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Oh, how I wish that were actually true...

I mean honestly, even with $25,000/year from Seton Hall, you're spending more there than you are on Rutgers.  And again, there are a lot of SHU Law alums who hate the school, I'm not sure the same can be said for Rutgers.  It might be because the schools instill different expectations on students in terms of job prospects, but I don't even think the schools are identical, but I really don't know if it makes a difference reputation-wise.  If you lose your scholarship at SHU, you're going to pay $45,000 a year.  If you lose the scholarship at Rutgers, you pay $25,000 a year.  It's a lower risk, and all things being equal, I'd take the lower risk.

I say go to Rutgers.  Are you comfortable attended Seton Hall if you lose the scholarship?  Because I wasn't when I considered going there.  Also, there is no shortage of bloggers out there who will trash Seton Hall in a second.  I know it's the Internet, but I found it unnerving to see so many people completely HATING on Seton Hall.  I don't know what the deal is with the rankings drop for Rutgers, so I don't know if that's something to be concerned about, but I think it's worth sucking up its worse location from Newark Penn.  I didn't end up at Rutgers, and I often regret that decision (I love my school, but fiscally, I might have made the wrong decision). 

Anyway, maybe try TLS for a response to this since no one uses this board anymore, but ask around to see if anyone knows what the deal is with the rankings jump.  Rankings are pretty arbitrary down the list and schools pull a lot of tricks to cook the numbers.  Seton Hall might have more grads employed at graduation, but many clerk for traffic court judges.  I'm not kidding.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Law School/Grades
« on: March 28, 2011, 07:33:46 AM »
I'd also like to add that if you're an engineering major, schools tend to recognize that as a harder major with lower average GPAs than some humanities majors.  It won't weigh so heavily in your favor that it will get you into a T14 school, but I think if you have a low GPA with an engineering degree combined with a high LSAT, you have good odds at many schools.  Also, if you're considering intellectual property, you certainly have a great background to work in patents, so if that's something you might be interested in, I strongly discourage you from changing your major.  Of course, if anyone on this forum is an engineering major in law school, they can probably provide better insight than I can.

My school went up (yay!), and both Rutgers schools really fell hard.  I guess I'm sort of glad I didn't end up going, even though I think when you get as low as I am it makes little difference anyway.  Villanova took a major tumble.  I guess admitting that you were lying about your USNWR numbers for a few years will do that to you.  I'm amazed by Indiana's jump.  Is it really that great a school?  I see how they lure in excellent candidates, but I'm still not convinced.

I hope everyone is having a good semester and enjoying the increasingly nice weather!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop, macbook, or ipad?
« on: January 29, 2011, 01:03:02 PM »
I'm a mac user, and my exam software only works on Windows.  Boot Camp lets you run either Windows or Mac OS, but it seems like people who installed windows on their computers had major issues.  I have access to a spare PC, which I use when taking exams.  There are rumors that next year the exam software at my school will work on Macs, which is why I haven't run out to buy a PC.

I would recommend waiting until you choose a school, and then seeing what your law school uses for exams before making a purchase.  If you're looking to exchange, I guess you might have a time barrier to consider, but this is probably the safest option.  I am still highly loyal to my Mac, but I know how to use windows.  I do not see how my personal preference will have any bearing on my legal career.  Most people in  my section use Macs.  I just wanted to let you know that I have encountered barriers. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: GD MrZilla Foxtrot Locked Me Out
« on: December 14, 2010, 05:14:30 PM »
I'm so sorry, MBW.  That's terrible news, I hope you and your classmates are doing alright.  I'm also sorry to hear about your brother, VB.  I'm glad he's doing well.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: GD MrZilla Foxtrot Locked Me Out
« on: December 13, 2010, 07:15:40 PM »
Glad you're doing better, Blue.  I'm really sorry that all of that stuff went down last week, but it's a good testament to your resilience that you made it through! 

I now have 48 hours to learn a full semester of crim law...

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: GD MrZilla Foxtrot Locked Me Out
« on: December 09, 2010, 11:25:29 AM »
...people really need to cool it.

Good luck with that idea.  It's an over a century old tradition for law students to freak out and stress out to the max during finals that isn't going to change or go away.  I'm glad facebook and all the other tech social networking stuff didn't exist when I went to LS.  We just had email and basic web access via dial up modems and didn't even have google!  For the rumor mill we had to rely on in person and telephone communication.

How did your first final go Ms. Lemon?

Yeah, I don't really expect people to stop freaking out.  I was pretty intolerable leading up to the first final.  It's really just the constant Facebook statusing.  My favorites are the gunners who claim to quit Facebook during finals.  They announce these intentions on Facebook, and I've caught a few of them on there in spite of their apparent decision to quit it.  I like Facebook because I think it's a nice outlet, and in spite of what these people might think, you cannot study 24/7.

I have no idea how the final went.  It really felt so-so.  When I first hit submit I was convinced I failed, I'm still pretty sure I seriously dropped the ball on one of the questions.  But other people apparently struggled with the question as well, so I guess that's good.  I woke up this morning, convinced that I didn't do enough to prepare and that I failed.  I guess we'll see.  Apparently one of my professors did really badly his first semester, and still managed to graduate cum laude, so I am comforting myself with that fact :)

Now I'm battling a gross cold and chronic fatigue, and I still have tons of work to do to prep for the  next two finals.  But I'm gonna make it.

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