Well my son is off to UVIC in Sept...his goal is to become a lawyer. He plans to major in political science but from what I have read that leads to no jobs if you do not get into law school.
I just read that UVIC has changed to 50/50 LSAT and GPA for law school admission in 2017
1. GPA/LSAT will no longer be weighted 70/30, but rather 50/50. This change attempts to minimize the effects that variability between programs in strength and grade inflation will have on the admissions process. It seems that the Committee is concerned with admitting certain high-GPA, low-LSAT splitters where the GPA is not a reliable indicator due to the applicant's institution or program. "
Any wanna be lawyers here and what advice do you have?
My advice would be in first year to take a wide range of courses to get a better idea in what he is interested and a better idea of where his skill sets are best.
I would pick a major in 2nd/3rd year based on (and in order):
1. What he is good at.
2. What he is interested in
3. What improves on the skill sets needed for the LSAT.
Majors that focus on rote memory and ability to research are relatively useless for the LSAT. Majors that have you writing, reading difficult passages, and involve a lot of analytical thinking are probably the ones that best improve LSAT related skills. I'd also recommend taking symbolic logic/argumentative thinking courses in Philosophy to get a head start in understanding the language of the LSAT. The bottleneck in the process of becoming a lawyer is getting into law school which is why my advice is more geared towards getting in as opposed to preparing for the actual education.