Does graduating a year early hurt?

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JerrySeinfeld
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Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby JerrySeinfeld » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:22 pm

I'm graduating a year early from my TTT state school and i'm applying this upcoming cycle. I'll be 20 when I start school, 21 about a month in.

Will this hurt or have no effect? (I don't think it'll help)

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby JWicker10 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:38 pm

JerrySeinfeld wrote:I'm graduating a year early from my TTT state school and i'm applying this upcoming cycle. I'll be 20 when I start school, 21 about a month in.

Will this hurt or have no effect? (I don't think it'll help)


I'm not sure about a whole year early, but I graduated a semester early and it didn't hurt me.

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby bankruptedcasino » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:40 pm

Why I didn't choose your avatar when I joined TLS will plague me for the rest of my days.

"Last night I had a dream that a hamburger was eating ME!"

To answer your question, though: No.

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby nealric » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:43 pm

No, didn't hurt me.

But only one thread is needed.

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby zeth006 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:37 pm

Nope. I graduated a year early, took a few years off to work and party. Still got into my target schools. Saved about $20,000 in tuition and living costs (Damn La Jolla with its better-than-average-looking-yet-shallow women and beaches!)

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby lawduder » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:38 pm

graduating a year early didn't hurt me

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby sumus romani » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:39 pm

JerrySeinfeld wrote:I'm graduating a year early from my TTT state school and i'm applying this upcoming cycle. I'll be 20 when I start school, 21 about a month in.

Will this hurt or have no effect? (I don't think it'll help)



It will hurt you a lot Jerry. Remember, it is not a pizza until it comes out of the oven. If you pull the dough, sauce, and cheese out early, then they will never be a pizza. Same goes for college grads and fetuses.

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby zeth006 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:41 pm

sumus romani wrote:
JerrySeinfeld wrote:I'm graduating a year early from my TTT state school and i'm applying this upcoming cycle. I'll be 20 when I start school, 21 about a month in.

Will this hurt or have no effect? (I don't think it'll help)



It will hurt you a lot Jerry. Remember, it is not a pizza until it comes out of the oven. If you pull the dough, sauce, and cheese out early, then they will never be a pizza. Same goes for college grads and fetuses.





RAMER (in a chef's hat and apron): See, anybody can do this. <Tosses pizza dough into the air.>

POPPIE: Use your wrist! It's all in the wrist. <Kramer tosses the dough way up there.> Not too high!

KRAMER (puts the dough on the counter): Alright, put a little sauce on here... <speaks some unintelligible words in an Italian accent while spreading the sauce around.> Some cheese...

POPPIE: Not too much!

KRAMER: And...cucumbers! <Grabs a large handful and puts them on the pizza.>

POPPIE: Wait a second...what is that?

KRAMER: It's cucumbers.

POPPIE: No, no. You can't put cucumbers on a pizza.

KRAMER: Well, why not? I like cucumbers.

POPPIE: That's not a pizza. It'll taste terrible.

KRAMER: But that's the idea, you make your own pie.

POPPIE: Yes, but we cannot give the people the right to choose any topping they want! Now on this issue there can be no debate!

KRAMER: What gives you the right to tell me how I would make my pie?

POPPIE: Because it's a pizza!

KRAMER: It's not a pizza until it comes out of the oven!

POPPIE: It's a pizza the moment you put your fists in the dough!

KRAMER: No, it isn't!

POPPIE: Yes, it is!

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby rbgrocio » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:42 pm

JerrySeinfeld wrote:I'm graduating a year early from my TTT state school and i'm applying this upcoming cycle. I'll be 20 when I start school, 21 about a month in.

Will this hurt or have no effect? (I don't think it'll help)



I graduated two years early! I was 19 when I started studying for the LSAT, twenty when I started applying and had just turned 21 when I started law school! No one care how old you are. Most of the ppl in law school are in their early twenties; they wont have much more experience than you do. In any event, my resume was pretty well built for a 19-20 year old.

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby jackalope11 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:43 pm

JerrySeinfeld wrote:I'm graduating a year early from my TTT state school and i'm applying this upcoming cycle. I'll be 20 when I start school, 21 about a month in.

Will this hurt or have no effect? (I don't think it'll help)



Graduating early doesn't hurt, but I saw this relating to age...

From the UIUC profile on TLS: "Sometimes, being cut of a different cloth can work against you. If you are under 21, Pless [says] “[an applicant] really needs something in the file to show maturity or responsibility, like a leadership activity, excellent and thoughtful writing, or a clear reason for your decision to apply to law school."

Though this is in the profile for this particular school, I am sure that this is not unique... HTH.

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby vespertiliovir » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:52 pm

jackalope11 wrote:From the UIUC profile on TLS: "Sometimes, being cut of a different cloth can work against you. If you are under 21, Pless [says] “[an applicant] really needs something in the file to show maturity or responsibility, like a leadership activity, excellent and thoughtful writing, or a clear reason for your decision to apply to law school."

Assumes that LS is about stuff other than GPA and LSAT, which is clearly known to be false.

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby rbgrocio » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:55 pm

vespertiliovir wrote:
jackalope11 wrote:From the UIUC profile on TLS: "Sometimes, being cut of a different cloth can work against you. If you are under 21, Pless [says] “[an applicant] really needs something in the file to show maturity or responsibility, like a leadership activity, excellent and thoughtful writing, or a clear reason for your decision to apply to law school."

Assumes that LS is about stuff other than GPA and LSAT, which is clearly known to be false.



lol. Totally true!

btw...the number 1 student in our class is also the youngest (21 and a 2L).

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby jackalope11 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:57 pm

vespertiliovir wrote:
jackalope11 wrote:From the UIUC profile on TLS: "Sometimes, being cut of a different cloth can work against you. If you are under 21, Pless [says] “[an applicant] really needs something in the file to show maturity or responsibility, like a leadership activity, excellent and thoughtful writing, or a clear reason for your decision to apply to law school."

Assumes that LS is about stuff other than GPA and LSAT, which is clearly known to be false.



Would agree with you in general... I guess what I would say though, is that a particularly young age won't help you, but it could hurt... If you're up against someone with the same numbers, then it may become a factor.

Also, FWIW, I would disagree in particular for this school that it's only numbers... I got way more $$$ from them than my #'s would have warranted.

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby rejectmaster » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:58 pm

This is anecdotal and therefore totally worthless

but a pal at my UG graduated a year early and got into one of CCN, and a few other lower-T14 schools.

he applied in fall of what would have been his 4th year of college though, if that makes any difference.

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby vespertiliovir » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:01 pm

In seriousness though, why are you dead-set on heading to law school right away? While I don't think it'll affect your chances at admission in any significant way whatsoever, I do think that you should still consider taking some time off -- why not use the extra year to work/travel/etc?

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Re: Does graduating a year early hurt?

Postby northwood » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:11 pm

vespertiliovir wrote:In seriousness though, why are you dead-set on heading to law school right away? While I don't think it'll affect your chances at admission in any significant way whatsoever, I do think that you should still consider taking some time off -- why not use the extra year to work/travel/etc?



+1. Work a job for a year or 2, save money and enjoy life. Make sure that this extremely costly investment is what you want to do. Law isn't going anywhere, and by waiting a year or two, you are letting the economy recover ( which will help you in your job search.

just a thought: Law school may not care how old you are, your Firm may not care how old you are... BUT clients may have an issue with your age.




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