4 months ago
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What major would i need to have to be a lawyer

I’ve looked for answers online and asked so many questions but I am still unsure

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4 months ago

@estrella.bump68 there is no major that you have to take to become an attorney. You can major in anything. The most important thing is that you get a high score on your LSAT which is scored on a 180 scale. The top 10 law schools like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, etc expect you to have a 170+ score on the LSATs. It's conducted by the College Board and not a test of how well you know the LAW but a standardized test on problem solving, logic, filling in the blanks, etc. Some get admitted with 160s scores but as you can see from the chart, most have 170+ scores. which are like 99% scores or a 1550 or 35 on your SAT/ACT.


Also, note that your undergraduate GPA is critical. So you have better chances if you have a 3.8-4.0 GPA when you apply.

On the plus side, admit rates for law school are actually more reasonable than undergraduate admit rates. For the top 10 law schools, they are between 7% and 20%. Compare that to Ivys and Elites which are between 3.4% and 7% for undergrad.

While I said, it really doesn't matter what degree you have, which is true, you still need to be prepared. So you should have some familiarity with US History, US Government and be able to write and think very well.

Also, it helps a lot to be 1 or 2 years out of Undergrad before you apply. Meaning you work for a 1 year or 2. Between 60-80% of Harvard admits took a 1 to 2 year gap year.

You don't have to attend an Ivy or Elite to get admitted. Over 171 schools were represented in Harvards 2021-22 current 1st year law students.


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4 months ago

There are a few steps to becoming a licensed attorney. First of all, some undergraduate majors that you could take are political science, history, economics, government, philosophy, and English. Once you have received your bachelor's degree, you would need to pass the entry test for law school. Then, you will receive your Juris Doctor law degree from law school, and you can take the bar exam to become a licensed lawyer. Good luck, hope this helps.

4 months ago

Some majors that you can take to become a lawyer are: political science, english, and business, although there are some others that you can take. If you feel like the major you choose isn't helping you get the knowledge you need, you are always able to change your major.

4 months ago



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