JamMasterJ wrote:BruceWayne wrote:rundoxierun wrote:Renzo wrote:No one who can actually get into medical school would go to law school.
One of the biggest myths in the world is that it is incredibly hard to get into med school and that everyone who gets in is crazy smart. In reality, the thing with science is that to get good grades you have to put in a relatively large amount of time compared to other majors. Many college students are not willing to this so what you end up with is a lot of lazy 2.8-3.0 students applying to med schools because they are "pre-med". Fact of the matter is that cell bio, genetics, organic chem and the like dont really require some amazing intellectual capacity as much as they do just brute time/work. A 3.5+, research position with a prof, and decent MCAT score and you have a decent enough chance of getting into med school (top med schools are a whole diff ball game of course, those guys are incredible).
Source: was on the pre-med(non-science major) path before scoring 175+ on the LSAT.
There is NOTHING in the 1L curriculum that even moderately approaches the complexity of even General Chemistry. Let alone the conceptual difficulty of the later pre med classes like Cell biology, Organic Chemistry, or Physics. The reason law school is "hard" isn't because of the material. It's because of the forced curve. In fact, I think that one of the reasons law schools instituted the idea of a forced curve (if you noticed no other discipline does it) is partially due to that fact. Torts is down right simplistic. If law schools cut out the forced curve people's GPAs would skyrocket. They don't even have forced curves in many of these premed classes, and yet people still routinely get crap grades in them. Science teachers often "curve up" so that entire classes don't fail.
I had a 2.7 gpa during a semester as a Bio major because of gen chem and zoology. In two years as a poly sci major, my gpa was like a 3.8.
It also depends on your school's curve. My ugrad curved science classes to a 2.7, while poli sci was not curved and profs handed out As like candy.
IMO, gen chem is not hard. Gen chem is covered in high school AP Chem classes. O-chem is hard and seen as the "weeder" course for chem majors. And bio classes require rote memorization, meaning they aren't hard, but time consuming. Bio is seen as a "soft" science for a reason.
If you want legit HARD classes, take an upper div engineering course or upper div physics course. Most pre-meds are just average-smart, hard workers. Doing well in bio requires a lot of time, not that much natural ability. Doing well in EECS or something like that requires greater knack for the subject.