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Transferring Out of Schulich BBA

I’m currently enrolled in my first year of the Schulich BBA program, and I hate it. It’s a great program, but I realize that I really want to go to law school, and a career in the business sector is something that the more I learn about, the less I want to pursue. Schulich has a requirement that the class averages in every Schulich course stay between 65%-75%, making it even more difficult to maintain an A average (what law schools are looking for) in an already difficult program. I’m doing pretty well at Schulich, my average so far is around the high 80s. Is it a terrible idea to transfer out of Schulich (a prestigious program where I’m doing relatively well) to a liberal arts degree in a field I’m passionate and interested in, where I think I can do better (possibly 90s), if my ultimate goal is law school? Does anyone have experience or thoughts on transferring out of Schulich/a similar program? Thanks! 🙂

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  1. Lol, that’s such a terrible idea. Why on Earth would you want to transfer from an employable program into a completely unemployable one, simply because you believe you’ll get higher grades out of “passion” and “interest?” Really? At the very least, even if you don’t get into law school with your BBA, you’ll be able to find a job. The only thing a liberal arts degree is good for is spare toilet paper.

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  2. This is incredibly stupid.

    I am a lawyer.

    a) You may not get into law school or decide not to go.
    b) The path to becoming a lawyer is a long and difficult one – 3-4 years undergrad, 3 years of law school, 10 months articling/LPP program
    c) Law school is expensive – 50-200k debt
    d) Being a lawyer is hard – long hours, beck and mercy of clients, high pressure lifestyle
    e) Law and business are very similar and are both client oriented service professions. Many of the skills you gain in a business program and through business networking events transfers over to the legal profession as well.
    f) A business degree gives you an advantage in law school. The majority of employers hiring students during the formal recruitment are corporate/commercial firms.
    g) An arts degree is useless if you don’t go to law school. It is useless even if you go to law school because your undergrad degree can help you land a job in law school. For example: STEM grads have an easier time landing corporate, IP, and tax jobs. Business grads have an easier time landing corporate jobs.

    Go on and do some research. You don’t need 90s to get into law school. This is not med school. People get in with 3.5 and 3.6 GPAs all the time. I went to law school with Schulich grads and they have excellent careers ahead of them. The degree holds weight even in the legal profession. An arts degree is useless no matter where you go. People like to joke in law school that they could do nothing with their history, philosophy, english, political science, etc. degrees, so law school was the be all end all or they’d be working in fast food or retail.

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  3. Being a lawyer is much like being a business professional and working in the business industry. If you do not enjoy the latter, you likely will not enjoy the former either. The caveat here is if you truly believe you have a passion towards working with people in poverty, social justice, real, every day people, rather than large institutional clients. Then you may be interested in going into areas like immigration, family, criminal, labour and employment, legal aid, government, etc. Again, do more research on what it means to go to law school and be a lawyer, as well as the time, money, and effort it will take to get there. Law school is very tough and the difficulty does not end there. Life as a lawyer is tough for most lawyers as well.

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