Impact of Service Programs - TFA, Americorps, Peace Corps

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Impact of Service Programs - TFA, Americorps, Peace Corps

Postby aperfectmap » Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:43 pm

Out of curiosity, what do people think the effect of participating in - and completing - programs such as Teach For America, Americorps, or Peace Corps had on the admissions process?

When I initially applied to TFA, I thought that it could serve as a substantial boost. This may have been a result of TFA's own marketing scheme. However, given some of the recent conversation about TFA on TLS, I'm coming to the conclusion that it might serve as a tie-breaker at best.

So, what do people think?

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Re: Impact of Service Programs - TFA, Americorps, Peace Corps

Postby MrAnon » Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:48 pm

zero impact. all that matters is LSAT and GPA. 3.8, 176 no work experience gets into Harvard. 3.6, 169, TFA does not.

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Re: Impact of Service Programs - TFA, Americorps, Peace Corps

Postby Mal Reynolds » Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:02 pm

MrAnon wrote:zero impact. all that matters is LSAT and GPA. 3.8, 176 no work experience gets into Harvard. 3.6, 169, TFA does not.


I wouldn't go this far. It's good for fee waivers, a strong PS, strong LORs and it's a definite tie-breaker. I would even be willing to say it's maybe good for some scholarship money compared to other applicants with similar stats. But it will not beat an LSAT that's a point or two higher.

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Re: Impact of Service Programs - TFA, Americorps, Peace Corps

Postby aperfectmap » Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:34 pm

Mal Reynolds wrote:
MrAnon wrote:zero impact. all that matters is LSAT and GPA. 3.8, 176 no work experience gets into Harvard. 3.6, 169, TFA does not.


I wouldn't go this far. It's good for fee waivers, a strong PS, strong LORs and it's a definite tie-breaker. I would even be willing to say it's maybe good for some scholarship money compared to other applicants with similar stats. But it will not beat an LSAT that's a point or two higher.


The fee waivers were definitely pretty excellent.

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Re: Impact of Service Programs - TFA, Americorps, Peace Corps

Postby shoeshine » Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:47 pm

Yeah the advantages are way overrated. You would be much better off spending that time studying if it meant your lsat score would improve by 4 or more points.

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Re: Impact of Service Programs - TFA, Americorps, Peace Corps

Postby Flash » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:13 pm

The main advantage is you won't be an annoying K-JDer.




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