Law Schools, LSAT

Don’t Major in Criminal Justice If You Want to Go to Law School

LSAT score curve.JPGWe have some interesting statistics that suggest legal sounding majors — like Prelaw or Criminal Justice — have a negative relationship with LSAT performance.
Courtesy of Tax Prof Blog, Professor Michael Nieswiadomy of North Texas, has given us average LSAT scores broken down by 29 differed undergraduate majors.
The bottom of the list is very interesting:

25. Education: LSAT = 149.4
26. Business Administration: LSAT = 149.1
27. Health Professions: LSAT = 148.4
28. Prelaw: LSAT = 148.3
29. Criminal Justice: LSAT = 146

A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. But is there something going on in criminal justice classes that makes people unable to complete a logic game?
After the jump, let’s look at what you should major in if you want to do well on the LSAT.


The bottom of the list was interesting, but the top of the list is pretty much expected. People with difficult majors tend to do well on the LSAT:

1. Physics/Math: LSAT = 160
2. Economics: LSAT = 157.4
2. Philosophy/Theology: LSAT = 157.4
4. International Relations: LSAT = 156.5
5. Engineering: LSAT = 156.2

Math is good, thinking is good, and justice has nothing to do with it. Click here for the full list.
Whether having a background in math or philosophy makes for a better lawyer than those with a background in criminal justice is another question entirely.
Physics/Math, Economics Majors Ace the LSAT; Criminal Justice, Prelaw Majors Bomb the Test [Tax Prof Blog]

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