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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@adcoms - is this information out of date?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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lotionmultinationalcorporation
23:10
i overcame my hardship and i want to move on
LuxuriantAbjectWalrus
23:10
Valid
Bookworm181
23:11
lollll
Bookworm181
23:11
but full tuition at NYU is also nice
lotionmultinationalcorporation
23:11
yeah i just couldn't do it
Bookworm181
23:11
that's fair
lotionmultinationalcorporation
23:11
i put so much into the rest of my app
lotionmultinationalcorporation
23:12
and i watched the video about it and got bad vibes
lotionmultinationalcorporation
23:12
so i couldn't force it
lotionmultinationalcorporation
23:13
i also wondered what would happen with the essay, who all would see it and know the most private details about my life
lotionmultinationalcorporation
23:13
there was not a lot of information about what they do with it other than they share it with the committee
AbsorbingDarkSatyr
23:14
anyway, sorry for complaining guys. just came as kind of a shock and I was hoping from an A from a safety (which are increasingly looking like the schools I'm going to be forced to choose from) so I could at least have a decision to make
AbsorbingDarkSatyr
23:14
good night
lotionmultinationalcorporation
23:14
don't be sorry! good night!
LuxuriantAbjectWalrus
23:14
It's okay the process can definitely bring out the doomer in anyone. Good luck
PremiumHuskyOstrich
23:27
is there any way to see average incomes of graduates years after graduation?
PremiumHuskyOstrich
23:27
The NALP only shows after the first year
why did UCI waitlist me, i feel so offended
i wasn't going to go there anyway, but still i thought you would've accepted me still you know
Well, they probably guessed you weren't going to go there and protected their yield!
so what's your take on this whole AI situation, VengefulDazzlingPegasus? Do you think it will change the demand for lawyers?
Oh, what do I know? Not really, if I had to guess. Not for good lawyers, anyhow. But, who knows as it progresses.
haha yeah
congrats on columbia btw
Guys, any idea on Cornell "review is complete" without ever having been interviewed??
I know that with interview is definite A. But would it be WL/R without interview?
want2belawyer
0:48
was there a berk wave today
1:09
no