2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

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pinkpanther
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2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

Postby pinkpanther » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:11 pm

In terms of law school admissions, which would look better?

A degree in Psychology and a degree in Political Science in 4 years?

or

A degree in Psychology in 3 years, with a summer law internship in London?

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Holly Golightly
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Re: 2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

Postby Holly Golightly » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:12 pm

The one where you get a better GPA.

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Re: 2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

Postby Perjury » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:15 pm

pinkpanther wrote:In terms of law school admissions, which would look better?

A degree in Psychology and a degree in Political Science in 4 years?

or

A degree in Psychology in 3 years, with a summer law internship in London?


Doesn't matter. They are both worthless degrees. You might as well add communications in there and get three in five years.

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Re: 2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

Postby OneKnight » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:18 pm

I think it's a wash, but double-majors are looked upon positively so long as you have a good GPA. Plus, your international internship will probably be looked upon in the same light as a domestic internship unless it is prestigious.

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Re: 2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

Postby r6_philly » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:35 pm

How about adding a MA for the 4th year? So a BA and MA in 4?

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Re: 2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

Postby flyingpanda » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:47 pm

Holly Golightly wrote:The one where you get a better GPA.

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Re: 2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

Postby Borhas » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:01 pm

listen to the panda

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Re: 2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

Postby quickquestionthanks » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:21 pm

Perjury wrote:
Doesn't matter. They are both worthless degrees. You might as well add communications in there and get three in five years.


+1 Psychology is really frowned upon by most people besides Psychology PhD programs. Try out philosophy. It'll also help you on your LSAT.

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Re: 2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

Postby Veyron » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:21 pm

Neither, do one major and focus the energy you save on having a super high GPA.

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Re: 2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

Postby heyguys » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:31 pm

The one with the higher GPA is the credited response. As far as which you should do, I would suggest doing the 4 years unless you know you want to go to law school.

PROTIP: Not knowing you at all, I can say with 99% certainty that you don't know whether you want to go to law school or not. Take it from someone who probably shouldn't have gone without at least taking a few years to really think about it.

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Re: 2 degrees in 4 years, or 1 degree in 3 years?

Postby kdw94780 » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:33 pm

I've done a domestic internship at KPMG in international tax, and I am currently living in Morocco and interning with the Department of State. I think an international internship is a great idea because 1) it will be more fun than 2 degrees and 2) it's something that really makes you stand out. Any fool can study abroad, but an international internship seems competitive. I believe it was the dean at Michigan who said in her TLS interview that internships tell the admissions committee in a sense that you have already been vetted. I also noticed that ad reps were very impressed with my upcoming internship in Morocco.

While, I did get waitlisted at Michigan. I do think my internship experiences gave me an edge at schools like Vandy, ND, Illinois (full scholly), and WUSTL...

If you look at viewbooks at those schools, you will notice a lot of international internships in their student profiles. Besides you will be interning in law school, so I think it will look really good if adcomm sees you're ahead of the game.

***All in all, unless you really need more hours to improve your GPA, go for the internship.




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