UG course selection - how much does it matter?

(Applications Advice, Letters of Recommendation . . . )
User avatar
Beercules
Posts: 113
Joined: Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:44 am

UG course selection - how much does it matter?

Postby Beercules » Wed May 15, 2013 9:28 am

I was pre-med in undergrad, with a humanities major. Obviously, there was no "pre-med" major. I did take all of those lovely courses however, Chemistry, Orgo, Bio, etc. My GPA obviously suffered as a result (3.75 major GPA, 3.52 LSAC GPA). My question - is course selection a "soft" of sorts? Or, did I take all of those rigorous courses for naught?

User avatar
cwid1391
Posts: 475
Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:41 pm

Re: UG course selection - how much does it matter?

Postby cwid1391 » Wed May 15, 2013 9:35 am

Beercules wrote:did I take all of those rigorous courses for naught?


Yes. Law schools only care about the GPA plus (to a small, but at some places larger degree) the quality of the UG. Since you didn't finish with a major in a hard science you won't necessarily get the patent bump when you start looking for jobs, either. The good news is that you are just like almost everyone else. Work as hard as you can on getting that GPA up (even if it means taking joke classes, law schools don't care) and kill the LSAT.

Edit: for the patent thing it actually depends on your definition of humanities. If it was biology or chemistry or something like that, you'll still get the patent bump from OCI.

User avatar
Vexed
Posts: 261
Joined: Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:55 pm

Re: UG course selection - how much does it matter?

Postby Vexed » Wed May 15, 2013 10:00 am

It really would seem to matter in only the tiniest of ways (if the near impossible scenario of a 100% numbers twin from your university or one of near identical standing was competing for a last spot with you with a significantly easier course load, but even then I'm inclined to think that the tie would be broken by softs or some other way... again, this will likely never happen).

User avatar
fatpeopleavenger
Posts: 211
Joined: Sat Oct 01, 2011 1:32 pm

Re: UG course selection - how much does it matter?

Postby fatpeopleavenger » Wed May 15, 2013 10:03 am

why do people refuse to use the search function? this question pops up at least once a week...

bp shinners
Posts: 3091
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:05 pm

Re: UG course selection - how much does it matter?

Postby bp shinners » Wed May 15, 2013 4:28 pm

fatpeopleavenger wrote:why do people refuse to use the search function? this question pops up at least once a week...


As someone who went through the same classes, even if it gets answered 490 times, people will still ask. We want to believe that all the rough classes we went through will mean something now that we've decided to leave medicine/science, so we won't believe it until it's shouted in our face.

To OP - IT WON'T MATTER. Believe me, I know as a fellow ex-science person. It will help if you decide to go into patent law, however. But if you want to do that without a Master's/Doctorate, you need to head to a top law school.

User avatar
Dr. Dre
Posts: 2347
Joined: Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:10 pm

Re: UG course selection - how much does it matter?

Postby Dr. Dre » Wed May 15, 2013 4:49 pm

GPA/LSAT


everything else is TTTT




Return to “Law School Admissions Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: CosmoPolly and 5 guests