Computer science to law school (8 critical facts to know)

Many students are thinking of going from computer science to law school. While others have a computer science degree and are considering joining law schools.

In this post, were going to list the 8 essential facts that computer science students should learn before going from computer science to law school.

So if you are one of them, keep reading to prevent falling into some pitfalls that many students fall into.

1 – Computer science is a good major that leads to patent law

Having a computer science degree is a good option to go and seek a law patent field.

It is useful to have a computer science degree and go to the law patent. The technical background will help you go into this industry, while most lawyers aren’t allowed to go into this career.

But you have to understand that patent law is not an easy domain. It is so competitive. In addition, the opportunity in this domain is not ample as a computer science field.

In other words, you might have hardships having a whole bar passage. It happened to many people.

So choosing a law school is an interesting thing in the process. So as a recommendation, try to select a law school where 80% of its graduates find job opportunities in this field.

2 – Computer science students aren’t good

The second thing that you might not consider as a computer science student is that law majors require good verbal skills: writing and speaking.

Most stem students, like computer science ones, have poor writing skills. Many of them discover that when they reach a Ph.D.

you could read this article: STEM Ph.D. students and writing(5 things to know)

According to many grad school professors, the majority of stem students, which means majors that are technically biased, have poor writing skills.

So before taking the LSAT test that we’re going to talk about in the next paragraph, you have to work on your writing skills.

The best thing to save you time is to hire someone in a domain to help enhance your level. Or if you think that your writing skills are good, at least test your abilities before you go and waste $200 for the LSAT plus a deception.

3 – LSAT

LSAT is a test that students need to pass to shoot for law schools, it is a hard test, and these numbers prove that.

according to studyusa:

66.8 % take an LSAT once

26% take the LSAT test twice

7% take last more than twice

But the hardest thing for students who shoot for law school is that they need to score more than 165 on this test to get accepted. That is to say, responding correctly to 89 questions among 110.

But if you are looking to join some high-level law schools like Harvard and Colombia, you need above 175, which is dramatically hard. So you will need to have strong writing skills to go for it.

But the advantage that you will have as a computer science student on the LSAT test is logic section questions.

In other words, the LSAT test has interesting questions, including logical aspects. So you will be able to solve them quickly compared to non-stem major students.

You can find more details about this test in the video below.

4 – cybercrime is an exciting domain to combine CS and law

cybercrime is an exciting domain to major in for computer science graduates. Once you get a bachelor’s in computer science, you can take any school law to make this specialty.

In most cases, you will need to do it after spending 2 or 3 years in law school. The process is long a little bit. But if you love this domain is worth it to pursue this specialization.

But you have to understand that not all the law schools in the US have this specialty. As a result, we will let you some best courses in cybercrime that you can choose between in this article.

5 – Computer science is useful for copyrighting law

The other field to go for if you think of switching from computer science to the law domain is copyrighting law. Having a background in technology will allow you to take technical work in copywriting documents.

This doesn’t need to take a specialty. You just have to gain the confidence of the client in this area.

6 – CS major students have a big rate of success in law major  

The downside of a law major is the scarcity of opportunities compared to computer science. So, according to bls:

The median salary of a lawyer is $126,000, but a junior lawyer starts at $40,000. So the wage, in is not encouraging at the beginning,. 

 It will be taking you 5 years or even more before reaching $100, 000 a year.

While in computer science, the salary is the same, $126,000 but junior stars with $80,000 or even more. In addition, it will take you only 2 to 3 years to get $130,000 as a professional developer and even get higher salaries.

  • Computer since is growing by 22% a year while %9 in the law sector.
  • 61% of students get hired directly after graduation in computer science.
  • 1 million is an annual shortage in computers science occupations in the US

So there is a big difference between law and CS in market demand. Building a career as a lawyer will be much harder and more competitive than computer science.

The name of the school you graduated from is significant in the law sector. It is not as CS. So you have to graduate or choose the top 20 schools in the US.

There is a big risk in this operation. It is not an easy road. 

So this is what we would inform you, so are you ready to sacrifice?

7 – you have to be sure to go from computer science to law school

This message is from people who haven’t finished their course in computer science and want to go into law school.

If you run from computer science and think of going to law school because it is easier, this is completely wrong. Law programs are heavy and contain a lot of legalizations to absorb. So it won’t be an easy path to follow.

The second thing for people who think that lawyers are getting a lot of money, many students don’t know that many junior lawyers have started from $23,000 a year. Getting a six-figure income might take you years of grinding.

So if you are 1 of these people, we’re not recommending you switch from computer science to law. The better thing is to finish the computer science course and then do whatever you want.

But for people who love law and are totally convinced that the law major path is for them. Therefore they have to be ready to sacrifice and break the obstacles and barriers that we talked about previously.

8 – Conclusion (Do this test)

For students who are still hesitating if they should go from computer science to law school, you can do this test.

Go and have 2 months of a summer internship in a patent office and see how things are going there.

It will be a good idea to see if you aren’t meant for this job. In addition, you can read this article to ensure if computer science is meant for you or not.

15 critical signs that indicate that CS is not for you

So is better to test before making any critical decision that can ruin your future. Because getting an additional $100,000 of debt might be a bigger issue, you can fall into.

So take your time test, and ensure well before making any decision.


Yassin ajanif is a physics graduate and electromechanical engineer width more than 5 years in the field. My goal and my team are to share our experience to help you succeed in your career as a stem major. we talk about all tips, problems, and struggle STEM students face in their career and how to overcome them.