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Good idea or bad idea to go into one of these?

Consider these schools:

  • International Law at Temple Law in Tokyo
  • International Law at Leiden in the Netherlands.
  • Business Law at Bocconi in Milano Italy
  • Eu Law at Copenhagen in Denmark
  • School of Oriental and African Studies Law Faculty in London
  • Law at New South Wales in Sydney Australia

Any thoughts on the value to one's future of spending a fall or spring in one of these places as a 2L or 3L?

Any links to ratings and reviews of their programs, or blogs or other writings by past students who have gone to them?

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L.L.M. Board / Univ San Francisco versus Hastings
« on: August 17, 2005, 12:53:08 PM »
I started at USF yesterday, with orientation classes, but I got up this morning to a phone call from UC Hastings asking me to come in, I'm off the waiting list and they want me to start classes -tomorrow-.

Hastings ranks in the top 100, and USF is somewhere in the 150...

That might make it easy, save that Hastings is doing cosntruction for the next few years and may or may not even have a law library right now. I've also heard rumors that students there are very hostile to each other - even going as far as shredding each other's siezed notebooks. USF by contrast has facilities built in the last five years with a law library large enough to fit twice the entire student body, a lot of progressive social activism (and I am left leaning), very active and helpful alumni as well as student groups, and is generally, a 'friendly' campus.

One of these turns out 'scrappy' lawyers that are good in a 'pit fight' and the other 'mediators' that are good at solving problems.

I know Hasting's ranking at 22 or 23 in the nation or thereabouts, but not exactly for USF - I do know USF has one of the few 'maritime law' specialities on the west coast if not the nation, and is very well set in the fields of IP and International law.

My interests are in criminal law, international law, or civil rights law...



I've got to make a choice fast, and I doubt anyone will even read this before I'm already done with this, but I had to vent and I've just finished with the list of relatives. Maybe one of you -will- see this before I make my choice and have an opinion with some facts beyond just the 'rumors' I've heard of each... :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Univ San Francisco versus Hastings
« on: August 17, 2005, 12:49:39 PM »
I started at USF yesterday, with orientation classes, but I got up this morning to a phone call from UC Hastings asking me to come in, I'm off the waiting list and they want me to start classes -tomorrow-.

Hastings ranks in the top 100, and USF is somewhere in the 150...

That might make it easy, save that Hastings is doing cosntruction for the next few years and may or may not even have a law library right now. I've also heard rumors that students there are very hostile to each other - even going as far as shredding each other's siezed notebooks. USF by contrast has facilities built in the last five years with a law library large enough to fit twice the entire student body, a lot of progressive social activism (and I am left leaning), very active and helpful alumni as well as student groups, and is generally, a 'friendly' campus.

One of these turns out 'scrappy' lawyers that are good in a 'pit fight' and the other 'mediators' that are good at solving problems.

I know Hasting's ranking at 22 or 23 in the nation or thereabouts, but not exactly for USF - I do know USF has one of the few 'maritime law' specialities on the west coast if not the nation, and is very well set in the fields of IP and International law.

My interests are in criminal law, international law, or civil rights law...



I've got to make a choice fast, and I doubt anyone will even read this before I'm already done with this, but I had to vent and I've just finished with the list of relatives. Maybe one of you -will- see this before I make my choice and have an opinion with some facts beyond just the 'rumors' I've heard of each... :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Just got my LSAT, now what / where?
« on: July 02, 2004, 03:39:15 PM »
I just got my score, a 167.

Now I've got to sit down and think about where to apply - here in or around San Francisco, or try to sneak my way into one of those schools on my dream list on the East Coast (Harvard - yeah right, the two in NYC I can never remember the exact names of, and so on).

The big issue for me is my GPA.
I spent the nineties taking oddball evening classes to support my 'dot-commer' fix, and had some wild idea of getting a Computer Science degree at one point - which cut me down quite a bit.

I've got a 3.77 at the university I attend -SFSU, where I expect to graduate in december- but it drops to 3.11 when I add in my Junior College days... :o

Hopefully by December I'll pull that 3.11 up a little more.

So I suspect my reality choices are Hastings, SFU, and that sort - my dream choices are everybody's dream choices: Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard. But even as a Native American that's a dream, but it's about time to wake up and see what's really out there... 8)

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