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I wanted to make sure the following question is relevant to M.S.E. before posting.

I am studying mathematics at my university, but my performance has not been not outstanding. I am doubtful about a career in mathematics, but I do think the reasoning skills gained from studying math have improved my skills in making arguments. So I have thought about Law School, which I wouldn't have expected to be a common path for math majors. But according to an article about LSAT scoring, math majors score at the top.

Who has studied mathematics and had a successful career in law? What mathematics courses are the most relevant?

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    $\begingroup$ It does seem on the edge of being off topic, but I think it's okay. career-development might be a good tag. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Gruber Nov 15 '13 at 4:55
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    $\begingroup$ I think it's a fine question, but I think there's a good chance it will be closed. I suggest you post it and see what happens. $\endgroup$ – Joel Reyes Noche Nov 15 '13 at 5:24
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    $\begingroup$ I can't help but find it amusing that Pre-Law and criminal justice majors do the worst on the LSAT, according to that list. $\endgroup$ – Ben West Nov 15 '13 at 7:16
  • $\begingroup$ The LSAT is a primitive test, I have helped someone with it. Math people with a reasonable command of English have a big edge. $\endgroup$ – André Nicolas Nov 15 '13 at 8:25
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    $\begingroup$ While perhaps in some vague sense, the logical reasoning skills obtained via mathematics education might translate to the practice of law, I would be cautious about making too strong of an inference in this regard or using that as your motivation/justification in such an endeavor. Albeit purely anecdotally, I have not found this to be the case, necessarily, and I think you will find plenty of counterexamples on this very meta site and that of MO (in the form of stated opinions/arguments), including some truly shocking ones from world-famous names (in their fields). Caveat discipulus. $\endgroup$ – cardinal Nov 16 '13 at 16:14
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    $\begingroup$ ...and (+1) to this post. If you decide to pose the question on the main site, please edit this post to include a link for future readers. Cheers. :-) $\endgroup$ – cardinal Nov 16 '13 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ I have not found a huge correlation between basic mathematical skills and hourly rate for my lawyers. More than once I have had a lawyer figure out the pre-tax equivalent of a payment of $x$ as $x+xr+xr^2+ xr^3$ (sometimes more terms, sometimes fewer) rather than just $\frac{x}{1-r}$. $\endgroup$ – copper.hat Nov 20 '13 at 16:38

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