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Choosing the Right Law School / Best Advice I've Received
« on: March 20, 2006, 09:51:54 AM »
I've been getting lots of advice on my law school choice from practicing attorneys in major LA-firms.

The consenus advice is this: when talking about schools of a comparable caliber (one person divided it into 4 caliber tiers - HYS, T20, T50, everything else) there should be only one criteria --- where do you think you'll be most comfortable.

GRADES, more than nearly anything else, will dictate where you can get a job.  Go where there will be the least number of distractions, the least amount of stress, and the best environment for you to be focused on getting top grades.

This helps with all of the "Should I go to 'school A' or 'school B' " questions.  Go to the one where you think you have the least extraneous stress factors; being happy and comfy will help you get better grades.  Usually.  HTH.

Law School Admissions / Very Few Admits Left
« on: March 16, 2006, 04:00:11 PM »
The numbers below are pulled from LSN for Virginia (the only school I'm still waiting on that I would potentially choose over UCLA or Michigan).  You can read what you want into the numbers, but I  think one thing is certain: there won't be many more acceptances going out, but there are a lot of rejections still to come.

583 = Total
219 = Accepted/Atending (37.6%)
130 = Waitlisted/Deferred (22.3%)
150 = Rejected (25.7%)
84 = Pending (14.4%

631 = Total
258 = Accepted (41%)
89 = Waitlisted/Deferred (14%)
69 = Rejected (11%)
215 = Pending (34%)

Law School Admissions / UVA - Aplication Status
« on: March 16, 2006, 01:33:12 PM »
I went complete in December, and still haven't heard anything. 

I am very interested in UVA, but if they don't get back to within a week or so I won't be able to go visit before Intent forms are due (I have work commitments throughout all of April).  Hence, I would not attend.

Is it worth calling them to give them to try and get a status check on my application, or is it better to just sit tight and wait?

Choosing the Right Law School / Alumni Receptions
« on: March 08, 2006, 12:26:35 PM »
For those of you who aren't going to these, I want to let you know what amazing networking opportunities they are.  I went to my first one this week and ended the night with two lunch offers --- one with a partner from Bingham McCutchen, and the other with an associate at Paul Hastings responsible for recruiting summer associates.

I originally wasn't going to go (because it was for a school that was relatively low on my list of prospects), but in retrospect I am very glad that I did.  Some of the contacts I made will almost certainly help me when I am looking for 1L summer work.

Just wanted to throw this out there for people that haven't been taking advantage of these.

Incoming 1Ls / I want to be #1 - Is that so bad?
« on: February 28, 2006, 06:50:18 PM »
I am not a 'win at all costs' kind of person, but I also don't like being second best.  Odds are against me being number 1 in my class (especially if LSAT's are an accurate predictor of law school performance), but going into law school I feel really driven to be near the top of my class.

I don't think anybody DOESN'T want to do well, but what percentage of students will be truly driven to try to be the best in their class?  Am I likely to be labeled a 'gunner'?  (That word seems to be more about attitude than actual results, though ...)  Is it so bad to look at the person in your study group and admit that you want to do better than them?

Choosing the Right Law School / For Those Pursuing Clerkships...
« on: February 23, 2006, 04:14:49 PM »
Here is a pretty interesting article.

Choosing the Right Law School / Asking for More Money
« on: February 23, 2006, 11:21:44 AM »
Per some previous LSD advice, I will be contacting Michigan's financial office to explain that my financial aid application will not accurately reflect the level of my financial need when I begin law school (married with one child, another due in October).  Hopefully I can get some money, which will make my decision to go to Michigan over UT a no-brainer.

When I contact them, should I also mention the financial aid offer at UT, or will this sound like blackmail?  Is UT a comparable enough school for Michigan to even care?  And lastly, since I was probably a borderline admit anyway, should I just be grateful that I was accepted and leave it at that?

Choosing the Right Law School / UT --- UMich --- UCLA
« on: February 23, 2006, 09:43:28 AM »
I know these kinds of threads get old, but I value the opinion of the people on LSD, so I'm going to post one of my own. 

I am married with a 13-month old daughter and another due in October, so my costs are much higher than the average law student.  I plan to ultimately settle in SoCal, but have lived in California my whole life and would love an opportunity to get out of state.  In a perfect world, I would attend Michigan.  But when I look at my budget for each school, I just can't help but seriously VERY consider the other options.  I got a scholarhip at Texas, I don't expect one at UCLA and I didn't get anything at Michigan.

Any and all thoughts are appreciated.

UT (3-year budget) - $138,708
UCLA (3-year budget) - $223,740
Michigan (3-year budget) - $242,760

Law School Admissions / Article About Boalt E-Mail Mistake
« on: February 22, 2006, 11:19:30 AM »

The article also indicates that about 500 people have been admitted to Berkeley so far, leaving about 150 spots left.

Law School Admissions / Goods News if Pending at Fordham?
« on: February 17, 2006, 05:55:22 PM »
I submitted an e-mail to Fordham about 6 weeks ago asking for a fee waiver, but they never replied.  I wanted to apply, but had already spent all of my application money.

Just yesterday they sent me an e-mail asking me to apply and providing me with a fee waiver.

I'm not going to apply (I've already some acceptances I'm pleased with), but I figure this might be good news for people still pending at Fordham.  If they are still soliciting applications this late in the game, I would think that means there's a good chance for people that are on the bubble.

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