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Graduating Undergrad in 3 Years

Graduating Undergrad in 3 Years
« on: September 08, 2015, 08:27:16 AM »
I am able to graduate from my undergraduate college in three years with a double major in political science and legal studies. Would it be better for my application if I graduated early, would it set me apart, or would more classes not necessary for my majors look better? Also if I graduate in three years I would be graduating virtually dept free while another year would put me in at least $20,000 debt. Is early undergrad graduation an advantage and if it isn't would another year be worth dept?

Re: Graduating Undergrad in 3 Years
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2015, 09:10:12 AM »
Is graduating a year early something that will set you apart and gain you an advantage in law school admissions?

No, I don't really think so. It's not such a unique attribute that admissions committees are going to pay it much attention. I mean, is it possible that some small advantage may be gained? I suppose, but not much.

Here is a short list of things that will matter:

URM status
Remarkable personal story/accomplishments. And I mean truly remarkable, not just "I volunteered at soup kitchen last Christmas and like to debate."

You best bet for getting into law school and obtaining scholarships is to focus on the LSAT and your GPA. A few points on the LSAT will be far more useful than graduating a year early. 

Re: Graduating Undergrad in 3 Years
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2015, 10:21:08 AM »
Well graduating college in 4 years is like leaving a party at 10 o'clock so graduating in 3 years is like leaving at 9:00 o'clock.  I took a solid 5.5. years and had an amazing time and went onto law school etc.

I don't know that graduating in 3years will necessary help or hurt your law school admission chances. You will be able to work or attend law school sooner and you will have less debt, but you will also less the college experience, which is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I personally think many young people are always in a hurry to grow up, but I don't think that is always the best option. Saving $20,000 is a plus, but in the grand scheme of your life $20,000 isn't that much.

With all that said I think you are really getting ahead of yourself if you just started college. Focus on doing well in your first semester and enjoying the college experience. Then get through the next semester etc don't plan so much of your future when your 18. You are going to go through a number of changes.

When I was 18 I was convinced I was either going to be professional basketball player or basketball coach and if those two did not work out I would be a cop.  I never in a million years even considered law school as a college freshman, but low and behold I become a lawyer.

Many of my dorm mates though they would do something else other what they ended up doing.

 So the point is do your best in the moment get good grades to keep your options open, make friends and enjoy the college experience. You are 18 enjoy life a little and don't get so caught up in the future that you forget to succeed and enjoy the present.

Re: Graduating Undergrad in 3 Years
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2015, 02:02:40 PM »
It makes no difference. Do whatever is best for you financially and GPA-wise.

Re: Graduating Undergrad in 3 Years
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2015, 02:40:04 PM »
Yep solid advice get good grades and don't spend to much money on undergrad, but also enjoy undergrad .

I guess be 18 years old and keep your doors open.

Re: Graduating Undergrad in 3 Years
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2015, 03:13:45 PM »
90 credits (ish) Bachelor Degrees are out there too. Mostly in Canada, some in America, some online.

 3 years with 140 credits is a GPA killer. 3 years with 90 credits is chillax on the beach.