At this point, it is very possible for me to graduate with my bachelor's in 3 years. I took tons of AP's in high school and the university I attend was generous with college credit, so much so that I don't have to take summer classes to graduate early. I don't want to take a gap year, and would like to enter law school immediately upon graduation. I plan to apply during the '09 cycle. I've read posts in another forum concerning a student who was worried about how it would look to graduate in 5 years, and the responses generally were that the length of time to obtain the degree doesn't matter, just the overall GPA and LSAT score. Does this also apply to students who take less time than normal to graduate? I've been asking several students about this and even called up some law school admission offices, and many people have brought up a question about maturity level. Is there really that big of a difference in the perspective of a 21 year old as opposed to a 22 year old? One of the admissions officers I talked to said his impression could be that a student who graduates in three years rushed to get out. It's interesting to me that some would consider graduating early as merely rushing. I thought it would actually work as a small plus if the student could obtain a solid GPA and LSAT score with fewer years to prepare.Why does this situation seem so negative? If I do carry on with my current plans, should I address this/ explain in the form of an addendum on my application? Or should I just try to convey my maturity level in my personal statement? I am truly shooting for a Top 14, if I can keep my grades up and score well on the LSAT. I am just wondering if this undergrad in 3 situation will affect me in any way. Thank you all in advance!
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