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Incoming 1Ls / Going to GMU =)
« on: April 29, 2004, 09:48:36 AM »
I'm very happy to be accepted into George Mason University Law School.  When I visited, I liked the atmosphere and even the building a lot.  Only thing is, the undergraduate school is sort of known as a weak school (3rd tier) so a lot of people are somewhat disappointed when I tell them where I'm going.  A lot of people seem to be ignorant when it comes to law schools and rankings, unless it's a big name Ivy League or something.

Either way, can't wait

I'm already going somewhere else, but no, I haven't heard from them either.  I think I remember their application being kind of long, so maybe that's why it takes so long for them to finish them. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BU vs. Northeastern
« on: April 26, 2004, 08:03:03 AM »
BU all the way.  You can't say that you're not going to a school because the people are mean there.  This is about your future, and 3 years of a relatively unpleasant experience shouldn't keep you from having better opportunities career-wise for a long time.  Law school is unpleasant for a lot of people...might as well make it pleasant afterwards =P

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers Law -- Camden v. Newark
« on: April 26, 2004, 08:01:06 AM »
They are both always identical in the rankings, though Camden seems to have higher median LSAT/GPA scores for some reason.  If it were my pick, I'd go with Newark.  Camden, like someone said, is a "war zone".  I heard Newark is okay, and it's very close to New York City.  That might afford you better employment opportunities than being further south in Jersey. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Do you get what you put in?
« on: April 26, 2004, 07:59:23 AM »
I've heard that everyone studies in law school, but not everyone takes it as seriously as others.  So if you're the guy who lives in the library, you're more than likely going to be above the average, if not near the top. 

I know that for some schools, in order to get a D or an F, you basically have to skip tests or not show up. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: George Mason
« on: April 24, 2004, 04:22:37 AM »
I was accepted to GMU also :)

If I had my choice between GW PT and GMU FT, I would definitely choose the latter.  Part-time programs generally aren't look upon as favorably as full-time...if you had to decide between GW and some 3rd tier school, it would be a no-brainer (GW). 

Guess I'll see some of you guys there this coming fall :)  Man, talk about saving a LOT of money.  I think GMU's reputation will grow steadily for the next decade at least

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How important is your law school
« on: April 24, 2004, 04:18:02 AM »
I would certainly love to goto a big name school and carry that around with me the rest of my life.  Everyone is eventually going to pick up work experience, maybe even a glowing recommendation from a mentor or supervisor...

But the thing that pushes one candidate over the edge will always be their school's name and reputation.  I think everyone would agree, however, that (almost) wherever you go, if you work your butt off and excel there...then you're giving yourself a decent shot!

I would agree with petepeke.  15-35 range, possibly a little lower or little higher.

The GPA thing is iffy, but you will most likely be considered among the 3.0's out there.  Thing is, 164 is an excellent score, but not one that will likely get you into a top 10 (if you look at their stats...whoo man!)

What "premier" undergraduate school did you goto?  Even if you goofed off there, I don't understand why you had to start at a warehouse job.  Your experiences are certainly unique so you might get into a Top 10 possibly, but they are definitely reaches.  People with atypical stats like those (like I did) need to apply to at least 10 to make sure that they a) get in somewhere, and b) have a few schools to visit and choose from. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Duke V. UNC
« on: April 24, 2004, 04:06:31 AM »
I don't know...they both have excellent programs, both have hall of fame coaches in Coach K and Roy Williams..

Oh wait, you mean law school? =P 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Am I making a mistake?
« on: April 23, 2004, 03:17:45 PM »
Definitely, goto UC Davis.  "Rankings aren't everything blah blah blah"...but reputation is much more important than you might think.  Unless you have some personal vendetta against going to UC Davis, I wouldn't consider going to Cal Western (never heard of it!)  You can never be sure you're going to stay in that limited area for long.  Once you leave, they won't know what Cal Western is either. 

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