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Lingon
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Study Abroad

Postby Lingon » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:56 pm

Hey, I'm wondering what law schools think about having a study abroad semester listed on the transcript. Is it regarded as good/bad or do they even care? I understand that lsat score and gpa are the most important factors, but I'm hoping that my study abroad experience will boost my chances of getting in to a good school. What do you guys think?

Thanks!

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Re: Study Abroad

Postby Knock » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:57 pm

Lingon wrote:Hey, I'm wondering what law schools think about having a study abroad semester listed on the transcript. Is it regarded as good/bad or do they even care? I understand that lsat score and gpa are the most important factors, but I'm hoping that my study abroad experience will boost my chances of getting in to a good school. What do you guys think?

Thanks!


It won't boost your chances at all.

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Re: Study Abroad

Postby Lingon » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:00 pm

Could it be regarded as bad?


Knock wrote:
Lingon wrote:Hey, I'm wondering what law schools think about having a study abroad semester listed on the transcript. Is it regarded as good/bad or do they even care? I understand that lsat score and gpa are the most important factors, but I'm hoping that my study abroad experience will boost my chances of getting in to a good school. What do you guys think?

Thanks!


It won't boost your chances at all.

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Re: Study Abroad

Postby Knock » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:00 pm

Lingon wrote:Could it be regarded as bad?


Knock wrote:
Lingon wrote:Hey, I'm wondering what law schools think about having a study abroad semester listed on the transcript. Is it regarded as good/bad or do they even care? I understand that lsat score and gpa are the most important factors, but I'm hoping that my study abroad experience will boost my chances of getting in to a good school. What do you guys think?

Thanks!


It won't boost your chances at all.


No, it won't affect your application at all.

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Re: Study Abroad

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:00 pm

Lingon wrote:Hey, I'm wondering what law schools think about having a study abroad semester listed on the transcript. Is it regarded as good/bad or do they even care? I understand that lsat score and gpa are the most important factors, but I'm hoping that my study abroad experience will boost my chances of getting in to a good school. What do you guys think?

Thanks!


It won't (most admissions don't care). The only way a study abroad experience could help would be to provide something interesting for your personal statement. But most of the time people incorporating their "eye-opening" experiences of living in another country for a few months into a personal statement makes for a pretty weak and annoying statement.

Be glad you had a fun experience, but don't expect it to help in admissions.

Lingon
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Re: Study Abroad

Postby Lingon » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:11 pm

Wow, it's crazy that everything is so focused on numbers. Oh well I had a good time so I can't complain.




Richie Tenenbaum wrote:
Lingon wrote:Hey, I'm wondering what law schools think about having a study abroad semester listed on the transcript. Is it regarded as good/bad or do they even care? I understand that lsat score and gpa are the most important factors, but I'm hoping that my study abroad experience will boost my chances of getting in to a good school. What do you guys think?

Thanks!


It won't (most admissions don't care). The only way a study abroad experience could help would be to provide something interesting for your personal statement. But most of the time people incorporating their "eye-opening" experiences of living in another country for a few months into a personal statement makes for a pretty weak and annoying statement.

Be glad you had a fun experience, but don't expect it to help in admissions.

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Re: Study Abroad

Postby Knock » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:12 pm

Lingon wrote:Wow, it's crazy that everything is so focused on numbers. Oh well I had a good time so I can't complain.




Richie Tenenbaum wrote:
Lingon wrote:Hey, I'm wondering what law schools think about having a study abroad semester listed on the transcript. Is it regarded as good/bad or do they even care? I understand that lsat score and gpa are the most important factors, but I'm hoping that my study abroad experience will boost my chances of getting in to a good school. What do you guys think?

Thanks!


It won't (most admissions don't care). The only way a study abroad experience could help would be to provide something interesting for your personal statement. But most of the time people incorporating their "eye-opening" experiences of living in another country for a few months into a personal statement makes for a pretty weak and annoying statement.

Be glad you had a fun experience, but don't expect it to help in admissions.


Even if it wasn't focused on numbers, studying abroad isn't rare at all.

Lingon
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Re: Study Abroad

Postby Lingon » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:34 pm

Will LSAC use my grades from abroad when calculating my GPA? I studied at an American school abroad and got all As but my university here in the US doesn't consider them when calculating my GPA which is slightly annoying.

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Re: Study Abroad

Postby mettasutta » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:37 pm

Lingon wrote:Will LSAC use my grades from abroad when calculating my GPA? I studied at an American school abroad and got all As but my university here in the US doesn't consider them when calculating my GPA which is slightly annoying.


Your LSAC GPA will include study abroad grades.




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