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Getting Into Law School: Experience Trumps a High GPA

Law School InternshipHere’s a fact that not very many people know: Law schools love to recruit and admit “average” students. 

Well, maybe not every average student–not your run-of-the-mill student with the 2.5 undergrad GPA. They love students who come to them with interesting life experiences. 

It’s true: Even if your undergraduate grade point average is less than superb, you can still get into the law school of your choice–and maybe even earn a scholarship. 

Here’s why:

Diversity matters

Diversity is a good thing for law schools. Not only does racial diversity factor into the all-important U.S. News rankings, but diversity in its truest sense–diversity of political philosophies, religious beliefs, sexual orientation–is becoming increasingly important to donors. 

The more diverse a law school’s student body, the more opportunities the law school will have to engage alumni and potential donors. Therefore, law schools look for students who add to the overall diversity of their student bodies. 

The law doesn’t care about GPAs

The law affects everyone, regardless of their race, income and ability to get good grades. That’s why law schools look for students who have interesting life-experiences.

Students who have traveled abroad, volunteered extensively and worked interesting jobs bring unique perspectives to classroom discussions. They show that the application of the law in the “real world” is relative, depending on a person’s life experiences.

They also generally have a drive to succeed that means they’ll do whatever it takes to get through law school–and thrive in law school.

“Indicators” are not fool-proof

Most people think that a stellar GPA combined with an outstanding LSAT score and a few impressive letters of recommendation are proof that a student can thrive in law school. 

They’re good indicators, but they’re not fool-proof. 

Law school admissions representatives know that there are other, less traditional indicators of success that matter every bit as much. If a person can overcome personal challenges such as poverty, disability or abuse, they can also likely thrive in law school. If a person has taken the initiative to volunteer in meaningful ways, it means they can do well in law school.

Experience matters.


About the Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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