Would a BA or MA in Business Management be a suitable degree to apply to law school with?

I previously asked a questions on whether an AA in Paralegal Studies would help me become a lawyer and I was quickly told no and that you need at least a BA "with a major in history, business or finance." So is a BA in Business Management suitable as a BA in Business?

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  • Anne
    Lv 4
    9 years ago
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    Hiya,

    Yes, a BA in Business Management would be a fine degree to apply to law school with. In actuality, just about any four-year degree is suitable to apply to law school with--you are not limited to history, business, or finance. In addition, a bachelor's degree (BA) is sufficient; you are not expected to have a Master's (MA) degree.

    Although there are certainly "traditional" majors that students interested in eventually pursuing law undertake (economics, political science, history, etc.), there is no one "perfect" major when it comes to preparing you for law school. Almost any academic subject is a fine choice. There are some majors (particularly those that aren't strongly academic, such as the arts) that may place you at a slight disadvantage but, even so, plenty of students in those fields get admitted to law school every year.

    The key is not so much what you major in but, rather, what you do within your major. Aim to do the following:

    1. Pick a major that will require a lot of reading- and research-intensive classes. This will not only prepare you for law classes (which themselves are incredibly research- and reading-heavy), but it will also demonstrate to schools, when you apply, that you can handle the academic load of law school. Any of the majors you mentioned as interesting fall into this category. If you choose to instead major in something like photography, theater, or visual arts, try to take at least some of your non-major classes in predominantly academic subject, and be prepared to explain exactly why you feel law school is a good career path for you in your law school applications.

    2. Keep an upward grade trend throughout college. This means that your grades either get stronger as you go through school, or start off strong and remain there for all 4 years of college. Most law schools will want to see GPAs of 3.5 or above (the closer you can get to a 4.0, the better). If you get a B during your freshman year, it's not a deal-breaker; your focus should be to keep your grades as high as you can get them.

    3. Take a challenging class load: Intro classes are okay for freshman and (maybe) sophomore year, but once you get to junior and senior year, your focus should be on upper-level classes and seminars that allow you to really hone in and focus on your specific interests within the major. And, as always, keep your grades up throughout.

    There are other things that you should consider doing in order to create the most advantageous law school applicant profile possible:

    1. Establish rapport with your college professors (particularly during your junior and senior years). You can do this by attending office hours, working for them as a research assistant, and talking to them after class. They will be the ones writing your letters of recommendation, and will only be able to write effective, overwhelmingly positive ones is if they have specific, anecdotal knowledge of you and can favorably compare you to other students in your class.

    2. Work on your extracurriculars. Don't worry about being a part of 30 student groups; instead, focus on 2 or 3. Become a part and get involved during your freshman and sophomore years, and then obtain leadership positions in them during your junior and senior years.

    3. Take the LSAT either the summer after junior year or the fall of your senior year of college. This will allow you to get the LSAT out of the way and apply as early in the admissions cycle as possible, which is incredibly beneficial to your overall chances.

    4. Research law schools and become familiar with their LSAT and GPA requirements, as well as their acceptance percentages. A great place to start is the LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools: http://officialguide.lsac.org

    I hope this was helpful! Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions; I'm happy to answer them!

    Source(s): I am the Director of Admissions Counseling for PowerScore Test Preparation. I help hundreds of students apply and get into law school every year.
  • 9 years ago

    Yes, but be aware: there are NO jobs in this vocational field.

    Do a search here on Y/A to see what is being said. The news isn't good.

    http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/06/20/recent-law-s...

    Source(s): life
  • Dave B
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Yup.

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