A. Nony Mouse wrote:
follagordas wrote:b) gpa: Here they seem about "equal," though it is common knowledge that pre-med classes are generally harder (perhaps significantly moreso) than liberal arts courses (at least at my school, it seems like the majority of the class comes have lib arts degrees).
This is an assumption about majors that is difficult to quantify in any way.
c) selectivity: this fits in more with the next factors imo, but it's worth pointing out the enormous discrepancy in acceptance rates between ls and ms.
See previous comment on the difference between the two professions.
I don't have much to say on this other than I believe that, on average, med students are probably harder working (perhaps a lot more). Even at my LS, there seem to be a lot of "high functioning procrastinators" (as described by a 3L), who are very intelligent but tend to wait until the last minute to work on assignments (not sure if this is a result of or a reason for the lower workload of a Lib arts degree). Idk from experience but this seems far less likely w/ med students, not just b/c of the larger academic workload but also b/c of the soft factors they must accrue. It's worth pointing out, however, that at least at HYS, people do seem to have a large number of "soft factors," (most of my classmates have intimidatingly impressive resumes, despite the stereotype that LS admissions are mainly a #s game.)
Again lots of assumptions about med students and academic workloads. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure med students work hard, but the programs are structured very differently. If law students can get excellent grades by waiting till the last minute (which they can based on the way law school courses are taught) then there's no reason they should structure their workload differently. But that doesn't really say anything about work ethic as much as responding rationally to each program's incentives.
a) serious desire to practice law (pretty small minority, sadly), further divided into:
i) The annoying "I've always liked to argue" subtype (far fewer in my class than I was expecting, thankfully, so perhaps they tend to fill up the lower ranked schools)
Or maybe they are another assumption.
ii) The puzzling "I'm a former engineer and think it would be cool now to do patent law" subtype
Why are these people puzzling?
b) desire to work in government, public interest, or academia
Apart from academia, why are these groups not part of the "serious desire to practice law" category?
In the case of med students, I would assume their motivations are much less stratified and more defined, with 99% of them wanted to practice medicine and/or perform research.
Is this a function of personality type or of the medical profession offering less variety than the legal profession? What are you basing this assumption on?
Re: your last comment - no, I don't actually care about the answer to this question; and I feel pretty comfortable drawing my own conclusions about Obama/Cruz/Clinton v. Carson based on their actual achievements and statements and so on. Not sure how generalizations about law students and med students writ large tell you anything about specific individuals.