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Current Law Students / Re: Learning to Brief cases for class
« on: May 01, 2004, 08:53:30 PM »
All I did before I came to law school was figure out what method I *might* use.  I use a more hybrid type, but I did go off of what was in Law School Confidential (a good read for anyone!).  As noted in an earlier post, you'll have plenty of time to get your feet wet with it in law school.  Don't sweat it over the summer! 

If you have any specific ?s, feel free to email me.  I don't check the boards much.

distefa4@yahoo.com

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I am a current 1L, and although I don't have specific info on UF or Stet., I can tell you that I was accepted off of 2 waitlists, and both schools knew that I was genuinely interested in attending their institutions.  I visited both places and often sent letters expressing interest, etc.  I believe it only helped my case.  If you're borderline, show that you're serious about attending that particular school.  Don't be discouraged by rejections or waitlists.  If you would like to info or advice from a current law student, feel free to email me (distefa4@yahoo.com)

best of luck in the admissions process!!

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Sad to say, but, as a recent alum from a top 40 school, the article paints a fairly accurate picture.    Of course, a very small percentage of the strongest students at the best law schools will secure plum 160,000-a-year gigs.  I even know a few of them from my own law school's graduating class.  Yet, those jobs are few and far between.  

Still, I am happy with my decision, and I am much more willing to accept a smaller salary and a good quality of life as opposed to a high salary, massive tax bracket, and a pair of golden handcuffs attached to my desk.



 

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GMU (In-State) vs. GW No $$$
« on: July 10, 2007, 09:39:12 AM »
Hi there:

As a GMU Law alum ('06), I feel I might be able to lend some slightly sage advice on the issue.  I lived in Arlington for 2 of my 3 years at Mason, and I wouldn't have traded it for anything.  Although DC is a neat place, the cost of living is insane.  Plus, the tuition at GWU is high.  I worked with a few GWU Law students during my 2004 summer, and I can remember their telling all of us how they had to take out nearly $54,000 in loans per year.  To me, that'll leave anyone with a huge post-graduate debt load.   

Further, Mason has been rising steadily in the ranks over the past 8 years or so, and it appears that it will only move up further.  Though label the school as "conservative," I am a liberal, and I never once felt that my views were quashed by more rightist ideologies.   

All in all, if I had to do it all over again, I'd pick Mason, hands down.  Sure, GWU is higher in the rankings, but, of course, rankings aren't everything. 

I'd suggest taking a tour of both schools on a day when classes are in session to get a more accurate feel for the schools.

Good luck!



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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: George Mason Law
« on: July 03, 2007, 10:08:13 AM »
Yeah - the Metro is great in Arlington - you really don't need a car, although it's always easier if you have one.

Go GMU!

;D 

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: George Mason Law
« on: June 25, 2007, 12:06:15 PM »
To answer your question, Metro service in and around Arlington and DC is superior to any other mass transit system I've been on elsewhere.  I lived near a Metro stop for my first two years, and, although you'll face higher rent the closer you are to the Metro, it's definitely worth it.  The only downside is that the trains only run until about midnight during the workweek and 3am on weekends. 

The fact that the law school is about 20-25 mins away from the main campus didn't really bother me.  You'll be busy enough that you won't have a lot of free time for extra stuff, but the main campus always had a lot of events for students in all of the schools.  I also went there from time to time for routine stuff (ie to pay bills, go to student health services, etc). 

All in all, I couldn't be happier with my experience, and I wouldn't have traded GMU for any other school. 

Hope that helps! 

   

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L vs. GMU
« on: June 25, 2007, 11:58:45 AM »
I definitely enjoyed my 3 years at Mason. 

The school is now at its highest level, rankings-wise, in its young history.  I loved the location of the school (Arlington, VA - just outside of Washington, DC), and I enjoyed the fact that the law school had a smaller student population than some of the other schools in the area.  Despite all of that, it's nice to have the backing and support of a large research-based university.  The university, as a whole, has close to 30,000 students.   

A major financial plus is the in-state tuition.  I, of course, was from out-of-state, but I was able to secure in-state status after 3 semesters.  Some students can get it after 2 semesters, and others don't qualify.

It seems that employment prospects are strong for most new alumni.  The Career Services office is great, and they should be able to answer any questions you might have about future employment prospects.  Although I work outside of the area now, I secured a good clerkship after I graduated.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email me privately (distefa4@yahoo.com), because I don't check this board frequently.     

Good luck!


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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: George Mason Law
« on: June 24, 2007, 04:12:47 PM »
I definitely enjoyed my 3 years at Mason. 

The school is now at its highest level, rankings-wise, in its young history.  I loved the location of the school (Arlington, VA - just outside of Washington, DC), and I enjoyed the fact that the law school had a smaller student population than some of the other schools in the area.  Despite all of that, it's nice to have the backing and support of a large research-based university.  The university, as a whole, has close to 30,000 students.   

A major financial plus is the in-state tuition.  I, of course, was from out-of-state, but I was able to secure in-state status after 3 semesters.  Some students can get it after 2 semesters, and others don't qualify.

It seems that employment prospects are strong for most new alumni.  The Career Services office is great, and they should be able to answer any questions you might have about future employment prospects.  Although I work outside of the area now, I secured a good clerkship after I graduated.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email me privately (distefa4@yahoo.com), because I don't check this board frequently.     

Good luck!



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Choosing the Right Law School / George Mason Law
« on: June 22, 2007, 04:29:12 PM »
Although I am no longer a player in the law school admissions game, I see that my alma mater, George Mason Law has an "Ask the Dean of Admissions - Q&A Forum for Prospective Law Students."    

The URL is:

http://www.masonlaw.org/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=cfrm


Best of luck applying to law school!  Law school is well worth all of the effort that goes along with applying.

SD, '06
distefa4@yahoo.com




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