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Political Science: Preparation for Law School

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Hey everyone!
Im a grade 12 student and I've always had a passion for law and its a dream of mine to become a corporate lawyer one day!
But, with all that said, I also have a passion for business and find it easier financially to take a business undergrad also cant obviously say ill make it into law after my undergrad... 
So far, im set on business and I will apply to the major programs but then I may also apply to some political science programs.
What are some of the best political science programs in Ontario? And is the degree even worth pursuing before law school? Is there even co-op and internships for Political science?
Thanks guys

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Poli sci doesn't get you into law school. Neither does business. You can study basketweaving and still go to law school. You're acting as if a poli sci degree is going to give you an advantage when statistically most who study this don't get admitted.
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Honestly, as the above poster stated it does not matter what you study to get into law school. There are individuals who studies arts, engineering and etc and they even make it into law school. Political sciences would not serve as an advantage in getting into law school. However, if you are interested in political sciences you could always take it as an elective. The main key is to study what you are an expert at. If you have a passion and interest in business studies, the goal is to succeed and achieve the best to make it into law school. You should look into co-op for business and aim your goals towards your passion. Then after your bachelor degree with your greatest achievements and goals, you may choose to pursue law school. Also, you may choose to take certain electives outside your field to open your mind and expand your learning (Ex. psychology/sociology) which could serve use when you become a corporate lawyer.
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How much research have you done? You can get into law school with ANY degree and tons of students with business, engineering, life science, etc. get into law school. If your goal is to be a corporate lawyer the business degree will also help for employment as you will be seen as having a demonstrated interest and experience in business. 

I did pol sci in undergrad. It's a useless degree on its own without further post-graduate schooling of some kind. There are no best pol sci schools for undergrad. This is like asking which school has a better philosophy or women's studies degree. It's all the same.   
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You guys are right, I was aware you can obviously get into law with any degree I just thought political science could of benefited a bit but thanks for the insight
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Why do you specifically want to be a corporate lawyer? Have you ever worked with one? Do you know what they do on a day-to-day basis? 

Don't study something because you think it's the best preparation for law school. Study whatever it is that you want to study now and look at that as an end within itself. If you're passionate about business, go for it. If you're passionate about Political Science, go for it. Don't do either because you think it'll be the best preparation for law school. Get past phase 1 then starting thinking about phase 2.

Anyways, since you asked. Lots of schools have good Political Science programs. I'd guess the best in Ontario are at U of T, Queen's, and Carleton. 
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Ottawa has a joined poli sci/law school degree I think, for 6 years. You could look into that.
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The joint programs aren't good options because as a 19-20 yr old, will you really be mature enough to study in a class of all students in their mid to late 20s and be taken seriously during job interviews? There is no rush to go to law school. Also, there are far better law schools to attend than Ottawa. But, I think you're mistaken and it's Western that offers the joint program.
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i don't know if western hasn't it, but i just looked it up and western does for sure. however - it is only offered in french.
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jesus i meant i don't know if western has it but ottawa does for sure
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Both Western and Ottawa offer it. 

https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/students/programs/combined-programs/jdbsocsc

http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2016/pg275.html

I agree with the poster above that you might not be mature enough to handle law school at that age. And, if your goal is to practice in Toronto then it might be better off to work hard in undergrad and try your best to get into Osgoode and U of T which have the best hiring rates in the GTA. 
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