LSAT and GPA are the ONLY things that matter for LS admission. Other factors matter so little or are so school-specific that they're not even worth mentioning.Also, shooting for HYS is not a realistic goal for anyone. Just make sure you get a T14 school, top 10 if possible (HYSCCNMVPB).If you're an undergrad now and you really want to be a lawyer (and sometimes I wonder why you would...)Do 3 things: 1) Get a near-perfect GPA; 2) Become an expert on the LSAT; and 3) Minimize your debt.A really ideal thing would be to take easy prereqs and the easiest classes you can possibly find at your community college. Then get your 4-year degree at the cheapest institution you can find, and don't take any class you aren't absolutely sure you can get an A in.While you're doing this, you should have some free time because you will have pretty much the least rigorous course of study possible. So learn the LSAT and understand it inside and out. Treat it like an athletic event--practice, practice, practice until you're perfect. If after enough practice you realize you'll never get less than 8 wrong on the LSAT, you are in trouble and need to question this career path.This formula won't necessarily get you into Yale or Stanford, but with high enough numbers it would work for every other school including Harvard. You would need to pull off a 3.9/175 for a strong shot at H. But you could do as poorly as 3.6/170 for a lower T14, or 4.0/166 for Boalt, and honestly, if you take the easiest classes possible you should have no business getting a 3.6; if you study for the LSAT for 2-3 years you better be able to break 170.But some people just can't hit the LSAT no matter how much they try. If you happen to be one of these people, it doesn't mean you're dumb or anything, it just means that law school becomes a bad financial prospect.Basically when wondering about law school you need to figure out your LSAT potential right quick and then follow the above plan if you know you can beat the LSAT.
but galt, are you better off having a 178/3.9 and taking easy classes, or a 170/3.5 taking hard classes? i would say the former.gpa and lsat are the two most important factors in LS admissions
correct me if i'm wrong, but i thought the adcomms didn't actually see your transcript and the classes you took, but only the transcript report that is generated by LSAC
correct me if i'm wrong, but i thought the adcomms didn't actually see your transcript and the classes you took, but only the transcript report that is generated by LSAC.also, i was merely following ElMismoPandejo's train of thought. it's pointless to argue over whether more difficult classes will lead to a higher LSAT.plus, i think it's unreasonable to say that adcomms to compare the difficulty of, say, "Latin American Political Regimes" at one university to "Chinese Philosophy" at another school.
did i sound like i was kidding...?