sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

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sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby maroonzoon » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:20 am

I have ~3.3 gpa, 170+ lsat. Is it a bad thing if I don't talk about how I'll use my bio-related science degree anywhere in my PS/DS/LOR?

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Re: sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby Bumi » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:40 am

Why would you leave a thing that makes you diverse out of your diversity statement?

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Postby im_blue » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:43 am

You're not going to be using your biology major as a lawyer. If anything, they'll just guess that you couldn't get into med school.

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Re: sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby 09042014 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:51 am

1) Biology is barely science

2) Schools won't care

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Re: sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby capitalacq » Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:42 am

Desert Fox wrote:1) Biology is barely science

2) Schools won't care

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Re: sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby ahduth » Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:47 am

What's a science card?

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Postby 005618502 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:59 am

ahduth wrote:What's a science card?


Its this thing people think they have with science majors to prove they werent as lazy as their GPA's make them out to be. Sometimes it works for EE majors but never biology

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Re: sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby thegovernor » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:11 pm

Talk about your biology major, especially if you're wanting to do patent/ip law. Don't listen to them, none of them are on the board of an adcom and I heard from a former Duke adcom that my science major definitely plays a part. Everyone knows Science majors are wayy more difficult than business, poly sci, etc.
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Re: sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby beachbum » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:26 pm

thegovernor wrote:Talk about your biology major, especially if you're wanting to do patent/ip law. Don't listen to them, none of them are on the board of an adcom and I heard from a former Duke adcom that my biochemistry major definitely plays a part. Everyone knows Science majors are wayy more difficult than business, poly sci, etc.


...release the hounds!

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Postby ahduth » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:30 pm

thegovernor wrote:Talk about your biology major, especially if you're wanting to do patent/ip law. Don't listen to them, none of them are on the board of an adcom and I heard from a former Duke adcom that my biochemistry major definitely plays a part. Everyone knows Science majors are wayy more difficult than business, poly sci, etc.


What's poly sci?

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Postby 005618502 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:55 pm

ahduth wrote:
thegovernor wrote:Talk about your biology major, especially if you're wanting to do patent/ip law. Don't listen to them, none of them are on the board of an adcom and I heard from a former Duke adcom that my biochemistry major definitely plays a part. Everyone knows Science majors are wayy more difficult than business, poly sci, etc.


What's poly sci?


hahahaha

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Re: sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby im_blue » Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:40 pm

thegovernor wrote:Talk about your biology major, especially if you're wanting to do patent/ip law. Don't listen to them, none of them are on the board of an adcom and I heard from a former Duke adcom that my biochemistry major definitely plays a part. Everyone knows Science majors are wayy more difficult than business, poly sci, etc.

biochemistry > biology

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Re: sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby maroonzoon » Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:06 pm

Not talking about hierarchies of majors guys and gals, that's not what I meant by "science card." I only meant it in a diversifying sense, since most law students are liberal arts majors.

If you guys want to talk about hierarchies, astrophysicists probably own us all.

To the others with more substantive comments, I appreciate your time

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Re: sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby RTFM » Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:10 pm

In all seriousness, I was at an admissions event with the deans of admissions from several top law schools, and they said that when they see a switch from a science major to a non-science major or someone coming from a science background they wonder if that person just couldn't get into med school and is "trying out" law school instead.

If you don't want them to wonder that about you, put in an addendum. But don't make it about your lousy grades.

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Re: sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby Jackie O » Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:23 pm

RTFM wrote:In all seriousness, I was at an admissions event with the deans of admissions from several top law schools, and they said that when they see a switch from a science major to a non-science major or someone coming from a science background they wonder if that person just couldn't get into med school and is "trying out" law school instead.

If you don't want them to wonder that about you, put in an addendum. But don't make it about your lousy grades.

I was asked if I knew what lawyers did, if I knew that law school involved reading and writing, and told that law school is not something to just do on the side of my science degree

but yeah, you can't use bio as an excuse for subpar grades sorry

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Re: sub-3.5 GPA, bad thing not to play the science card?

Postby CSCS Trainer » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:52 am

The schools I have met with have suggested that I include an addendum that describes both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, both of which are very non-traditional for law school applicants. Depending on which "science" your degree is in and how research/writing intensive that was could make a difference. My undergrad was considered Pre-Med, but I chose the more intensive research track that required substantially more writing. My graduate degree is is the Sports Medicine field but was pretty much all reading and writing research. I included an addendum with course description and requirements with my law school applications.




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