Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

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Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

Postby spirals » Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:54 pm

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Re: Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

Postby 09042014 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:21 pm

They are okay soft factors. But you'll pretty much have the same results as everyone else who was a 3.85 gpa with a 170.

I'd apply to all of the top 20 or so law schools and see what sticks. You'll probably get scholarships to some of the lower T14s, and you've got a good shot at CCN, and a smaller shot at YHS.

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Re: Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

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Re: Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

Postby 09042014 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:29 pm

spirals wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:They are okay soft factors. But you'll pretty much have the same results as everyone else who was a 3.85 gpa with a 170.

I'd apply to all of the top 20 or so law schools and see what sticks. You'll probably get scholarships to some of the lower T14s, and you've got a good shot at CCN, and a smaller shot at YHS.


Thanks for your reply, Desert Fox! So you don't think the MA will do much to add to my profile?


Not much. If you find a way to tie it into your personal statement it might help a bit more. Law school admissions are mostly a numbers game.

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Re: Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

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Re: Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

Postby pertristis » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:33 pm

Soft factors make you competitive vis-a-vis people with similar numbers to you. So, your MA + WE will make you more competitive than other people with a ~170/3.85. The exception to that general rule is Northwestern, which places a huge amount of emphasis on work experience. With that said, I don't think that NU is necessarily a good choice for the law that you want to practice.

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Re: Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

Postby T14_Scholly » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:37 pm

If the job you want doesn't require you to have a JD or pass the bar, I don't see the wisdom in going to law school.

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Re: Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

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Re: Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

Postby T14_Scholly » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:43 pm

Well is the ability to do better research and give better advice worth $200k?

Actually, is anything besides a house worth $200k? No. So no one should go to law school without a substantial scholarship.

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Re: Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

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Re: Do work experience and post-secondary degrees matter?

Postby ArmyVet07 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:01 pm

Proficiency in a foreign language is a good soft.

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