Triple Major???

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ramiro
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Triple Major???

Postby ramiro » Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:00 am

Just curious what a Triple Major would look like in the eyes of potential law schools that I want to attend.
When I transfered from my Jr Col, I had quite a few History classes, and it looks like I would only need to stay here at Gonzaga for 1 extra semester to turn my Double Major of Poli Sci/Crim J into
Poli Sci/Crim J/Hist

Any ideas?
TIA

asalie
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Postby asalie » Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:08 am

i don't think it'll make a huge difference unless you need the extra semester to raise your GPA. otherwise, you're better of spending that time preparing for the LSAT, getting work experience, doing something interesting to boost your soft factors...etc

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Postby piggylola » Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:21 am

agreed. unless it's gonna be a major GPA booster, it won't make much difference.

dtrossen
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Postby dtrossen » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:46 pm

I agree it won't make a difference. If you had pulled off three very distinct majors it would help. For example, a triple major in Electrical Engineering, Philosophy, and Latin would be astounding to admissions committees. However, Poli Sci, Criminal Justice, and History are three birds of the same feather.

ramiro
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thanks

Postby ramiro » Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:22 pm

Thanks alot,.. The thing is I will be finishing up Late summer of 2007 (hopefully) I figured Id just take an extra semester then start the LSAT schooling in the winter,..
But we will just have to wait and see,.. I have the luxury (im anticipating) of once I finish school HAVING ALOT oftime on my hands to study for the LSATS,.. Question is, how should I use it in accordiance with when Im taking the LSAT,.. Im not really to worried about work experience, Im a 24 year old combat Vet, and have part time work all through school from the same employer.
Should I seriously invest 2-3 solid months towards the LSAT, and take it in Feb (if I grad in late summer of course) or spread it out throughout the year? Im having a hard time making a timeline and how to incorporate school/taking the lsat while in school so I can go straight from my final summer course to LS,.. Any Ideas?

Also I believe I have an EXCELLENT PS, it incorporate my military experience, URM, and my want to serve society as a lawyer,.. is anyone here intrested at perhaps looking it over once its polished up?

Ken, dtrossen? Im looking at you guys?
Anyone?
Buler?

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Postby dtrossen » Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:59 pm

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Ken
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Postby Ken » Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:45 am

Hi Ramiro,

Welcome to the forum and thanks for your posts!

Regarding your triple vs. double major, as mentioned in previous posts, there is little marginal benefit that law schools will give for a triple major.

The key to life and success in the law school applications process is efficiency. As DTrossen accurately states in his excellent email, time spent studying for the LSAT is the best time you will spend in getting you to the law schools you want. Because these 3 months of intensive studying (the course outlined by DTrossen is an excellent program) will have more impact than your 4-5 years in college.

Whether they admit it or not, most law schools (except Berkeley's Boalt Hall) look at your LSAT score first and foremost, even above your grades. There is so much variation in grades between colleges and even amongst majors in the same college. For example, there is much less grade inflation in the Sciences than other majors. Thus, law schools prefer to quickly view one standardized test score than wading through a transcript.

Thus, use your extra semester for LSAT preparation, not your third major. I do recommend taking an LSAT class, and I find http://www.testmasters180.com and powerscore to be the most highly regarded. I taught for the Princeton Review and found that the materials are decent, but not great, also true of most of their instructors (present company/writers excluded of course).

Take the LSAT in October if you can get in the proper studying by that time. October is nice because you can get your applications in early (ideally your file, including LSAT score, is in by mid November) and if you do not do as well as hoped, you have the December test as a second opportunity.

Those who take the LSAT in February really hurt their chances for your score is not available until very late February, when many admission slots have already been filled. Whether explicit or implicit, most law schools have rolling admissions.

You definitely will have a compelling and unique personal statement that will be a big plus while applying and set you apart from the masses. If you have not yet done so, review my article on writing your law school personal statement:

http://www.top-law-schools.com/law-scho ... ments.html

Unfortunately, I will not have the time to review your personal statement even though I know I would enjoy reading it. Between my trademark law practice, two daughters, and working on writing a pre-law book that I would like to get published, there is little time to do anything else. However, in the article on law school personal statements I include a link to Essay Edge, which does an excellent job reviewing and editing personal statements. I had my read and reviewed by many professors, family members and friends, you want it to truly be reflective of the best writing you can do.

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Re: Triple Major???

Postby Kohinoor » Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:49 pm

ramiro wrote:Just curious what a Triple Major would look like in the eyes of potential law schools that I want to attend.
When I transfered from my Jr Col, I had quite a few History classes, and it looks like I would only need to stay here at Gonzaga for 1 extra semester to turn my Double Major of Poli Sci/Crim J into
Poli Sci/Crim J/Hist

Any ideas?
TIA

They won't care since none of those are particularly rigorous.




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