how important are extracurricular activities when applying to law schools? im hoping to have a peer-reviewed journal article published in a scientific policy journal, and have done internships for two consecutive summers at a government institute. however, i am not involved in any extracurricular activities during the school year. i'll be a rising junior and i'm hoping to apply during my senior year. would participating in an extracurricular activity in september not make much of an impact on my application next year?thanks so much!
In short, choose one thing, and be a leader.
In the end, it's mostly a numbers game. Take the time you would have used joining silly clubs and study more for the LSAT.
Regardless of the kumbaya stuff that a lot of these admissions folks try to spout, the vast bulk of their decision is numbers, alone. They simply have too many files to process. They use numbers and nothing more to make their "first cut". * * * However, a person who is competitive for a spot at Yale and misses out due to lack of extracurriculars is almost certain to get in at a top 8 school. Unless they want to be a Supreme Court justice, their career isn't particularly harmed.
Good point. I stand duly chastized.