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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by betyourlife, Jun 28, 2005.
Hey guys, what's up...
Can I get into law school with a BS in IT???
Anything is possible. I'm an English major, and quite a few med schools and law schools are after us (mainly because of communication skills) but it all boils down to how you do on the LSAT. Pre-law supposedly prepares you for it, but I feel like anyone with intelligence could pass it.
But yes, it's possible.
The LSAT is the real gatekeeper. No law school has a required undergrad major.
As I plan to attend law school, I have done some research as to what requirements one needs to be accepted. Basically, you need to have a B+ average (3.3 minimum) and around a 155 on the LSAT. A higher gpa will offset a lower LSAT score and vice versa. Of course, it depends on what school to which you will apply. Most law school websites have a profile of the entering freshman class, that would by the best way to judge you chances of acceptance. As far as your BS in IT is concerned, I do not forsee a problem as there is no specific requirement for most law schools.
These are two really good sites for GPA/LSAT admissions info. The Princeton review site will tell you the middle 50% of LSAT score (25-75 percentile) as well as average GPA of admitted students.
The LSN data is compiled from individual users who report their scores, GPA and major and tell what schools they got accepted, rejected, waitlisted, etc. Some of them also report what kind of financial aid they were offered as well.
You guys rock, thanks for the great info. I have always wanted to be a lawyer and once I finish my BA, I will probably pursue a JD (Jurors Doctorate).
What makes you think having a degree in an applied science makes you less desirable to a law school? If anything, you'll probably have an edge with your major over the standards (History, PoliSci, English, etc.), everything else being equal. Law schools like diversity.
As far as a degree in IT goes, there are plenty of lawyers that focus on computer-related law. What makes you think a software company would prefer a lawyer that majored in history over someone who can actually read code?
Heck, you can't even become a patent attorney without an undergraduate in a hard/applied science. As far as I know the only real "pre-law" requirement out there is the LSAT. Study for it. Take a class if you can afford it. Make sure your GPA is within range. That's all there is to it as far as I can tell.
I never thought of it that way, thanks! I will check the bookstores for LSAT materials.
You'll have no problem with a degree in IT. If you decide to pursue patent law (which is a separate bar exam) you'll be ahead of the game.
However, be sure not to get yourself cubbyholed into doing patent law "just because you have a degree in [IT]". One of my undergrad degrees was electrical engineering so when I started working at a law firm they tried to give me some patent work. I did a little bit and hated it. You might hate it too ... or you might like it ... but don't let yourself get forced into it.
Best of luck.
A little more schooling wont hurt anyone. Thats my view.
Aww crap dude, at least know what JD stands for... and it's not that.
I'm pretty sure that's what it stands for...
Not to be an ***, but it is juris doctor not "jurors doctorate."
Wow. Thanks for being an ***** and clearing that up for me. I must be deaf...lol.