Topic: Writing an application letter for job accounting
June 24, 2019 / By Dannie Question:
I want to get good grades and be top 5% of my class she. I graduate college, but I also want to graduate early possibly and I definitely want to go to law school. Thing is, im good at foreign language and love Spanish, but I feel like I should major in something that will get me a job instead. I am not math- loving enough for engineering and I know its a hard major, and my favorite lucrative major would ne account ting, but im not exactly on love with it and it seems difficult, which could hurt my gpa. Its really important to keep mt gpa up because I want to go to Columbia law school. Also, does the prestige of where you go for undergrad matter a lot to a law school?
Aymery | 6 days ago
Hey Anon Ymous,
In order to give yourself the best chance of acceptance to Columbia Law, what you need to possess is a stellar academic record (and I mean stellar--students admitted to HLS typically have GPAs of 3.8 or above), an exceptional LSAT score (172+, preferably 175+), excellent recommendations, and a résumé that shows involvement (no specific type of internship, community service, or activity is preferred over another--what you should focus on is demonstrating commitment to and leadership in two or three specific causes over a number of years, rather than sporadic participation in 10+ activities). My overall suggestion would be that you do what you love, both academically and extracurricularly, during your college years; this will ensure that you do it passionately and well, which will hopefully translate into excellent grades, and deep commitment to the groups and causes you believe in.
Law schools don't look for any particular major at all--in fact, almost any academic subject is a fine choice when it comes to picking a major that will look good on a law school application. 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. 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. If you major in something you love (for example, the foreign languages you mentioned), then you have a greater chance of doing extremely well in school, which will translate to a high GPA, which will in turn increase your chances of admission.
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 college 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 law schools, when you apply, that you can handle the academic load of law school.
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). For Columbia Law, I would recommend that you try to keep your GPA at 3.8+.
3. Take a challenging class load: Intro classes are okay for freshman and (maybe) sophomore year of college, 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.
4. Establish rapport with your professors (particularly during your junior and senior years of college). 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.
I would also not focus exclusively on Columbia as your only law school choice. Branch out a little. 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
Regarding the prestige of your undergrad, law schools don't really place that much importance on it. What they focus on is what you did during your four years of college (e.g., your GPA and your extracurriculars), and your LSAT score. The prestige of your undergrad doesn't really come into play very much at all.
I know I gave you a lot of info--I hope some of it helps! Feel free to PM me if you have any additional questions--I'm glad to help!
Go to an employment counselor and don't talk about majors, talk about skills and interests. Then find out what credential will qualify you for a good job.
Around here, Spanish is critical for most jobs dealing with the public, so that's a great skill to have.
I'm not math-loving either, but I like it and am not afraid of it. Are you that interested? If not, I wouldn't go for a math-requiring degree.
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