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I think the correlation between school's rankings and the graduate's prospects are like a staircase. HYS is at the top of the stairs. Then you progress through the rest of the top tier schools with maybe every 3-5 schools ranked similar sharing a step. Like, I would put Vandy, Texas, and UCLA on one step out of the t14. Obviously the t14 is going to have better prospects but there is only a marginal difference between t25 and the tails of the t14s. And this staircase is of course contingent on being in the top 25% or 50% of your class.

The lower you are in your rank, you move down a few steps in the staircase and you will be competing with students in the top 25% at lower ranked schools.

And the next big thing that could affect things is of course geographic location. If you are in Texas and go to UT, that gives you a boost up the staircase. If you are going to be practicing in Wisconsin or something and you went to UT, that forces you to go down the stairs.

This also gives hope to t4 students I think. Like if they have everything working for them, they could move up the staircase just enough to grab a good job. For example, lets say a student from South Texas College of Law graduates in the top 5% of his class. He is going to practice in Houston (even more localized than the state of Texas itself). This will greatly go a long way in boosting his prospects. He may even be in the same footing as someone who went to like Univ of Washington (a tier 1 school) or something similar and is in the bottom 10% of his class and trying to come to Houston for a job. I would actually take the STCOL grad over the Wash grad.

I don't know if any of this made sense to anyone else but this seems like a perfect way of explaining (in my head at least) the correlation between school rankings and job prospects.

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Wait List / Re: Emory waitlist
« on: June 15, 2008, 02:00:49 PM »
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but when I called, they said that in a recent previous year (I can't remember if they said it was last year or the year before) they didn't touch the wait list at all.  Another year, they didn't get past the first group.

=(

LIES!!! (at least I hope)

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Wait List / Re: Wash U Wait List
« on: June 12, 2008, 02:56:55 PM »
Anybody else get this e-mail this afternoon?

Dear xxx,

As you may have already learned, we have had a record breaking number of second deposits this year.  Unfortunately for us, we will be unable to offer you a seat in this year’s class.

Several candidates have asked us about our transfer program.  Because we are not dealing with the size constraints of first year required classes, we typically do admit transfer applicants each year, based on their first year performance.  Transfer students are eligible to participate in the write-on competitions for the school’s journals and law review, the moot court competition, and fall on-campus interviewing.  If you would like more information or have any questions about the transfer process, please feel free to contact me at bolin@wulaw.wustl.edu.

We greatly appreciate your interest in our school and wish you all the best.
 

Janet Bolin
Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Services
Washington University School of Law
314-935-4526
bolin@wulaw.wustl.edu


Yup I got it but I was kinda expecting a rejection with my numbers. I have no clue why they strung me along and waitlisted me in the first place.

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Take a year off. You don't realize how much better it is to be in school than in the real world working until you are actually working. I really missed school and I thought I'd never say that when I was in UG. I am dying to go back to school, even if it is at the expense of selling my soul for the next 3 years. So to sum it all, take a year off and don't look back. :)

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Law School Applications / Re: William & Mary Waitlist
« on: June 07, 2008, 01:37:13 AM »
i got the email too and i was a little disappointed. oh well. and i talked to dean wixon and i think he is a really old dude or at least thats what i imagined him to be when i was talking to him on the phone. he wasn't very helpful at all. i am probably going to remove myself off the WL. good luck to the rest of yall.

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go to UMN. you'll get a different change of scenery and you will always be able to come back to Texas if you really want to. firms always want a diversify the schools their associates come from so thats another plus for you. people will only say SMU because Dallas is the ONLY place it can place in. with the very marginal difference in cost, UMN > SMU. and plus i don't know old you are but if you are like the average law student, you are in your 20s... you have no idea what the midwest is like or any other parts of America is like so go try it out and explore. congrats!

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Wait List / Re: Emory waitlist
« on: June 05, 2008, 02:41:23 PM »
hey i know there are 4 groups like Buster mentioned. i heard that there are 80 people in the first group... but is it 80 in each group? and i really hope they go deep in the WL, emory is my top choice and i'd be very disappointed if its a no-go for me :(

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Your way of capitalizing the words in the title puzzles me...

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Law School Applications / Re: Cornell Decision Waiting Room
« on: May 16, 2008, 01:44:59 PM »
i called yesterday and there was an answering machine saying they are not taking calls to make sure they get everything done. i am glad they haven't put me to a decision yet. with my numbers, i am a super long shot so the longer this drags on, the better my chances. yay!

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Law School Applications / Re: Question about taking advantage of AA
« on: May 14, 2008, 02:03:17 PM »
He should use every advantage he gets to! I would say 99.99% of the people, if they were in your friend's shoes, would try their best to get their URM status. It's part of the education process. You can't blame the individual but only the system if it really pisses people off.

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