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Law School Admissions / Re: Parenthood vs. a Law career
« on: April 21, 2004, 06:32:58 PM »
I decided not to have kids before applying to law school.  I'm an adult student, so no, I'm not going to change my mind.  I just don't think that for me to pursue law and be happy kids would not fit into that equation.  And no, I'm not gunning for an 80 hr a week job.  I want to spend free time volunteering, reading, and traveling.  The stress of trying to raise kids wouldn't be worth it to me.

Law School Admissions / Re: Syracuse University Law
« on: April 03, 2004, 09:40:12 PM »
I'm going to UB in the fall - the only public in NY.  They're in tier 2.  I will say that there were a handful of students at the accepted students weekend who went to Syracuse for undergrad and were going to UB for law school because of the difference in cost ($12k vs. $31k per year) and ranking.

Incoming 1Ls / competition as a 1L
« on: February 15, 2004, 07:11:40 PM »
Many of the books written about the law school experience are focused on top 10 schools and the competition therein.  Are there any memoir type books about the experience at a lower ranked school?

Also, has anyone heard about the level of competition at other schools?  In my campus visits I'm looking to see if the students are interested in helping each other learn, not hoarding information for themselves.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: USF, USD
« on: February 15, 2004, 01:30:24 PM »
I got into a Tier 2 with similar number, out of school 5 years.  Can't help with specifics, but when was going through my "will I even get into my safety school" phase, I got that admit letter the next day.  It's super easy to talk yourself into a panic.  I dealt with it by finding a few schools I could apply to before their deadling just in case.

Law School Admissions / Re: Letters of Acceptance
« on: February 11, 2004, 01:01:35 PM »
Hey now, if this is supposed to be positive, no makin fun of other cities!  My first acceptance was from Buffalo, and it is not a horrible city, it just depends on what your definition of a "horrible city" is. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Do rankings really matter?
« on: February 11, 2004, 12:50:27 PM »
More and more people are going to law school later in life and I think it's difficult, if not impossible, for a senior in college to have the same attitude toward the law admissions process as us adult students.

In choosing the schools to apply to, I looked first at my numbers to eliminate the schools that would probably laugh at me (top 10 or so).  I then went through the list with my husband and we crossed off any place we could not stand to live for three years.  I then chose 2 reach school, 2 target schools, and a safety.  With a chronically ill spouse, the money wasn't there to apply to more and we've got too much to qualify for fee waivers.

I don't think I want an 80 hour a week job in corporate law.  I may change my mind, but I'd rather have a shot at excelling at the school I attend than resigning myself to be a middle of the pack person.

People who make blanket statements about rank meaning everything and personal dissatisfaction meaningless seem to have forgotten that not all prospective law students are after the same goal.  Am I willing to have a cranky husband for three years who has to start all over in a new place, get a new job, find new doctors, get licenced in his field in yet another state?  Only if I truly love the program, and I've already self-selected cities we have friends/family in or near.

I know people who've gone to the top grad programs and are struggling to pay off loans, and I know people from public schools who are making a good living and are happy.  IMHO, it's more about personal preference and knowing the consequences of choices, such as some firms focusing heavily on rank.

I've already been accepted to my safety school, which is middle of tier-2, so I know I'm going to law school someplace next year.  It just remains to be seen if I'll climb up that old ranking ladder a bit more before matriculating.  Then again, a state school's tuition and aid programs may be too tempting to take advantage of even if I get into a higher ranked school.

Law School Admissions / Re: LAC or IVY..?
« on: February 09, 2004, 09:05:36 AM »
I went to a top 5 LAC.  I loved the smaller atmosphere, professors who were teaching and not doing research, and the eclectic student body.

Other people swear by the Ivies - name recognition, lots of well known profs.

She should visit the campuses and do an overnight visit in the residence halls to get a feel for the campus and she what makes her the most comfortable.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Chemistry Majors Chances
« on: February 08, 2004, 04:16:12 PM »
My numbers are similar to yours and I, too, was a chem major at a top program.  I've heard that frequently the instant admits and the instant rejects get sent quickly.  I got my admit letter from a tier two school very soon after they started reviewing files.  I haven't heard either way from the other four schools I applied to.

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