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Hello friends.  I got into all the schools i listed above and have now withdrawn from most.  I'm deciding between: Rutgers-N and Penn State.  I've yet to hear from some of my reach schools but if i get into any of those (temple, hastings, illinois), i'll be going there.   

Anyone know whether PSU places better in philly than Rutgers?

Hey LSD'ers

I'm planning on visiting Rutgers-N, Temple, and Penn State next week.  My first stop will be at Rutgers Newark and will need to spend a night there.  I was wondering if anyone can tell me where I could find a safe hotel in New Jersey close to the school for Newark and if you personally stayed there maybe you could share the rates? 

My next stop will be in Philly for Temple, and I'll be spending a night there.  Can anyone recommend a hotel in a good neighbourhood in Philly?  I'll be spending the evening in the city, so if anyone can give me some recommendations for fun things to do in Philly it would be much apprciated.  I'm really hoping to fall in love with the city because I think Temple's a fantastic school (I'm pretty much surrendered to the fact that Newark won't blow me away so I'm hoping something about the school will jump out)

Then it's a brief stop in Penn State and then straight back home across the border. 

If you have any recommendations, please respond!

Law School Admissions / Re: Withdrew TODAY !!
« on: April 03, 2008, 04:02:32 PM »
Withdrew from:

Brooklyn Law
Florida Coastal

I can't speak for American since I didn't apply there but for those of us that are minorities, I was very impressed by Rutgers-N's diverse student body.  As a Canadian I've heard many horror stories about racial discrimination in the states and that really worried me.  However visiting Rutgers really made me feel comfortable with that situation. 

Hey man,

LHL is right.  When it comes to tier 3 schools they are very regional.  So you want to go to the law school thats in the area where you can see yourself living and working.  Once you figure that out, your choice should be clear.

I don't know what kind of law that you want to get into but it seems most people on this forum want to get into biglaw.  The truth is that cracking biglaw is basically not a possibility coming straight out of law school from a tier 3 (unless you're in top 2 or 3% + law review).  but if you work hard in whatever firm you get a job at, biglaw could be lurking around somewhere down the line.

If you want to get into public interest law, you should generally go to the place where you'll rack up less debt because public interest really doesn't pay that well and you don't want to be handcuffed by a large debt load. 

I did a little looking around for you and it seems like job prospects from both schools are okay.  You'll probably need to be around third of your class but have faith in yourself and you'll be able to do it.

Any other acceptances?  Have you applied to any tier 2's?

I think one thing to consider when looking at how there are greater numbers of nova and temple grads in philly placements is the fact that dickinson only finished completely merging with penn state in the mid 2000s.  that doesn't give a lot of time for penn state law grads to find a lot of placement whereas nova and temple have b een around much much longer.

I realize dickinson has been around the longest in PA, but until it merged with penn state it hasn't really been doing well (since USNews came out).  So give it some time and I think Penn State grads will be finding their situation more than a little appealing.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Seton Hall vs. Rutgers - Newark
« on: March 30, 2008, 08:13:08 PM »
At the ASD at Rutgers I spoke with a few people who were admitted to both Seton Hall and Rutgers (me included) and they had all decided to go to Rutgers over Seton Hall. One of the main reasons I chose Rutgers is the cost of in state tuition but you were offered a scholarship at Seton Hall so you’re in a different situation. I have also heard from various people that Rutgers has a better reputation then Seton Hall but of course this is just opinions. Rutgers is also on a college campus while Seton Hall is 5 floors of an office building so it is a very different environment. What type of law are you interested in?

I would like to get into corporate law.  As it stands right now, my dream job would be to land a job as an in house consultant at a large company.  I realize they don't usually hire directly from law school but it's where I'd like to end up.  Realistically I'd be aiming for a midsize firm straight out of law schoool (50+ lawyers).  If i land biglaw, great.  but in case I don't, i just don't want to be jobless and in crazy debt

That's another reason why I'm considering goin to Penn State.  Their law program is new but their business program is very strong and so there would be a lot of connections there.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Seton Hall vs. Rutgers - Newark
« on: March 30, 2008, 08:10:09 PM »
Hey everyone,

I was wondering if y'all could comment on this for me.

I've been offered 20,000 a year renewable (based on a continued 3.2 gpa) at Seton Hall law school which has jumped in the new ratings this year to 66.

I've been offered no money at Rutgers Newark but have heard from many different people that rutgers students place better than seton hall students.  Is there any merit to this claim?

Which would you go to if you were given the above choices?

If you're instate in NJ, the decision seems easy to me.  These schools have very different atmospheres, though.  Have you visited each?  Also 3.2 seems a very high LS GPA, unless SH has serious grade inflation like many of the T14s.

Nope, I'm not an instate resident.  I'll actually be coming to law school in the states from sunny canada.  lol.

Penn State is also an option.  One that I'm seriously considering knowing that they're only bound to go up in the rankings.

How does Penn state place in the tri-state area?
Does it place well in NJ and NYC?

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