Second UG Degree Concerns in Admissions

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Broncos15
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Second UG Degree Concerns in Admissions

Postby Broncos15 » Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:59 pm

Hello,

New here and had a few questions regarding Law School admissions

I am gathering information on admissions and currently an undergrad ( Senior),...one of the options I am looking at is a dual degree in which case I would graduate with one degree in December and get my second undergrad degree later.....As I have read LSAC stops calculating GPA after you get your first degree, and anything after the first degree, the transcripts would still need to be sent in, but I have read the impact of your GPA after the first degree is minimal in admissions

Does this advice even hold true for "splitters"?.....I am at a 3.6 GPA right now and my concern is more hedged around if the GPA dropped in the second degree ( because if it stayed the same or rose it could only be good if only in a minimal sense)

If in a Hypo my LSAC GPA at graduation of the first degree was a 3.6....but my second UG degree after the first was a 3.3 .......Would I be basically looked at as a 3.6 candidate? ...or would the lower second degree have Admissions officers view me as a 3.45 which is a bit below many of the T14's lower 25%


Thanks! Wondering as this is one of the ( several) factors I am weighing out in this
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Re: Second UG Degree Concerns in Admissions

Postby RZ5646 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:06 am

You'd still be a 3.6 but if you're going to be a splitter then an even lower second GPA certainly wouldn't be helpful. It would be better to have a 3.6 + "he got his shit together and got a 3.95 in his second degree" as a soft factor to allay any worries they have about your work ethic or academic ability.

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Re: Second UG Degree Concerns in Admissions

Postby Broncos15 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:24 am

^ I don't want to make the assumption that if I put in hard work -------> higher GPA so that's why I ask.


Yes there is a correlation between those two, but I don't want to make that assumption that will be the result, no guarantee of a 3.96 in second degree

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Re: Second UG Degree Concerns in Admissions

Postby zombie mcavoy » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:52 am

Why are you possibly considering getting a second ug degree before attending law school?

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Re: Second UG Degree Concerns in Admissions

Postby Broncos15 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:07 am

zombie mcavoy wrote:Why are you possibly considering getting a second ug degree before attending law school?



To get a more useful degree in case law school doesn't pan out/change my mind about it before entering. I have a liberal arts degree which won't get me too far ( not why I am planning on law school, but just to give an idea of my limited options with only one degree)


I am risk adverse and have read about the high #'s of debt/ unemployment

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Re: Second UG Degree Concerns in Admissions

Postby KMart » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:09 am

With regards to your poll, two of the options are essentially the same option (1 & 2).

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Re: Second UG Degree Concerns in Admissions

Postby Broncos15 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:14 am

If I did go which of these in the above poll is the most useful.....based off the little I have read Law School Predictor is a bit too conservative in regards to the recent decline for Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 applicants

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Re: Second UG Degree Concerns in Admissions

Postby downbeat14 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:28 am

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Re: Second UG Degree Concerns in Admissions

Postby zombie mcavoy » Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:26 am

Broncos15 wrote:
zombie mcavoy wrote:Why are you possibly considering getting a second ug degree before attending law school?



To get a more useful degree in case law school doesn't pan out/change my mind about it before entering. I have a liberal arts degree which won't get me too far ( not why I am planning on law school, but just to give an idea of my limited options with only one degree)


I am risk adverse and have read about the high #'s of debt/ unemployment

this seems like a really strange plan but ok. Good luck.

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Re: Second UG Degree Concerns in Admissions

Postby Grunt2Grad » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:37 pm

Broncos15 wrote:^ I don't want to make the assumption that if I put in hard work -------> higher GPA so that's why I ask.


Yes there is a correlation between those two, but I don't want to make that assumption that will be the result, no guarantee of a 3.96 in second degree


Isnt that essentially what you are doing but with the LSAT by predicting that you will be a Splitter? The biggest mistake I made in my application cycle was trying to predict outcomes without having my reportable GPA and LSAT score.




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