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Best - UCLA.  The Dean of Admissions is the nicest guy ever and extremely quick to respond.  In fact, I believe this is the only school that read my application.

I feel the exact same way about McGeorge. They have been AWESOME throughout this whole cycle. When I asked for additional scholarship money, the dean of admissions personally called me less than 24 hours later to personally tell me they were raising my scholarship and that both the school and himself personally really support what I want to do with my law degree (GLBT advocate). None of the other schools I applied to seemed to have any idea what I had written about in my personal statement!!

As for the worst school: SOUTHWESTERN! (No contest!) They were the first school I applied to and the school I thought I would be attending next year - but they took FOREVER to get back to me, did not offer me a cent in terms of scholarship money even though I am above their 75% in both GPA and LSAT, and they were RUDE RUDE RUDE! The final straw was when I tried to get the financial aid office to answer some questions and the only answer I got was "you should look on our website" - when I specifically said that I had read the information on the website and still had questions!!!!! Arg.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Southwestern Scholarships
« on: April 10, 2007, 03:52:20 PM »
Thanks for the info everyone - so I finally got some more info from Southwestern, and aparently they did not award me any scholarship money. Strange since my LSAT score is actually above their 75th percentile... Now I have to write a letter to appeal that decision....yet another reason why Southwestern is a pain in my rear end. Interesting that McGeorge, who is ranked so much higher, would offer me a nice scholarship and not Southwestern. Its looking like I might be moving to Sacramento in the near future!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Southwestern Scholarships
« on: April 09, 2007, 06:40:59 PM »
anyone have any information?

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Where should I go next fall? / Southwestern Scholarships
« on: April 09, 2007, 03:22:08 PM »
I was wondering if anyone who was accepted to Southwestern and got $$ could tell me how you were notified of their scholarship? Did you have to fill out their financial aid app first? Have you had any good luck talking to anyone in their financial aid office? I have tried to call the financial aid office and I keep getting incorrect information and rude atitudes! Whats up with that?

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Acceptances / Re: McGeorge v. Southwestern
« on: April 03, 2007, 08:01:40 PM »
I agree with this. I just withdrew from Southwestern even though my family also lives here and lost $200 because I prefer Sacramento to LA. I got the exact scholarship offer as you and I just recently visited both schools. I think that Southwestern's library blows McGeorge's out of the water but McGeorge has nicer people and an environment that I prefer. So it was an easy choice for me especially after seeing the place for myself this past Friday. If you want to stay in LA and would like to use a really sweet library then I would choose Southwestern. If you want to live in Sacramento and prefer to have a community at your school then I would go to McGeorge.

Wow! You completely understand what I've been thinking. I visited the Southwestern campus a few months ago for an open house and was extremely impressed with the facilities and the awesome courtroom, library, gym, etc.  I also visited McGeorge and was less impressed - though not disappointed with the facilities.  The professor I met at SW was kind of weird and I felt uncomfortable talking to him. The professors I talked to at McG seemed awesome. My biggest concern with McG is their Sacramento location. I have a lot of ties to Los Angeles now and it will be hard to leave (though not impossible - just need to get used to the idea).

I would think that you would have other offers later on this cycle since we are likely in the same boat.

Still waiting on Loyola and UCLA - though I'm not holding my breath.

McGeorge has always treated me with respect and Southwestern hasn't... Southwestern is so disorganized that it's not even funny. McGeorge on the other hand had my financial aid packet to me within 2 weeks of my accpetance. No competition here.

This has been my experience too - rude people at Southwestern (except today when I called to set up a time to sit in on a class).  I also don't appreciate that their seat deposit is due the day before the admitted students reception! Whats up with that?? McG has been nothing but helpful and extremely nice. I keep having to ask myself if they are just being nice becuase they want me to go there or if they are always like that.

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Acceptances / Re: McGeorge v. Southwestern
« on: April 03, 2007, 07:49:33 PM »
Do you want to work in LA or Sac? That may a large factor.

Well, I think that post graduation I will want to live in either Los Angeles or the San Francisco area.  I think I could enjoy Sacramento while there for school, but it's not where I would like to "settle down".

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Acceptances / McGeorge v. Southwestern
« on: April 03, 2007, 06:29:15 PM »
McGeorge or Southwestern?? To give you some background to go off of:

  • I currently live in Los Angeles (my family is here)
  • I did undergrad in San Jose (loved it)
  • I'm interested in a future career of working with the LGBT community
  • I have a $12,000 scholarship to McGoerge
  • I don't know about my financial aid package at Southwestern

So...what do you think?

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Where should I go next fall? / Whats the deal with SoCal schools?
« on: March 21, 2007, 02:01:12 PM »
I applied to Southwestern and Loyola months ago and have yet to hear anything from them except that I went complete! I've already gotten admissions info, financial aid info, and scholarship info from other schools - and nothing from LA!

LA is my first choice in terms of location (it's where I live now) but seat deposits are about to be due for the other school I'm seriously considering (which is out of the area) and I'd like to be able to make a decision. What's the deal? Anyone else in the same situation?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Advice for future testers
« on: October 05, 2006, 07:52:35 PM »
Take a prep class. I highly recommend Blueprint (www.blueprintprep.com) because I think their methods really work, the teachers are AWESOME and they really helped me improve my scores (148 to 171).

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Score on Hold
« on: July 10, 2006, 07:59:45 PM »
I was told by my prep course teacher that complaining to the LSAC does no good. How did things turn out for you? Did they give you a chance to retake? Sounds like a tough environment.

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