How much do law schools care about having a minor?

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How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby skhurana » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:40 pm

Hi everyone,

I know this question has been asked before; however, I wanted some answers to my specific case. I am currently a student at Cornell University majoring in Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR). I plan on completing a minor in Law & Society (which is basically a minor that every Cornell student planning to attend law school completes). This combination of ILR with a minor in law & Society is very common, and when I apply to law school I do not want to look like almost every other Cornell graduate who majors in ILR and has a minor in Law & Society. I plan on continuing on to law school after undergrad.

Thus, since I'm not sure if I would have enough time to complete my major and complete another minor such as economics, I was wondering how law schools would look at a South Asian Studies Minor. I have taken two semesters of Hindi (South Asian language), and would be able to complete this minor without taking classes that would lower my GPA in any way. Would this differentiate me from other students? Would this benefit me in any way in the law schools admissions process? Also, how do law schools look at students taking foreign language classes during their undergraduate years? I took spanish my freshman year, and have been taking Hindi, and will be taking Advanced Hindi this year. I have completed the language progression for Hindi, and besides my interest and good grades in these courses, I was hoping that taking a language course would diversify my course selection and differentiate me from other law school applicants? So, is there any benefit in the law school process if students take classes with the hopes of becoming proficient in a language during their undergraduate careers?

Thanks!

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby stillwater » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:42 pm

uh none?

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:43 pm

stillwater wrote:uh none?

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby t-14orbust » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:46 pm

Want to know what can help you differentiate yourself from the other ILR L&S Cornellians? Better numbers

edit: I used Cornellians as a humorous guess. Apparently it is the legitimate name for Cornell alumni lol. Cornellites was a close second

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby bananasplit19 » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:54 pm

t-14orbust wrote:Want to know what can help you differentiate yourself from the other ILR L&S Cornellians? Better numbers

edit: I used Cornellians as a humorous guess. Apparently it is the legitimate name for Cornell alumni lol. Cornellites was a close second

I would've suggested a single Cornell student/alum be called a Cornelius. Plural, Cornelia. Example: "Say, look at that Cornelius drinking an entire pitcher of beer!"

On topic, OP, the minor won't play any role at all. However, further down the road, I hear being fluent in another language is a plus when law firms (with international offices) come a-knockin'. But even then, it's not the minor that would benefit you, but the language skills.

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby jselson » Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:29 am

I'm pretty sure my minor "Thematic Approaches to Humanities and Society" played a large role in my cycle this year.

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby RodneyRuxin » Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:42 am

0.


didn't even have to read the OP.

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby stillwater » Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:43 am

RodneyRuxin wrote:0.


didn't even have to read the OP.


when i read the thread title i thought OP was talking about a minor child.

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby AntipodeanPhil » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:49 am

stillwater wrote:when i read the thread title i thought OP was talking about a minor child.

I thought OP was talking about a minor in possession. I was looking forward to some tale of booze-fueled depravity.

OP: just do whatever gets you the highest GPA. Schools don't care at all about how many Hindi classes you've taken.

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby PRgradBYU » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:18 pm

ManoftheHour wrote:
stillwater wrote:uh none?


/thread

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby JasonH » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:02 pm

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby sundance95 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:06 pm

JasonH wrote:.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001%

you accidentally hit the 1 key there

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby rad lulz » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:07 pm

Plenty of people come to LS w young children

You should be ok

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby JasonH » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:26 pm

sundance95 wrote:
JasonH wrote:.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001%

you accidentally hit the 1 key there


we look at the wholeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee student

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby jbagelboy » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:29 pm

If you minor is a subject vastly different from your major (like biochemistry and philosophy), that could show diverse interests, multiple skill sets, ect. Again though, this is more of a tie-breaker soft, not a overcomes-lower-numbers soft

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby stillwater » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:31 pm

jbagelboy wrote:If you minor is a subject vastly different from your major (like biochemistry and philosophy), that could show diverse interests, multiple skill sets, ect. Again though, this is more of a tie-breaker soft, not a overcomes-lower-numbers soft


this is a tie-breaker if its against your doppelganger who forgot to put the minor on all else being the same

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby Scotusnerd » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:09 pm

The only minor that law schools care about is the one that you got arrested for sending pictures to.

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby Br3v » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:16 pm

LSAT
GPA

That makes up 90% of your application.

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stillwater
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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby stillwater » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:33 pm

Br3v wrote:LSAT
GPA

That makes up 90% of your application.


ha, FOOL, more than that

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Re: How much do law schools care about having a minor?

Postby KingFish » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:51 pm

Br3v wrote:LSAT
GPA

That makes up 90% of your application.




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