I think I will get my CPA then go for my JD afterwards. Would having my CPA boost my chances at getting into law school? If you guys could go back, would you start studying for the LSAT from your freshman year?
FalconJimmy - I read in an earlier post that everyone should read your posts twice. I can see why he said that, I want to thank you and everyone who replied to this thread for taking the time to help me. I think the plan is going to be to get the degree in accounting first, even if it requires a Masters. I am blessed enough to have my education paid for so I might as well do what I can to make the best out of it. I am only 18, so I have a lot of time to think about getting my JD. Which as of right now, I will. I'm still keeping an open mind about everything, who knows, maybe I'll end up going tomedical! (Not in my agenda what-so-ever!).Best Regards,Matt
Your major won't boost your chances of getting into law school. Nor will it hurt your chances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No argument here.
To put a finer point on it, I'm not saying that some degrees are useless or that they don't teach you anything. I'm speaking specifically to qualifying people for jobs. What degrees in some fields do is simply qualify you for jobs that require "any degree". So, for instance, OCS in the military. However, the claim that they qualify you for more jobs than, say, a degree in computer science, because a computer science job is training in a specific area, is fallacious, IMHO.
As for teaching a person how to think, my personal opinion on that is that maybe NO degree really teaches a person "how to think". Maybe the fields just attract people with good logical skills and maybe gives them a few problem solving methods that aren't intuitively obvious.
However, although some of the liberal arts degrees may teach a person how to think, I also find it highly likely that people who studied engineering also know how to think. Or, as you pointed out, a person with a biochem degree probably thinks just fine.
I like applicants with hard majors (including engineering) because I know that they are smart - but I also mentally adjust the training program to suit their undergraduate field of study.