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Does Ph.D. in chemistry help?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:07 pm
by screamn02
Just taking a poll! Law School Predictor is scaring me...
LSAT 164
GPA 3.05 from top engineering school
Ph.D. chemistry from top program
Work at a AmLaw 100 firm as a Patent Agent.

Thoughts?? Thanks!

edited to add: submitted applications mid-January.

Re: Does Ph.D. in chemistry help?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:09 pm
by gaud
The PhD will help you get a job while you're in law school, but I'm not sure it will do too much to get you in.

Re: Does Ph.D. in chemistry help?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:57 pm
by RhymesLikeDimes
If you can sell them on wanting to be an IP lawyer, it could help. But that LSAT/GPA is going to keep you out of the T14 in all likelihood.

Re: Does Ph.D. in chemistry help?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:02 pm
by A. Nony Mouse
gaud wrote:The PhD will help you get a job while you're in law school, but I'm not sure it will do too much to get you in.

This. For admissions, the PhD is maybe the equivalent of a half-point to a (maybe) a point on the LSAT? Maybe. (I have a Ph.D. - admittedly not in chemistry - and got in everywhere my UGPA and LSAT said I'd get in, and no where they didn't.)

Re: Does Ph.D. in chemistry help?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:32 pm
by Crocodile Duck
Can you say what school you got your PhD? That makes a difference...

Re: Does Ph.D. in chemistry help?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:33 pm
by A. Nony Mouse
Crocodile Duck wrote:Can you say what school you got your PhD? That makes a difference...

Not for admission to law school.

Re: Does Ph.D. in chemistry help?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:39 pm
by ManOfTheMinute
I could see northwestern...

Re: Does Ph.D. in chemistry help?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:40 pm
by rinkrat19
ManOfTheMinute wrote:I could see northwestern...

Not with that LSAT.

Re: Does Ph.D. in chemistry help?

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:03 am
by pacifica
In my limited experience, a PhD gets you to the front of the line once you hit a school's medians; i.e. you'd be treated like a 180/4.0 candidate in terms of $, response time, personal attention and wooing as long as you meet that school's 50% in LSAT and median. If you don't, sadly, I think it's just like another significant extracurricular activity...

Re: Does Ph.D. in chemistry help?

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:28 am
by cinephile
Nope. Law school is not like other graduate programs.

Re: Does Ph.D. in chemistry help?

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:33 am
by reasonable_man
PhD in chemistry, working as a patent agent already ... Who cares where you go; your're in good shape job-wise afterward. Go to a slightly lower ranked school with a scholarship and you're probably fine..