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Issues with graduating in 3 years

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  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,166 Senior Member
    I see no reason why the OP should not go straight to law school. Apparently, it is beneficial to have some work experience before pursuing an MBA...

    Sure, academically, one could just power on. But the point is to make professional school just a little more meaningful (and make the OP a little more employable). The reason the MBA programs prefer real world experience is the same reason that ALL professional schools do -- it just makes for a better class.

  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,055 Senior Member
    The issue will be that without meaningful, personal interaction with professors you won't have meaningful, personal letters of recommendation. Without research/professional/international experience of any kind, your profile will be limited to going to college. While the primary factors are LSAT+GPA, having nothing else is unlikely to result in a positive outcome.
    So your mission in the next couple weeks is to find things to do outside of class (volunteering, carwer center) and to get close to professors (choose ANY history class that is 24 or fewer students and has a good score on RMP.)
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 20,705 Super Moderator
    No, it does not necessarily mean experience in the legal industry. However legal experience ican help solidify whether or not you want to work in the legal industry
  • BurgerMan1BurgerMan1 Registered User Posts: 328 Member
    @MYOS1634 Purdue is starting a new program at Purdue for freshman in STEM to do some "reading in liberal arts" class in-place of the required English and Communications class, so a lot of the best History faculty now only teach intro courses+"reading in liberal arts for STEM students".
  • Jamrock411Jamrock411 Registered User Posts: 440 Member
    A young lady I know completed high school with an AA degree (dual enrollment) and completed her undergraduate degree at University of Miami in two years and immediately enrolled at UPenn Law School. She completed her law degree at age 23 and was hired by a very prestigious Law firm, making in excess of $150K/yr. The opportunity cost here is over $300K!

    I don't see any disadvantages with finishing your undergraduate degree in 3-years, while getting a jump start at paying down the expected large law school debt.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,166 Senior Member
    The opportunity cost here is over $300K!

    Indeed it could be, but not for the reason that you think. Taking a gap year and scoring a few extra points on the LSAT can result in big tax free merit money at 11 of the T14. (HYS only offer need-based aid.)
  • SculptorDadSculptorDad Registered User Posts: 1,734 Senior Member
    My relative told me that some prestigious law firms will even prefer a younger or even extremely younger female law graduates as they can burn 80 hours weeks longer before they get married and ask for work-life balance. What do you think?
  • Demosthenes49Demosthenes49 Registered User Posts: 1,476 Senior Member
    @SculptorDad: Totally ridiculous. The hiring statistics I've seen show the usual bias in favor of men, plus a bias in favor of previous work experience. I've never seen anything to suggest that young women have an edge.
  • SculptorDadSculptorDad Registered User Posts: 1,734 Senior Member
    edited September 13
    @Demosthenes49 ,

    I meant among women who just got law degree, unusually young ones - early college graduation, etc - can be preferred by some big law firms or at least the unusually young age won't be a too big problem finding her first job. And that's just what I heard. I have no idea if that's realistic.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,055 Senior Member
    I don't think @BurgerMan1 is a young woman though?

    How is it going Burgerman?
  • Demosthenes49Demosthenes49 Registered User Posts: 1,476 Senior Member
    @SculptorDad: Right, and I'm saying whoever told you that was wrong. Or, at least, that there's no evidence for such a belief in any of the hiring statistics I've seen about big firm recruiting. There are far more students than there are jobs available at big firms. (There are literally twice as many students as law jobs in the market, and only 10% of those jobs are at major law firms.) Big firms can be--and are--selective. Even firms based on high attrition models select for those they think will put out the best work product during that time. For various reasons, younger women do not fit that description.
  • SculptorDadSculptorDad Registered User Posts: 1,734 Senior Member
    edited September 13
    @MYOS1634 , @Demosthenes49

    In hindsight, I guess my point was addressing if @BurgerMan1's finishing college in 3 years wouldn't be detrimental in getting a job, provided that he would be going to the same law school.

    Personally it was from my brother-in-law's warning that my own dd won't be able to get a job at a big law if she graduate too early, even if she would want it then. And his daughter, working at a big law, immediately disputing that with the above reasons.

    She, my niece, said that dd shouldn't major useless visual art, but studying art or graduating early wouldn't hurt law school admission or being hired by a big law, provided that she will have same law degree and interview skills.
  • BurgerMan1BurgerMan1 Registered User Posts: 328 Member
    @MYOS1634 no major updates. I am not so sure I will get into a T14 Law school. Guidance here at Purdue isn't very good in this aspect.

    to confirm, I am not a woman
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