How much does undergrad prestige matter to grad/law school?!?!

<p>I'm an Ontario (Canada) high school student. I applied to a few lower ivies and haven't heard back yet. I did get accepted into NYU. If I do end up getting rejected from the ivies, the choice will be between NYU (arts and science) and Mcgill (arts and science) (Montreal, Canada). In terms of the area I'm interested in studying, I'm not even that sure... maybe poli sci or sociology. Either way, I'm seriously considering law school in the United States after ugrad. </p>

<p>Now I'm just curious how much does prestige matter in the American graduate school/law school admissions process? McGill is pretty much the most prestigious university in Canada so I'm kind of torn.</p>

<p>If anyone has anything to offer on the subject it would be great. Thanks!</p>

<p>i think prestige plays a big factor in graduate school admissions, especially if you get good grades at that prestigious school. A 3.8 from McGill is not the same as a 3.8 from a lower ranked school.</p>

<p>Thanks for the quick reply. I also forgot to mention that according to speculation, McGill deflates much much more than American schools... so I would possibly get a lower GPA at McGill.</p>

<p>Look at admission for top top grad school like Yale, Harvard Law. You make your own judgment. Either:
1. Students who made into top undergraduate are naturally more "successful" when it comes to graduate school application.
2. Heavy reliance on undergraduate prestige for graduate admission.
Seriously, I don't really know. (Someone probably has the data if you can't find it)</p>

<p>GPA and test scores matters more than prestige in professional school admissions (law, med). </p>

<p>In my grad school (Columbia), I've met students from some of the best undergrad schools in the country as well as some third tier schools. Prestige is definitely not one of the most important factors in admissions.</p>

<p>I know that law school in particular is extremely objective and numbers oriented. If you get a 3.9 GPA and a 170 on your LSAT where the median grades are a 3.6 GPA and a 163, you are pretty much in.</p>

<p>*These are just fairly rough estimates of what a law school would want, not neccessarily what a tier 1 would want, for that info, go to their website.</p>

<p>thanks for your input</p>