thanks again and I look forward to learning all I can from the lot of you.

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 Scentless Apprentice,  Thanks, I will certainly take your advice into consideration.  I will most likely look into one of the majors you listed and possibly augment it with Political Science or Economics.

 I know that I would need to sell myself in the job market but let's be honest, I think most people would think that a degree in say, Philosophy, would be hard to market in the work force. But it's certainly one of desired degrees in Graduate school, from what I have read anyway.

 As far as me saying "in case I don't get into law school", it's just that I know it is quite competitive and I don't want to get hopes up too much. I tend to be a realist and given the way a lot of things in my life have worked out, I think I'm justified in being cautious or a bit pessimistic. I hope you're right though and once I get a couple of years of undergrad behind me I will be able to share your optimism.

 Oh, one more thing. What is wrong with my writing?  Granted I'm know I'm not an expert word-smith but I thought I write fairly well.  Luckily, I know I will be taking plenty of writing classes in my pursuit of a law degree but you have given me a bit of a complex now.  Thanks.

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    Fair enough, thanks to those that replied.  Your advice certainly makes sense and while I do know that one should take classes that interest them, my concern is ending up getting a degree in whatever and for some reason not getting into law school.  Then I'll have a degree that may not really transfer or be "useful" in the job market. Now I say "useful" but I do think that most degrees can and should be considered of use in the job market.  Especially degrees in English, Economics, Political Science, the typical pre-law degrees. But as I'm sure we are all aware, most employers will want and do want people with degrees that are job specific for the most part. Like I stated before, these are times when it seems like everyone is concerned with specialization. I guess what I am really asking is for suggestions for degrees that can be applied to several areas or jobs.  Am I just wishing for the moon?  Are there any?
   Although I am planning on and will give my absolute best effort to get into law school.  I am trying not to let myself develop a self-fulfilling prophesy by being negative.  I want to be prepared or have a back-up plan just in case.

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  Hey everyone.  I know this question has been asked numerous times before but I would like to know a good choice of undergrad major.  A major that not only will help me get in to law school but also in case I don't get accepted, while helping me stand out from the crowd or typical applicant. Any suggestions?  I'm thinking some combination involving Anthropology/ Political Science, Art History/ Philosophy,  or any combination thereof. Will any of those offer opportunities outside of law school?  That is what I want to ensure before I decide on a major.  I don't want to choose one that if I don't get into law school will not be of use in the "real world" especially in a time where everything is so geared to specialization and the niche mindset.

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   What degree would you recommend or would be beneficial?  From what I've read most degrees in the Liberal Arts have been the norm for law school applicants/students. Although I do understand the issue of having a degree that can be applied to other areas if I'm not able to get into law school.  So what would be a smart choice for my undergrad degree?

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   That's what I was thinking.  Provided that having a Paralegal Certificate will be enough to get hired.  I have messaged a few law offices to get their input/opinions and I'm waiting to hear back from them.  If it's determined that I won't be able to find a paralegal position with just a certificate then I will have to determine my best course of action.  Thanks.

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  You do have a point and that would be a factor.  It's just as I said, I am having a hell of a time just finding some random, nothing job so I can start school.  I am former military and have the G.I. Bill thankfully but I do need to start earning an income.  Right now it's just my wife who is making any money.  I was hoping to be able to start earning a decent salary and I do know that paralegals do work some long hours fairly often.  Although I would do what is needed to get my degree. Online classes for instance.  I am just considering all options and trying to figure out the best way to go about it.  Thanks again for your input.

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  Hello, I'm new here.  I have a question for everyone. What is your opinion on someone becoming a paralegal to help fund school.  I have been out of work for months and I want to pursue a B.A. in Political Science and apply to law school.  Given that I have been unemployed for so long, I would like to find a decent paying job while I pursue my degree.  I was considering getting a Paralegal Certificate and hopefully find a paralegal position, then return to school to get my B.A.  What are your opinions/advice?  Thanks.

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 Hello, I'm new here.  I have a question for everyone.  What are your opinions on someone getting paralegal training and working as one to help fund school?  I have been struggling trying to find a career since I can remember, (I'm currently 37).  Well I have decided that I will just go for it and attempt to become an Attorney.  I have always found the legal field interesting and feel that I could do well in it.  Ideally I'd like to end up as an ADA/Prosecutor. I know, I know they don't earn very much in comparison to a private practice Attorney but it's the path I'd prefer. I am former military and have the G.I. Bill but I have been looking for work for months now, I am considering becoming a paralegal so I can get a decent paying job. I will then get back into school for a B.A. in Political Science and apply to law school.  I figure the worst case scenario is I don't make it into law school but I'll have a good paying career anyway,(provided I find a paralegal job) as this job market sucks. The best case, I work while going to school, getting some valuable real world legal experience.  I'd like your input/advice on the matter. Thanks.

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