Undergraduate Education impact on law school performance?

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AnnaW131
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Undergraduate Education impact on law school performance?

Postby AnnaW131 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:57 pm

Does your undergraduate education have an impact on how well you do in law school? For example if you came from a top school and go to a T4 school.

Any observations?

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Re: Undergraduate Education impact on law school performance?

Postby ScottRiqui » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:02 pm

AnnaW131 wrote:Does your undergraduate education have an impact on how well you do in law school? For example if you came from a top school and go to a T4 school.

Any observations?



The combination of undergraduate GPA and LSAT has shown to correlate somewhat well to 1L performance in law school, but I haven't seen anything that claims to break the relationship down further into what type of undergrad you went to, or what your major was.

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Re: Undergraduate Education impact on law school performance?

Postby badaboom61 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:25 pm

I knew a guy who went to a super elite undergrad and a fourth tier law school. He was top of his class and attributed it in part to his undergrad status / general intelligence reflected in that status, and it said it put him way above the vast majority of the law school class.

Obviously this is just one example; I have no idea if others have this experience.

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Re: Undergraduate Education impact on law school performance?

Postby TigerDude » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:36 pm

I think how smart and disciplined you are is what decides it.

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Re: Undergraduate Education impact on law school performance?

Postby midwest17 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:20 pm

badaboom61 wrote:I knew a guy who went to a super elite undergrad and a fourth tier law school. He was top of his class and attributed it in part to his undergrad status / general intelligence reflected in that status, and it said it put him way above the vast majority of the law school class.

Obviously this is just one example; I have no idea if others have this experience.


Doesn't going to a fourth tier law school undercut the "general intelligence" claim?

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Re: Undergraduate Education impact on law school performance?

Postby cinephile » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:53 pm

No.

It was ages ago, but I read about someone who went from an ivy undergrad to a second tier school (with an LSAT about their 75th percentile) because she thought she'd be at the top of her class. She was below median and miserable and cursing herself for thinking this way. It really doesn't work like that at all.

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Re: Undergraduate Education impact on law school performance?

Postby badaboom61 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:13 pm

midwest17 wrote:
badaboom61 wrote:I knew a guy who went to a super elite undergrad and a fourth tier law school. He was top of his class and attributed it in part to his undergrad status / general intelligence reflected in that status, and it said it put him way above the vast majority of the law school class.

Obviously this is just one example; I have no idea if others have this experience.


Doesn't going to a fourth tier law school undercut the "general intelligence" claim?


Seems like it, although he had a full ride scholarship and got a biglawl jerb so it worked out for him.

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Re: Undergraduate Education impact on law school performance?

Postby bp shinners » Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:33 pm

Your inherent intelligence can definitely be honed during your undergrad experience. Or you can just get drunk the whole time and not learn important skills like researching/writing/etc...

So if you blow off college, I definitely believe it will negatively impact how you perform in law school.




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