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I don't think that the graduate degree will make much difference as far as improving your chances. I think that your ticket into a good Law School is the LSAT.

My undergrad GPA is lower that yours, much lower :( My LSAT was 170 and so far I've been accepted into T1, T2, T3 and T4 schools, several with a full ride (Including a T1), but I still haven't decided on a school.

I felt just like you do because of my low GPA, but it is definitely doable.

I recommend that you spread your applications.

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Thanks for the help!

I should have specified that the financial picture does matter to me, a lot. I am debt-averse, not car loan, no credit cards, not even a contract cell phone.    :)

I already have about $25K in undergrad loans (Unavoidable), and although I haven't decided if I want biglaw, a $180K debt will
pretty much force me to look for a high-paying job, whether I like it or not.

Illinois seems to do fairly well with large firms in Chicago.

In the end I'm basically rolling the dice.

Thanks again and good luck for those who are still deciding!!


You never addressed the question of conditions on the scholarship.  Is it guaranteed or do you need to maintain a certain average?

It only states that as long as I remain in good academic standing. It does not specify a minimum GPA or top percentage of the class, so it does not seem to have many strings attached.

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Thanks for the help!

I should have specified that the financial picture does matter to me, a lot. I am debt-averse, not car loan, no credit cards, not even a contract cell phone.    :)

I already have about $25K in undergrad loans (Unavoidable), and although I haven't decided if I want biglaw, a $180K debt will
pretty much force me to look for a high-paying job, whether I like it or not.

Illinois seems to do fairly well with large firms in Chicago.

In the end I'm basically rolling the dice.

Thanks again and good luck for those who are still deciding!!

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One other thing to keep in mind--according to the Princeton Review, Cornell Law students spend more hours per day studying than at any other school.

I'm guessing that Cornell Law students also spend more hours per day snowed-in than at any other school.  ;)

Uh, not this year.  We've had two snowfalls of over 3" (yes, mere inches) and the rest of the winter thus far has consisted of cold and flurries.

OP, if you're interested in PI, check out the LRAP of both schools - Cornell's is pretty good, but I don't know anything of UIUC's.

I had to initially chose between Cornell w/ no $$ and Minn w/ $$ last year - and chose Minn.  Fortunately, it was discovered that my scholly award from Cornell had been lost in the mail, and I picked up and moved from Minneapolis to Ithaca.  I'd much prefer Cornell was located in the lovely city of Minneapolis, but am very glad I chose Cornell.  I now think my previous decision of choosing Minn just for the cash was a mistake - I should have gone to Cornell anyway.

Thanks for your help!

What made you feel that choosing $$ and Minn over Cornell was a mistake? What was so different that made you think that?

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Hi,

Which would you pick? Cornell with no $$ or University of Illinois Champaign with a full scholarship?

The difference in rank (USNWR)is only 10 spots, does rank trump every other considerantion?

I've heard the mantra of choosing a T14 over anything else many times.

Which would you pick and why?

Thanks  :)



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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: University of Illinois at Urbana
« on: February 08, 2010, 11:10:56 PM »
I'm from California, so I'd like to keep the option of returning to CA open

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / University of Illinois at Urbana
« on: February 08, 2010, 03:09:11 PM »
Hello everyone,

Any help really appreciated.

I've been admitted to U. Illinois-Urbana with a full scholarship. Being a T1 (23) I assume that it places well on the Chicago market. But I'm not sure if I want to live there after graduation.

Does anyone have any information about how this school places nationally? The full scholarship is very tempting :) Im also considering Minn with no $$.

Thank you :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: TRICKY T1 vs. T2 Situation
« on: December 31, 2009, 01:22:37 PM »
It is very unfortunate how this works. I've seen employment announcements for attorneys that list among the requirements: Graduate from a Tier 1 School USNWR, Top 50 school or Top 25 School. This makes the decision between going to a T2 that is the best regional School and a T1 that is thousands of miles away. Either you don't get the job because you went to a school ranked 26 or you don't get it because you are not from the area/network.


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: TRICKY T1 vs. T2 Situation
« on: December 29, 2009, 12:11:45 PM »
Thanks for the help!

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Where should I go next fall? / TRICKY T1 vs. T2 Situation
« on: December 27, 2009, 12:59:15 PM »
 ???

Hi,

Any useful info please?? I'm considering U. of Minn, UC Davis and University of San Diego. I've read that the rankings matter, but so does location. After graduation I think I'd like to live in Southern CA, but I cannot ignore that Minn. is ranked 20 in USNWR. USD is 61, UC Davis is 35.

Any USD, Davis and Minn. graduates with experience on how these three schools would play in the San Diego market?

I wonder at what point does geography trumps USNWR ranking...

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