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Law School Admissions / Re: UM-nada or Emory full-ride...?
« on: September 18, 2008, 07:45:32 AM »
Public interest, litigation, academia. I would like to practice for a while, then possibly get my PhD in philosophy--I would be interested in teaching philosophy of law or social-political philosophy. My plan (this morning) probably sounds like a lot of people's: to go to the best school I can while paying the least.

If you want public interest, Emory might make more sense. Some PI jobs are very exclusive, but the overall field has many opportunites. PI has low pay, so avoiding debt is a good idea.

If you want criminal litigation, go to Emory. Criminal litigation is not an especially competative area of the law and you do not need the absolute best creditials to enter right away. 

If you want commercial litigation, then the decision comes down to whether you value access to major firms OR the limitation of debt. Emory places about 25% of its class in NLJ 250 firms whereas Michigan places about 55% of its class in NLJ 250 firms. If you include those at Michigan who elect to accept Fed clerkships or teach, their access to BigLaw is probably in the 60-70 percent range. At Emory, if you finish outside the top 1/4, you will not have a good shot at BigLaw. Nevertheless, you will have no debt.     

If you want legal academia, go to Michigan. Your chance of being offered a job in legal academia with an Emory JD will be extremely low.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan + $49,000, or Chicago?
« on: July 17, 2008, 04:21:48 PM »
I decided on Chicago.  Thanks everybody for your insights!  Those of you who are Chicago students, I guess I'll be seeing you in September!!

Congrats. You made the right choice by choosing Chicago.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: SMU v. Baylor v. Tulane
« on: July 17, 2008, 04:19:37 PM »
Baylor should be thrown out of this group.

The SMU / Tulane debate is a fun one.

If they cost the same and you want to work in...

Dallas - SMU
Oklahoma - SMU
West Texas - SMU
Houston - Toss up
Anywhere else - Tulane


If you would be happy at both, you should go to WUSTL.

That's really exciting that you got off the waitlist. Congrats!

Outside of the top 5 schools or so, there really isn't a "good" school for "international law government work". That kind of legal work is kinda a fairy tale that us poli sci majors like to tell ourselves we will excel at. In reality, there 1.)aren't a lot of those types of jobs, and 2.) those few jobs are very, very prestige-influenced.

Go to the best school you can get into, work as hard as you can for 3 years, network like crazy with the types of people who might know about these jobs, and then hope for the best.

This is pretty true. Except for schools that offer programs which allow you to get a foreign law degree in conjunction with your US law degree (Cornell, WUSTL), you should attend the best school you get into.

Hey everyone,

My username may be a bit misleading. I am an incoming student at Harvard in the fall, but in the Ph.D. program in German, not the law school. I did apply to law school, though, just not at Harvard. I was looking to stay more or less local (Southeast), so I applied to and got into a couple schools (UT-Knoxville being the best). However, I didn't get any scholarship at all, and the way I figured, it couldn't hurt to decline UT this cycle in favor of attending grad school at Harvard and getting my Masters. Certainly this must better my chances of getting into a better school (say UGA, Vanderbilt or Emory), right?. I realize that my stats were low for these schools (158, 3.45-graduated with dual Honors from Vanderbilt), but I plan to retake the LSAT, with high probability of increasing my score a couple points at least, and an advanced Harvard degree has got to count for something, right? What do you guys think?

Your Harvard degree will be a great soft-factor. Nevertheless, the LSAT is the generally the key factor in admission. If your LSAT was closer to the 25th percentile at a given school, having a Masterís from Harvard might help you get over the hump and gain admission.

You should try to raise your LSAT to get closer to the median at Emory and UGA.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: USC ($$) v. Northwestern
« on: June 05, 2008, 08:47:09 PM »
Do you guys really think SC plays better in LA/Bay Area than Northwestern?


Pros and Cons anyone? That and if no money, where would you go personally and why?

Pros: Moderately NLJ250 placement than GULC or UCLA, Chicago, Supposedly collegial atmosphere, portable to DC, NYC.
Cons: Expensive housing, outdated transit system, narrower range of journals/concentrations

Pros: Government/PI connections, DC, Superb transit system, large number of journals/concentrations, porable to NYC
Cons: Large class size, recent cutthroatness reputation, Expensive housing

Pros:Los Angeles, Great PI opportunities/journals
Cons: Expensive housing, bad transit system, narrower range of journals/concentrations

You seems to have the least oppressive Cons listed for Northwestern  :-\

BC is 25k/ yr guaranteed, Penn is sticker.
I've got about 24 or 48 hours to decide.
I may have already decided, and certainly have my views, but am looking around here for valuable/ different viewpoints.


SMU for Texax, hands down. Minn. has no pull in TX.


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