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What do "regular people" (let's say college educated people who have never attended a law school) think are the best law schools?

1. Harvard
2. Yale
3. Stanford
... (big drop off)
4. Columbia
5. Georgetown
6. Berkeley
7. Duke
8. Notre Dame
9. Vanderbilt
10. Michigan
11. NYU
12. Cornell
13. UPenn
14. UCLA
15. USC
16. Virginia
17. Northwestern
18. Texas
19. Emory
20. GW
21. Chicago
22. BC?
23. BU?
24. UNC?
25. W & M?
26. Washington U.?
27. Tulane?
28. Wisconsin?
29. Minnesota?
30. W & L? American?

Choosing the Right Law School / transfer students and LOR's
« on: May 27, 2010, 09:16:18 AM »
Any top law schools not require LOR's from a current law school professor for transfer students? I think George Washington doesn't require any LOR's. Anyone know of any others?

Choosing the Right Law School / Fordham FT/ PT and other NYC schools
« on: November 15, 2008, 09:02:04 PM »
Hi, I was originally looking at school in the Southeast, but recently, for personal reasons, I might I have to live in NYC.  But I don't know too much about the schools up there and could use some advice.
I'm 3.5/ 162 LSAT, good soft factors, nothing extraordinary, non URM.  From Mississippi (will that help at all for georgraphic diversity?)
So where should I apply if it turns out I do need to be in the NYC area?
The only school I've really researched so far is Fordham.  What are my chances FT and what afre my chances PT?  Is there anything in particular they're looking for?
Also, UConn looks like a school that might be a good fit with my numbers -- does anyone know if it's possible to commute from NYC and what it's reputation in NYC is?
What other schools should I look at?

Choosing the Right Law School / Tulane $$ vs. Florida
« on: April 20, 2008, 04:56:59 PM »
I've commented on enough of these that I might as well make my own.

Tulane's offered me about $40,000 over 3 years.  It would still be more expensive than Florida.  I'm from Mississippi but I don't have a strong preference for where I want to live after I graduate and I'm not sure what kind of law I want to practice.  I don't really want biglaw.  I have some interest in a job for the federal government.  I've done some research on JAG and it looks appealing.  But a job at a small or medium sized firm in the Southeast might be fine too.  I admit that I do care about prestige.

I'm waitlisted at Minnesota and William and Mary to make it a little more complicated.

What should I do?

Choosing the Right Law School / SMU
« on: January 24, 2008, 03:50:06 PM »
SMU is definitely better than Baylor (or Houston).  It's medians are higher and the starting salary is higher too.
I applied to SMU and not Houston but if I was in-state I'd probably pick Houston unless SMU offered me money or I knew I wanted Dallas.  SMU is expensive.
Your numbers are probably pretty good for part-time but it might be a reach for full-time.

Choosing the Right Law School / University of Alabama
« on: November 23, 2007, 07:13:38 PM »
Bama seems like a great school -- it's median's are high, Supreme Court judges come and give lectures every year, and it's ranking is high.  But is it actually any better than state schools like South Carolina, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and LSU?  Aren't you just as limited to your own state attending Bama as you are any of these other schools?  And aren't job prospects in Bama just as mediocre as in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and South Carolina?

Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina seem different because there are bigger legal markets in those states and, they seem to have at least a slightly more national profile.

I'm really starting to wonder if it's even worth applying to Bama.

Am I wrong?

Choosing the Right Law School / another what are my chances thread
« on: November 20, 2007, 09:19:42 PM »
So what are my chances?

162/ 3.48 from top 30 school, non URM, interesting work experience, not much in the way of EC's, good PS, avergae LOR's, have a Master's degree, from Mississippi.

Washington & Lee
Notre Dame
William & Mary
George Mason
Wake Forest
Ole Miss

Choosing the Right Law School / Most Portability in the Southeast?
« on: November 08, 2007, 09:34:04 PM »
I think I want to practice law in the Sutheast, but I'd like to have flexability and not be limited to one state.  Which of these schools do you think is the most portable throughout the region and not just strong in their home state?  In other words, which ones are truly "regional" and which are just "state"?

Alabama, Tulane, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Wake Forrest

Law School Admissions / Addenda for minor traffic violations?
« on: November 06, 2007, 03:42:40 PM »
Most schools say to write an addenda for crimes excluding minor traffic violations.  Buts at least a couple I'm applying to just say to write an addenda for any criminal charges brought against you (I think ND and Tulane both say this).  So does that really mean that I have to write an addenda for my two tickets I got for failing to stop at a stop sign and my parking tickets?

Choosing the Right Law School / Washington & Lee?
« on: October 25, 2007, 12:32:58 AM »
I've heard very little about Washington & Lee on these boards except that it offers a fee waver if you apply online.  That got me interested.  Does anyone here go to W&L or have any experience with the school?  What's the social life like?  Where do most grads work and what kinds of jobs?  It would be a reach school for me, but what are my chances? (3.48/162)

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