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How important are internships during the application process?

How important are internships during the application process?
« on: January 12, 2009, 01:14:07 PM »
Hi guys, I'm currently a second semester sophomore in college, and I am definitely thinking about getting into one of the top law schools in the country. However, next year I will be spending my entire junior year studying abroad. I know that a lot of people say that interning at a law firm is very important for the application process, but the only time I really have left to intern before applying to law school during my senior year is maybe 2 months during the summer. I plan on taking the LSAT at the end of my junior year, does anyone have any advice they want to give me, or lend insight to how much internships are weighted?

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Re: How important are internships during the application process?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009, 01:16:39 PM »
They don't carry very much weight in the admissions process- the two most important factors are LSAT and GPA.

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Re: How important are internships during the application process?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2009, 01:30:03 PM »
Extra circulars mean next to nothing unless they are truly extraordinary.
A law firm internship does not fall into that category.

Re: How important are internships during the application process?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2009, 02:15:48 PM »
Extra circulars mean next to nothing unless they are truly extraordinary.
A law firm internship does not fall into that category.

So does that mean law internships are not as important? I did not understand your answer.

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Re: How important are internships during the application process?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009, 03:04:09 PM »
An internship at a law firm is not an extraordinary extra curricular. They mean next to nothing to admissions people.

Re: How important are internships during the application process?
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2009, 05:44:09 PM »
An internship at a law firm is not an extraordinary extra curricular. They mean next to nothing to admissions people.

So am I over exaggerating the importance of this? I should just focus on LSAT and my GPA? Bear in mind I am most likely applying to the top law schools in the country.

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Re: How important are internships during the application process?
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2009, 05:47:19 PM »
Extra stuff won't hurt you, however an internship at a law firm won't do anything to set you apart.  It might be good to make contacts and network, but it won't do a whole lot (if anything at all) to help you get into law school.  LSAT and GPA are the most important, and if you can do anything to set yourself apart, that would be great too.

Re: How important are internships during the application process?
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2009, 05:51:04 PM »
A way that an extracurricular could help you is if you can write a very compelling personal statement about it. I did that, and the deans that typically write personal notes on the acceptance letters have all mentioned it.

Re: How important are internships during the application process?
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2009, 06:15:51 PM »
Thanks for the responses so far guys, so what type of things should I pursue to help me stand out even a little bit compared to other law school apps?

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Re: How important are internships during the application process?
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2009, 10:11:13 PM »
High GPA and LSAT


That or authoring a few bestsellers, starting a major company, etc.