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

   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.


 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.


    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.


  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.


   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?


   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.


  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.

  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.


 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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