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@adcoms - is this information out of date?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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WaitlistedLawDog
11:20
LMAO
WaitlistedLawDog
11:20
NDLS admitted someone today that duke admitted months and months ago
WaitlistedLawDog
11:20
Like they’re not leaving duke to go there
TheNeuroticSimsTrait
11:24
I need closure one way or the other
CLemiecLuW
11:24
Exactly
turkeysandwich
11:25
has anyone received uga feelers or any info
CLemiecLuW
11:25
Unfortunately, I haven't heard anything about uga at all
CLemiecLuW
11:26
I am constantly refreshing the ND status checker XD
UntidyWearyGiraffe
11:26
i got a uga waitlist update email a few days ago
turkeysandwich
11:26
apparently some people got an email asking about interest
turkeysandwich
11:27
what was the gist of it
UntidyWearyGiraffe
11:27
we had to reply to remain on the wl
UntidyWearyGiraffe
11:27
its the priority wl though so it may be different depending on what tier you're at?
turkeysandwich
11:27
yeah im on the normal WL
turkeysandwich
11:28
ok thank u was just curiosu
UntidyWearyGiraffe
11:28
ofc! good luck!!
TheNeuroticSimsTrait
11:28
did anyone get that email from Minnesota last week?
11:29
Did everyone get the UMich WL update email?
It's great that ND showed some movement today
11:31
anyone get an email from northeastern?
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11:32
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ThisIsTheEnd
11:41
i wish gmu would break my heart alreafy
forgot the gym shoes at home today too its rough
Wow! Finally ND people are getting some relief! Nice to see those 3 As :-)