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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Temple
« on: June 21, 2006, 11:47:44 AM »
In at Temple off of the waiting list.  I don't know if I'm seriously considering going there anymore, but since I'll be up this weekend for the Philadelphia Triathlon, it's worth taking a look at.  They wanted to know by Friday, but I asked for an extension til Monday so I could look at the school.

Anyone else get this email today?  I just received an email that the class is basically full at this point.  Maybe if people get off of waitlists at other schools, etc... more spots will open up.

I think this is self-explanatory.  How do you acquire the music you listen to on your MP3 player or your computer, etc...?

So, I'm in a very serious relationship in the DC area.  The relationship is very important to me and I'm trying to look at the long-term aspect of this whole thing and not just the next three years.  Is anyone else out there considering going to a "lesser" school because of a relationship?

Here's the low down: I'm already in at Catholic in DC and have put my deposit down.  However, I'm waitlisted at American and Washington & Lee right now.  I've got it worked out with my girlfriend that I would go to either of these schools over Catholic if I were to get in and that I would probably go to W&L over American.

Now here's the other thing, I'm still waiting to hear from a few schools UPenn, UNC, and BU.  Obviously, we've discussed that UPenn is a no-brainer (I'm not getting in anyway), but if I were to get in, it's too good of an opportunity to pass up.  UNC I'm no longer interested in.  But the problem lies in getting into BU.  BU is a bit further away from DC and more so a flight rather than a drive if we want to see each other with any regularity.

If I were to get into W&L, BU, and AU I'm thinking the compromise is W&L right now.  We've also discussed that BU is a better opportunity for me over Catholic down the road.  However, we keep running into conflict when it comes down to BU vs. AU.

Any thoughts?  Anyone running into a similar quandary?

My wait-lists are starting to add up now and I fear that I may have to make quick decisions if I receive more communication from those schools (admittance off of the waitlist).  Thus I'm working on ranking my schools.  What kinds of factors/elements do you think need to factor into the equation (other than visiting and figuring out if the school is a good fit in general).  Just as a FYI...I have been out of school for 6 years so some factors important to me, may not be to others...

Here's what I've come up with so far:
Age Range of Students
Distance to Washington, DC (in a serious relationship, girlfriend would be driving w/ the dog too every other weekend)
# of Alumni
% w/ jobs at graduation
% w/ jobs 9 months after
% graduates who go to law firms
% of grads with BIGLAW
% of judicial clerkships
Salary Range
Median Private Sector Salary
Grads in MD
Grads in DC
Grads in VA
Grads in NY
Grads in MA
Grads in CA
Bar Passage Rate
# of Legal Journals
% of paid 2L Summer Associates
Information on clinical programs

Choosing the Right Law School / Waitlist choices at American U.
« on: March 27, 2006, 06:22:36 PM »
I recently got waitlisted from American.  The letter basically said that you have two weeks to respond or they'll assume you are no longer interested.  Here's the caveat.  They now give you the option to join the waitlist for FT only, PT only, or the waitlist for both.  I really want to go back to school FT only, however, so far I've only received an acceptance from Catholic U.  I'm wondering if it's worth  going to AU at all costs over Catholic and thus selecting either option would be the right choice.  Or since I'm already in at catholic, put FT only and just use Catholic as a reliable stand by to AU if I don't get in FT.  I've been told that by putting both FT and PT as an option I have a much better shot at getting an acceptance.  Any thoughts?

Law School Admissions / University of Maryland Status Checker
« on: March 16, 2006, 07:32:39 AM »
I submitted my application to UM on 1/9 and it went complete on 1/30 (based on the status checker).  This morning the status checker changed to "In review."  Does that mean that they are just now looking at my file for the first time?  I can't believe it considering there are people who submitted their applications after me who have already heard decisions.

Law School Admissions / What does large number of waitlists mean???
« on: March 10, 2006, 09:11:40 AM »
Based on LSN, I'm starting to see large numbers of people who applied around the same time as I to American U. getting waitlisted, and yet I've heard nothing.  Could they just be sending out a wave of waitlists and I'm overanalyzing this?  Does it mean they're going to be waitlisting people for awhile?  Will there still be another acceptance cycle or will the rest be rejected?

Thanks in advance for your opinions.

General Off-Topic Board / Harvard President to Step Down
« on: February 21, 2006, 09:05:01 AM »

Here's an interesting topic.  Say 1.5 years into law school it's time to "pop the question."  If you don't know what "the question" is, then this probably isn't a good topic for you to chime in on.  I believe the "suggested" amount is about two months salary.  Now as a grad student do I consider two months salary for what I was making before graduate school, two months salary of what I'm expecting to make when I graduate, or maybe buy something small and simple with the promise that once I have the first paycheck we'll go together to buy something.  There's a big part of me that doesn't like that last choice and would rather take a loan out to buy "the ring."  What do you guys think?

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