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About softs

Postby PriOSky » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:04 pm

What would be some above average softs, average softs, and below average softs?

Above average:


Below average:

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Re: About softs

Postby rman1201 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:12 pm

Above Average: Div 1 Sports, Climbed Everest, Published research in a journal, wrote a novel, Military w/ overseas deployments, Peace Corps, Teach for America, extensive work experience in an interesting field

Average: Internships, Club leadership positions, intramural sports, average work experience

Below Average: Not having softs


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Re: About softs

Postby duckmoney » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:14 pm

The correct TLS answer is that above average softs only include truly exceptional things - military service, teach for america, published research, nationally competitive scholarships (think Rhodes), etc. URM status also falls here.

Average softs are typical of quality applicants: undergrad involvement, club president, senior thesis, internships, work experience, etc.

Below average softs are reserved for people who have empty resumes.

In reality I think TLS downplays the value of "average" softs too much. The fact is that most law school applicants weren't fraternity president AND did 2 competitive internships AND held student government office AND wrote a senior thesis. I have comparable softs to these, and I've had multiple admissions officers tell me they were very impressed by my leadership and resume.

Bottom line: softs, unless truly exceptional, won't make up for low numbers, but they can push you over the top and mean the difference between an "accept" and a waitlist if you're right on the edge.

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