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What are "softs" and how are they classified?

LSAT score and GPA are "hard" data. Softs refer to everything in your application that isn't "hard" data.

Softs are inherently unquantifiable. That's why they're called softs.

The tiers below are very rough guidelines for putting a number on something that really can't be quantified. Don't take the tiers too seriously when comparing yourself to other applicants on LSData. Holistically valuing softs is the admissions committee's job.

The soft tier system is copied from an old reddit post by /u/whistleridge.

@adcoms - is this information out of date? Email us at admissions@lsd.law and tell us how we can improve!

Soft tiers

Please do not consider under represented minority (URM) status when classifying your soft tier.

Tier 1 (extremely rare)

  • High decorations for valor (Congressional Medal of Honor, DSC/Navy Cross, Silver Star)
  • Rhodes Scholarship
  • Started multimillion-dollar company/innovative service that is household name
  • C-level executive in publicly traded/Fortune 500 company
  • Professional athlete/college athlete who was a lock for professional except for injury
  • Widely published author/heavily cited academic
  • Prior high expertise in field (surgeon who invented technique, etc.)

Tier 2 (rare)

  • Decorated military service (Purple Heart, Bronze Star)
  • Fulbright/other prestigious scholarship
  • NCAA athlete in standout position, e.g. household basketball name, led water polo team to 3 titles, etc.
  • Overcome extraordinary physical/mental handicap (ALS, blind & deaf, etc.)
  • High level (director, etc.) position in prior employment
  • Prior demonstrations of high expertise (patents, etc.)

Tier 3 (uncommon)

  • Commissioned military service
  • Prestigious undergraduate scholarships and/or research awards
  • NCAA athlete
  • Overcame extraordinary adversity (childhood poverty, physical/mental handicap, etc.)
  • Published academic
  • Peace Corps/Americorps/other public service
  • Prior employment in legal field or otherwise pertinent area (engineer for IP, etc.)
  • Disadvantaged status: LGBTQ+, first in family to attend college, single working parent, etc.

Tier 4 (common)

  • Any military service
  • Legal internships
  • Congressional internships
  • President/officer of clubs/frat/etc.
  • School newspaper/yearbook/etc.
  • Honors societies

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babybunny
15:56
i hope to be one of them
normalnebula
15:56
does anyone know abt vandy 😭
TwinPeacock
15:57
Bad bishes of NYU but don’t cash Me ousside lol
nebula its gonna be ok maybe go for a walk homie :)
KnowledgeableRitzyWasp
15:57
Vandy is full
15:57
ima bad bish of nyu
KnowledgeableRitzyWasp
15:57
Prob a very tiny A wave any day now and that’s it
15:58
based on asd all the girlies seem to be for the girlies
15:58
slay for me
babybunny
15:58
yeah girl it's nyc
babybunny
15:58
every hot girl is bi
15:58
okay but cls was straight af
KnowledgeableRitzyWasp
15:58
Boringgg
babybunny
15:58
oh that's cuz they're losers
15:58
columbia is just closeted
15:58
nyu had way hotter ppl
NYU is infamously a very bisexual institution
15:58
i had a convo with a friend of mine who was trying to describe the difference between nyu and cls this week
babybunny
15:58
facts
15:59
they said "columbia is rich. nyu is rich but gay"
KnowledgeableRitzyWasp
15:59
Lmao
15:59
i feel that speaks volumes
15:59
as someone who lives in the lower east side can confirm
babybunny
15:59
i want to live in bushwick and complain about my nonbinary roommate named sock who never does the dishes
George mason has the lowest female enrollment ive seen thus far lmaoooo surprise surprise
babybunny
15:59
lmao
socks all moved to asheville these days
babybunny
15:59
noooooo :(
16:00
@chag: v true
the mountains are calling and an enby with bad hygiene must answer
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