As always, an excellent post, Jimmy. A couple of thoughts:
Your major won't boost your chances of getting into law school. Nor will it hurt your chances.
Yes and no, on two levels.
I certainly agree with the general sentiment, but I hear no end of whining from law school admission folks about how they wish they had more applicants who were not majoring in English/History/PolySci, and they all claim to give extra points for the tougher majors - particularly math/science. See Professor X' "Law School Undercover" for more on this point. That said, you are absolutely correct that a good GPA is job one, and if the tougher major will have a significant effect on the GPA, then I would steer clear. And in this case, OP says that math "isn't his thing" - giant red flag. People should not major in math unless it is very much their thing.
Second, while the name of the major may have only a limited impact (if any) on law school admissions, we do occasionally learn something in college classes (shocking, I know), and that something may or may not be of assistance for law school admission. For instance (my bias about to show), my math studies prepared me for the LSAT far more than my psychology studies. I believe (with no meaningful data to back me up) that math, science, philosophy, and other "rigorous" fields of study provide better background for a good LSAT score than do history or English. And a good LSAT score, of course, is the other half of law school admission.
And, on a side note, I do believe that while choice of major is not a major factor for law school admission, I believe that it can be a significant factor for employment selection - at least for some majors. I know that I pay a lot more attention to a 1L resume when it shows biochemistry or physics as the undergrad major.
Part of the equation is, "what would you like to do with your life?" If you want to be an accountant, then you should get an accounting degree.
I might be being a bit harsh, but if so, only by a bit, when I say that a lot of degrees really aren't very employable. Especially these days when 2/3 of young people will get a 4 year degree. It seems to me that many degrees are essentially generic "McDegrees" that don't prepare you to do anything, professionally.
Absolutely agree, and not just for law school applicants. Eggs in one basket and all that - it is a wasted opportunity to leave college without an employable degree of some kind. And that holds even if you are successful in law school. For a great many law school graduates, the practice of law is not forever. I expect that there are a whole lot more "recovering lawyers" out there than there are "recovering physicians" or, for that matter, "recovering accountants." The structure of the law business is set up to chase a lot of people out over time, whether voluntarily or otherwise. Even if you don't need that physics degree now, it may come in handy 20 years down the road.
I won't name any here, for fear of offending somebody, but you can probably decide which ones seem to fit that description. As a warning, they almost all say some variation of the following about their program of study:
"Other programs of study just teach you a very narrow skill set. Because of this, your opportunities after school will only be in a very narrow group of jobs. Our program teaches you how to THINK, so our graduates are prepared to do any job in any field."
This is, of course, complete and utter BS. The logic is essentially, "You won't be qualified to do anything. Which means you're equally qualified to do EVERYTHING."
Just ask a hiring manager looking for an accountant, computer programmer, engineer, chemist, etc., whether a candidate with none of those degrees, but with a liberal arts degree that "taught them how to think" is somebody they'd even consider. The reality is that they're not qualified for "any job in any field". They're simply not qualified for any job.
As the holder of one of those "thinking" degrees myself I am not in the least offended.
I do, however, partially disagree. Certainly it is tough to apply for a job with a degree in philosophy. It is not an employable degree. That said, there is significant truth to the whole "learning how to think" bit - isn't that what law school is all about? In fact, much as my studies in math prepared me for the LSAT, I believe that my studies in philosophy prepared me for law school and the practice of law - moreso than other things I studied. I would encourage future lawyers to take philosophy classes if possible.
But I also agree that it would be foolish to graduate with a degree in philosophy (unless coupled with a more employable major). Practical reality should not be forgotten.
Now, right now, you seem to be bent on being an attorney because you've always wanted to be. You might end up being one. Just like the guy who always wanted to be a circus clown might end up actually being a circus clown.
That one goes in the databank for future use. Thank you!
(Oh, and as to the original question: Study early, study a lot, and study hard. The LSAT score is at least as important as the GPA, so you should take the LSAT at least as seriously as you take your classes.)