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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 12:49
I think it is not fair to compare LSAT w/ GMAT.
Apple to orange comparison.

Of course GMAT will be much easier for foreigners such as myself. Half of the score comes from QUANT section whereas LSAT does not test any quant skills.

I think it really depends on individuals.

If you ask this question to English major (someone other than Pelihu because he is not qualified for he got into MIT... which means that he has plenty of quant skills), they will say that LSAT is more approachable than the GMAT. If you ask this question to engineering/Finance background, the answer will be GMAT.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 17:23
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Imagine if Pelihu or Rustmonster went for a joint MD/MBA? With a JD already under their belts, they'd be vying for the "King of the Universe" spot.


If I told my wife I was thinking of getting an MD after business school, I'd probably be a bachelor again real soon. :D My (now) former law partner was a neurosurgeon before going to law school, so he obviously has an MD and a JD. He's just two years away from the Trifecta!

More on point, he says law school was much harder than med school. To him, med school was just power memorization, whereas law school was more intellectually challenging. Ive got friends who describe law school as "intellectual boot camp" - there's truth there. He also commented on the MCAT v. the LSAT, arguing the LSAT was intellectually more challenging but the MCAT was harder to prepare for because it tests acquired knowledge. In that vein it shares something in common with the bar exam and medical boards. That is, of course, just one opinion.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 20:43
pelihu wrote:
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Think of it this way, if the GMAT were as important as the LSAT or MCAT, you'd need to score 740+ to be competitive at top 15 schools. Of course, that's not the case; it's nice to score 740+, but 700 should definitely make you competitive at almost any school for that aspect at least. The rest of your application matters more. The lower percentile requirement means that competition is less intense overall - there's not doubt that many people capable of higher score focus on other things once they reach ~700. There are fewer people, when compared to the LSAT and MCAT, that work to squeeze every last point out of the GMAT.


I have no quarrel with your analysis. I think though that in factoring the importance (not difficulty) of the LSAT to admissions one has to consider the difference in applicant populations. A much higher percentage of GMAT takers are likely have significant work experience. So "the rest of your application matters more" is likely to be true not only due the relative difficulty of the exam but also because the applicant pool is likely to have significant (and relevant) experience. I suspect also that the academic environment is different. Something debated here (and elsewhere) is the relative merit of classwork vis-s-vis networking events etc. Is there a parallel topic in law school?
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