Writing courses are particularly helpful, since the more confident you are as a writer, the better your chances of adapting your skills to the particular requirements of legal writing. If you don't take a separate writing course, pay particular attention to the essays you write in government and social sciences courses. Other relevant courses include the study of ethics, philosophy, history and perhaps logic or logical reasoning. Anything that teaches you to formulate arguments and build them persuasively will help you as a litigator.
Your choice of classes will not, however, be the deciding factor in the law school admissions process. One litigator sums up the most important rule of your undergraduate career: "Get good grades. Period." Many law schools claim to look at a variety of elements in choosing their candidates, but the truth is that many students are chosen simply on the basis of their grades and their LSAT scores. Your grade point average counts for a lot, whether you like it or not. True, a 3.4 political science major might initially have an easier time in law school than a 3.8 studio art major, but law schools are partly motivated by pride: they want to keep the average GPA of their accepted candidates high.
Don't despair, however, if you don't have the best grades in the world. If you can, pull them up in the last few semesters of college and in your application essay you can talk about how you became more focused over time. Even with average grades, there's a law school somewhere for you.
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