Should I Major in Criminal Justice Before Law School?

Should I Major in Criminal Justice Before Law School?

One of the most popular questions for students wanting to pursue a law career is if they should obtain a criminal justice degree before going to law school. There is absolutely no better question other than those concerning an undergraduate degree before obtaining an upper level, or professional degree. Even though a criminal justice degree is a fantastic thing, law schools don’t necessarily look at this particular degree as a requirement for admission into their program. Several students also lean toward undergraduate degrees in English and History. However, a criminal justice degree may not be a bad idea if your intention is to practice in the public sector, such as criminal or immigration law*. If this is indeed the route you choose to take, most 4-year universities offer criminal justice degrees.

Some of the most popular degrees for students planning to go to law school are: Accounting, Business, Economics, English, Finance, History, Philosophy, and Political Science. These are definitely not the only degrees you may major in and still be accepted into law school. It is very important that you choose a degree you not only enjoy, but one you feel will assist you, either in law school, or during your post law school career**.

The law school admission requirements may differ slightly from school to school, but there are some requirements that do not change***:

1.  Prospective law school students are required to take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). It’s a good idea to take this test two years prior to applying to law schools. Each law school has a range of LSAT scores required for admission into their college.

2. A second requirement is an undergraduate degree. Once again, there is not one undergraduate degree that is better than another where law school is concerned, but you should make sure that your degree choice may give you a strong foundation regardless of the path your take during and after law school.*

3. The third requirement is a good GPA (Grade Point Average). This is quite possibly the most important requirement for entrance into law school. The admissions board looks particularly at these numerical scores because they represent the ability of the student in a rigorous study environment. If this score is high enough, you may more than likely be admitted because they feel you can handle the course load of law school.

4. The last requirement that is found on the majority of law school applications is the personal statement. Some students mess up by writing a stirring rendition of why they want to be a lawyer. However important this is, it is also necessary to list your crowning accomplishments and awards that you have received.

Even though a criminal justice degree may be very important and perfect for an undergraduate degree prior to law school, it is absolutely not the only degree you may be able to obtain and still be accepted into the law school or your choice. There are numerous undergraduate degrees that may serve you just as well or better for your law career.



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