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Choosing the Right Law School / Santa Clara vs Pepperdine
« on: March 27, 2004, 02:58:15 PM »
        Hello!  I am having a really hard time deciding between Santa Clara and Pepperdine.  I've gotten wait-listed at a bunch of higher-ranked schools, but I'm not counting on any of them right now.  I've narrowed it down to these two.  Santa Clara is lower tier 2 and seems to put a lot of emphasis on intellectual property law (I will soon have my PhD and want to practice patent law).  Pepperdine is tier 3 (they claimed during their new student day that they will be tier 2 within the next year or so but I don't know how they can know that so I don't trust it).  Pepperdine isn't so focused on intellectual property law BUT they are in the area I want to be in (Southern California).  Does anyone know anything about either of these schools- why I should or should not go to them?  Would my job prospects be any different depending on which one I go to, or are they really about the same?  Would law firms even care if I had many classes in IP law?  Also...if I haven't heard from a few schools right now would you agree that it's a bad sign?  Sorry for the long post...I am SO confused right now!  Thanks for any advice you can give!  :)

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Undergrad GPA
« on: May 22, 2002, 08:45:42 AM »
   Is there any way to make up for a low undergrad GPA?  I graduated from Wake Forest University in 97 with a pretty low GPA.  I have my masters degree and will soon have a PhD in Neurobiology and I am interested in intellectual property law.  My graduate GPA is a 3.91.  My LSAT scores were high, but I have no idea what law schools I can get into, if any.  Is there any way I can make up for a low undergrad GPA, or is it too late?  What law schools should I be applying to?  How much do law schools take a graduate education into account?
         Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

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