« on: December 24, 2004, 06:23:43 PM »
Hey, let me copy and paste what I wrote about this a few days ago before the forum went down and this discussion was deleted?
One way you can look at your situation is that law school is going to be really hard no matter what background you have, so it really doesn't give you much of an edge to choose a harder major like Philosophy. And also, is it really worth it to the take the grade plunge?
The way I figure is that although Phil. is a lot more interesting and harder than your typical Soc. curriculum, you are not going to have much of a back-up plan in terms of jobs with either - so you might as well just take Soc. and get a high GPA so you can actually get into law school.
Then again, Philosophy is a highly respected major from people I've spoken to because it's considered very difficult to understand and analyze, so although it might not make a difference in law admissions, it will give you more pride/knowledge in the long run. Personally, I've taken a couple Phil. courses. One was Ethics, which was pretty easy and the other was a course called Mind, Knowledge, and Freedom - and 3/4 of the class had trouble understanding the material that was covered (including me). Some of the stuff was just impossible. I ended up getting a pretty good grade because the term paper was worth a very large proportion of the class. Anyone else have difficulty with Philosophy courses?