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I am thinking of accelerating my college degree and graduating in 2013 instead of 2014. It would be tough for me to do, and I have no idea what the impact will be on my GPA. I'm hoping to get into a t14 school. My question is: how will law schools look at this? Will it make it harder for me to get in, or will it not matter?
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Law schools are primarily concerned with an applicant's LSAT score & GPA. These hard factors--LSAT score & GPA--probably account for 80%-90% of the decision. For borderline candiates law schools often look at an applicant's essays, work history & maturity level as well as other hard factors. Graduating in 3 years is not a factor normally considered by law schools. GPA & evidence of maturity are, however.
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Graduating in three years will yield no benefit over graduating in four. I'm thinking it can only hurt your GPA. If you really want to aim for law school, take a few logic classes, prepr for the LSAT, and try to develop unique and interesting softs that you can form into a compelling narative. By developing softs I don't mean joining every organization on campus or becoming a vice president of the intramural kickball team, find something that could really make you stand out.
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