summer school to raise GPA or non-paying gov't internship?

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philly93
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summer school to raise GPA or non-paying gov't internship?

Postby philly93 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:08 am

hey guys, I have a tough decision to make and would like some input. I have 2 options over summer and they are: summer classes or government internship. I could DEFINITELY benefit from the summer classes because i could take a couple light courses and raise my GPA into the t-14 range. OR i could do a congressional internship unpaid and try to get a rec and maybe a soft for admissions. I am a rising junior at a t-25 university and am studying history (not sure if this helps!) and intending to apply to t-14 schools. what would be the best option?

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Re: summer school to raise GPA or non-paying gov't internship?

Postby star fox » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:15 am

Raise your GPA. Schools aren't going to be reporting that you worked an unpaid internship. Look for some easy part-time unpaid internship to take in addition to summer classes if possible.

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Re: summer school to raise GPA or non-paying gov't internship?

Postby dr123 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:16 am

why cant you do both?

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Postby philly93 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:18 am

the reason i cannot do both is because the internship is in DC and the summer school is at my home institution which is couple hours from DC

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Re: summer school to raise GPA or non-paying gov't internship?

Postby dr123 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:19 am

you could take a couple classes at a community college in DC.

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Postby philly93 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:20 am

thanks for the reply but i have a question. you say "Look for some easy part-time unpaid internship ". does this have to deal with my major, pre law, govern't or can it be ANYTHING? i could work at local stores and make money but i am not sure what looks favorable to the eyes of admission officers.

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Postby philly93 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:20 am

wouldn't taking classes at a community college look bad though?

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Postby dr123 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:21 am

philly93 wrote:wouldn't taking classes at a community college look bad though?


no

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Postby philly93 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:25 am

ok i will look into that option to see if the timings don't interfere with my internship schedule. but i was hoping if you could comment your thoughts about my previous post about the KIND of internships i should be looking for.

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Postby philly93 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:44 am

bump

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Postby star fox » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:44 am

philly93 wrote:thanks for the reply but i have a question. you say "Look for some easy part-time unpaid internship ". does this have to deal with my major, pre law, govern't or can it be ANYTHING? i could work at local stores and make money but i am not sure what looks favorable to the eyes of admission officers.


Anything. Internships are just a soft as far as Law School Admissions go. I don't think the type of internship would have any real effect on your admissions. More useful for finding a job out of college.

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Postby hopingtogetin » Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:46 am

philly93 wrote:the reason i cannot do both is because the internship is in DC and the summer school is at my home institution which is couple hours from DC


Law school is incredibly expensive. Living in DC is also incredibly expensive, especially in the summer when interns flood the city.

Stay at your home school, boost your GPA, and use that higher GPA to get some scholarship $$ for law school. Trust me, as someone who went to undergrad in DC, unpaid internships are a dime a dozen and unless its a legit white house internship, probably not worth the "prestige" or whatever. In fact, Congressional internships are regarded as mostly bitch work, and frequently, kind of a joke. We've all had them and they're really not particularly exciting for the most part. Usually you're just paid nothing and going broke in metro fares to listen to people yell at you on the phone.

You would be way better just boosting your GPA, taking some extra time to study for the LSAT, and if you want to work in DC, use your now-high GPA to get some scholarship $$ at Georgetown when you go to law school.

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Re: summer school to raise GPA or non-paying gov't internship?

Postby dowu » Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:48 am

Get that GPA up as high as possible. Do a ton of scholarly reading so that you can prepare for RC on the LSAT.

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Postby Lagunitan » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:09 am

I'll go against the grain and say take the internship if you can find a way to make it financially viable. (Do you have savings? Could you do something like tutor on the side? Can you get funding from your school? Do you have wealthy/generous parents?). Spending your entire undergraduate career optimizing for getting into the best possible law school may help get you into a slightly better school, but it will make you a less interesting, less well-rounded person. I spent a summer doing a Congressional internship in DC. Yes, it's a lot of low-level work, but you get to live in a super-interesting city (and during DC summers, there are TONS of events/talks/networking opportunities/etc. going on), meet new and interesting people, and get a sense of what your government looks like from the inside. Plus, if you intend on working between UG and LS (which I unequivocally recommend), summer internships can only help you.

This also somewhat depends on how much of a GPA boost you expect to get from your summer courses, and how much of a difference that GPA difference will make in law school admissions. If you're talking the difference between a 3.4 and a 3.7, ok. If this is the difference between a 3.41 and a 3.46, forget it.

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Re: summer school to raise GPA or non-paying gov't internship?

Postby philly93 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:18 pm

the difference would be about from a 3.5 to a 3.55-3.56. this would mean i can enter junior year having 2 semesters to raise that to a 3.7. i think the summer school option is looking more viable so it makes sense to have a higher gpa. do you think that difference in GPA warrants letting go of summer internships?

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Postby philly93 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:42 pm

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