The law is a field for which philosophical training is generally excellent preparation, since students acquire the ability to develop and analyze arguments, uncover assumptions and presuppositions, identify fallacies in reasoning, and structure complex ideas. Both formal and informal logic are of important use in the study and practice of law.
Studies show that philosophy majors receive higher scores on major standardized tests, including the GRE and the LSAT
Comparative data from one Law Schools Admissions Test (LSAT) showed the following scores:
Of all the majors examined (including journalism, sociology, business, the arts, criminal justice, accounting, and languages), philosophy majors, outperformed all other majors on the LSAT.
The National Institute of Education concluded that philosophy majors scored:
For more information on the data above, see the American Philosophical Association's Careers for Philosophers and The Philosophy Major. See www.apaonline.org