Do Law Schools have any bias toward majors?

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Finalflash013
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Do Law Schools have any bias toward majors?

Postby Finalflash013 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:53 pm

Do Law Schools in general have any bias in admitting people of certain majors? I doubt it's a big factor, but I'm just curious. I have a 4.0 GPA currently, double majoring in Political Science & Philosophy, with a minor in Economics.

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Re: Do Law Schools have any bias toward majors?

Postby flexityflex86 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:54 pm

nope, at least not those, but they'll have a bias against your 160.

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Re: Do Law Schools have any bias toward majors?

Postby Gamecubesupreme » Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:46 pm

Holding all other factors constant, a candidate with a 4.0 in basket-weaving from DeVry will get in before a 3.7 in Chemical Engineering from MIT every time.

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Re: Do Law Schools have any bias toward majors?

Postby r6_philly » Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:01 am

Gamecubesupreme wrote:Holding all other factors constant, a candidate with a 4.0 in basket-weaving from DeVry will get in before a 3.7 in Chemical Engineering from MIT every time.


Not if the class median is 3.69.

Add, I think Y/S may take a 3.7 from MIT over a 4.0 from DeVry, if all factors hold constant.

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Re: Do Law Schools have any bias toward majors?

Postby quakeroats » Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:11 am

I've heard of problems with majors viewed as lacking academic rigor (criminal justice, music performance, etc.), but I suspect admission committees will look the other way if they need to.

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Re: Do Law Schools have any bias toward majors?

Postby r6_philly » Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:32 am

quakeroats wrote:I've heard of problems with majors viewed as lacking academic rigor (criminal justice, music performance, etc.), but I suspect admission committees will look the other way if they need to.


There is a long term advantage admitting people with more marketable ug background and skills. If employment stats figure more prominently into the ranking system then maybe degree will matter more.

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Re: Do Law Schools have any bias toward majors?

Postby Gamecubesupreme » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:28 am

r6_philly wrote:
Gamecubesupreme wrote:Holding all other factors constant, a candidate with a 4.0 in basket-weaving from DeVry will get in before a 3.7 in Chemical Engineering from MIT every time.


Not if the class median is 3.69.


Which doesn't refute my original statement.




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