Dbate wrote:Would potential admissions offices look down on this? The university doesn't honor courses taken at community colleges and only accepts courses from certain schools. Would law schools accept those courses in spite of this fact? Also, from various people, I have heard that grad schools like to see extensive extracurricular activities and that summer is a good time to do activities to pad the resume. Would the possible reduction in quality of EC activities negate any possible benefit?
Totally irrelevant. Remember law schools don't look at any official transcript. Heck they don't even want to send it to them. When you are ready to start the application process you will send every transcript of any college level course you taken to LSDAS (Law School Data Assembly Service) run by the guys that make the LSAT. When they say they want every course, they mean it (I even had to get a transcript of for a community college course I took in 8th grade). From that they will generate an LSDAS report consisting of an LSDAS GPA, your LSAT score, and a complete transcript of all the courses you have taken. This is the information that law schools will use. In other words no one gives a rip whether Yale honors the course as credit or not. The only thing that matter is that the course is before the date you get your first bachelors degree.
As to whether adcomms (admissions committees) look down on resume padding, I seriously doubt it. This isn't the case where adcomms have a few applications that they can meticulously analyze. Adcomms are overloaded with thousands of applications. Virtually all schools will look at LSAT Score and your LSDAS GPA. If the school is very highly ranked then they may also look at the prestige of the undergrad and/or your major, anything beyond that would create an insane workload.
Law schools generally consider ECs to be useful only in tipping the balance in your favor when you are close to being accepted, unless you did something extraordinary. Focus on the LSAT first and foremost, that more than anything will decide your fate. Then focus on your GPA. Shamelessly pad your GPA and exploit the law school application system to your favor, because guess what, everyone else is doing it.