GPA and Selecting a Major to Prepare for Law School

The process of getting into law school is quite rigorous. It tests a student’s resolve and commitment and forces them to focus on the goal of attending law school. This challenge is doable. It is something that millions have completed successfully. Consider the following "how-to-get-into-law-school" guide to plan, preparing and getting into the law school that you choose.

Picking the major that works well as a pre-law degree. Unlike when a student applies to medical school, law school does not have prerequisites in the same way. The ABA itself makes no recommendation regarding which group of courses or particular undergraduate major should be taken to prepare a student for an education in law school.

  • Select a major which tends to have acceptance to law school at a higher rate. Consider philosophy or economics. Others select journalism—and a recent data review from LSAC found that these majors held a high acceptance rate. Ultimately, there are many degrees which could be beneficial to you for law school and which could be beneficial to you in your practice of law after law school. Such degrees include a degree in business, accounting, computer science, or others.
  • Some things to keep in mind about the major include considering majors which involve reading and critical thinking. These tend to offer a solid foundations for someone who is heading toward law school.

Get the Best GPA Possible. Good grades can be essential to demonstrating a strong application. Whichever major you select, focus on getting the best grades possible in each class.

  • Median GPAs for entrance to law school is at 3.42, and schools in the higher tiers have even more rigorous GPA requirements, such as median GPA to Yale at 3.9, Stanford at 3.85, and Harvard at 3.89.
  • Start out strong. Because a solid GPA is important, work hard out of the gate to be sure your grades start solid. Consider hiring a tutor if you can afford it and attending class to the extent that is necessary to get the grades you need.
  • GPA is just one of many considerations for entrance into law school, yet because of its preeminence, GPA should be a main pre-law focus while pursuing your undergraduate degree.

These things all in mind, being an excellent injury attorney will not always mean getting a good GPA. You must make the decisions of balance and of opportunity cost, which will sometimes involve making sacrifices that involve getting lower grades. This does not mean to throw in the towell and stop caring about grades, but it does mean that you will need to realize that the GPA is only one component of acceptance into law school.

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