Jim Hoyl Posted December 23, 2010 Share Posted December 23, 2010 (edited) Hi all, I am a current Political Science major at a top 20 USNWR institution with a 3.95 cumulative GPA and a 4.0 degree GPA who has applied for and been accepted to a number of law schools for the 2011 admissions cycle. Long story short, the more I've researched about the prospect of taking on 150K of law school debt and competing tooth and nail for biglaw jobs which require upwards of 80 hours/week, the more I've become turned off by the law school route and enticed by the PhD route. I realize that having geared the majority of my UG career towards law school admissions, I will have to start slow and work my way back towards compiling a good PhD application. At this point, I'm afraid that I don't have that much to offer PhD adcomms in terms of "softs." What I do have is a pretty good honors thesis which I wrote last year, a few part time jobs/internships, a couple of paper presentations, and a relatively interesting personal background. As I've begun to research the PhD admissions process within the past 2 days, I've come across a couple of specific questions which I would appreciate further input on (please feel free to pick and choose whichever question you feel like answering): 1) How would you compare the GRE to the LSAT in terms of difficulty and weight in admissions? 2) What advantage, if any, would doing a Masters prior to a PhD offer? 3) Is there a specific site where I can find admission statistics for top 10 PhD Political Science PhD programs? 4) How common is it for PhD students to transfer? 5) How large of a role does the prestige of your PhD program play in your future career prospects? Edited December 23, 2010 by Jim Hoyl Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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