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rank the most important extra factors

rank the most important extra factors
« on: November 05, 2007, 02:12:26 PM »
Obviously lsat and gpa stand as the most important numbers for an applicant, but I was wondering what other factors everyone thinks are most important. ie legal internship ahead of charity work or saving children from a burning orphanage over urm status. What is considered the best "extra" factor?

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Re: rank the most important extra factors
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2007, 02:43:07 PM »
Obviously lsat and gpa stand as the most important numbers for an applicant, but I was wondering what other factors everyone thinks are most important. ie legal internship ahead of charity work or saving children from a burning orphanage over urm status. What is considered the best "extra" factor?

Honestly, probably URM status.

Way below that I'd say work experience at a number of schools.

Then maybe a masters degree or extensive charitable work, I just don't know.

Re: rank the most important extra factors
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2007, 07:54:53 PM »
for stuff that isn't HUGE (e.g. Pulitzer, Nobel, Fields, NYT Best Seller, etc...)
the following seem to be big:
-Fellowships
-Peace Corps
-URM (this varies school to school regarding the different flavors)
-Published papers

Stuff that is so common that it probably won't help you as much as advertised:
-Volunteer work through your frat/sorority
-Basic WE (answering phones at a law firm, for example)
-Dean's list
-Cum Laude




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Re: rank the most important extra factors
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2007, 09:01:47 PM »
M,

I might go with the running for office as the PS just because the archaeology/tribal issues would probably be a pretty easy/straight forward DS to write. And unsucessfully or no on the former, I'm sure it will be looked upon highly.

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Re: rank the most important extra factors
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2007, 09:08:08 PM »
1. URM (Native American)
2. URM (Black)
3. URM (Hispanic)
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15. URM (Anything but white male)
16. Nobel Prize Winner.
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Re: rank the most important extra factors
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2007, 12:01:23 AM »
for stuff that isn't HUGE (e.g. Pulitzer, Nobel, Fields, NYT Best Seller, etc...)
the following seem to be big:
-Fellowships
-Peace Corps
-URM (this varies school to school regarding the different flavors)
-Published papers

Stuff that is so common that it probably won't help you as much as advertised:
-Volunteer work through your frat/sorority
-Basic WE (answering phones at a law firm, for example)
-Dean's list
-Cum Laude


Yup.

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Re: rank the most important extra factors
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2007, 02:02:05 PM »
Just curious:  can you show me where you found that Thomas/Clinton only scored a 163 equivalent, or tell me how you found this out?

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Re: rank the most important extra factors
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2007, 02:37:47 PM »
Just curious:  can you show me where you found that Thomas/Clinton only scored a 163 equivalent, or tell me how you found this out?

Republican party handbook. It's under the chapter labeled: "Why we're better than Minorities and Democrats"

It's a fascinating read, you should check it out some time. There's actually a few quotes in there about how Jim Brown was not actually a black man but an EXTREMELY tan white guy from the 'burbs.

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Re: rank the most important extra factors
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2007, 06:22:34 PM »
Just curious:  can you show me where you found that Thomas/Clinton only scored a 163 equivalent, or tell me how you found this out?

Republican party handbook. It's under the chapter labeled: "Why we're better than Minorities and Democrats"

It's a fascinating read, you should check it out some time. There's actually a few quotes in there about how Jim Brown was not actually a black man but an EXTREMELY tan white guy from the 'burbs.

I thought that was all just common knowledge.

Re: rank the most important extra factors
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2007, 06:48:04 AM »
can two years of AmeriCorps come close to comparing to Peace Corps?