Economics Major

(Please Ask Questions and Answer Questions)
adrusso
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:52 pm

Economics Major

Postby adrusso » Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:55 pm

I was just wondering if admissions committees consider economics to be a difficult major and potentially give a slight bump to it. I just finished my junior year with a 3.45 gpa and 164 lsat. I feel stupid now thinking I could have chosen a joke major just to have a high gpa and it would have paid off more. Thanks in advance.

User avatar
Nova
Posts: 9116
Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:55 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby Nova » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:05 pm

adrusso wrote:I was just wondering if admissions committees consider economics to be a difficult major and potentially give a slight bump to it.

No

User avatar
drmguy
Posts: 1016
Joined: Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:43 am

Re: Economics Major

Postby drmguy » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:07 pm

Economics is a joke major.

adrusso
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:52 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby adrusso » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:14 pm

I attend the University of Alabama and in one of my statistics classes the teacher mentioned that the business school and engineering schools give out the least As on campus compared to arts and sciences, communications, nursing or what have you. I guess i'll rephrase and ask if admissions will look at statistics like that or not.

User avatar
drmguy
Posts: 1016
Joined: Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:43 am

Re: Economics Major

Postby drmguy » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:15 pm

If your degree says "school of social science," then you have a degree in a joke major.

071816
Posts: 5511
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:06 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby 071816 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:16 pm

adrusso wrote:I attend the University of Alabama and in one of my statistics classes the teacher mentioned that the business school and engineering schools give out the least As on campus compared to arts and sciences, communications, nursing or what have you. I guess i'll rephrase and ask if admissions will look at statistics like that or not.

Even if they see the stats, they probably won't care.

mr.hands
Posts: 892
Joined: Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:23 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby mr.hands » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:17 pm

Still no. A harder major at the university of Alabama isn't going to mean anything

User avatar
facile princeps
Posts: 421
Joined: Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:51 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby facile princeps » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:17 pm

drmguy wrote:Economics is a joke major.

Blasphemy! You shut your filthy mouth.

OP, i've heard invariably that admissions don't care.

adrusso
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:52 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby adrusso » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:18 pm

alright, thanks for the replies

User avatar
Aberzombie1892
Posts: 1907
Joined: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:56 am

Re: Economics Major

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:18 pm

drmguy wrote:If your degree says "school of social science," then you have a degree in a joke major.


This.

Also, if you want to see something funny, look at the average entering gpas at the top 50 b schools vs. the top 50 law schools.

User avatar
IAFG
Posts: 6665
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:26 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby IAFG » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:19 pm

The only thing that matters is what they have to report for their medians. If you had majored in the hardest major in the world, it wouldn't raise your GPA for their reporting purposes and therefore it won't change how they evaluate you.

User avatar
drmguy
Posts: 1016
Joined: Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:43 am

Re: Economics Major

Postby drmguy » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:21 pm

facile princeps wrote:
drmguy wrote:Economics is a joke major.

Blasphemy! You shut your filthy mouth.

OP, i've heard invariably that admissions don't care.

As an econ major, I have the authority to make the claim.

User avatar
Aberzombie1892
Posts: 1907
Joined: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:56 am

Re: Economics Major

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:22 pm

IAFG wrote:The only thing that matters is what they have to report for their medians. If you had majored in the hardest major in the world, it wouldn't raise your GPA for their reporting purposes and therefore it won't change how they evaluate you.


Also this.

OP, did you ever wonder why law schools are filled with people with joke majors from "prestigious" schools known for grade inflation?

adrusso
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:52 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby adrusso » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:23 pm

I didn't really think about it all. I think I looked up the majors that correspond to high lsat scores and I think economics was up there so I chose that.

User avatar
facile princeps
Posts: 421
Joined: Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:51 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby facile princeps » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:26 pm

drmguy wrote:
facile princeps wrote:
drmguy wrote:Economics is a joke major.

Blasphemy! You shut your filthy mouth.

OP, i've heard invariably that admissions don't care.

As an econ major, I have the authority to make the claim.

As someone who has dabbled in a few econ courses in UG, ceteris paribus, i "assumed" you'd know i was joking :wink:.

User avatar
drmguy
Posts: 1016
Joined: Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:43 am

Re: Economics Major

Postby drmguy » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:27 pm

adrusso wrote:I didn't really think about it all. I think I looked up the majors that correspond to high lsat scores and I think economics was up there so I chose that.

Please don't tell me that you made a connection between a correlation with LSAT scores and preference of that major in law school admissions. That just plain doesn't make sense.

User avatar
IAFG
Posts: 6665
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:26 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby IAFG » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:29 pm

drmguy wrote:
adrusso wrote:I didn't really think about it all. I think I looked up the majors that correspond to high lsat scores and I think economics was up there so I chose that.

Please don't tell me that you made a connection between a correlation with LSAT scores and preference of that major in law school admissions. That just plain doesn't make sense. doesn't bode well for the LSAT.

adrusso
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:52 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby adrusso » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:30 pm

No I looked up which majors best prepare one to take the LSAT or have students who score the highest. I think mathematics, economics, and philosophy were the top 3 if I remember correctly. I figured with all the variables of a college gpa, teachers, difficulty of major and institution, it would be best to try and prepare myself for the lsat which I thought law schools cared about the most.

User avatar
facile princeps
Posts: 421
Joined: Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:51 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby facile princeps » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:35 pm

adrusso wrote:No I looked up which majors best prepare one to take the LSAT or have students who score the highest. I think mathematics, economics, and philosophy were the top 3 if I remember correctly. I figured with all the variables of a college gpa, teachers, difficulty of major and institution, it would be best to try and prepare myself for the lsat which I thought law schools cared about the most.

Actually, i doubt it's a case where they prepare you for the LSAT; i think it's more of a case where if you can easily excel at these, it may indicate that you have the capacity to do well on the LSAT.

User avatar
IAFG
Posts: 6665
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:26 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby IAFG » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:36 pm

I mean, it doesn't really matter. You're only shut out of HYS on the basis of that GPA.

apollo2015
Posts: 359
Joined: Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:13 am

Re: Economics Major

Postby apollo2015 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:46 pm

adrusso wrote:I was just wondering if admissions committees consider economics to be a difficult major and potentially give a slight bump to it. I just finished my junior year with a 3.45 gpa and 164 lsat. I feel stupid now thinking I could have chosen a joke major just to have a high gpa and it would have paid off more. Thanks in advance.


Unfortunately, despite the rigor of the Economics major, it would not make sense to give it a bump, because a ton of incoming law students majored in Economics. They have enough Economics people in law school already.

User avatar
rayiner
Posts: 6184
Joined: Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:43 am

Re: Economics Major

Postby rayiner » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:52 pm

adrusso wrote:I was just wondering if admissions committees consider economics to be a difficult major and potentially give a slight bump to it. I just finished my junior year with a 3.45 gpa and 164 lsat. I feel stupid now thinking I could have chosen a joke major just to have a high gpa and it would have paid off more. Thanks in advance.


LOL no. Nuclear physics is a difficult major. Economics is for liberal arts majors who want to seem math-y.

User avatar
IAFG
Posts: 6665
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:26 pm

Re: Economics Major

Postby IAFG » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:55 pm

rayiner wrote:
adrusso wrote:I was just wondering if admissions committees consider economics to be a difficult major and potentially give a slight bump to it. I just finished my junior year with a 3.45 gpa and 164 lsat. I feel stupid now thinking I could have chosen a joke major just to have a high gpa and it would have paid off more. Thanks in advance.


LOL no. Nuclear physics is a difficult major. Economics is for liberal arts majors who want to seem math-y.

And yet a nuclear physics major isn't getting into HYS with a 3.45 so what does it matter?

User avatar
rayiner
Posts: 6184
Joined: Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:43 am

Re: Economics Major

Postby rayiner » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:00 pm

IAFG wrote:
rayiner wrote:
adrusso wrote:I was just wondering if admissions committees consider economics to be a difficult major and potentially give a slight bump to it. I just finished my junior year with a 3.45 gpa and 164 lsat. I feel stupid now thinking I could have chosen a joke major just to have a high gpa and it would have paid off more. Thanks in advance.


LOL no. Nuclear physics is a difficult major. Economics is for liberal arts majors who want to seem math-y.

And yet a nuclear physics major isn't getting into HYS with a 3.45 so what does it matter?


I mean the real issue here is OP's 164.




Return to “Law School FAQ”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest