As a Psychology major and Philosophy minor, I’ve taken 100+ credit hours worth of courses in obtaining my undergraduate degree. While I love my major and the field of Psychology in its entirety, life after undergrad has really shown me the huge impact that Philosophy has had on me as a professional. My Philosophy courses have been dominant in not only considering the components behind human behavior — the law and ethics — but they have notably stood out in preparing me for law school as opposed to any other courses.
They have made me an overall better professional, student, researcher, critical thinker and arguer.
As Philosophy is not currently a criterion on pre-college curriculums, and colleges rarely, if at all, make Philosophy courses mandatory to non-Philosophy majors or minors. Many students miss out on what I consider to be the greatest aspect of my undergraduate education.
Philosophy is applicable to any field of study, and can be beneficial in countless areas of your life. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are essential for success no matter what career path you take, especially law, and philosophy teaches these skills.
Philosophy isn’t important just because you learn to back up your arguments on key issues or questions… it is important because it teaches you the process of expanding your mind to critically think about all the different angles of a situation, to reach a refined conclusion.
Philosophy sets you up for success in law school by teaching you how to make tough calls when there isn’t always a clear-cut, definitive answer. Furthermore, it is a course that forces you to use intellect, and look beyond textbooks or Google to merely locate answers. It goes without saying law school will be no different.
Through my philosophical studies, I’ve come to have a more rational mindset, and have learned to enjoy tasks that would have previously been tedious, like working through challenging problems. I’ve also learned dedication and to never give up when things get tough or seem impossible.
I understand how the course may seem challenging and can be avoided by some, but it doesn’t hurt to challenge your mind. My very first Philosophy course was a logic course and I absolutely hated it. I couldn’t wrap my mind around it and I was way over-thinking it. After completing it though, I learned to love Philosophy and the challenge, and have been able to take the lessons that I have learned through studying it and utilize them in countless areas of my life, including LSAT prep and in my current profession.