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Tips for Prospective Law Students

July 3, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Every year students enroll in college with hopes of becoming the doctors, lawyers, and professors of the next generation. Indeed, it can be a daunting task embarking on a climb to the top of education’s ivory tower. But with a few simple tips, the road to becoming an attorney can be much less frightful.

Choosing a Major

This is one of the most frequently asked questions by prospective law students. The answer is quite simple: anything but pre-law. It is statistically shown that prelaw students’ score lower on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and have narrower job prospects post undergraduate completion. The key to choosing a major is to pick something you like. Also, keep in mind that a hard science background will open more doors for you later down the road when you become an attorney. Lastly, and quite interestingly, Classics majors (Latin and Greek Students) score the highest on the LSAT.

Taking the LSAT

The LSAT is a highly competitive test that measures your logical reasoning ability. It is broken up into three different sections: reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning. The latter makes up the bulk of the test, and it can be characterized as a section of arguments that one must analyze in a variety of ways. Reading comprehension is a highly difficult assessment of reading, logic, and memory skills. The analytical reasoning is a section of logic games that some liken to an IQ test.

Choosing a School

There’re many variables that go into the equation of choosing a law school. If you can smash the LSAT and maintain a high GPA, then you should consider attending one of the country’s elite universities like Harvard, Yale, or Stanford. These will grant you access to the highest paying entry level legal jobs in the country. If you can’t gain access to the elite schools (and a majority of students can’t), then you should try to attend a regional university with scholarship money. These are the fundamental things every prospective law student should know and we hope it helps.