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Wait List / Re: Waitlist strategy
« on: May 30, 2008, 03:28:41 PM »
Found out UCLA does not :(

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Wait List / Re: Waitlisted at UCLA
« on: May 16, 2008, 11:19:29 PM »
tag

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Law School Applications / Re: Waitlisted.
« on: May 07, 2008, 06:31:30 PM »
Anyone hear sories of people that are wiatlisted just show up to Orientation and get accepted right there? I heard this from someone who said she heard several cases like this, but I wanted to know if others heard about it too. And if so, what do you say once you show up?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Help me decide- BC or UC Davis
« on: April 23, 2008, 12:56:01 PM »
Thanks Rockshox- I have been following the previous post a while ago but as Andrew said, my situation is a little different. Have you decided whether to go to Hastings or BC?

Hi Andrew, once again congrats on getting in and deciding on BC. As you said, there is uncertainty on what I want to do. I am drawn to the public sector because I have been iinterested in it for a long time but that may change in school. My biggest concern is being able to move out of Boston/NewYork area to CA or somewhere warmer with mediocre reankings from BC-

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Where should I go next fall? / Help me decide- BC or UC Davis
« on: April 22, 2008, 03:17:13 AM »
I love both schools but for very different reasons and feel I cant go wrong either way. Hopefully LSDers' insights and perspectives will help finalize my decision.

*Want to work in CA right after law school or at least within 3 years of graduation. If I am lucky to get Biglaw.. great! Also want to work in the government with at least a 50k salary.
*Family is in CA and I basically have no support system on the East coast which sucks but I heard BC is a very supportive school.
*It would be cheaper by 5k/yr to attend BC over UC Davis.
*Loved UC Davis but it really is in the middle of nowhere and Sacramento is not a bustling city with many jobs. UC Davis did not mention many networking events or job fairs so I think the location itself may be a risky networking factor. If I am wrong about this please correct me!
*Anticipating I will graduate around median of the class at either school so I am not banking too much on getting a job through OCI. I am thinking getting a job in Boston out of BC would be relatively easy because of its reputation and alumn network. Not so sure about Davis and its power of networking alumns in CA which is also a huge concern. Still.. it IS in CA.

Ive been talking to many people and visited both schools and am about to make my final decision very soon. However, I have been lurking on this board quite religiously and saw that the opinions on this board is worth taking into consideration. So.. will you please offer your insights and help me make one of the most important decisions of my life!

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Law School Applications / Re: Competitive Schools?
« on: April 14, 2008, 06:12:58 PM »
I am not sure what the person's who told me definition of screwed meant to her, but for me, it is working at a small firm/non profit in New England or the East coast. I am hoping for a profitable job that will allow me to lateral to Cali after a few years time if I choose to go to BC.
Again, anyone know how this statement [The way they both explained it to me was that the top of the class had some pretty amazing opportunities job-wise (private and public), while the bottom half seemed to be miles away as far as the doors open to them. A sort of "feast or famine" kind of thing] is true for BC??

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Law School Applications / Re: Competitive Schools?
« on: April 14, 2008, 04:51:36 PM »
Friends of mine at Minnesota and Emory have told me that their schools were surprisingly competitive. The way they both explained it to me was that the top of the class had some pretty amazing opportunities job-wise (private and public), while the bottom half seemed to be miles away as far as the doors open to them. A sort of "feast or famine" kind of thing (the words of the UMN grad, who was on law review there), if I understood correctly. I also imagine that schools that routinely transfer a large number, relatively speaking, of students from the top of their class to T14s have a slightly more competitive edge. E.g. Case Western, American, etc.

Anyone know about this for BC?? It has a reputation for being the Disneyland of law schools and I know fantastic doors are open for the top of the class. What about for those in the bottom half? Someone told me you are 'basically screwed' if you are in the bottom half.  :(

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« on: April 10, 2008, 02:11:51 AM »
This data, from last year, is pulled off the NALP directory at nalplawschoolsonline.org. The GPA's vary from year to year but don't deviate significantly so this breakdown is fairly accurate:

Top 10%:     3.518
Top 25%:    3.331
Top 33%:    3.234
Top 50%:    3.048
Top 75%:    2.806

As for the curve, it is harsh but only superficially. Most employers could care less if you have a 2.5 if statistics show that you're in the top 10% of your class. This will just show how harsh the grading curve at X school is. The GPA determines the class rank and it is the rank, which is not affected by the "harsh curve," that matters.





Thank you! This is very helpful.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« on: April 09, 2008, 04:31:04 PM »
I have a question too-
Its been said Hastings has a very harsh curve.. anyone know exactly what that is? And also, what roughly are the grades for those who fall around top 30%, 50% and do students at Hastings think it is particularly difficult to fall around those numbers?

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Im curious about BC's curve too. Is it very difficult to stay right above median? Someone told me since most eevryone end up in the middle, you have to seriously slack off to graduate bottom quarter or half of the class.

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