Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

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bret34
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Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby bret34 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:09 pm

Chem Engineering at top 20 school
URM
3.44 overall / 3.65 major
177 lsat
from the south
hoping to get into top 10 law (really hoping for top 1-7), particularly in NE area.
Do I have a chance?

Hey-O
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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby Hey-O » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:12 pm

HAHAHA I thought that Eng. meant English. I thought the post was a flame.

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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby clevinger33 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:15 pm

Hey-O wrote:HAHAHA I thought that Eng. meant English. I thought the post was a flame.


+1

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vespertiliovir
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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby vespertiliovir » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:15 pm

No, but URM does.

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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby clevinger33 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:17 pm

bret34 wrote:Do I have a chance?


Short answer: yes. You might have to ED at Columbia and NYU to get in, but your LSAT and your major and your URM status should compensate for your GPA (which isn't that bad).

(says someone who got into a top 10 school with a lower GPA majoring in the Eng. I thought you were initially referring to)

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Haribo
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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby Haribo » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:20 pm

What kind of URM? Someone with your numbers got into Harvard last year.

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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby bret34 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:22 pm

i'm hispanic

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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby bret34 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:23 pm

Oh, and female, but I don't know if that makes a difference or not.

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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby rayiner » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:24 pm

Define URM. If black/mexican, apply Harvard. You will get $$$ from CCN.

This is actually one place where I think your engineering GPA will get a bump.

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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby bret34 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:59 pm

Thank you everyone for your input.

I've been working in the engineering industry since graduation (3 years ago since May). Will this have any impact - good or bad?

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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby D-ROCCA » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:04 pm

Means you're a lock at Northwestern, but chances are you probably were anyway. I'd say, given the slight URM boost, you'll probably lock up CCN and have a good chance at Harvard, and a toss-up at YS.

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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby rockstar4488 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:01 am

In short, being an engineer doesn't compensate. You have stellar credentials though, so I wouldn't worry about things too much.

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Re: Does Eng. major compensate for gpa?

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:39 am

Whether or not an engineering major will compensate for a low GPA probably depends upon several factors such as the particular law school's admissions policy, how far below the median GPA of a particular law school, type of engineering major & whether there is a discernable upward trend in grades.
Engineering majors demand hard work and analytical thinking involving complex issues that should enable good engineering students to perform well on the LSAT.




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