Effect of Double Majoring?

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clifflee
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Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby clifflee » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:28 am

I'm currently in my junior year of undergrad at a public ivy, double majoring in finance and math. Originally had some other career plans, and didn't decide on law school until this year. I'm wondering what/if any effect having 2 fairly difficult majors while keeping a 3.8+ will have on my application? Obviously it won't hurt me, but I'm wondering if law schools put that much weight into it or if it could make up for the fact that I'm not overly involved in school-related organizations. Thanks.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby 09042014 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:47 am

Double majoring won't have any effect.

Hard major will have a slight effect.

But you'll basically only get into schools your GPA and LSAT say you should.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby Bildungsroman » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:49 am

I thought all the schools in the Ivy League were private.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby sundance95 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:52 am

Public Ivy is a term from a book written in the 70s IIRC. I believe that Berkeley, UVA, and Michigan are Public Ivies, as well as UVA.

Edit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Ivy

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby romothesavior » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:48 am

Public Ivy is still state school. State school = laaaame.

But DF is right, no real effect at all.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby birdlaw117 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:55 am

The only effect a double major has is a greater chance at having a lower GPA. So... congrats on having a lower GPA, and therefore lesser admissions prospects?

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby cinephile » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:36 am

While the double major may not help for law school, it would help if you ever want to get a job in another field.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby 2Serious4Numbers » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:20 am

+.017%.. there quantified.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby AreJay711 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:59 am

cinephile wrote:While the double major may not help for law school, it would help if you ever want to get a job in another field.

This. Though in my experience as a former econ/math double major, the fact that you have significant mathematical coursework is more important for most jobs than a math major. If you can get a minor that would still be worthwhile.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby clifflee » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:19 pm

Thanks for the advice/help everyone. I'm still going through with the double major anyway because I'm almost done it at this point and have already finished my hardest classes. Thanks again for the help.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby dextermorgan » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:26 pm

sundance95 wrote:Public Ivy is a term from a book written in the 70s IIRC. I believe that Berkeley, UVA, and Michigan are Public Ivies, as well as UVA.

Edit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Ivy

Blatant UVA trolling.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:24 pm

Cornell is the only hybrid public/private university in the US as three of its seven colleges are land grant colleges with lower tuition for New York state residents.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby Bosque » Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:35 pm

The effect of double majoring is that it makes you tired and have to work harder for the same GPA. Other than that, nada. No help.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby quetzal_bird » Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:30 am

I have a 4.0 in both my majors, and I like both of them. At my school its the rare student who doesn't double, so maybe that influenced my decision. No regrets, but it is extra work and its only worth it if you genuinely want to study both fields, not because of any leg up in law school since it doesn't really help.

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Re: Effect of Double Majoring?

Postby sundance95 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:37 am

dextermorgan wrote:
sundance95 wrote:Public Ivy is a term from a book written in the 70s IIRC. I believe that Berkeley, UVA, and Michigan are Public Ivies, as well as UVA.

Edit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Ivy

Blatant UVA trolling.


Hahaha, that was completely Freudian, I swears it. That was supposed to be W&M...




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