Path to law school, beginning in university.
Typical majors that help you get on an experienced path for law school:
- Political Science
Most popular degree of law students. The degree focuses on government systems, branches of government – notably Supreme Courts. Suffolk University defines the major as:
- “This concentration offers you an understanding of the principles, concepts, norms, and assumptions that inform public policy. You'll consider the meaning of justice and the nature and source of legitimate authority. This is a valuable foundation for your advanced studies and a career in public service, private institutions, or political organizations.”
- The concentration will increase your writing, research and reading skills. All very important skills to have for law school. Law classes such as Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Legal Writing will be much more manageable once you have majored in this degrees2.
- Core classes in law school will require you to have an understanding of basic economic knowledge. Do not worry if you want to major in another degree during university. Law school will teach you the basic economic knowledge before diving quickly into the law behind it, but a preceding knowledge on this topic, before learning it again in law school, will be helpful. Furthermore, if you choose to practice any type of business law after graduation, this degree will be significantly helpful.
- Law classes such as Contracts, Business Entities Fundamentals, Secured Transactions, Property will be more manageable once you have majored in this degree.
- Law is the governance of societies and people so a knowledge of their actions and development will be important. Human behavior is important in how law is developed, and this knowledge will help understand the purpose and existence of laws. Most importantly, knowledge in this major will be helpful in client relations, courtroom experience – such as dealing with jurors and judges – and how to relate to people falling under the arm of law.
- Law is also heavily based on these concepts, such as philosophy and psychology. These majors help increase skills such as: critical thinking, writing and reading, and compassion, which are important in practicing law.
- Law classes such as Contracts, Criminal, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law will be more manageable once you have majored in these degrees.
- This major helps increase your writing and reading skills. Almost every law class will be more manageable once you have majored in this degree. All law classes require good reading, writing skills. Good reading skills require a thorough understanding of the materials written and effective reading of the materials. The materials will be plenty and reach hundreds of pages a week which will be more manageable once you are used to reading this much during university.
- Law requires very clear and concise writing. Spelling mistakes and bad grammar will be counted against you, so understanding these grammatical rules and writing skills will be a good step in practicing law.
- Suffolk University describes the major like this:
“As an English major, you’ll read and understand a variety of texts and literary genres. You’ll analyze complex material and think critically. Plus, you’ll effectively present your ideas orally, and in expository and creative writing.”
- Law classes will focus a lot on historical past and development. In the United States we use the system of common law. The common law is case law, developed by court decisions reached during history and also statutory codes.
- Understanding history will be a good basis of gaining knowledge about landmark cases, developing of legal systems and relations between the United States and other countries.
- Law classes such as Civil Procedure, Contracts, Property, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Torts, will be more manageable once you have received a basic knowledge in this major.
- Suffolk University describes the major as such:
- There is a law practice called Intellectual Property and it includes patents. Law firms will only hire attorneys in this field if they have a university major in a scientific field. It is good to know shall you want to practice patent law after law school.
- Note: If you want to major into another degree that is fine. Life is meant to be enjoyed and knowledge is about attaining information you are passionate about. Law school sees students who are math majors, special education majors, art majors. The above-mentioned majors are the most popular and most helpful, but once you enter law school you will realize it is a type of academic experience like no other you have had and any knowledge you need to know about the law will be taught there in law school. Just know that it is a lot of work, a lot of reading and writing and many other aspects of your life will need to be replaced by the law. However, it will be a rich and fulfilling experience and will make you very marketable and valuable to the job market.
 Some schools have a cumulative “pre-law” program which you can major in and will include subjects that will be expanded upon further on law school.