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Military Admissions Bump?

MattDegz14MattDegz14 Alum Member

Question is the title. Basically, how big of an advantage is being in the military when applying to law school? Is it viewed favorably? Currently on active duty in the US Army.

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  • Matt SorrMatt Sorr Monthly Member
    edited August 2022 1804 karma

    Being in the military is viewed very favorably by law schools. It is one of the stronger "soft factors" (meaning a factor in law school admissions that isn't something quantifiable, like your LSAT score and GPA). Schools love to boast the amount of active duty people and veterans in their incoming class. I think it's mainly because military members are viewed as well-trained, hard working, mature, resourceful, cultured, etc. Also, more altruistically, I think law schools just generally like to support the troops. With this being said, it's difficult to quantify exactly how much of a "bump" you receive from active duty status, just like it's hard to quantify any other soft factor. It surely helps, and being active duty beats out most other softs on the margins, but your LSAT and GPA are still king.

    Remember, though, LSAT and GPA are nearly always more important than soft factors (maybe unless you have a Medal of Honor or something else extremely rare), so all you can do is maximize your soft factor "desirability." Military service goes a long way towards doing that. I by no means intend to reduce military service to a simple factor, because it's obviously much more than that, but in terms of law school admissions stats that's how it's viewed.

  • Selene SteelmanSelene Steelman Member Admissions Consultant
    1992 karma

    Hi @MattDegz14. Former admissions officer here. I agree with the response from @"Matt Sorr". In general, admissions committees are extremely interested in candidates with military service. How much buoyancy a candidate's application gets from past military service could depend on the nature of the service and how significant their service is to their application narrative. The committee must still consider GPA and LSAT, but prior service could be a very strong distinguishing factor for an applicant. Good luck!

  • samhsmith1998samhsmith1998 Member
    3 karma

    @"Selene Steelman" said:
    Hi @MattDegz14. Former admissions officer here. I agree with the response from @"Matt Sorr". In general, admissions committees are extremely interested in candidates with military service. How much buoyancy a candidate's application gets from past military service could depend on the nature of the service and how significant their service is to their application narrative. The committee must still consider GPA and LSAT, but prior service could be a very strong distinguishing factor for an applicant. Good luck!

    Did you have any experience with FLEP, and how it may impact admissions?

  • Selene SteelmanSelene Steelman Member Admissions Consultant
    1992 karma

    Hi @samhsmith1998. The FLEP is a separate process from the application review process for law school admissions. The admissions committee will review the applicant and consider their service history as part of the holistic review process, but funding matters do not generally affect the committee's final admissions decision.

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