I am sophomore in college, and I am considering law school when I graduate. The courses I have taken thus far are general in nature and not specifically career oriented. I need to declare a major that will enhance my chances of acceptance to law school.
It used to be that well-educated men and women were “generalists” when it came to college majors. A few economics or history classes and a general studies major was about all that was needed to find a good job on Wall Street or Main Street. Today things have changed dramatically.
After canvassing my clients, here is their advice: Do not choose a major just because it is easy, and do not be afraid to go out on a limb and pick a challenging one if you think you might like the subject. Any major brings with it a mix of classes. If you are serious about law school, a few clients suggested you go one more step and take a double major. If you enjoy history, for example, why not add a second major such as economics? Economics requires a strong quantitative component while history will require a lot of writing. Both skills are highly valued in the job market and by potential law schools. Even if you decide to work after graduation and attend law school at a later date, what you gain by taking harder classes will pay off when you take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). A double major, or even a single major with a strong concentration in a secondary subject, will make you that much more competitive. But be cautious. Some majors are easier than others to combine. For example, engineering requires so many prerequisites that it might not leave room for a second major or even a minor area of concentration.
And do not forget to take a foreign language. Languages are more important than ever in our increasingly diverse society and in the business world. Employers are thinking several years down the road and they want new employees to be prepared for the international marketplace.
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