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How much do extracurricular activities weigh?

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:38 am
by Balzate
I did not know I wanted to go to law school untill recently and before then every one pretty much told me "your AA doesn't really count, you start all over when you get your BA".. so my grades havent been the best, but right now as a junior I have a 3.1 and plan on graduating with a 3.4ish (so help me god).. and I'm banking on studying and taking prep courses for the lsat to get some where around a 167. MY QUESTION IS: I've done alot of extracurricular activities, I was vice president of student goverment while getting my AA, it was like a part time job, raised tons of money, planned and organized lots of events (ofcourse I would explain this alot better when the time comes) and in the beginning of my Junior year I did a un paid internship working with an attorney and now the attorney actually pays me and it's become a paid internship. Ofcourse the attorney I work for will be writting a recommendation letter. And I went to the pre law society meeting last week and basically just asked "how do I become the president of this"...So is it really important, should I even bother joining the pre-law society, is it worth it? any of it? I am looking at UC Davis, University of Illinois, University of Colorado and i'll probably apply to Berkeley and Northwestern just to see... lets say WORST case scenario, I graduate with a 3.2, does this extracurricular activities/letters of recommendation/ a really good personal statemnt add much weight, should i even bother applying to these schools with a 3.2-3.3???


i really want to go to UC davis

Re: How much does extra curriculum weigh? UCdavis/Uillinois

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:51 am
by Kabuo
You are talking about extracurricular activities, not extra curriculum. There's a big difference. And no, if you get a 167, no one will care. If you don't they probably still won't. Prelaw societies seem worthless. Just get your GPA up and don't suck at the LSAT.

Re: How much do extracurricular activities weigh?

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:27 pm
by apollo2015
Balzate wrote:I did not know I wanted to go to law school untill recently and before then every one pretty much told me "your AA doesn't really count, you start all over when you get your BA


Keep in mind that your AA gpa is factored into your final LSDAS GPA (the ones that law schools consider you based upon).

Re: How much do extracurricular activities weigh?

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:51 pm
by Gail
Emory would prob take you with 167 and 3.4 GPA. Any UC school is going to be difficult though. They, like Texas, really love GPAs.


Your AA counts. It would count if it was good and it counts if it isn't. College level courses are college level courses to the LSDAS, fortunately/unfortunately.

I think LS are focusing more on GPAs this cycle. Maybe next cycle will be different though.

Good luck!

Re: How much do extracurricular activities weigh?

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:12 pm
by spleenworship
Extra curriculars are sifts, tie breakers only.

Re: How much do extracurricular activities weigh?

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:44 pm
by Balzate
Thanks every one ! Yea I know colleges look at the first 120 credits but I was just saying that not knowing that early on is why my gpa is so low. Now I feel like I shouldn't waste time with the pre law club and just take what I got; focus on GPA and LSAT

Re: How much do extracurricular activities weigh?

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:18 am
by Bashy
Balzate wrote:Thanks every one ! Yea I know colleges look at the first 120 credits but I was just saying that not knowing that early on is why my gpa is so low. Now I feel like I shouldn't waste time with the pre law club and just take what I got; focus on GPA and LSAT


Correct. The most important factors for law school admissions offices are GPA/LSAT and URM status. And maybe not even that last one. You're gonna feel like a real ass when you're president of the pre-law society but you're going to Cooley because you didn't have time to study for the LSAT and roped yourself a 150.

In fact, if you're planning on staying around TLS, prepare yourself for the belief that anything sub-170 merits a retake.