Novice Pre-Law: Needs Advice!

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VU2011
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Novice Pre-Law: Needs Advice!

Postby VU2011 » Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:32 pm

I am looking for advice on what I should do in order to maximize my chances of gaining admission to a top law school. Below is my resume:

Academic Information:

Junior at a Top 20 undergraduate institution
    Majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society
Transferred from a large state school this past semester
    4.00 GPA (67 credit hours), member of the honors program

Extracurricular Activities:

2009 Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (University of Virginia)
Production Assistant for World AIDS Day (2009)
Hospital volunteering - 80 hours
Laboratory technician in a surgical oncology laboratory - 150 hours
Pool monitor for three summers - 30-40 hours per week
Summer internship at a local film festival

As you can probably guess, I have spent much of my time during college as a premedical student, but I am changing courses. I understand that I need to get an introduction to the legal profession. What is the best way for me to do so? Should I look for some part-time work as a legal assistant or spend time trying to find a worthwhile internship this summer?

I am considering undertaking an honors thesis next semester. The subject would likely pertain to case law and public health, but I'm unsure about the specifics.

Any advice? I am genuinely curious about holes/areas of improvement in my resume.

lhfan
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Re: Novice Pre-Law: Needs Advice!

Postby lhfan » Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:45 pm

Own the LSAT and don't worry about anything else.

VU2011
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Re: Novice Pre-Law: Needs Advice!

Postby VU2011 » Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:01 pm

lhfan wrote:Own the LSAT and don't worry about anything else.

Haha, thanks... so legal experience isn't necessary for law school?

270910
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Re: Novice Pre-Law: Needs Advice!

Postby 270910 » Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:36 am

VU2011 wrote:
lhfan wrote:Own the LSAT and don't worry about anything else.

Haha, thanks... so legal experience isn't necessary for law school?


Literally nothing is necessary but GPA and LSAT. If you feel that is absurd, relax, you're not alone. Spend some time kicking around on the forums and researching the process / data and you'll come to realize it's true. There are appreciable exceptions, no doubt - but the rule is that GPA + LSAT = 90, 95% of the process in most cases. It is what it is.




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