« on: August 13, 2004, 09:06:23 AM »
I will address your concerns in order:
1. There is no real major that will prepare you for law school. I have met English majors, Psychology majors, Political Science, Business, and Math majors that are all in my class. Some people say that Philosophy helps, but don't just take it for a major because you want to look good on an appl. do something that you're interested in. If you're really concerned about job security, have two majors. At most schools, if you're careful, you can still finish in 4 years with 2 majors.
2. ECs don't count for squat. I didn't have any, just some community service work. Unless you have an overwhelming # of EC and kept an extraordinarily high gpa while at it (which shows good time management), don't worry about it. Focus on grades and LSAT.
3.Personal statements are probably slightly more important than letters of recommendation. No one is going to ask for a recommendation from a person that will not write about them in the highest regard. So, for the most part, everyone will have good recs. Personal statement is the real chance to set yourself apart from the pack.
4. Law schools do use affirmative action. They would just rather call it "promoting diversity." Often, this is where the personal statement comes in. You don't get the benefit by just saying you're a minority, however. You have to explain how being a minority has made your life experiences different from other law school applicants.