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nooyyllib

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General question - maybe asking a stupid question.
« on: June 02, 2009, 01:55:56 PM »
Ok, would English being my second language give me any edge in admissions? (Like schools considering my LSAT score)

Thane Messinger

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Re: General question - maybe asking a stupid question.
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2010, 02:50:03 PM »
Ok, would English being my second language give me any edge in admissions? (Like schools considering my LSAT score)


There's a saying that "There's no such thing as a stupid question."  Actually, that's not quite right, but . . .

This is not one of them.  It's a fair question.  = :  )

The answer is that a second language CAN be an important soft factor in an application, especially if it's worked positively and convincingly into your reasons for wanting to attend.  (For example, parents experiencing difficulties navigating through a foreign culture or bureaucracy, or hoping to bridge a gap between two cultures, etc.)  Don't make something up, and don't stretch the boundaries, and don't make it appear to be more than it is.  But don't neglect it either.  Knowledge of a second language IS a powerful advantage.

English as the second language is likely to be a reasonably strong (soft) plus, because that means that the LSAT score and GPA are, if anything, under-reflective of your potential; while English as a first language plus fluency in another language is a somewhat less strong (still soft) plus.

Such a factor won't make a huge difference, but it often will make a difference.  This can be the crucial difference in an application to a reach school.

I hope you hear good news, in any language.