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Comment by Lucius Artorius Castus on December 29, 2011 at 11:17pm

That aint old.... Some people necropost from 2008....

Comment by Stephen on September 5, 2011 at 6:58pm

I think the best person to ask for entry details are your law schools of choice. They'll know best what they expect in a new student and, frankly, they want to tell you what will make you good for them.

 

Some of it is a bit of a no brainer (your application should look good) but for specifics find out what floats their particular boats and strategise.

Comment by Hector on September 5, 2011 at 6:25pm
Thanks for the response, I appreciate it.
Comment by Joe Dreyfuss on September 1, 2011 at 11:16pm
Neal is right. Law schools aren't looking for a specific curriculum as much as a good student. Either way, I would recommend taking a logic or rhetoric class as an elective if you're not majoring in philosophy or English.
Comment by Nick on September 1, 2011 at 10:02pm
Hi Hector. Your choice of undergraduate major shouldn't matter much (caveat: I wouldn't recommend pre-law). The only thing that law schools will want to see is that you worked hard and kept your GPA up. That, and your score on the LSAT, will be the most important factors to any school considering your application. That being said, the most common undergrad fields among law students are political science, economics, philosophy, and history, given their substantive relationships to law. Other popular fields include english and journalism, which will build your writing skills (very handy in law school). Also, some students who want to work in intellectual property law tend to have backgrounds in the hard sciences. My advice to you then in choosing your undergraduate major is to (1) pick a field you are interested in, regardless of whether it seems to bear any connection to the law; (2) work hard and earn high grades; and (3) take classes in a diverse number of fields, building for yourself a well-rounded education (ultimately making you a better law student, as well as giving you the opportunity to consider careers outside of law). Also, try to take a year or two off between undergrad and law school. Work, travel, volunteer (or all three: I recommend Peace Corps) - take advantage of what life away from campus has to offer. Best of luck to you!
Comment by Hector on September 1, 2011 at 9:10pm
I recently graduated high school and intend to pursue law. Is there an undergrad degree(s) that aid in setting one up for law school? I also heard that law schools do not appreciate the "pre-law" degree, is this true? Thanks.
Comment by David Wilson on August 15, 2011 at 9:09pm

I am not a lawyer or a law student but my last gf has her LLB, LLM and most of the work done for her SJD. She recommended to me reading the book "Dreams From My Father" by your current President. Any young lawyer wondering where there future might lead needs to read that book. I hope in my lifetime to see the first woman President and a black woman President would be even better.

 

DDave

Comment by Daniel Melendez on August 15, 2011 at 8:50pm
I am starting my first year of college and I would like to know if you guys have any advice on books I should read. I'm majoring in criminal justice and was wondering what good books should I read. Preferably theoretical books.
Comment by Nick on April 6, 2011 at 8:56pm
Hey gentlemen. Finishing up an MA, heading off to Cornell or Georgetown Law this fall. Hoping to work as a federal prosecutor (see:http://artofmanliness.com/2010/04/28/so-you-want-my-job-federal-pro...), with the opportunity to work in some of DOJ's overseas rule of law development programs.
Comment by The Barrister on August 4, 2010 at 10:30pm
Thought you guys would find this interesting. Prof. Sullivan has been posting on a number of interesting topics.

http://libertylegalalliance.com/
 

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