Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

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Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby Unrejected » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:29 am

Hi,

I am a chem major looking to go to law school.
My professor has offered me a research position this coming fall.

Will this research opportunity help with law school admissions? Or is it unrelated??

Also, is it common for hard science majors to get into top law schools?

Thanks

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:31 am

No, it won't help.

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby jdhakert » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:12 am

Yes it helps, just make sure you have a good GPA and LSAT. Don't listen to half the crap you read on this site.

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:24 am

jdhakert wrote:Yes it helps, just make sure you have a good GPA and LSAT. Don't listen to half the crap you read on this site.


No, it really won't help. At best, it's a mediocre soft that will neither help nor hurt the OP.

But, by all means take the research position if you find it interesting. Don't do things like this just because you think it'll help with law school admissions. Do it because you want to do it.

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby beach_terror » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:28 am

jdhakert wrote:Yes it helps, just make sure you have a good GPA and LSAT. Don't listen to half the crap you read on this site.

Yeah, nobody on this website knows what the fuck is up with anything law school related.

OH WAIT

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby cmckid » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:35 am

Softs only help distinguish you from other people with similar numbers- if two applicants have a 3.5 GPA, 170 LSAT, schools are going to choose the person with the better application and softs over the person who did nothing but study in college.

In order of importance
LSAT/GPA depending on school. (1a and 1b)
Application package- PS first, resume second, diversity statements etc.
Softs/Why X statements

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby bp shinners » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:41 pm

Unrejected wrote:Also, is it common for hard science majors to get into top law schools?


It's uncommon for hard science majors to have GPAs that would lead to admission at a top law school, though by no means unheard of. Besides myself, I knew 3 or 4 other hard science majors at HLS.

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby Corwin » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:49 pm

It's another line on your resume, but I've been told that if you get a paper out of it that's a solid soft.

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby WestOfTheRest » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:51 pm

Shawh wrote:
jdhakert wrote:Yes it helps, just make sure you have a good GPA and LSAT. Don't listen to half the crap you read on this site.


No, it really won't help. At best, it's a mediocre soft that will neither help nor hurt the OP.

But, by all means take the research position if you find it interesting. Don't do things like this just because you think it'll help with law school admissions. Do it because you want to do it.

Umm, at best it is a mediocre soft that will help the OP. In no way will it hurt the OP. At worst it is a mediocre soft that will neither help nor hurt the OP.

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:03 pm

CastleRock wrote:
Shawh wrote:
jdhakert wrote:Yes it helps, just make sure you have a good GPA and LSAT. Don't listen to half the crap you read on this site.


No, it really won't help. At best, it's a mediocre soft that will neither help nor hurt the OP.

But, by all means take the research position if you find it interesting. Don't do things like this just because you think it'll help with law school admissions. Do it because you want to do it.

Umm, at best it is a mediocre soft that will help the OP. In no way will it hurt the OP. At worst it is a mediocre soft that will neither help nor hurt the OP.


Fair enough. In all likelihood, however, it won't do much.

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby WestOfTheRest » Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:18 pm

Shawh wrote:Fair enough. In all likelihood, however, it won't do much.

And on this point we agree.

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby Unrejected » Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:19 pm

thanks for all the replies.

I am goign to do it cause I think i'll be fun =)

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:48 pm

Unrejected wrote:thanks for all the replies.

I am goign to do it cause I think i'll be fun =)


That's the best reason to do it :)

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Re: Chemistry Research help LS Admissions?

Postby acrossthelake » Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:09 am

Hawkeye Pierce wrote:
Unrejected wrote:thanks for all the replies.

I am goign to do it cause I think i'll be fun =)


That's the best reason to do it :)


Specifics softs aren't really going to make or break your application, so you really should spend your time prior to law school learning what you want to learn, and enriching yourself as you want to. Chemistry research probably won't help law school admissions, but it'll help your understanding of chemistry, which is a good reason if you're interested in chemistry. It's not like a poli sci internship would help you either. I spent my time pre-law school admissions furthering my learning in my unrelated major, and I think it was completely worthwhile.




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