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boredwlifeboredwlife Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited November 2012 in Law School
Currently I'm a sophomore in college, my extracurriculars are:
- Manager at my on-campus job (I hire students, manage up to 10 at a time per shift)
- On the student judicial council.

Over last summer I worked for a major test prep company prepping classes of high school students for the SAT.

Next spring I'm going to be interning at the DA's office.

I feel like I'm not doing enough in terms of extracurriculars, and honestly feel somewhat bored.

Question: Am I doing enough (in terms of what law schools look for)?
Post edited by boredwlife on

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  • EMM1EMM1 Registered User Posts: 2,583 Senior Member
    Ok, one more time. Law schools in general couldn't care less about extracurriculars.
  • boredwlifeboredwlife Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I doubt they don't care at all. I want to be well rounded. Any other thoughts?
  • zoosermomzoosermom Registered User Posts: 25,968 Senior Member
    Law schools don't care about extracurriculars. They care about LSATs, GPAs and demographics. By the time you are ready to apply to law school you need to get informed.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,405 Senior Member
    Law schools do care about EC's when they are national or world class: Rhodes and Fullbright Scholars, Olympic Champions, published authors (on Amazon), TFA, and the like.

    Of course, one still needs to have a high gap+lsat.
  • sallyawpsallyawp Registered User Posts: 2,059 Senior Member
    Law schools may not "care" about ECs as a major tipping factor in the law school admissions process, but it has been my experience over many years (including my time in law school) that the vast majority of law students who have been successful in law school and who are most desired by law firms when it comes time to make hiring decisions do, in fact, have "ECs".

    These ECs may take the form of past work experience, leading initiatives to get rules changed or created, community involvement in one form or another, clubs/organizations (often in leadership positions), playing on sports teams (school or recreationally), running marathons (or shorter distances)/doing triathlons, caring for ill family members with real responsibility for their needs, participating in election campaigns, etc. Military service is also highly prized. The list goes on and on. Any involvement in that shows dedication, hard work, an ability to see things through tough times and an ability to reach goals is highly prized. It doesn't have to go so far as to have won a Pulitzer Prize or the Medal of Honor for employers to take notice.

    My response to students that I counsel when asked to help them "find" ECs is that they should participate in ECs that are meaningful to them and in which they will have the opportunity to develop their leadership, planning and teamwork skills. Law schools may not give you a lot of credit for participating in ECs, but they do generally notice when you have not participated at all. Employers will value the skills you have demonstrated through your ECs, particularly if you have not taken time off between undergrad and law school to work.
  • zoosermomzoosermom Registered User Posts: 25,968 Senior Member
    Sally, I've hired for Big Law for more than 20 years. I wouldn't say that extracurriculars are particularly prized in the sense that the OP discussed. What I will say is that true accomplishment is valued very highly, and that isn't the same thing as joining a club at school.
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