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Why Economics is the BEST Preparation for Law School

The score on the LSAT exam is the primary statistic that Law Schools use in determining admission into their schools and deciding on Financial Aid awards. To prepare for Law School, advisors often suggest a number of various undergraduate degrees that provide students with a sound background necessary for their later studies in Law School. The question is which undergraduate degree best prepares students for admission into Law School and for top consideration for financial assistance.

As the table below indicates, an undergraduate degree in Economics best prepares those students interested in studying Law. Why is Economics the best preparation for Law School? It may be that, unlike other disciplines, studying Economics does not teach you particular answers to a given question, but rather Economics teaches you how to approach a question with reasonable and rational methods of obtaining an answer. In an ever changing world, it is far better to understand how to answer a question instead ofremembering particular answers. And if there is one thing Economics is famous for, it is for teaching students how to analyze a problem.

 

Average LSAT Scores*
Current
Rank

Major
Average
Score
Number of
Students
Previous
Rank
Average
Score
Number of
Students
1 Economics 155.3 2,916 1 155.7 4,157
2 History 154.0 5,819 3 154.4 5,080
3 English 153.7 6,324 4 153.9 5,698
4 Engineering 152.7 2,656 2 154.7 2,536
5 Journalism &
Languages
152.5 2,002 7 152.3 2,042
6 Finance 152.2 2,009 5 153.1 2,756
7 Psychology 151.9 3,977 8 152.0 3,522
8 Accounting 151.8 2,340 6 152.6 2,855
9 Political Science 151.6 15,388 9 151.8 13,628
10 Communication
& Arts
150.7 3,898 10 150.8 3,909
11 Management 149.4 2,735 11 149.9 3,294
12 Sociology &
Social Work
149.3 3,129 13 149.2 2,550
13 Business
Administration
148.6 2,111 12 149.6 2,454
14 Criminology 145.8 3,960 14 145.9 2,928
* Source: Nieswiadomy, Michael (1998), “LSAT Scores of Economics
Majors,” Journal of Economics Education, Volume 29, Number 4,
Fall, pp. 377-379.