I've been pre-med all throughout college (I'm in my 3rd year now as an undergrad), and let's say I decided tomorrow to go for a JD instead of an MD.
Would it be possible to get into a great law school if I did well on the LSAT and had a great GPA from a top university, even though none of my extracurriculars are related to law at all?
Here are some of the extracurriculars I have been involved with:
1. 3 summers of bench research (no publications)
2. 2 semesters of independent research in Economics (my major)
3. 2 semesters of neuroscience research
4. Volunteer EMT-B for 2 years responding to 911 calls
5. 3 years of hospital volunteering
6. Other volunteer work mainly dealing with the underprivileged
7. Physician shadowing (haha, doubt I'd even put this on a law school application)
8. Worked as a chemistry lab technician – 3 semesters
9. Tutoring (paid) – econ, SAT reasoning, SAT Math level 2, 3 semesters, 3 hours a week
10. Pre-Medical Society executive committee
11. Ski/Snowboarding team and snowboarding in general, 2 years on the "team"
My GPA is definitely in range for top 5 law schools, but I have no idea what I'd score on the LSAT (but I'm very good at logic reasoning and passage analysis). I scored 99th percentile on the MCAT though (too bad it won't help at all for law school), so hopefully if I take 35 practice LSAT's or so I'll be able to do well? Would my chances be good as long as I do well on the LSAT? Am I at a significant disadvantage?
There's no way of knowing if you can get into law schools without first taking the LSAT. Extra crap doesn't matter..LSAT and GPA matter BIG TIME...Schools don't give a crap that you were on the snowboarding team.