Since sociology puts a strong emphasis on critical thinking, the reasoned analysis and development of arguments, and subject areas like the environment, equality, and social justice, it's a great major for people who want to enter the legal profession.
For students who want to become attorneys, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) coordinates all applications to law schools. Both the LSAC's Thinking About Law School section and the BC Career Center's section on Applying to Law School provide extensive tips on how to prepare for and apply to law school. Below is a list of ways the Sociology Department and other resources at BC can help fulfill some of these recommendations.
- A student’s chosen major is less important than GPA and LSAT scores. There are books on LSAT preparation available in the BC Library, and Continuing Education also provides LSAT prep courses for a fee.
- Taking demanding undergraduate courses is more important in preparing for law school than the subject of the courses. In the sociology major, the more demanding classes include upper level undergrad courses (in the SOCY3000-SOCY6999 range), honors courses, and grad courses.
- Courses that involve critical thinking, excellent writing skills and research and analysis projects are also beneficial to students preparing for law school. Most sociology courses focus on developing these skills in multiple ways.
- LSAC suggests seeking “some significant experience, before coming to law school, in which you may devote substantial effort toward assisting others.” BC’s Service, Social Justice & Solidarity page offers several volunteer opportunities as does the Volunteer and Service Learning Center.
- Finally, students can also set themselves apart with awards and fellowships. See our awards page for a list of possible fellowships.