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Best Undergrad Major For Law School (and College Degree)

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Best Undergrad Major For Law School (and College Degree)


– Hey legal eagles, one of the questions I get most from college students is, “What is the best
undergrad degree or major “to prepare you for law school?” Well today I’m gonna talk
about the various pros and cons of different degrees and
by the end of this video you will know what is
the right major for you. So stick around. (upbeat music) The thing about law
school is that it takes a lot of different skills working in conjunction with each other. First and foremost, you
have to be a great writer. Second, you have to be
good at researching. You have to be good at logical thinking. You have to be able to
make good policy arguments stemming from philosophy and government. You have to be good at
historical precedent. You have to be a good orator. All of these things need
to work in conjunction if you’re going to get
the most out of law school and you have to use all
of these skills together in order to be a successful law student. To get good grades. And as a result there is no one major that prepares you for law school. Law school is unlike anything else. In undergrad, in high school, there is just simply nothing like it. And there is no one major
that really prepares you for what law school is like. Final exams in law school are based on what’s called an issue
spotter hypothetical where you’re required
to think like a lawyer. No undergrad major prepares
you for thinking like a lawyer. In fact, law school
doesn’t even prepare you for thinking like a lawyer either. That’s why we created a masterclass to actually teach students how to think like a lawyer. And classes in law school are taught using the Socratic method which is also completely different from almost any seminar
or lecture that you’ve had in college or in high school. Professors pepper their
students with questions to reveal the right answer. Much in the same way that it’s said that Socrates peppered his disciples, Plato and Aristotle with questions to let them find the right answer. But this methodology, it’s totally unlike anything that you’ll see in college. Especially where you have large classes of hundreds of people or more where there just simply isn’t the ability to go back and forth between
any particular student. And the subject matter in law school is also totally different
from any undergrad subject. No one will teach you
the law that you need before you get to law school. Sure, you might take a business law class or an accounting law class but that is such a small, tiny percentage of what you’re going
to cover in law school that there’s no way for
any particular major to really lay the foundation of what you will need
to know in law school. So the question is this. If no major really
prepares you for law school and no major can prepare
you for law school, what major should you
sign up for in college to best prepare you for law school? Well the answer that
I always give is this. You should sign up for the major that you are most interested in. Get a degree in a subject
that you find fascinating. Law schools don’t care about your major. When you apply to law school,
no law school is gonna look at which particular major you had. But they do care about what
grades you got in college or in undergrad. So if you major in something that you’re really interested in you are much more likely
to put more effort into it and to do well in college. And that will translate
into better grades. Not to mention you will have
spent four to five years studying something that you really enjoy because you’re never going
to get that time back. Odds are you’re probably
going to enjoy law school less than your time in college. So you might as well enjoy the most out of your college experience. So sign up for a major, get a degree in something that you find fascinating and you’re willing to
study for four years. Then when you show up for
your first day of law school you’ll be in basically the
same boat as everybody else. You’ll be starting from zero. Because no one’s major or
degree actually prepared them for law school. So it’s okay that you’re
starting from the same point as everybody else. So what is the best major for you? Well, that depends. It depends on your personal preferences. What do you enjoy studying? What are you fascinated by? What can you see yourself
studying for four to five years? And what can you reasonably do to get good grades in
that particular major? So unfortunately, I can’t
give you one particular answer that works for everybody. There is no one major that
works for all law schools and even pre-law majors
don’t really prepare you for law school. For those of you who are unsatisfied with an it depends answer, well I’m sorry to say that you’re gonna have to get used to it because if you’re going to become a lawyer you’re going to hear it depends a lot. If you ask a lawyer anything, nine times out of 10 you’ll
get the answer that it depends. So let me know. What major did you sign up for? What are you going to study in college and what have you been studying? Do you feel like it was
a good use of your time for four years? If you want even more
strategies and tactics before you get to law school, download our free ultimate
pre-law checklist. It’s our free gift to you. The link to that is down below and it will give you a head start before you get to law school. Also please click on the
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subscribe to this channel, the more videos we’ll make
on how to crush law school. And until next time, at Legal Eagle. Think like a lawyer and ace the exam. So the thing about law school
is that it takes a whole. There. In Socratic method. Aristotle and Plato. Well the answer that I always give people, let me try that again.

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0 thoughts on “Best Undergrad Major For Law School (and College Degree)”

  1. Ryan Mecillas says:

    Comm/English double major working on teachers license, working as a para at a school, here. But I would like to be a lawyer. Here's to hope.

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