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lawyeah
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UG Senior Thesis

Postby lawyeah » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:56 am

I've noticed that a lot of applicants to top law schools in the past have written a senior thesis/honor thesis and mentioned it in their resume. What are the potential benefits, if any, of writing a thesis for law school admissions? Have any of you done so and are already admitted into law school? What are you your opinions?

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Re: UG Senior Thesis

Postby acrossthelake » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:44 pm

Can't answer your question since I'm an 0L and just currently working on my senior honors thesis, but I will note that it's a rewarding, stressful, and time-consuming experience that gives a nice little capstone touch to your undergraduate experience. It will also be difficult figuring out if it gives any boost, if at all, because most top students do an honors thesis, so causation vs. correlation will be difficult to distinguish.

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Re: UG Senior Thesis

Postby starrydecisus » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:34 pm

lawyeah wrote:I've noticed that a lot of applicants to top law schools in the past have written a senior thesis/honor thesis and mentioned it in their resume. What are the potential benefits, if any, of writing a thesis for law school admissions? Have any of you done so and are already admitted into law school? What are you your opinions?


I did an Honors thesis. I had it on my resume for admissions. After I defended, I updated the Admissions Committee (it was also after I was accepted to the school). If doing it is going to hurt your GPA or LSAT score, I'd steer away because honestly, those are the most important factors. But I'd say it looks good, not to mention the fact that it gives you invaluable research and writing experience. If you're going to hate your life for doing it, then don't. But if there's a topic you're genuinely interested in and you can keep your other schoolwork under control, I'd say go for it.

FWIW, I ended up getting a scholarship at my law school after updating the admissions committee about my thesis (along with a few other awards, etc.).

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Re: UG Senior Thesis

Postby ChiButterfly » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:39 pm

starrydecisus wrote:
FWIW, I ended up getting a scholarship at my law school after updating the admissions committee about my thesis (along with a few other awards, etc.).


Congrats!

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Re: UG Senior Thesis

Postby lawyeah » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:55 pm

Were you conducting your thesis during the semester you applied to law school?

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Re: UG Senior Thesis

Postby xqhp82 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:49 pm

lawyeah wrote:Were you conducting your thesis during the semester you applied to law school?


+1...is there any point telling them i'll start writing a thesis this semester somewhere on my app?

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Re: UG Senior Thesis

Postby minuit » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:53 pm

xqhp82 wrote:
lawyeah wrote:Were you conducting your thesis during the semester you applied to law school?


+1...is there any point telling them i'll start writing a thesis this semester somewhere on my app?


In my resume last year I put something like "Honors Thesis Defense scheduled April 2010"

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Re: UG Senior Thesis

Postby xqhp82 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:58 pm

minuit wrote:
xqhp82 wrote:
lawyeah wrote:Were you conducting your thesis during the semester you applied to law school?


+1...is there any point telling them i'll start writing a thesis this semester somewhere on my app?


In my resume last year I put something like "Honors Thesis Defense scheduled April 2010"


Right...I have a related question. I study in the UK and we call a thesis a "dissertation", with single dissertation of 8000 words and double dissertation of 15000 words. If I want to put that info on my resume, should I follow British terminology or just call it an honors thesis? I'm rather confused because the two words seem to have reversed meaning in the two countries (undergrad vs phD)

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Re: UG Senior Thesis

Postby lawyeah » Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:49 am

xqhp82 wrote:
minuit wrote:
xqhp82 wrote:
lawyeah wrote:Were you conducting your thesis during the semester you applied to law school?


+1...is there any point telling them i'll start writing a thesis this semester somewhere on my app?


In my resume last year I put something like "Honors Thesis Defense scheduled April 2010"


Right...I have a related question. I study in the UK and we call a thesis a "dissertation", with single dissertation of 8000 words and double dissertation of 15000 words. If I want to put that info on my resume, should I follow British terminology or just call it an honors thesis? I'm rather confused because the two words seem to have reversed meaning in the two countries (undergrad vs phD)


I'd probably go with the US terminology. but you could add in parenthesis that it's known as a dissertation in the UK.

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Re: UG Senior Thesis

Postby MPMP » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:39 am

I did a thesis last year, during my senior year (I'm currently a 1L). It was probably the most challenging part of my undergrad education, but it was also the most rewarding, and it was something I learned a lot from.

I would say that it was helpful because it made me comfortable with having distant deadlines and working diligently towards being prepared for those deadlines, which is obviously a skill that is valuable in law school.

It seems like a lot of my classmates wrote theses, so I wouldn't expect it to set you apart too much.




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