Columbia Law School BS Math BYU
“After graduating from BYU in Mathematics in April 2004, I moved to New York City and started law school at Columbia… (Now) I’ve accepted a job postgraduation with Lewis & Roca in their Las Vegas office.”
“Mathematics has been a wonderful preparation for law school. Math was a surprisingly excellent prep for taking the LSAT… Being a math major in law school sets you apart from the majority of law students who are humanities majors, a distinction that proves advantageous upon applying for jobs.”
Attorneys act as both advocates and advisors in our society. As advocates, they represent one of the parties in criminal and civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in court to support their client. As advisors, attorneys counsel their clients about their legal rights and obligations and suggest particular courses of action in business and personal matters. They research, comprehend, and apply local, state, and federal laws and a good background in mathematics will help a student get admitted to law school and assist in the understanding of complicated theoretical legal concepts.
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My educational background involves math, science, engineering, English, and law, and I have earned my living primarily as a math instructor. I am currently freelancing in any and all of the above fields. I can specifically think of two ways that math has intersected with law for me:
(1) Patent Law. I took the patent bar exam to become a patent attorney. Not just any lawyer can do so, only those with degrees in science or engineering. You actually don’t even have to be a lawyer to prosecute patents or work at the Patent Office. The most indemand patent attorneys / agents / examiners are those in CS / EE (usually requiring only a BS; no prestigious alma mater required) and the biochemical sciences (usually requiring a PhD). Experience in the industry is highly valued.
(2) LSAT tutoring. I second what I’ve read on this page. The LSAT is a test primarily of English language literacy, but also plain old logic and common sense. It requires no knowledge of the law whatsoever — but a math background can provide a huge advantage. Mathematics is the study of logic, the application of rules, and symbolic language, which pretty much covers half of the LSAT. My experience as a math major and math instructor has put me in a great position to understand the LSAT and to teach it well. The fact that I am an attorney and I have scored high on the LSAT makes me that much more credible. The LSAT market shows no signs of slowing down, and LSAT tutoring firms are becoming competitive in their hiring of instructors.
Scot S. Fagerland, Esq.
TheMathGuy.com
I have had the worst time learning math. Why? Every time I go to take math, algebra I, and then proceed to algebra II, my math adventure is disturbed, and I am taking out of school for two years to five. You would not know that I love math, once I understand the concepts. To me, it is a fun game, but life is merciless. I have given up on learning math the NORMAL WAY in a college.
I am looking to find an academic publishing company to publish:
math book
math solutions book
CD with an instructor solving each and every problem so that
I can understand the process.
I am also looking for websites that allow a “student” of math to type in equations that show tables, complete equations with the breakdown of solutions, and graphs that are free and the ones that charge monthly fees.
Can you assist me? I have been with a boyfriend for five years who has a Masters in Engineering and Communications. He lies to me that he HATES MATH, so that he doesn’t have to teach me. This is the saddest part of our relationship. As Martin Luther King says, “I have a dream!” Well, I have a dream to take up to Differential Equations and that is it. When I did take math, I am the kind of student that wants to do EVERY PROBLEM and consequently, my grades were high.
My goal is to go to law school and be my own legal practitioner as a solo attorney with partners. My abilities are in law and logic even though I have never taken a logic test. In an appellate appeal one time, the chief judge attempted to utilize a LSAT question as a legal theory, and I politely explained the legal logic of a groundless defense for the defendants and then pointed out that his theory came from LSAT questions in logic. He ruled against me, illegally, and now I have the opportunity to visit this judge and reopen the case after 15 years because res judicata and collateral estoppel don’t apply and the statute of limitations hasn’t even begun based on a set of circumstances (facts), evidence, and “onpoint” rules of law. To say this judge is going to be shocked is an understatement, but the good thing is that I will have enough money to purchase all my math books, supplies, and tutorial and web charges and not depend on any human being to HELP ME!
Hi Scot!
Do you have any recommendations in locating entrylevel patent jobs? I graduated with Computer Science and worked as a computer programmer 14 years ago After law school, I went on to do general practice with criminal, family and immigration law. Ten years later, I decided to take the patent bar and passed. What recommendations, if any do you have in getting a job in the patent field, considering I have been out of computer science for a long time. Thank you in advance.
I came across this site hoping to find a connection of my legal degree for my love of math 🙂
Attorney Career
Hey Guys,
Im thinking of becoming an Attorney. My friend just took his LSAT and got destroyed! He said that the logic problems were the worst part. Which requires a certain mathematical mind. Im not sure I really have the skills needed. I wonder do you guys know where to get coaching for the cna LSAT. Thanks for the detailed explanation Scott.
This may help you. My friend just got accepted to law school and she said take math up to Calculus III and Statistics, but I have even more help for you. Kapl’olani Community College in Honolulu, HI mandates that paralegals take Math 025 then Math 100 and Business 100 and Phil 110 that must deal with logic on the LSAT. If not, go back and repeat your math and phil 110 classes.
When a student is tested in the career counseling center, “attorneys” and “judges” tend to score high on “logic”, naturally. If it isn’t natural for you, don’t worry, you can learn math and logic concepts IF YOU ARE LUCKY TO HAVE THE TIME TO TAKE EACH COURSE ONE RIGHT AFTER ANOTHER. I was dragged into law and turned into a civil rights litigator, but I am not giving up on math if God so deems. When I was younger everybody thought I would become a math major. Isn’t that funny.
A tryst with law can be a difficult and frustrating experience, which can leave you bereft of energy as well as resources. Any country will have its own unique laws to maintain its integrity and protect its national interests. Immigration law, for instance can be decisive in granting any individual a status that makes him to dwell in the respective country as a legal citizen and most countries have laws that govern the entry as well as the course of stay of such individuals.
I have always dreamed on becoming a lawyer but sometimes i think of becoming an architect. I am a high school student who dreams of becoming any one of these any advice please email me.
tavien.morris@deltakippster.org
or
nomoneyzone@gmail.com
Does anyone know what kind of math problem an attorney would solve?
You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
find this matter to be actually something that I think I
would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.
I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get
the hang of it!