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Get our Ultimate Pre-Law Checklist (FREE) here ➜ https://www.legaleagleprep.com/prelaw Learn learn how to get ready for law school, the 5 things you must do the summer before law school and more . . . Not all lawyers knew they wanted to be lawyers when they were young. But a select few knew that they had to go into law. But before you can go to law school, you need to go to college. And law school is its own beast. So if you are a high school student or college student who knows that you want to be a lawyer, what major should you choose? What degree best prepares you for doing well in law school? Today we’re going to discuss the right major and degree for anyone that knows that law school is in their future. ======================================================== If you want to learn to THINK LIKE A LAWYER and ACE YOUR NEXT EXAM, check out our LAW SCHOOL MASTERCLASS at https://www.legaleagleprep.com/masterclass ======================================================== ★ Got law school questions? Ask in the comments! ★ Say hi on Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleagleprep ★ Tweet at us on Twitter @LegalEagleDJ ——————————————————————————
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I did philosophy. Was planning on a career in law. I might still. We'll see. . . . It depends. 😁
Karen Jandres (9 days ago)
I’m majoring in Architectural technology at a CC rn and I am planning to transfer to a 4yeaf school but I do go back and forth on majoring in business but I suck at math does business require like exesive math and I am wanting to go into law school
Benjamin Junkins (20 days ago)
Fact: a mathematics major teaches one to be good at all of these skills.
iammaxhailme (29 days ago)
I'm a scientist, not a lawyer, but there are a lot of JD's who are scientists are heart (and scientists by credetial) who work in patents + copyright arbitration etc. It really depends what you want to do
christopher funakoshi (1 month ago)
After watching this video, I disagree with it. You named a few skills such as(critical/logical thinking, writing, research, the Socratic method of teaching) that I think will be improved in certain majors more then others. For example if your trying to improve your logical reasoning then Math, Philosophy, etc or if they're trying to improve their ability to write then a degree in English. A person trying to become a lawyer should evaluate themselves and pick a major in the area that they are either strong, weak, or have an interest in. But I understand/agree with your main point in that none of the degrees are going to have such a material effect on their success in law school.
Ashley Todd (1 month ago)
My husband is a nurse and he’s looking into law school. He’s always wanted to be a lawyer but his parents kind of pushed him into nursing. He thought he was stuck with nursing but I reminded him that you don’t need to have a particular degree to apply to law school. Thanks for information you provide on this channel. I’d love to know more about how you get a job after law school, different types of lawyers, etc.
Patrick Isles (1 month ago)
If you want to go to law school, then study Philosophy as an undergrad. It is the best for a few reasons: 1. You learn how to reconstruct arguments in terms of premises 2. You learn how to read complicated texts 3. You learn how to compare and contrast different thinkers if you want to compare different. E.g if you are analyzing Descartes, to what extent would his interpretation of the mind and body reflect 20th century french philosophy. Now I'm not in law school nor do I intend on pursuing a law degree after undergrad, but im presuming that in law school, you must learn how to explain or reconstruct concepts without subjectivity. However, I do not agree with the "you will do better in something that you are fascinated in." You will run into a class in your major which will challenge and therefore stress you out. (There is no getting around it).
ChessTrader (1 month ago)
Philosophy is going to be a really good one.
Makayla Chacon (1 month ago)
I transferred to my University in Spring 2017, I will graduate in Spring 2020. I triple major in Criminal Justice, Multicultural & Gender Studies with a General option, and Political Science with an option in Legal Studies. I am also working on my paralegal certificate.
Anime Master (1 month ago)
I want to dual major. I know I will take philosophy, but I’m undecided between poli sci and economics. I know eco will prep me better for LSATS, but I think I can get higher grades in poli sci. Which should I take?
diamond baithey (19 days ago)
Anime Master ECO
Josh Riley (1 month ago)
Just curious, I am a Mechanical Engineering graduate. Even a degree that is arguably much harder than say a buisness degree would not play any factor in admissions?
jrpone (1 month ago)
Im a history Major and Ive been contemplating law school lately, its weird because I never even considered Law or being a lawyer but who knows...
Valerie .M (1 month ago)
So helpful thank you very much. 👍
Mike M (1 month ago)
So why is relevant life experience i.e relevant service in the military not a relevant pre-requisite for Law School?
Benjamin (1 month ago)
Currently a Communications major with a minor in English
Nikole Riera (1 month ago)
I'm planning on becoming an immigration attorney. I'm a highschool student though, and taking honors classes in history, english and physics. Is there anything that'll be beneficial to a highschool student to get into law school? I've done research on what it is somewhat required, I was told to take sicology & public speaking but my school doesn't have that. I've also decided to go take internships but i haven't been able to see anything available in my area. So I'm really stuck here and would like to know some feedback or anything useful in my situation please.
Anne Reilley (1 month ago)
If you pick a subject that fascinates you, after 4 years you may end up giving up your law aspirations and pursue it instead. Maybe it's better to study something you like, but like less than law school to keep your law ambitions alive.
James Grooms (2 months ago)
awesome vid
Kronus (2 months ago)
I live in Europe and I can go to law school fresh out of highschool, do you think that's a good idea? I considered getting a law degree immediately but since you said to study what you like I am thinking of getting my maths degree first, what do you think is a better idea?
Jasperience (2 months ago)
Great Video! Gave me a peace of mind. Thank you!
mirasga (2 months ago)
I felt like a total idiot on first day of class in law school. Happy to know that we were all in the same boat. hahaha
Aliza Alexeev (2 months ago)
How do you prepare to take the LSAT's after/during your undergrad degree and how can your degree help your success on the test?
Gabbie (2 months ago)
I want to do corporate or contract law, so I'm planning on majoring in Accounting or Business. Any ideas on which to chose or any other majors that'd be good to do?
Truesky44 (2 months ago)
Gabbie lol did you watch the video
Robert Palumbo (2 months ago)
I object majored history philosophy minor in latin translation
Siege Yasharahla (2 months ago)
From what I understand, the answer is true that you gave. However, if you want to go into patent law, from what I understand you need a degree that goes along with hard sciences. To be a patent agent or patent lawyer you have to have pretty much a STEM degree. You should do a video on this...please, lol its what I'm interested in.
Anastasia Frolova (2 months ago)
I had no idea what major I wanted to do other than law, so I went to the UK where law is an undergraduate degree and will be practicing in London in August!
Anthony H (2 months ago)
how did this guy make it through the whole video without telling us what his undergrad degree was in
Kyle Coleman (1 month ago)
It's Poly Sci. He mentioned it in another video.
John R Watters II (2 months ago)
"Law school doesn't even prepare you for thinking like a lawyer." I can't comment on this guy's masterclass, but no truer words have ever been spoken re: law school.
c (2 months ago)
ive read that philosophy majors score highest on average on the lsat... in philosophy you study logical sequencing and have to interpret dense theoretical texts so i do think philosophy has its advantages
nonexistentrose (2 months ago)
I don't plan on going to law school (I just find the legal system fascinating), but I recently graduated with an English degree from a small university with very small class sizes. In my last two years, most of my courses were daily back-and-forth discussions and debates on various readings, our own work, etc. I can't help but wonder what that sort of teaching style had on the way I think and how that might help or hinder me if I went into law school. Unfortunately I don't have hundreds of thousands of dollars or hours of time to find out lol
iiPryzee (2 months ago)
Right Now I Am Going Towards a Chemistry Major But I’m Getting interested In political science and law school after undergraduate. I’m Just so lost rn and of course i still have time because I. Am only a first semester student but damn am i in a pickle rn...
Michael Thermes (2 months ago)
iiPryzee same with me I’m majoring in biology and think about switching to political science
The Henryverse (2 months ago)
So it's okay that I'm an animation student? Because my only job experiences involve being an underpaid salesman and an animator for the new transformers cartoon
Matthew Coury (2 months ago)
Hey legalEagle community, does it matter what undergrad school you went to. I'd like to go to national university for accounting. Input?
Jackson Reynolds (2 months ago)
Kind of surprises me there isn't something simple like "Pre-Law"
John R Watters II (2 months ago)
My undergrad offered two minors in pre-law, one from the Philosophy department and one from the Poly Sci department. I snagged the Philosophy one, and I wager it helped more than the other one would. A lot of pre-law stuff is government, legislation, etc., but I don't think this the best way to prepare for law school. So I guess it kind of depends on what "pre-law" means at any particular university.
Philosophical Dick (2 months ago)
I majored in philosophy and political science. The philosophy major required that I take an upper division course in formal logic, which I found to be tremendously helpful in preparing me for the LSAT. Philosophy majors also spend their time analyzing and constructing arguments, thinking critically, and writing long essays packed with cogent arguments. As for the poli sci major, perhaps I am biased, but I think it provided me with an edge over those who majored in other disciplines like English or the sciences.
Anime Master (2 months ago)
Is there one or two in particular that would help to specifically become a corporate lawyer? I can’t really decide between political science, economics, psychology, and philosophy
Anime Master (2 months ago)
LadyLal I was thinking eco major poli minor with 1 philosophy and 1 psych
LadyLal (2 months ago)
Anime Master it honestly doesn’t matter. You just have to have amazing grades in law school (and in undergrad to get into law school). I’ve seen a lot of poli sci majors though but it really doesn’t matter
Silly Kitty (2 months ago)
The struggle of finding a major when you have interest in everything
Timothy King (2 months ago)
I’m a senior in high school who wants to eventually get a JD with a specialization in Environmental Law at UCLA, that’s the end goal. In the meantime though, my Bachelors will probably be Environmental Studies or something related to that.
Stephanie Malo (2 months ago)
Should have seen the "it depends" answer coming.
Thomas (3 months ago)
I've read that some schools like to see STEM majors because it's becoming increasingly important for lawyers to understand the technical aspects of various issues. Northwestern in particular has a lengthy statement about this on their admissions site. You talk about undergrad majors only in terms of whether they prepare you for law school, but shouldn't we also be considering what skills might complement the things you learn in law school? You'd think an engineering degree would be valuable to have as a patent attorney, for example?
sam alcoreza (3 months ago)
Got a Finance undergrad, now working on an MSA (Masters in Accounting) and seriously considering heading into law school (after watching Suits i got more enticed with law and the legal field).
abhishek kulkarni (3 months ago)
Computer science and Mathematics
Steven D (3 months ago)
I studied Entrepreneurship(focused on the finance side), and have been a pilot in the Navy for 6 years(wait what?). I think if I decide to pull the trigger one day and dive into law school the regime of insane amounts(4 constant years) of study will help me get through. I too got a degree Im passionate about, and still am passionate about, despite not currently an entrepreneur.
Frida Meraz (3 months ago)
I am majoring in psychology and until very recently I wanted to go to law school to be a lawyer. I decided I do not want to be a lawyer anymore, but now I do not know what I want as a career. I have some ideas, but do not have anything like when I wanted to be a lawyer. I think there is a small part of me that still wants to be a lawyer and after watching some of your videos that part of me was stirred up. I was told by one of my psych professors that my personality type would not do well in the legal system; I am very passionate about seeking justice and helping people in need. So I guess, my question is, apart from grades (my grades are excellent so that won't be an issue for me and I am also very good at conducting research, writing essays, etc), does having a certain type of personality affect how well people perform as law students and as lawyers in general?
Chrissy Guillen (3 months ago)
What majors should I pursue if I am interested in a career of Criminal Justice law?
Mona Miller (3 months ago)
Engineer majors and philosophy majors preform the best on average on the LSAT
Kyle Coleman (1 month ago)
Physics + Math + Application = Engineering
Linh Duong (2 months ago)
Mona Miller physics/math
Life’sAdrag (3 months ago)
I live in Ireland but want to go to law school in New York? Can I get an undergrad degree here then go to New York for law school? Will they accept that?
xochitl neri (3 months ago)
Im a sophomore in college. I'm majoring in psychology and minoring in political science. Should i just minor in philosophy or stick to political science?
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
Depends on what you really enjoy.
PhantoSpark (3 months ago)
So if I have a 3.6 GPA in my degree in Information Technology, I can still get into law school? It’s not too late?
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
Never too late.
Jacob Hansen (3 months ago)
Is their a major that might help a certain area of law you want to study? Like would a business major help prepare you for business law as a example?
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
Ya, specialty legal fields can benefit from specialized college degrees.  Patent law, or tax for example.
blownspeakersss (3 months ago)
Interestingly, some majors preform much better than others on the LSAT. For example, physics, math, philosophy, and economics are the top 4 highest-scoring majors on the LSAT. More common majors preform much worse, e.g., business, prelaw, criminology, psychology, etc. Even more, those top 4 majors even out-score biology/chemistry majors on the MCAT! http://www.phil.ufl.edu/ugrad/whatis/LSATtable.html
Sam (3 months ago)
I agree with this advice, but I should point out that my major, philosophy, totally taught me how to think like a lawyer... or at least the beginnings of it. Logic, rhetoric, hypotheticals, that's all philosophy. "Jurisprudence" means legal philosophy. Also, Aristotle was not a student of Socrates, he was a student of Plato and Plato was a student of Socrates.
Sam (1 month ago)
+Adam Zaidan Just to be clear, the logic was useful directly. The Differential equations and group theory were interesting and helped me learn to be rigorous about complex topics, but they don't apply that often in the law.
Adam Zaidan (1 month ago)
+Sam Oh ok, thanks! :)
Sam (1 month ago)
+Adam Zaidan I took 2 400 level logic classes (1st order logic and modal logic) and both were cross listed between math and philosophy. I also took math up through Diff EQ and Group Theory. I can't say much of the math has been directly useful (the logic has), but getting comfortable with rigorous analytics certainly has been useful.
Adam Zaidan (1 month ago)
Also, math would help as well. It is fascinating and teaches logic.
Sam (2 months ago)
+John R Watters II I would also add that a basic background in science is helpful. You need to be able to read and evaluate technical expert writing, even if you are not an expert yourself. If you want to go into patent work, there are minimum science requirements for that which are more rigorous. In terms of usefulness of this stuff, during law school, I was one of the few people who understood the Rule Against Perpetuities easily off the bat. I wrote it down in formal first order logic and that was all the notes I needed on the subject.
RunawayDoll0 (4 months ago)
This helped me lots, thank you! I’m majoring in Sociology.
Matthew Hezseltine (4 months ago)
Space Science! Only thing I think you should have mentioned, is that you need to graduate with a hard Science/engineering to take the patent bar.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
It's not required (you can take a test to prove you have the technical or scientific knowledge), but most people satisfy that requirement with a college degree.
Jeden Snow (4 months ago)
G-Rex Saurus (4 months ago)
What's the point of having people go through college if ultimately it doesn't matter what you do? Why can't one be allowed to go directly to law school? I'm not sure myself how things work here in Europe but US colleges seems to be extended high schools to me at this point.
Rich 91 (1 month ago)
+sarowie british lawyers dont have this problem
LadyLal (2 months ago)
G-Rex Saurus yea as someone who just graduated Law school i kinda agree but at 18 I didn’t know I wanted to go to law school so it bought me some time. I have a cousin in colombia who is four years younger than me but they go straight into their careers so she will graduate automatically with a law degree and same with friends I have from Ireland. To make te best out of my situation here in the US I look at it like this, that since the law governs everything you can delve into a field (ie education engineering fashion design psychology etc) to gain some background and then after law school you can combine both fields. For example my brother graduated in film and he can go to law school for entertainment law or I did my undergrad in psychology and I could have gone into mental hygiene ... but at the same time counseling courses helped me meet with clients so there’s also that
File Leutheros (3 months ago)
In Greece that's what we do. No tuition either although I doubt the quality is anything even close...
G-Rex Saurus (3 months ago)
That seems a pretty weird and bad argument, why do yo NEED to relate to any specific group? Not sure what you get from having your lawyers to be specifically relatable to one group, which in theory could be people you wouldn't find anywhere close to the field those lawyers end up working.
sarowie (3 months ago)
Do you want laywers that have no idea about life outside of law school? He says the major is irrelevant - no it is not. The mayor will set you up to meet your clients eye to eye. If you study engineering, clients that are in an engineering field will feel that they talk to an engineer. You will understand them in a way other lawyers can not. You studied design? That will be helpful in contextualizing an artwork, helping to defend your clients work. You studied chemistry? great - you will know if a patent shows innovation or is not what the paper it is printed on. Computer Science? Great in a file sharing case. American History? Helpful when you have to work with anachronistic law and contracts from the funding time. Business? You will know what the numbers mean your client is presenting you.
Kanske senare (4 months ago)
While law school in Sweden is quite different, I find your videos to be thoughtful. :)
Mr. Ragnaros (4 months ago)
I am a senior in high school. I have always had a fascination with both law and Computer Science. To me this really has helped me because I have always felt that I must choose one or the other for college, but now I know that is not the case and I am going to peruse both fascinations!
Lady Ekaren (4 months ago)
Maybe it is because I’m european, but i don’t get why you have to go to college first (and already pay a lot in the states) only to then attend to law school... Don’t you have a career of law in college (like we, in Spain, have)? Is having a four years bachelor something they ask you to have?
LadyLal (2 months ago)
Lady Ekaren I Unfortunately we do not. I know what you mean though. I have a cousin in Colombia who went straight to law school but that’s not how our system works. You have to get a four year bachelors degree before going to law school. At 18 I didn’t know I wanted to go to law school so it sort of worked out for me anyway🤷🏻‍♀️ lol
FishAntsPlantsAndDave (4 months ago)
Horticulture degree all the way
AC .Waller (4 months ago)
What about fashion merchandising?
John R Watters II (2 months ago)
I went to law school with someone who majored in dance.
LadyLal (2 months ago)
AC .Waller that’s amazing. I just graduated law school in May. There is fashion law actually (it involves a lot of Intellectual property.. contracts etc) think about it like this... everything we do touch see is governed by the law. The law is everywhere which is why you can major in everything
Dialectical Materialism (4 months ago)
It's sad that this is an accurate view of how law school views students. Major doesn't matter. It should, but it doesn't. The answer is philosophy. Without a doubt. Philosophy teaches you to write impeccably, reason well, think in depth about moral dilemmas, speak with precision, and read dry, dense, complex material and still be somewhat fascinated by it. If you hate your experience getting a bachelors in philosophy, then you'll likely hate law school and being a lawyer.
Smoothbluehero (4 months ago)
Isn't the attorney field over saturated? I majored in chemistry but I never liked chemistry and got a bad gpa, 2.5. My passions were geography, history, politics, and although I didn't like English class, I was one of the best writers. Should I consider going to law school? Edit: Also, my personality might not be the best for being a lawyer. I'm introverted and usually not very assertive, but I think I can be a good orator, thoughts?
Siege Yasharahla (2 months ago)
+Smoothbluehero have you considered patent law? You can become a patent agent without the law degree.
John R Watters II (2 months ago)
No problem. Good luck in your endeavors.
Smoothbluehero (2 months ago)
Thank you for the advice, but in one of the videos LegalEagle mentioned that Law School incurs the most debt out of any graduate education, so that talked me out of it. Frankly, I'm completely burnt out on education. Currently I've been trying to land a b2b sales job for 3 months now, I'm deadest on getting into becoming an SaaS SDR. Again, thank you for the tips.
John R Watters II (2 months ago)
With that GPA, you should think long and hard about what you want to do next. There's good news and there's bad news: Law schools are basically ranked in tiers, 1 through 4. The bad news is that your GPA has likely excluded you from tiers 1 and 2, and probably a fair amount of tier 3. The good news is that most lawyers don't go to Harvard, so unless you care about being able to brag all the time, most of the social aspect of law school is bullshit. What do you want to do with a law degree? Research the schools in tiers 3 and 4. You will more than likely end up at one of them. Take a handful of practice LSATs. Record your average score. Take your average LSAT and your GPA and enter them here http://www.hourumd.com/, and go from there. URM is "Under Represented Minority." If you are a URM, you will get a bump, so check that box if you are one. Pay attention to any information concerning scholarships. You want as much as possible, obviously. Make sure you can get job placement outside of the school's surrounding area, unless you want to live there. I wouldn't tell anyone not to consider doing what they want to do, but you should be aware of the likely outcome here. Narrow your list of schools down to 10 or so, and then start Googling. Schools over-report employment statistics, and you don't want to end up at some school that can't get you in somewhere.
LadyLal (2 months ago)
There’s sooooo much work that needs to be done I personally don’t think it’s over saturated ... maybe the big law firms idk but that’s not my field also literally anyone can be a lawyer. You don’t have to go to court and speak ... there are plenty of desk/ paperwork jobs where you’re just in your office Haha
Frank Sobotka (1 month ago)
The only time undergraduate majors really matter is if you're going to be a patent attorney, in which case you need a bachelors degree that qualifies you to sit for the patent bar. Otherwise, you can major in just about anything. Some of the most common majors include majors such as philosophy, political science, history, English, psychology, etc. Also, although your law school may not care about your major, you would stand out if you majored in something hard like physics and received good grades in that major. That would set you apart from the other cookie cutter candidates who majored in something like English or history. I saw an article once that said physics majors actually scored the highest on the LSAT on average followed by philosophy.
dillusioned (1 month ago)
You usually need some type of science related degree in order to sit for the patent bar or enough science related courses. The patent office usually determines if you qualify to sit.
Pavel Adamek (4 months ago)
The university education system in the U.S. is crazy! Here in Europe, the Czech Republic at least, you go to a five-year law school straight after high school. The workload during those five years is enormous, including a 100-page (maybe more) thesis at the end of the fifth year and the final exam that is unheard of in the U.S. But then you get your MA degree and you can practice law, once you have also passed the bar.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
I lot of countries do a similar LLB degree. In the US, law school is like graduate school.
Melody Wu (4 months ago)
Hey! I'm currently studying environmental engineering, but after attending some cases, I decided I want to pursue environmental law. The thing is, I'm not actually very good at STEM (I didn't notice this is high school...but college is harder than high school, so...). Anyway, my major grades are ok ~3.6 GPA, but I've been getting A's consistently in my polysci minor. How will that look to law schools? Will they care that my core major GPA is low? Does it help if my more "law-y" classes in polysci are good? Thank you so much for your help! Keep up the great content! :)
Melody Wu (4 months ago)
LegalEagle good to know, thanks!
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
LSAT score trumps everything else.
Xavier Dontigny (4 months ago)
I will be applying for my undergraduate major in 6 months or so. Political science and philosophy are probably my top picks since I think (hard to know beforehand) I would enjoy studying one of these subjects. I can also assume that I could maintain a pretty good gpa in these majors knowing my strengths and work ethics. Problem is, my parents are very worried of the limited job opportunities I would have in the case where I don't end up pursuing graduate studies in law. They'd rather see me majoring in finances, an option I brought up in one of our many conversations. I told them that I could consider this major since finances are interesting to me, but I am also truly worried of the reputation of the finances major at the college I would like to attend. It is said to be very hard to have a 3.5+ gpa in finances there, and I'm no math genius. Considering that as far as I am, I am pretty sure that law is what I want to study later on and that I plan to do it in one of the t14 law schools in the US, what are your thoughts?
LadyLal (2 months ago)
Xavier Dontigny honestly though there’s a lotttt more to your application and ultimate acceptance than undergrad grades. Your letters of recommendation statement of Imterest extracurriculars lsat score and anything else that you identify with. They have to see your passion. And not to say that you wanting to go to a top tier school isn’t valid of course it’s an awesome goal but ultimately you have to see the bigger picture and see what you want after school. And do they have the resources and approachable attitude to helping you achieve that goal. Is there a solid alumni network? Where is it physically located? (Is it surrounded by courthouses and law firms?) Also what is your debt going to be?
Xavier Dontigny (4 months ago)
LegalEagle I had another concern. I'm not a native English speaker and although I'm pretty confident in my comprehension of the language, I'd really like to have more opportunities to talk and write it. What classes could I take during summer to help perfect these skills? Also thanks for your recommendation, I really like the idea of doing a finance major.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
You're thinking about the right things, which is important. If you're sure that you want to go to law school, go with the major you think you'll enjoy the most and succeed in the most. You might also make a deal with your parents that you'll try to do a poli sci degree in three years -- that could help show you are serious and help minimize the cost. You could also do finance or business as a minor. For my part, I wish I knew more about finance/business.
Donald J Trump (5 months ago)
What about the difficulty of that major? Does that have an impression on law schools?
Donald J Trump (5 months ago)
LegalEagle Thanks!
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Law schools don't know which majors are difficult and which are not. So that doesn't factor in.
Christian Harrison (5 months ago)
In college, can/do we major in 6 or 8 classes (like highschool)?
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
You have one subject that you major in. And when you graduate you get a degree in that subject.
Dineshwar Balakrishnan (5 months ago)
How about bachelor of law (LLB)?Doesn’t that cover the basics of law school ?
Sory Chang (1 month ago)
I study LLB in England and I can tell you that LLB is more theory based I dunno much about us law school but a major part of LLB is about commenting on a certain aspect of law and critically analysing a case's impact on the law. So reading academic articles is very important while the application of law is mostly pretty straightforward in my eyes, or maybe too straightforward. For example, you can go and google Cambridge EU law and you might get a piece of news about students complaining about a question asking them to contemplate the Brexit divorce bill. You might say it's pretty hands on but look at the UK now. They don't even know what they want let alone drafting a divorce bill. So it emphasise heavily on theory. But to answer your question in short: yes one way or another
Anastasia Frolova (2 months ago)
+Dineshwar Balakrishnan from my understanding of law school, yes it would. But if you have an LLB you should just be able to convert
LadyLal (2 months ago)
Dineshwar Balakrishnan do you mean as a foreign law school graduate wanting to be a lawyer in the US?
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Can't say; I don't have any experience with it.
Dineshwar Balakrishnan (5 months ago)
Ohhhh I see,so do you think LLB would be good enough to help us get a head start at law school ?
adil khan Mohd (5 months ago)
Can we study law without actually going college because I don't get a good law school ??
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
If you get good grades your first year, you can transfer to a better school.
adil khan Mohd (5 months ago)
LegalEagle I am going to law school but it's not reputed. ?what can I do so I don't effect my knowledge and future??
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
You can study it, but you won't be a lawyer.
Dzzy123 (5 months ago)
I just finished my first year at the University of Toronto and my GPA was a 3.7. I applied with the intent to major in Political science, but I found the class kinda boring despite finishing with a good mark. I've since applied to major in English and Statistics. I don't really have an interest in stats, but I feel a STEM background could be useful in case law doesn't work out. Should I bother with the stats when I don't care for it and math isn't my strongest suit (writing is)?
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
I wouldn't. Stats is a really useful life skill, but it can be learned on the fly in most cases.
Pioneer 37 (5 months ago)
U must have listed out some practical majors! Wow
King Jake (5 months ago)
Is pre law a bad ungrad major
King Jake (5 months ago)
LegalEagle right I’m thinking history that’s my favorite subject especially American History
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
There is not one "good" major and one "bad" major. It depends on what you enjoy and what you are good at. But no major really prepares you for law school.
Steven Luo (5 months ago)
Good to know I can be a chemistry/math major and physics minor and still be able to go to law school :).
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Yep, not an issue.
Rich 91 (5 months ago)
electrical engineering or finance with a banking internship
Romulus Remus (4 months ago)
electrial engineering would be amazing. you can become a patent lawyer ...they are in huge demand rn
Shotty McThotty (6 months ago)
I’m majoring in legal studies but I’m not very good at writing things like essays..
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Well you've come to the right place.
Padmaja Rengamannar (6 months ago)
Going to study journalism and hopefully a minor in sociology or some language this fall!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Teresa J.S. (6 months ago)
Even though it’s not directly relevant to law school, at least my history degree has prepared me to read large stacks of huge, dusty books. :)
Teresa J.S. (3 months ago)
Steven Luo I remember I had 10 books assigned for my Roman History class.
Steven Luo (5 months ago)
I took a history class last semester and man it was a lot of reading. And that professor I had assigned a relatively light load of reading compared to other history professors.
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Hah! Fair enough!
Daniel Abraham (6 months ago)
Does an econ major have good job opportunities in case law school doesn't work out?
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Unfortunately, i can't speak to the econ job market. I'm focused on making sure that my students get amazing grades so that law school "works out."
Carson Macik (6 months ago)
Socrates didn't mentor Aristotle. Socrates taught Plato who then taught Aristotle. Splitting hairs but that's what YouTube comments are for right? 😂
Anthony Buckland (3 months ago)
I was thinking the same thing as I was watching this. Glad someone said it.
ttaibe (4 months ago)
Lawyers are meant to be precise anyway ^^.
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Ugh, yes fine. I was imprecise with my language. Glad you're here to keep me honest! (...I guess).
juan milisenda (6 months ago)
I’m 18, and about to graduate highschool and go to college. What steps should I take now to prepare myself best for law school? Also im majoring in history because I feel like it’s what I am mostly interested in and would get highest grades for that reason.
LadyLal (2 months ago)
May i ask what state you’re in? I’m actually part in planning a national conference in NYC that takes place in about two weeks and we have a pipeline program for people wanting to go to law school!
King Jake (5 months ago)
Nice I’ll be graduating next year from high school and I love math and science it’s the easiest subjescts for me and I just enjoy it
juan milisenda (6 months ago)
LegalEagle awesome, thankyou for replying
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Focus on getting good grades in college and having a good time.
Johanna Lopez (6 months ago)
What recommendations do you have (if any) to prepare for an aspiring immigration lawyer in terms of internships to complete and/or to study ahead . Also, I know you said there's no better degree to obtain,although I was wondering if there's any degree that you don't recommend for whichever reason. For example, I want to get a bachelor in Chicano Studies, I'd just like your opinion on it. (If I'm making any sense)
Johanna Lopez (6 months ago)
LegalEagle thanks!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Nope, no reason not to do that major if that is what you are passionate about.
Toasty Waffles (6 months ago)
What do you think of part time law school and working full time?
LadyLal (2 months ago)
Toasty Waffles it’s A LOTTT of work but plentyyyy of ppl do it. I give them so much credit though. I took one summer class (met twice a week) as I worked my summer internship and it wasn’t fun. But I know MANY ppl who got it done!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
It can work in rare instances. For example, I had a legal secretary who was basically given a guarantee by my firm that if she got a law degree, she would have a job when she graduated. Other than a similar situation where you only need the bare degree, I don't recommend it.
Blazing_Blaziken (6 months ago)
You’re saying UnderGrad doesn’t prepare you for Law School at all so then does everyone just go in blind? How can they perform well on, say, first or second semester final exams if they need to think like a lawyer on those? Will they have been able to be prepared in such a short time? And how can the Lsat test that? Edit: I’m planning on double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy, two big interests for me, but I’m also considering Psychology and Philosophy instead; despite my poor math and decent science skills, I’m really interested in these. And I feel like it may help me on the Lsat too.
LadyLal (2 months ago)
Blazing_Blaziken I mean yea everybody pretty much does go in blind. Even within the same school different professors have different rules and expectations but yes they will prepare you well enough for what they want. And major doesn’t matter bc the law governs everything. You can practice in absolutely any field bc there is some law is literally in everything we see touch here and do. In terms of preparedness I mean sure I was not a philosophy major and didn’t know any while in law school so I have no argument against it but as o said the professors have their own expectations. Law school is it’s own beast
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Law school is graded on a curve. So no matter how good or bad law students do on the exams, the exact same number will get A's (10-15%), B's (50%), and C's (25%). The ones who are able to think like a lawyer and hone the skills of the issue spotting exam will do better.
Zohaib Hameed (6 months ago)
Don't go to college, best advice
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
That is not good advice...
Tionne Brooks (6 months ago)
Thank you this video has helped put me at ease as a computer science and philosophy major. I’ve been on edge about how beneficial or harmful it may be.
Rich 91 (1 month ago)
@tionne brooks dont go to law school...get a job @google or facebook instead
Romulus Remus (4 months ago)
Yeah I'm jealous... I am doing econ and psyc rn.... wish i did double econ and comp sci instead, so i could have taken the patent bar exam as well. good luck to you!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
That's actually a killer combination.
Prank Producer (6 months ago)
Best tips for a sixteen year old aspiring lawyer and politician to get better with giving speeches and talking in public? I have a perfect English GPA, high grades and I am very knowledgeable in the law and history ... but I hope my poor speech skills won't ruin that for me.
dillusioned (1 month ago)
Legal Eagle you better school these bright eyed and bushy tailed soon to be law students about the "take-away" rule or "this case stands for the proposition" in reading case law and the rationale behind for both. Lol because that's all they'll be doing when briefing opinions from the casebook
That Guy (6 months ago)
Best tip for a 16yo as self-described by you would be to EMBRACE FAILURE! You will get a C in law school and you will look foolish answering questions during Socratic cold call sessions in 1L year.
Emily Odermatt (6 months ago)
... Or if you're one of the many journalist-lawyers, like Andrew Napolitano or Cenk Uygur, .... or if you use your law degree in politics and government, like a member of the legislature speaking in Congress.....
Emily Odermatt (6 months ago)
... Or teaching a CLE for other lawyers in your subject area.... Or faculty at a law school or another level (undergrad) ... or if you're a judge issuing a decision from the bench, ....
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
That's the fun stuff, Emily!
Ama Wright (6 months ago)
I’m currently majoring in Natural Science with a minor in history. I plan to take more reading intensive courses cause I’m a pretty slow reader too lol. Love your videos btw.
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Thanks for watching!
dedaze (6 months ago)
I'm an attorney. Undergraduate majors are irrelevant. I was an English major. We had chemistry majors, a black studies major (he was white), business majors, etc. It comes down to whether you have good communication and reasoning skills. Fast reading and good comprehension are the keys.
Rich 91 (1 month ago)
Imagine in 2030...client: so what was your passion in college...uuurrr black studies
dillusioned (1 month ago)
Take a bar review course before you go to law school and have a mentor/upper class law student who is willing to explain what law school professors always fail to explain: how to write essay issue spotting exams.
Marcel Ackerman (2 months ago)
Is black studies an actual thing? What in the world
RedGunBullets (2 months ago)
feminist dance therapy must have been taken
Jenny Oyster (6 months ago)
dedaze black studies major and he was white!? That’s so cute and funny, lol ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. Did he ever say why he was studying that!?
Justin (6 months ago)
I’m hopefully starting law school fall of 20/20 and I’m a double major in philosophy and psychology. I started with philosophy but added psychology late in the game because I love it. I also love most philosophy. Everything is so metaphorical that you’re forced to read between the lines , research, and think abstractly. I also read that philosophy students statistically score best on the lsat. So there’s that.
zach honnes (4 months ago)
Aha fellow philosophy majors here. The level of abstraction one learns in philosophy is what I believe to be higher than any other major that is taught. Especially if you go to a top philosophy school. Writing papers and logical thinking is the key component of the course work.
kieth Gen (4 months ago)
Justin it's not about the cost 😅 I actually have a health condition that takes up most of my time within the past 9 years but yeah I really appreciate your ans. Philosophy was never an option for me up until senior years, feel in love with it through some ancient greek philosopher and didn't even realise I was already moving up until 17th-century philosophers, it's not much compare to what you probably have learned but at least my doctor agreed to this so called dream of mine 😂 it'd be nice to talk since I still haven't made up my mind but how can I contact you?
Justin (4 months ago)
Hi Kieth, so, my short answer is: Do both. Now I'll give you the long answer. A lot of people tend to crap all over philosophy majors and they say it's worthless. But as I continue my journey and begin to finish up, I'm learning that these two disciplines are very connected. In fact, philosophy is the basis of all knowledge. When you begin reading modern philosophy (years 1550-1800), you see a battle of wits going on - early in this period, many people didn't have answers to questions regarding knowledge, so their answers were "Well, this happens because of God", and you see people beginning to question the idea of God, and come up with other possible reasons why things happen - the result is, you get very early concepts of geometry, math, and very early psychology ideas, and over several hundred years, you see these ideas taken and expanded on by many other authors - many things that were written in 1750 are still believed, even today. Psychology didn't start for 100 years after some of these texts were written. Honestly, it's amazing what some of these minds came up with and how ahead of their time they really were. I do enjoy both majors. Psychology is the easier of the two majors though - I'm not sure what part of the world you are in, but in America, psychology is the most popular major in the country - there's a reason for that - It's not that it's EASY per se, but I also don't think it's hard, either. With psychology, you're going to do a lot of memorization. With philosophy, you're going to be forced to share your own thoughts and opinions and write and criticize (argue) other philosophers. There are a lot of brilliant people in both fields - but in my opinion, the true geniuses are the philosophers. They can talk about anything and everything, because they've thought about everything in every detail imaginable. It's the free exchange of ideas, and in my opinion, it's a beautiful thing. With psychology, you're going to learn a lot about yourself, and a lot about other people. It's equally as good, but I think the power of both majors complement each other immensely. As for the cost - again, I'm not sure what part of the world you're from, so I can only speak about my experience in the United States - But in the US, you're required to do 120 credit hours for a bachelors degree - no if's, and's, or but's - Psychology and Philosophy are both small majors - I think both are about 35 hours each - So you'd do 35 hours for your major, you'd do your primary requirements (math, science, etc) - and then you have a bunch of electives, which is kinda where you dabble in other areas of academia as you chose. If you double major, they remove your electives, and your electives are your requirements within the major, if that makes sense. The average cost of a bachelors degree in America is 50,000. I'm about to graduate with two bachelors degree's and my cost is still under that. If you aren't sure which one you want, I'd say start school and don't declare your major - take some basic courses, and maybe do intro to psychology and intro to philosophy and see which one you're more interested in. If you don't declare, you're only using elective hours. So, first semester, do some basic requirement and intro to psych and intro to philosophy. Second semester, do a second beginner-level psychology class and another introductory philosophy class (In America, the second philosophy class is usually Introduction to Logic, which is very useful). If you are in a situation where you HAVE to declare a major, I'd declare psychology, but still do some philosophy stuff. I say declare psychology because it's probably the safest of the two majors. You can always change it and move things around. Always protect your GPA! That's very important. I'm more than willing to help and answer any other questions - feel free to ask here, or if you want, we can connect on some other social media platform. Good luck!
kieth Gen (4 months ago)
Justin I'm 18 and about to graduate highschool and it's always been a debate on which major I should take between psychology and philosophy, I can't afford having both as of the moment so can you give me an advice on what to take up first? Pros and cons of the 2 majors maybe?
Justin (4 months ago)
Hi Varsha, I decided to double major pretty late in my undergrad career, and it still hasn't been out of control. This previous Spring was my first time taking 15 hours a semester, and it was hectic, but very possible if you eliminate distractions and focus on schoolwork. There's a lot going on in philosophy, but it doesn't get hard until you reach the upper level courses. Intro philosophy is pretty easy, and logic will help you understand and properly form your arguments. Metaphysics has a lot to do with religion and the basic understanding of knowledge - questions like "What is knowledge, and how do we know what we know?", so there's a battle between authors between religion and basic human understanding. I think where it gets really confusing is when you reach existentialism - authors like Nietzsche, Albert Camus, Sartre, etc - there are a lot of metaphors and there's a lot of outside knowledge you're going to have to attain. Reading about the human condition is also very depressing. You're going to do a lot of googling and a LOT of reading. I bought 26 books last semester - 15 were required buys, and I bought additional supplemental text as well. You're also going to do a lot of writing. In the past year, I've written over 100 pages of text. It's not uncommon to write 8-15 page papers in philosophy. It sounds like a lot, but it really isn't too bad. If I had to give you two pieces of advice, it would be "Don't wait until the last minute to read/write the text" and if avoidable, don't work a job as this is very time intensive. If you like, we can connect on facebook or something - I love talking about Philosophy (it's my true passion) and I'd love to help any way I can.
David Menendez (6 months ago)
Starting law school in September in Canadá! Thanks for your advice! Super excited!
Angelo D'Ercole (6 months ago)
Do you think law school adcoms care for minors, certificates or extracurriculars like clubs? I majored in English (almost a 4.0) and minored in Poli Sci and Philosophy. Do you think they'll "care" that I did that? Thanks!
Dave C (2 months ago)
LegalEagle That’s probably correct for schools outside T14, but at the top end of T14, extracurriculars do matter when everyone has a high GPA and LSAT score.
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Not really. Compared to your LSAT score and your GPA, they don't really move the needle.
Kylee Tijamo (6 months ago)
Something inside me wants to be a lawyer, but Im scared because my grammar is horrible. But this coming semester I took AA Speech Communication to polish my orator skills and take as many writing and english class as possible, I'm even taking ESL Lol. Do you think focusing on my weaknesses is also a good strategy?
C. Huseyin (3 months ago)
Kylee Tijamo I am doing the same. I want to be a lawyer since long time but my English grammar is horrible. I am planning to get English classes to overcome it
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Spending time working on your writing or speaking skills is a good investment no matter what field you go into. Good writers and good public speakers always stand out because most people are bad writers and are afraid of public speaking. Lawyers put an even higher premium on those skills.
Nada Mustafa (6 months ago)
I live in Belgium so we dont have an undergrad, is it really that necessary for you guys? If your undergrad doesnt matter whynot just start immediately with law school after you finish highschool? It is hopefully what I'll be doing in a year
Ashley Jones (6 months ago)
That's not necessarily true. If you go to a poorly ranked degree mill that could be the case, but otherwise you get a more than basic, quality rich education. I went to an Ivy League and got quite an education. My little brother went to a top 20 school as well and he too got a quality education. Even if you aren't going to a school ranked quite that high, most decently ranked undergrad schools do quite a good job educating US undergrads on a whole. That is one reason why there is this issue where foreign trained attorneys are asked to get more education to be more competitive if they end up in the US legal market. Plus a bachelors degree in engineering or linguistics or philosophy in the US is equitable to a foreign bachelors degree in the same subject- which is another reason why the LLB or bachelor of laws is considered at the same level of any other bachelor degree in the US without additional qualifying education. It also depends on country- some countries do a better job then others. A lot of European countries do well and have more complex legal degrees that are considered "JD equivalent." Some other countries have kids graduating at 19 after 2 years of semi-legal education, and it's just simply not equivalent. So it truly varies based on countries, but just in general it's super difficult for foreign attorneys to compete in the US legal market against JD grads without something extra like or or even two LLMs or the JD. That's just been my experience having worked in this particular niche area of higher education for a while.
Elle Cee (6 months ago)
Because education in the US is an industry. You have to pay a lot of money to obtain a basic level of education (public schools are underfunded), and a lot more too pursue advanced degrees. I wish we could go to law school straight out of high school and put all that youthful exuberance to good use.
Ashley Jones (6 months ago)
I work at a US law school with FTA or foreign trained attorneys (I am finishing my MBA while I work full time and am going to law school in the fall). I've found that foreign attorneys in our program, and in general, are considered less educated because you don't go to school as long and are considered less mature because you are so young when you finish. If you wanted to move to the US and become an American attorney, you generally would need one to two additional years of education to "wash" your degree- or to essentially add more education, focusing on US state specific laws, so that American firms will think more highly of your educational backgrounds. A lot of foreign students end up doing JD degrees to have the same advantage that American students have in the US job market. The politics of legal education really are... very political.
Nada Mustafa (6 months ago)
Mason Bilbrey But no I realpy feel bad for you guys, I wish education was free (rich people can go to their private schools if they want) and then the more educated people= more people who are gonna work and earn money= consume= overall good for economy I wish it wasnt you guys' reality, I really do
Nada Mustafa (6 months ago)
Mason Bilbrey dude, all i can say is learn a new language and move out to belgium or netherlands, dutch is not hard, you speak english so it is gonna be easy. I learned it in few months and I have been living here since sidudie
Dani Gaming (6 months ago)
I think this is the most useful video on your channel :)
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Thanks, man.
StarWarsNerdy02 (6 months ago)
I’m actually starting med school in September but I find your videos entertaining for some reason 😂
carlosxchavez (1 month ago)
Dude fucking same.
Robert Lee (5 months ago)
started pre dentistry but still thinking of going to law school after i graduate :/ but it's gonna take me like 10 years or so
Elle Cee (6 months ago)
Congratulations on going to med school!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
You tell yourself that at least you didn't go to law school.
El Jia (6 months ago)
Thank you for this video, sir. I would just like to ask, what do you think of the course, bachelor of theology, which I am currently taking as a degree before law school? I took it because it fascinates me the most and because I think the study of it is one of the factors playing significantly in our society. I'm from the Philippines btw.
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
If it's what you're most interested in, that's what you should do.
Huzuni (6 months ago)
If I'm planning to be a Lawyer specializing in constitutional law. Would major in Pre- Law and minor in political science be ideal?
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Any major can work. It depends on what you are most interested in.
Huzuni (6 months ago)
I'm going to be a lawyer
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Cool, good luck!

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