I Want to Go to Law School. Which Undergraduate Degree Should I Pursue?

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Do you know which bachelor’s degree is ideal for getting into law school? Surprisingly, the answer is “any.” Most law schools are keen to accept students from a variety of backgrounds, both academically and socially. Your undergraduate major is not what matters so much, rather, it’s your GPA, LSAT score, personal recommendations,  and extracurricular involvement.  All of these parameters will indicate how well you can think critically, communicate, perform effective research, and write at a high level. In addition, the American Bar Association (ABA) even goes so far as to recommend law school applicants prove involvement in public service, especially in promoting justice. All told, you can earn a bachelor’s degree in any major, and then decide you want to be accepted to law school. The key is to be dedicated to your studies, and be active in outside pursuits related to the field of law.

What About a Criminal Justice Degree?

Many people wonder if earning an Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice will help them get into law school. In general, law schools look at a degree in criminal justice is just like any other bachelor’s degree. Even though criminal justice is directly related to many fields of law, since law schools are interested in diverse backgrounds, an undergraduate criminal justice degree will not usually tip the scales for acceptance to law school. That having been said, studying criminal justice can be beneficial for anyone wishing to pursue a career in law, be it as an attorney, a police officer, or government official.

If you are already interested in criminal justice, it behooves you to consider an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice or a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. By enrolling in criminal justice courses, you will learn specifically about criminology, policing, ethics, incarceration, and security as well as other related topics.  In doing so, you will gain further insights into your desired career path after earning an associate or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Applying to Law School

Once you receive your undergraduate degree certificate, and  your LSAT scores, you will be able to better assess which law schools could be suitable for you.  Check out our law school listings at graduate.com, and start the application process.  We wish you very well in your law career!