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What to do to study law?

Asked by jeneatha (108points) May 16th, 2010

what are some classes i can take in college, so then i can study law. i only know that you can take pre-law.

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Disc2021's avatar

Look into different branches of law – Constitutional Law, Court Law, Business Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Criminal Law… etc.

Political system classes might be helpful as well. Is their a more precise career you’re aiming for, or is it that you’ve just figured out that you’re interested in law?

Try meeting with an adviser at your college, see what they recommend.

jeneatha's avatar

i want to be a lawyer, but when i talked to my guidance counciler he told me that i can study other classes except pre-law. i want to try a variety of classes.

gailcalled's avatar

History (lots), political science, economics, critical thinking and writing. You study subjects and you take classes. “Pre-law” is really an umbrella term for a first-rate liberal arts education.

(And learn the difference between “there,” “they’re,” and “their.”)

I have friends who went to Law School after majoring in English, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, History, and Government or Poly Sci.

Learn to read quickly, retain information, write a clear and interesting essay, how different political systems work, read the newspapers and pay attention. Why, for example, are we in the financial mess we find ourselves in the US? There is not one right answer.

Jeruba's avatar

Are you in college now or high school? @gailcalled‘s suggestions for an approach to the college curriculum are excellent.

If you are in high school, I would strongly urge giving the highest priority to cultivating your language skills and anything that enhances your logical thinking processes so that you can write clear, correct, precise, and persuasive English prose. If you are in college, you should give serious attention to that aspect of your studies while mastering subject-matter areas such as @gailcalled recommends.

perspicacious's avatar

You can take business law in college or pick up some of the paralegal courses as electives. It’s hard to actually study law on your own. You could buy some used horn books or a set of used bar review material if you want to give it a try. If you want to learn the law, plan to go to law school.

netlawman05's avatar

Probably, you have a view of lawyers, perhaps received from a family member, friend, or even from your favourite television programme. You may wish to be a successful lawyer in order to enter into politics, business, international finance and banking or simply practice law in your home town or city. A law degree is certainly considered a smart career move as it commands status, prestige, employment and promotion prospects and it often has a good or even large income attached to it. Law and legal activity is the foundation stone of all social change – this means that your contribution to your nation’s development can be made through a legal career. So, if it’s law for you,

Philosophile's avatar

Like the others said, you have multiple choices of majors, many of which your university will offer specially tailored curriculum for someone planning to go to law school. Among these are History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Natural Resource Sciences. Philosophy is a good choice, because people who major in Philosophy tend to score higher on the LSAT (the law school version of the SAT), because the LSAT will mainly judge your reasoning and logic, not knowledge, and Philosophy helps you learn that. However, though the other majors have this flaw to a lesser degree, you should be absolutely sure about going to law school, or chose a different major, or double major. This is because most of the majors offered for pre-law don’t really have an application for other jobs, like Philosophy, which has practically no other career options, and Political Science, which has like 8% job placement, and you need a master’s degree in it to really do anything. However, like said above, if you’re set on going pre-law (of which the education and job itself takes a LOT of dedication) you’ll want to take classes to learn reasoning, writing, debate, and other English skills. You will want to maintain a high GPA (most law schools’ averages are, at the lowest, 3.2), prepare and score highly on your LSAT, volunteer (like getting into a college in the first place, they like well-rounded people), do extracurricular clubs and activities, especially ones that apply to pre-law, like Debate or Mock Trial, and intern (not only to look good on applications, but also to get job experience and build connections, as well and make sure law is what you truly want to do). You’ll also have to apply to get into law school, some of which are incredibly hard to get into (the Ivy League law schools, University of Chicago, etc.) while others are easier (Brooklyn law school, etc.). However, the top schools have incredibly high job placement and salaries, University of Chicago having 99% of their graduates in a job within 9 months of graduation, and $160,000 starting salaries.

However, if you’re willing to run that gauntlet, then the best of luck to you, and I hope you succeed!

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