Can anyone comment on or point me to discussions about to what extent, if any, graduate degrees affect law school apps? Does having an MA or a PhD in a related field significantly improve an application (assuming degrees are from reputable, private, research unis)? Or could it be a primary factor that nudges one toward or away from otherwise statistically equal (gpa, LSAT) applicants?
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It depends. If the advanced degree helps paint a solid picture of why law school makes sense, then yes, an advanced degree will help on the margins. If you have an advance degree in Classics or English Lit or something, it might cast a little doubt about your commitment to the profession (Why is this person thinking about law after spending 4+ years studying 18th Century literature? Is law a back up?).
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