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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Temple Law vs. UCONN
« on: May 05, 2008, 03:17:31 PM »
Hartford blows hard. Seriously the most depressing place in America.

UConn is actually in a really nice part of Hartford. Anyways, I think it really depends on where you want to practice. UConn basically owns Connecticut but isn't that portable outside the northeast. Don't know too much about Temple but I'm assuming it is also not very portable outside of the immediate area. Also, are you getting any money from either???

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didn't you just post this on TLS???

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Law School Applications / Re: UNC -- Why they are slow
« on: March 28, 2008, 11:16:49 AM »
I have roughly a 10% chance of getting into UNC. I am not from the state and my numbers hit their averages almost exactly. This means I am a probably a weak candidate. However, something of the things I've been reading suggest that the approach to admissions at UNC might be counter productive. Wouldn't it make more sense for the school, if as underfunded as a few here have mentioned, to bring in more out of state students to increase their revenue base? Is my logic off? I hope this year they realize that and milk us out of state students for all we are worth. I would gladly forgo second and third year in-state tuition to go to UNC. Though their employment numbers are sub par, the quality of life is practically unmatched, and their reputation is as far reaching as almost any in the top 10-40.  I wish there was a way you could opt for that on the application.

While I see your point about out of stater's bringing more revenue, the whole thing with state schools is that they are heavily funded by tax payers. This creates 2 issues with out-of-state students. The first is that they are more likely to go out of state after grad, therefore not contributing through the school via taxes. Second, tax-payers would probably get pretty annoyed if their state school was discriminating against state residents.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UNC vs Tulane
« on: March 27, 2008, 08:58:04 PM »
I figured theyd be pretty similar, but UNC is definitely cheaper, and if i could get in state residency that would be much better cost wise. im just worried with the rankings dropping that UNC will continue dropping and by the time im out of school it will be harder to land a job. im probably just reading too much into the rankings tho. Any idea on the big law prospects?

Don't worry about the rankings movement.

BIGLAW placement is very similar.  If UNC is going to cost less and you don't want Texas/NYC, go UNC.

I think I'd still pick UNC over Tulane for NYC but I agree that your decision should definitely take into account were you want to practice.

How come?

While I don't think NYC is impossible coming out of Tulane, the mid-atlantic is UNC's major market. UNC also seems to be the more national school of the two.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UNC vs Tulane
« on: March 27, 2008, 08:28:37 PM »
I figured theyd be pretty similar, but UNC is definitely cheaper, and if i could get in state residency that would be much better cost wise. im just worried with the rankings dropping that UNC will continue dropping and by the time im out of school it will be harder to land a job. im probably just reading too much into the rankings tho. Any idea on the big law prospects?

Don't worry about the rankings movement.

BIGLAW placement is very similar.  If UNC is going to cost less and you don't want Texas/NYC, go UNC.

I think I'd still pick UNC over Tulane for NYC but I agree that your decision should definitely take into account were you want to practice.

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Law School Applications / Re: UNC -- Why they are slow
« on: March 27, 2008, 06:49:36 PM »
My friend and I applied to UNC Law and she called admissions earlier this week. According to her they said she should receive a decision before May 1. I don't know about my friend, but I'm not waiting around for UNC.

TITCR. How ridiculous that a school expects people to enroll when they are making the majority of their decisions after most schools have seat deposit deadlines. I think this practice is irresponsible and undermines the admissions process for all of their applicants. Also, I don't appreciate how they periodically send rude e-mails stressing not to contact them even though I have never attempted to contact them in any way. I really liked UNC when I started the application process and would have seriously considered going there but I highly doubt I will give their decision a second though either way. The only reason I refuse to withdraw stems from principle; I payed the application fee so I deserve a decision! It would take a lot of money and coaxing for them to get on my good side again.

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hmm, I think this is actually a pretty tough decision. While first instinct would have me saying go to GW, ciolli seems to show that two have comparable placement in New England.

You are seriously misreading that study. GW is fairly national, many students simply do not chose to go to new england. At North Eastern, almost all the students opt to stay in New England.

All other things being equal, the GW grad will get picked over the NE grad every single time at a Boston Biglaw firm. 

Actually I think you may be reading the study wrong. The fact that GW is even RANKED in NE proves that they have a substantial # of grads interested in coming to NE. I really do not feel like going through the methodology and breakdown of the two schools but I'd suggest you do before you claim people are misreading the study.

I also want to say that Northeastern is much more well regarded in Boston than their numbers would suggest. I also think Boston is a funny market and, while GW may be a big name everywhere else, Boston likes to recruit from local schools. Look at Suffolk, they probably place better in Boston then all but the top non-local T1's. Granted, NEU is a T2 but its numbers are high and I think part of the reason for its low numbers are its unconventional grading and curriculum structure. I think you have a tough decision but NEU is not one of those schools that you can just shoot off the "blahblahblah USNEWS ranking blahblahblah" arguments, esp. if you want to end up in Boston. Co-op alone could place you in positions GW grads would envy. That being said, if you want out of NE I would definitely go with GW but if you want to stay in New England NEU is a serious contender and should be considered as such.

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Law School Rankings / Re: 2009 USNWR Rankings
« on: March 21, 2008, 10:43:38 AM »
I think we're missing the point:  since when is a school's rank supposed to be based wholly and constitutively of how difficult it is to get into that school?

While I would agree that rank should not be based WHOLLY on difficulty of admissions, it seems that this variable has a domino effect on many of the other criteria measured by usnswr.

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Law School Rankings / Re: 2009 USNWR Rankings
« on: March 20, 2008, 11:13:31 PM »
Coxless,

Just a little FYI. Don't just look at the LSAT scores posted on LSAC. Iowa has to accept close to 50% in state students, which brings down their LSAT scores. I was told directly by a member of the admissions committee that it is MUCH MUCH harder to get in if you are from out of state. I don't have the specific numbers, so take it for what it's worth.


I understand this argument but it doesn't seem like it would support the argument that Iowa has a strong class. In fact, I think I would rather go to a school that had a universally mediocre class than a school that filled half of the class with great candidates and the other half with sub par in-state students. But that's just my 2 cents.

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whatever I can't afford Tulane anyway

(<~~sad)

Aww don't be sad!!! I am making a prediction that today was a day of admits and WL's and Tulane will prolly have a huge wave of rejections coming out very shortly. Just a hunch.

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