Can taking certain courses HURT your chances?

<p>Hypothetical situation:</p>

<p>You are a rising college senior. You have a 4.0 gpa (I know that's not reasonable, but for our purposes, just go with it) and stellar LSAT scores. You majored in Poli Sci, but also took courses in English, Economics, Sociology, Environmental Science, and many other areas. </p>

<p>You took an extra class per semester (5 as opposed to the typical 4 that kids at your school usually take). But here's the catch: that extra course was always a "fun" one: i.e. Drawing, Photography, Acting, etc. Would that hurt your chances at admission to a top law school? Would they read it as, "oh, she could have used that class time to study something more relevant," or would they see no issue with it?</p>

<p>I'd really appreciate any opinions, related experiences, etc. Thanks!</p>

<p>Nope. Law schools care about GPA and LSAT, not class selection.</p>

<p>Trust me, they aren’t going to look at your transcript that carefully. Law schools do not care about a particular course or two; to the small extent that they care about your course load, it is on the very extreme ends, e.g. either six courses per semester in advanced theoretical physics, or three and a half courses per semester in underwater basket weaving. </p>

<p>I’m not exaggerating for effect; it really does have to be that extreme for a law school admissions department to care. Unless your courses were so advanced that they think you’re the next Eugene Volokh, or so simplistic and at so light a rate that they think you cannot handle law school and the bar exam, they will not care.</p>

<p>I agree with the two posters above. Get your GPA and LSAT as high as possible; that’s the name of the game. Good luck!</p>