What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

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What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby aviosur » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:56 pm

I am currently a sophomore at Broward College and I plan to transfer to a 4-year school next year. As of today I have been accepted to University of Miami(with a 16k a year grant), Florida International University(Full Ride), Northeastern, and Boston University(20k a year). The rest of the tuition I would have to get loans. My plane is to finish my Business Management Bachelor and them I want to transfer to a top school like Harvard or Upenn to do the JD/MBA. I want to choose FIU not only because it would be basically free but also because I can keep my current job at an Airline(Where I want to work after I graduate) and I can stay at home. But I am afraid that going to a low rank school would them be a negative thing in my Law school application. What do you guys think? I have a 3.95 GPA and I plan on studying my butt off to get a good LSAT score, I am kind of good when it comes to Standardized Test.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby llachans » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:58 pm

Minimizing debt is a good idea. School reputation/ranking won't affect your application.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby Skunky Bumps » Tue May 01, 2012 12:00 am

Undergrad is largely irrelevant unless you're talking Ivy (even then it's a pretty negligible soft). Go where it's cheap and get good grades.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby bceagles182 » Tue May 01, 2012 12:01 am

State school and then pick an easy major.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby howlery » Tue May 01, 2012 12:09 am

FIU's business school is actually legit. I believe its ranked #7 or something. If you get into the honors college, which I'm sure you did with your 3.8-4.0, you're eligible for the international business major (some honors only version).

UM with a scholly isn't half-bad either when you consider they give A+ grades and FIU does not. UM's honor's college is also better when you consider small classes (both overall and in honors classes) and increased autonomy (certain courses designated honors rather than a predetermined sequence of honors courses at FIU).

Boston will be way more expensive since you won't be able to live at home. Northeastern will let you co-op, but do you want to be in college for 5 years? I think it might even be required.

Also, there is no transferring to JD/MBAs. You apply to both programs, sometimes separately or concurrently depending on the school.

Lastly, because I'm on vacation and haven't written this much in a couple of days, you should google the current state of business major employment prospects. From what I've gathered its become a relatively undesirable course of study among employers. Consider economics, accounting maybe?

I miss school :(.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby stillwater » Tue May 01, 2012 9:36 am

While I can't speak to your specifics, I think it is important to strike a balance. If for whatever reason you decide not to go into law or it simply doesn't work out, you will be judged on your UG and how well you do there. So picking an UG and major purely on ease is not always the best course of action.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby jkpolk » Tue May 01, 2012 9:38 am

Go to FIU. Most college isn't worth paying for anymore

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby Doorkeeper » Tue May 01, 2012 10:54 am

1) School reputation does not matter, except that for top law schools it helps a little to go to an Ivy.
2) You want to pick a school that has grade inflation and has a good curve. You want to maximize those As and A+s.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby bp shinners » Tue May 01, 2012 11:30 am

Tangential to your question (which people have already answered), if you want to work at the airline after graduation, skip the JD. You're unlikely to get an in-house legal job straight out of law school, so you're probably better off saving a year of your life and some money and just getting the MBA.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby jkpolk » Tue May 01, 2012 11:32 am

bp shinners wrote:Tangential to your question (which people have already answered), if you want to work at the airline after graduation, skip the JD. You're unlikely to get an in-house legal job straight out of law school, so you're probably better off saving a year of your life and some money and just getting the MBA.


I'd advise against working for an airline at all, given the industry's recent penchant for declaring bankrupcy to shirk labor agreements. Management side may be different, but I have a feeling the bill for decimating union leveraging power will be coming due soon.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Tue May 01, 2012 11:45 am

Whichever school has the highest average graduating GPA, given your goals. I'm dead serious. If you cannot easily ascertain this, there are many third party websites that attempt to calculate this number. Looking at the schools you are considering, I would imagine that BU and Miami would grade inflate the most. However, you still would need to determine which one does a better job of it.

Also, I would probably not major in business if you are trying to get the absolute highest GPA possible, as business and law schools only care about your final GPA. Look into majors in Political Science, English, Education, Physical-related stuff, Psychology, etc; those graduates tend to have higher GPAs than their peers at the same institution that are in business, science, engineering, and technology.

These are things that you should at least consider.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby 2014 » Tue May 01, 2012 1:33 pm

From the 2 or 3 people I know who went to FIU it is academically not very challenging and it happens to be the cheapest. That would be my choice.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby bruss » Tue May 01, 2012 1:56 pm

if you can't get into Brown then go to FIU. FIU is a total shit hole though

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby dolfan0516 » Tue May 01, 2012 4:43 pm

2014 wrote:From the 2 or 3 people I know who went to FIU it is academically not very challenging

:shock:

It is well known that FIU is one of the toughest grading schools in Florida

http://www.gradeinflation.com/sweet162010.html (Ctrl+F FIU)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505145_162-37243170/grade-inflation-colleges-with-the-easiest-and-hardest-grades


But OP, dont let this scare you. It will be far and away the cheapest option, which means you should definitely highly consider it
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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby bruss » Tue May 01, 2012 4:46 pm

dolfan0516 wrote:
2014 wrote:From the 2 or 3 people I know who went to FIU it is academically not very challenging

:shock:

It is well known that FIU is one of the toughest grading schools in Florida

http://www.gradeinflation.com/sweet162010.html (Ctrl+F FIU)


the fact that they have FIU in the midwest shows us how much this list can be taken seriously

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby dolfan0516 » Tue May 01, 2012 4:48 pm

bruss wrote:
dolfan0516 wrote:
2014 wrote:From the 2 or 3 people I know who went to FIU it is academically not very challenging

:shock:

It is well known that FIU is one of the toughest grading schools in Florida

http://www.gradeinflation.com/sweet162010.html (Ctrl+F FIU)


the fact that they have FIU in the midwest shows us how much this list can be taken seriously


Its done in a Sweet Sixteen basketball style bracket, which is not by school location. They also have Houston in Midwest.

And I added a CBS News link. Obviously a very poor source as well, right bruss?

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby jkpolk » Tue May 01, 2012 4:59 pm

dolfan0516 wrote:
bruss wrote:
dolfan0516 wrote:
2014 wrote:From the 2 or 3 people I know who went to FIU it is academically not very challenging

:shock:

It is well known that FIU is one of the toughest grading schools in Florida

http://www.gradeinflation.com/sweet162010.html (Ctrl+F FIU)


the fact that they have FIU in the midwest shows us how much this list can be taken seriously


Its done in a Sweet Sixteen basketball style bracket, which is not by school location. They also have Houston in Midwest.

And I added a CBS News link. Obviously a very poor source as well, right bruss?


Actually yes, it was probably compiled by an intern who went to FIU :lol:

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby Tom Joad » Tue May 01, 2012 5:19 pm

Living at home in college may be detrimental to your Beer Olympic skills.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby SaintsTheMetal » Tue May 01, 2012 5:24 pm

If you really want to maximize your chances this early on, your best bet would be the most selective private college you can get into. These schools' median GPAs can be over a 3.5. Do well in an easy major; psychology,sociology,etc.; get a moderate 160s or so LSAT and you're a lock for a top law school

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby Tom Joad » Tue May 01, 2012 5:26 pm

SaintsTheMetal wrote:If you really want to maximize your chances this early on, your best bet would be the most selective private college you can get into. These schools' median GPAs can be over a 3.5. Do well in an easy major; psychology,sociology,etc.; get a moderate 160s or so LSAT and you're a lock for a top law school

Step 1: Don't listen to this guy. Especially the bolded.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby PARTY » Tue May 01, 2012 5:27 pm

SaintsTheMetal wrote:If you really want to maximize your chances this early on, your best bet would be the most selective private college you can get into. These schools' median GPAs can be over a 3.5. Do well in an easy major; psychology,sociology,etc.; get a moderate 160s or so LSAT and you're a lock for a top law school


this is pure shit.

go to any school. get above a 3.6, and hopefully above a 3.9. get a 171+ (but 173+ if you're looking at T6). then, you're a look for a top school with money, which is what matters.

ETA: ah, scooped.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby SilverE2 » Tue May 01, 2012 10:15 pm

dolfan0516 wrote:
2014 wrote:From the 2 or 3 people I know who went to FIU it is academically not very challenging

:shock:

It is well known that FIU is one of the toughest grading schools in Florida

http://www.gradeinflation.com/sweet162010.html (Ctrl+F FIU)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505145_162-37243170/grade-inflation-colleges-with-the-easiest-and-hardest-grades


But OP, dont let this scare you. It will be far and away the cheapest option, which means you should definitely highly consider it


I took classes at FIU. The school is a fucking joke.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby howlery » Tue May 01, 2012 10:37 pm

SilverE2 wrote:
dolfan0516 wrote:
2014 wrote:From the 2 or 3 people I know who went to FIU it is academically not very challenging

:shock:

It is well known that FIU is one of the toughest grading schools in Florida

http://www.gradeinflation.com/sweet162010.html (Ctrl+F FIU)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505145_162-37243170/grade-inflation-colleges-with-the-easiest-and-hardest-grades


But OP, dont let this scare you. It will be far and away the cheapest option, which means you should definitely highly consider it


I took classes at FIU. The school is a fucking joke.


Even a semester at a school is not indicative of the overall academic challenge. Every college, from Harvard to FIU, has courses and professors that vary in difficulty. No one minds elitist douchebaggery if its targeted toward law school admissions, but keep your undergrad bashing on College Confidential or something.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby 09042014 » Tue May 01, 2012 10:50 pm

Don't waste any money on UG if you are going to law school. And don't go into any debt, even if you aren't going to law school.

FIU is the clear choice here. Working while you do it will be better for the apps than going to BU.

YOu should try a career in teh airline before you go to law school.

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Re: What Undergraduate School should I pick to help my LS Admiss

Postby SilverE2 » Wed May 02, 2012 12:06 am

howlery wrote:
SilverE2 wrote:
dolfan0516 wrote:
2014 wrote:From the 2 or 3 people I know who went to FIU it is academically not very challenging

:shock:

It is well known that FIU is one of the toughest grading schools in Florida

http://www.gradeinflation.com/sweet162010.html (Ctrl+F FIU)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505145_162-37243170/grade-inflation-colleges-with-the-easiest-and-hardest-grades


But OP, dont let this scare you. It will be far and away the cheapest option, which means you should definitely highly consider it


I took classes at FIU. The school is a fucking joke.


Even a semester at a school is not indicative of the overall academic challenge. Every college, from Harvard to FIU, has courses and professors that vary in difficulty. No one minds elitist douchebaggery if its targeted toward law school admissions, but keep your undergrad bashing on College Confidential or something.


dam gurl, you feisty




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