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Transferring / UpWard Trend?
« on: May 05, 2009, 02:08:47 PM »
Hey all,

I know that it's mostly just guessing, but I'd love to hear some of your opinions on how some of the top school look at dramatic upward performance jumps from fall to spring semester.  All other things being equal, would straight A's second semester help to mitigate a mediocre first?

Thanks, ;D


Job Search / US Attorney's Office
« on: February 11, 2009, 01:12:11 PM »
Anyone else going to a US Attorney's office?  I'll be at one this summer and, while I know that it may differ dramatically by location, I am wondering if anyone has a good handle on what to expect, generally?


b ;)

Transferring / Top 7-9 to Top 2-4?
« on: February 11, 2009, 12:47:44 PM »
What stats/class rank/conditions do you all think are necessary/sufficient for such a move?


Transferring / UMich to HYS?
« on: August 25, 2008, 12:10:37 PM »
Hey all!

I'll be attending Michigan this year as a 1L, and I am very excited.  However, I would like to work in the Denver area after graduation, while keeping the possibility of clerking or teaching as open options.  So, assuming decent grades during my 1L, I intend to transfer to a top-top school in order to make these goals more possible.  I realize that Michigan is a great school, but it seems that the HYS trio trump all when it comes to opening doors throughout one's career (grades, accolades, and "connections" being equal). 

I am wondering if any of you have any experience, first-hand or otherwise, with students who were able to transfer successfully from a school of about Michigan's caliber to either Harvard, Yale, or Stanford.  Do they even consider students from such schools as possible transfers? or are they looking for exclusively "le creme de la creme" from schools like NYU, Columbia, or Chicago?

Any insight is appreciated!

bjtnj ;D 

Incoming 1Ls / Transfering...
« on: February 23, 2008, 01:22:22 PM »
Hey all,

While I am extremely excited to be choosing between G-Town and UPenn for the upcomming cycle, my wife's family all live in California and I was wondering if anyone here knew if UPenn or G-Town are likely feeder/transfer schools for Stanford or Berkeley, or even Harvard, for that matter.

Thanks in advance!

bjtnj ;D

Choosing the Right Law School / Denver AUSA
« on: February 21, 2008, 05:49:52 AM »
Hello All,

After law school, my goal is to land a job in the US Attorney's office for the Denver district and I was wondering if anyone on this board has an idea/experience with landing such a position.  I will likely be attending either UPENN Law or Columbia Law this fall, but I was also accepted to CU-Boulder and the University of Denver. 

While I realize that it would probably be silly to take Boulder or Denver over Penn or Columbia (barring an extenuating circumstance or full ride at one of the former), do you think that being from outside Colorado, attending law school out of state, and then applying at the US Attorney's office in Denver would find me in stiff competition with some of the gunners from the Boulder/Denver law schools?  Would I be better off in this scenario just attending Boulder, the "hometown favorite?"

Also, does anybody know how difficult it is to get these jobs?

Thanks in advance for your input!

bjtnj ;D

Choosing the Right Law School / UPenn/GULC PI Scholarships?
« on: February 20, 2008, 03:16:52 PM »
I am just wondering if anyone knows when UPENN and Georgetown Law will be making their announcements regarding Public Interest fellowships this year. 

Does anyone know what kind of applicants have been awarded these fellowships in the past?  Do I have to cure cancer between now and then to even anticipate winning one?


bjtnj ;)

Incoming 1Ls / UPenn w/Wharton Cert
« on: February 15, 2008, 08:58:24 AM »
Does anyone here know from experience (theirs or others') how the Wharton certificate generally looks to potential employers?  Being comprised of only four Wharton classes do you think it'd be substantive enough to draw a really positive response, or is it just a bit of extra but inconsequential icing on an already tasty cake? (whew! split-second analogy here)


bjtnj ;)

Law School Admissions / Waitlist Questions:
« on: February 13, 2008, 08:58:16 AM »
Hey all,

I was just waitlisted at Columbia and U of Chicago and I have a few concerns that I hope some of you could help me out with.

1) Does anyone know how "deep" a typical waitlist at either school is and how far in they may reach in an average year?

2) Since they may not make a waitlist decision until May or later, how does this affect prospects for need-based financial aid?

3) olumbia says that they will reevaluate applications in May, but many schools ask for reservations to be made by April. How does this work? Can one make a reservation at say, Penn, and then if admitted to Columbia decide otherwise? Would a deposit or something be lost?

Thanks in advance for all of your input!

bjtnj :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Columbia?
« on: October 21, 2007, 08:07:28 AM »
I have a 3.46 gpa (3.37 from the LSAC screw-job) and an LSAT score of 173.

Soft factors:

-State senate financial research experience and I'm a current Peace Corps volunteer.

-GPA was a 3.9 for my final two years after taking a few years off to work the night-shift on a large, urban emergency-911 ambulance system (in addendum).

-Non URM.

-Both LORs and essay are school specific.


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