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Med School after Law school

applicantmum77applicantmum77 Posts: 302Registered User Member
edited December 2012 in Multiple Degree Programs
Will applying to Med School after graduating from Law School help or hinder the chance of admission to Med School?
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  • bruno14bruno14 Posts: 1,675Registered User Senior Member
    I would expect that it'd bring up the question of why you're applying to med school after getting a law degree! If you have a legitimate reason such as a wish to combine the two disciplines, then it's probably not going to help or hinder your chance of acceptance. However, I would expect that it'd hurt you if your reasoning was that you went through all of law school and now have changed your mind; med schools often like to see students who are more focused, though there are always "non-traditional" med students.
  • neoevolutionneoevolution Posts: 374Registered User Member
    Especially if you apply to med school immediately after law school, you'll likely have to offer an explanation of how you will combine the skillsets or else you might be seen as indecisive. If you apply after working as a lawyer for a few years, you could offer different reasons for a career change (business/law -> medicine seems to be common among non-trads). Even people who do a BSN have to deal with questioning about applying to medical school after getting nursing training.
  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Posts: 13,782Registered User Senior Member
    D. has few of these in her Med. School class. Do not know if they had easier time getting in or they needed to explain anything, they are in, that's the only knowledge I have. Certainly, very long way to Med. School. There are various questionning in regard to any of your life experiences during Med. School interviews. As long as you know why are you doing what you are doing there is no problem, just do not take anything personally. Sometime you will be tested to see how you behave under a bit more pressure. Remember, interview is a personality test, everything else has been determined at this point from your application, stats, LORs, they want to see a person.
  • applicantmum77applicantmum77 Posts: 302Registered User Member
    Thank you for your responses. I asked for your help on this one for a friend of the family. I knew you would all have good info.
    The student in question was a Bio undergrad major and by junior year hated science classes. He applied to law school because he did not know what else to do. He hates law school but will graduate in May. Now he is applying to Med school. By the way, this student finished high school in 3 years and did undergrad in 3 years too. (full ride to both)
    I don't know how you get through Med school if you don't like labs!!! Do they still do human cadevars?
  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Posts: 13,782Registered User Senior Member
    ^My great concern for this person would be his hate for science classes in UG. If in UG, they at least had a mixture of science and non-science, there is no such thing in med. school. It is all science and much much harder than it was in UG, even for those who never hated science and who got all As in UG science classes and actually love and are very interested in academics at Med. School, it is the most challenging academic experience that they ever had.
    Yes, absolutely they do human cadavers, how else one can learn? And many enjoy this part whole tons, they are future docs after all.
    If do not like it, do not do it. If one think that the most difficult part is to get into Med. School, here is a comment from my D., who routely interview applicants: "poor things, they do not know what is waiting for them", and this is coming from the person who is absolutely passionate about all this learning, anatomy lab, everything, she just cannot see herself in any different proffession.
  • applicantmum77applicantmum77 Posts: 302Registered User Member
    That is exactly what I was thinking. He received his first two rejections to med school. This kid has never received a rejection from anything before.
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