What are some "average" softs for T14 schools?

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cesium
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What are some "average" softs for T14 schools?

Postby cesium » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:04 pm

I'm curious: What would be some examples of someone with "average" softs for a T14 school? (I mean the average admitted applicant, not the average applicant.)

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Re: What are some "average" softs for T14 schools?

Postby Brettanomyces » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:07 pm

I answered in the weak softs thread, but:

From what I've seen, I'd say it's 1-2 years WE, at least one leadership position for a school extracurricular club, some volunteer work, and a couple of internships.

Unless it's Yale, then it's more like curing cancer, publishing bestsellers and/or being an olympic silver-medalist.

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Re: What are some "average" softs for T14 schools?

Postby Bikeflip » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:09 pm

Having an LSAT and a GPA over the 25th percentile is also a huge soft.

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Re: What are some "average" softs for T14 schools?

Postby North » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:49 pm

I can personally attest that they're not that picky

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Re: What are some "average" softs for T14 schools?

Postby californiauser » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:33 pm

1-2 years of work experience that doesn't involve waiting tables or flipping burgers

1-2 interesting college internships

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Re: What are some "average" softs for T14 schools?

Postby Br3v » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:45 pm

North wrote:I can personally attest that they're not that picky

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Re: What are some "average" softs for T14 schools?

Postby kartelite » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:28 pm

Foreign language skills, significant time abroad, college athlete, club leadership, significant volunteer work, publications, good work experience, graduate degrees, professionals credentials.

I would guess a lot of admitted students have one or more of the above.

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Re: What are some "average" softs for T14 schools?

Postby cesium » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:35 pm

Bikeflip wrote:Having an LSAT and a GPA over the 25th percentile is also a huge soft.


I thought, by definition, a "soft" was a non-quantifiable aspect of your application, which is the complete opposite of LSAT scores and GPA. In fact, some people consider *anything* other than LSAT/GPA to be a soft.

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Re: What are some "average" softs for T14 schools?

Postby Straw_Mandible » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:38 pm

cesium wrote:
Bikeflip wrote:Having an LSAT and a GPA over the 25th percentile is also a huge soft.


I thought, by definition, a "soft" was a non-quantifiable aspect of your application, which is the complete opposite of LSAT scores and GPA. In fact, some people consider *anything* other than LSAT/GPA to be a soft.


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