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Law School Admissions / Re: BU vs. BC
« on: January 21, 2009, 01:04:20 AM »
Well. I'd prefer to be in the city than the suburbs, like BC is.

Also, I've spent the past three months traveling in post-Communist countries. You might say I'm a little used to dilapidation. I really doubt the BU building is going to be worse than what I've been in the past few months -- and it hasn't bothered me at all.

Is there any reason other than the quality of the building why you think BC is preferable?

Law School Admissions / Re: BU vs. BC
« on: January 20, 2009, 08:42:20 AM »
At this point, I am pretty sure I'd rather go to BU or BC than Fordham. So, their final decision isn't awfully consequential for me.

But if I get into Cornell, well -- because of the ranking, I think I'd rather take them than the Bostons. But, that's not written in stone. I am really anxious to get off their waiting list, in addition to Georgetown (also waitlisted me).

I'm also waiting to hear from Michigan and Northwestern who haven't told me anything yet. But, if the final answer is no from Michigan, Northwestern, Georgetown, and Cornell -- I'm pretty sure I'm Boston-bound (BU vs. BC I still have no idea).

What are your preferences at this point? And for what reasons? You may help me make up my own mind.

Law School Admissions / Re: BU vs. BC
« on: January 20, 2009, 06:52:41 AM »
Off topic ironic note:

I have very slightly stronger numbers than you. Cornell and Fordham both waitlisted me. BC and BU, which I see you're still waiting on, accepted me.

What's up with that?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BU Law taking questions
« on: January 20, 2009, 06:19:29 AM »
A: Career services at BU are oriented towards getting people firm jobs, so they don't help people out in the middle/bottom of the class.  They have resources set up for PI that you can use though. 

Can you possibly elaborate on this? I think every school has at least minimal resources in the career services dedicated to PI. The question is, where on the spectrum does BU fall? Do you get the feeling that the career services is very successful in PI placement, or are the "resources" minimal? Please elaborate.

Thank you.

Law School Admissions / Re: BU vs. BC
« on: January 20, 2009, 05:18:43 AM »
Where does this information come from?

Others have said that BC has a much stronger alumni network and, consequently, it's easier to work around the country with a JD from BC.


Law School Admissions / Re: BU vs. BC
« on: January 19, 2009, 12:25:40 PM »
Bump. Come on, nobody?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BU Law taking questions
« on: January 19, 2009, 12:23:14 PM »
Thank you for taking questions. I've been accepted to both BU and BC and am having a difficult time choosing. Your answers will help me decide.

I am interested in pursuing a public interest career. I have no intention of working for the government, but a job with, for example, the ACLU would be ideal. Could you talk about public interest opportunities at BU? As much information as you have will be appreciated. A few specific questions:

1. From what you can see, how successful do students interested in PI end up? Do they have a difficult time finding jobs?

2. What sort of career opportunities are there? Do the career services work hard for PI jobs? Or, is it mainly all firm-oriented, and PI is just a side thought?

3. How is the LRAP? The description on the school's webpage is very vague. Any more information would be helpful.

4. Well... I hope this isn't too off topic for this discussion, but if you can write anything about PI at BC versus BU, it would be appreciated. Do you know any students over in Newton interested in PI? Do they seem like they're having a better time than your classmates? A worse time?

5. Anything else you can think of! I've seen a lot of information about the school in general -- location, facilities, professors, student body, etc. Now I'd like to know about my particular area of interest. Anything you can tell me!

Once again, thank you. I really appreciate your answers.

Law School Admissions / Re: BU vs. BC
« on: January 16, 2009, 11:01:21 AM »

Can anyone else offer any more thoughts on this? I've been accepted to both and now need to make the tough decision.

I want to work in public interest -- an organization like the ACLU would be ideal. I'd like to stay along the east coast, NYC down to Washington, D.C. Which school will place me better for this sort of work? Which has better public interest opportunities? How do the LRAPs compare? (The information on the LRAP program on both schools' webpages is a little vague).


Law School Admissions / Question about scholarship money
« on: January 08, 2009, 01:11:01 PM »
So... I see some people are being accepted, and they're being offered money. So far, I've only had one school accept me -- Boston College. The acceptance letter doesn't mention anything about being offered money for a scholarship or anything else. Does that mean that BC is not offering me any money? Or, do they first see the financial paperwork (FAFSA, NeedAccess, etc.) and then decide to award money? How exactly does this work? Thanks.

Law School Admissions / Re: Need to get this right!
« on: October 13, 2008, 05:55:18 PM »
If the school is really your first choice, you should certainly write a "why X?" essay for the school. Not every school asks for one -- but it can only help. I don't ever see it hurting. Also, does the school offer a binding early decision option? If so -- certainly fill it out.

As for your addendum, I think the message you want to get across is "lesson learned." The focus of the addendum shouldn't be your hardships, but rather what you learned from them so they will not get in the way of future successes. What will you do differently if hardship occurs in law school?

Hope that helps.

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