What effect will having a GED make on my app?

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What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby hfk388479203948 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:31 pm

Hello,

I am new to the forum but have lurked for some time now. I am taking the lsat in october, and graduating this december. I have a GED, and after four years of college roughly a 3.5 GPA. The 3.5 stems from poor grades my first year in community college.

My question is, what effects will a GED make on my application and decisions? I am also a first generation college student.

I appreciate any and all feedback.

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Re: What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby Nova » Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:40 pm

The short answer is none.

Welcome to the forum.

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Re: What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby hfk388479203948 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:29 pm

No positive or negative effects at all? Really?

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Re: What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby Pancakes12 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:34 pm

I can't see it making a difference. They care about undergrad.

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Re: What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby dr123 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:39 pm

Could make for a nice BOOT STRAPS story.

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Re: What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby hfk388479203948 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:21 pm

dr123 wrote:Could make for a nice BOOT STRAPS story.


boot straps story? expound please

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Re: What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby dr123 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:30 pm

hfk388479203948 wrote:
dr123 wrote:Could make for a nice BOOT STRAPS story.


boot straps story? expound please


Most people who get a GED dont go onto college, let alone professional school. I'm assuming there are some sort of extenuating circumstances to why you got a GED instead of the normal route.

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Re: What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby Nova » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:44 pm

True.

I have a GED too...

My law school admissions cycle was very predictable.
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Re: What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby hfk388479203948 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:48 pm

dr123 wrote:
hfk388479203948 wrote:
dr123 wrote:Could make for a nice BOOT STRAPS story.


boot straps story? expound please


Most people who get a GED dont go onto college, let alone professional school. I'm assuming there are some sort of extenuating circumstances to why you got a GED instead of the normal route.


You're right about the extenuating circumstances. I am 22 years old so the circumstances aren't too crazy, but I am definitely a "non-traditional" student.

I am not sure if I should write about the circumstances which lead to my GED in my applications, as one of my letter of rec's (one of my first college professors) will most likely include some of my hardships and circumstances in her letter because she is the one person who pushed me and told me I could get anything I want out of life.

I don't want to write a sob story, as I am sure that will not help my application. I wish there was more info/first hand accounts on this scenario. I am sure there are many students who are or have been in my shoes on this forum.

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Re: What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby Nova » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:54 pm

Write about it if you think its a compelling and good topic. If not, don't even mention it, nbd.


Law school admissions is a numbers game.

Your GED is basically a non factor.

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Re: What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby hfk388479203948 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:09 pm

Nova wrote:True.

I have a GED too...

My law school admissions cycle was very predictable.


What do you mean by predictable? I would like to hear some of your admissions experiences if you care to share some of it.

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Re: What effect will having a GED make on my app?

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:13 pm

hfk388479203948 wrote:
Nova wrote:True.

I have a GED too...

My law school admissions cycle was very predictable.


What do you mean by predictable? I would like to hear some of your admissions experiences if you care to share some of it.

Predictable means he got accepted to/rejected by schools pretty much according to what you'd expect for someone with his LSAT/GPA. LSAT and GPA (and URM status if applicable) are 98% of a law school application. It takes something quite a bit more extraordinary than a mere GED to affect your chances much.




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