Really weak softs

(Applications Advice, Letters of Recommendation . . . )
whymeohgodno
Posts: 2508
Joined: Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:15 pm

Really weak softs

Postby whymeohgodno » Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:27 am

Think of the worst softs possible.

But you are near the 75th percentile for both gpa/lsat.

In? Out? What if you hit the 75th percentile for LSAT but slightly below for GPA?

Edit: Talking about t14 schools as the context here.

User avatar
D. H2Oman
Posts: 7469
Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:47 am

Re: Really weak softs

Postby D. H2Oman » Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:31 am

In (outside of HYS)


Unless by weakest possible you mean you used to rob liquor stores or something.

whymeohgodno
Posts: 2508
Joined: Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:15 pm

Re: Really weak softs

Postby whymeohgodno » Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:32 am

D. H2Oman wrote:In (outside of HYS)


Unless by weakest possible you mean you used to rob liquor stores or something.


Nothing bad. But literally nothing anywhere. No resume, very little of anything.

User avatar
beachbum
Posts: 2766
Joined: Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:35 pm

Re: Really weak softs

Postby beachbum » Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:37 am

Yikes. No jobs, clubs, volunteer work, awards... nothin?

User avatar
D. H2Oman
Posts: 7469
Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:47 am

Re: Really weak softs

Postby D. H2Oman » Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:38 am

whymeohgodno wrote:
D. H2Oman wrote:In (outside of HYS)


Unless by weakest possible you mean you used to rob liquor stores or something.


Nothing bad. But literally nothing anywhere. No resume, very little of anything.



I was in your boat, ok, well both my numbers were definitely not above the the 75th, so I was actually in a much more shitty/rusty boat that had sprung a leak and even still I don't think my complete lack of softs affected me at all. You should be fine.

whymeohgodno
Posts: 2508
Joined: Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:15 pm

Re: Really weak softs

Postby whymeohgodno » Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:39 am

beachbum wrote:Yikes. No jobs, clubs, volunteer work, awards... nothin?


This makes me nervous.

So would this extreme lack of softs hurt me dramatically?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?$!?$KLKFDS

User avatar
beachbum
Posts: 2766
Joined: Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:35 pm

Re: Really weak softs

Postby beachbum » Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:46 am

whymeohgodno wrote:
beachbum wrote:Yikes. No jobs, clubs, volunteer work, awards... nothin?


This makes me nervous.

So would this extreme lack of softs hurt me dramatically?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?$!?$KLKFDS


Honestly... probably not. If your numbers really are that great, most schools will love you regardless of softs (or lack thereof).

User avatar
johnnyutah
Posts: 1709
Joined: Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:00 pm

Re: Really weak softs

Postby johnnyutah » Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:03 am

beachbum wrote:Yikes. No jobs, clubs, volunteer work, awards... nothin?

I was above 75% LSAT, below 25% GPA, and had no softs except my succession of shitty minimum wage jobs, and I got i to my t-14 with that. You just gotta write the right essay.

User avatar
legalease9
Posts: 623
Joined: Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:41 pm

Re: Really weak softs

Postby legalease9 » Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:03 am

Of all the components of an app, softs are the least significant. It can put you over the top, but if you are at 75 on both percentiles then you are already over the top, and you would need some robbery charges to get you denied. Even Harvard and Yale would admit you pretty easily if you were over both 75ths (which are naturally very very high).

whymeohgodno
Posts: 2508
Joined: Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:15 pm

Re: Really weak softs

Postby whymeohgodno » Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:27 am

legalease9 wrote:Of all the components of an app, softs are the least significant. It can put you over the top, but if you are at 75 on both percentiles then you are already over the top, and you would need some robbery charges to get you denied. Even Harvard and Yale would admit you pretty easily if you were over both 75ths (which are naturally very very high).


What if you were a little below 75th on both?

Or right at 75th on LSAT and a little below on GPA?

User avatar
Knock
Posts: 5152
Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:09 pm

Re: Really weak softs

Postby Knock » Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:09 am

whymeohgodno wrote:
legalease9 wrote:Of all the components of an app, softs are the least significant. It can put you over the top, but if you are at 75 on both percentiles then you are already over the top, and you would need some robbery charges to get you denied. Even Harvard and Yale would admit you pretty easily if you were over both 75ths (which are naturally very very high).


What if you were a little below 75th on both?

Or right at 75th on LSAT and a little below on GPA?


You're still probably set. Both LSAT and GPA substantially above median and you have high chances of admittance.

User avatar
The Gentleman
Posts: 670
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:25 am

Re: Really weak softs

Postby The Gentleman » Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:28 am

Interviews with admissions deans suggest that your personal statement will be the most important factor outside of LSAT/UGPA. The fact that you have no other softs should not prevent you from writing a solid, coherent essay. Of course it's possible that your numbers alone will be sufficient for admission at some schools, but why risk it? Putting time into your essays should pay off.




Return to “Law School Admissions Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: jjcorvino, sonyco, Yahoo [Bot] and 9 guests