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Where should I go next fall? / SMU or BYU?
« on: March 04, 2009, 03:36:38 PM »
So I am married w/ 2 small kids.  164/2.75, non URM.  Here is what I know/think/feel about SMU and BYU respectively:

SMU
-About 19% get jobs in Big-Law (NJL 250)
-About 40% get jobs in firms larger than 100 attorneys
-About 5% get clerkships
-About 2% unemployed 9 months after graduation
-A guy i know (worked in Dallas big law for 4 years) said that the top third of the class has no trouble getting jobs, the middle third has to look a little, and the bottom third has to claw a bit
- Visited Dallas and loved the school and the area.  Can definitely see myself settling down there (I'm from pacific northwest)
- I have contacts who are attorneys in Dallas.
-Tuition (with scholarship) will be about $20k/year.  There is a very high possibility my second and third years will be paid for do to the Trade Act Assistance (another topic)

BYU
-About 15% get big-law jobs (NJL 250)
-About 30% get jobs with firms larger than 100 attorneys
-About 15% get clerkships
-About 10% UNEMPLOYED 9 months after graduation
-I'm cool with living in provo, although honestly I would probably rather live in Dallas. 
-Tuition will be about $8k/year (same probability that second and third years will be paid for)


Right now I am definitely leaning towards SMU.  It just seems (based on the numbers and on the contacts) like that Job prospects are better in Dallas than in Salt Lake City.  Granted, BYU's rep is more national than SMU, but I would rather go to law school and plant roots, rather than have to move my family all over for 1L and 2L jobs.

Anyway, Is my thinking here justified?  Is SMU worth the added tuition?  I just want to see what you all think.  Thanks!


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In at American and University of Kentucky ;D.  Wait-listed at Northeastern (my school of choice), Miami, and Loyola Chicago :-[.  I guess that is what a 164 and a 2.75 will do to you...  You never know what schools will think about you.  Neither rankings nor the LSAC UGPA/LSAT tool would have "predicted" my outcomes so far this cycle.  If anything, I was thinking the opposite would have happened.

But anyway, my lesson learned (and I am grateful that I anticipated this happening) and my advice to splitters is this - you need to apply to a wide range of schools both geographically and by the rankings, because you just don't know what your app is gonna look like to the adcomms.

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Does U. Chicago always call with an acceptance?  My status updated a couple days ago to "decision mailed" or something like that, but I got no phone call.  I assume it's because my decision is a rejection (no surprise at all), but thought I would see what the experiences of others reveals.

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So I posted this in the Review thread, and then realized its pretty much dead. (seriously, didn't mean to rhyme that)  Anywhooooo....

So I got accepted to U. Kentucky a couple days ago.  I'm really excited cuz with my stats (2.75, 164, white male, decent extras) I don't know that I'll get accepted into any schools that are markedly better.  Plus it's my first piece of good mail (damn Miami and their wait-list!) and I'll never forget my first   I do live on the other side of the country, so beyond horse racing and basketball, I don't know ANYTHING about the state, the city, or the school.  I'd appreciate anything insight - pros, cons, and otherwise - that you all can offer.  Thanks a lot!

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Tell me what you know about Kentucky.
« on: December 18, 2008, 12:45:22 AM »
So I got accepted to U. Kentucky a couple days ago.  I'm really excited cuz with my stats (2.75, 164, white male, decent extras) I don't know that I'll get accepted into any schools that are markedly better.  Plus it's my first piece of good mail (damn Miami and their wait-list!) and I'll never forget my first :-*  I do live on the other side of the country, so beyond horse racing and basketball, I don't know ANYTHING about the state, the city, or the school.  I'd appreciate anything insight - pros, cons, and otherwise - that you all can offer.  Thanks a lot!

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My status just updated today.  "Decision Pending" for binding early application at U. Chicago (My ultra-super-duper-stretch-reach-impossible-school.  Any idea when my decision will come?  Any clue as to what the ad comm is doing right now?  My stats are poor so I'm expecting a rejection, but it should be my first decision, so I'm pretty excited about it.

Anywho, any info you all might have about this status would be helpful.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / A request for the people who run this board
« on: November 21, 2008, 09:26:21 PM »
Could you start moving conversations and/or posts that don't have anything to do with law school to a "banter board" - ie a separate part of the board for people to discuss things like politics and racism and junk like that?  Maybe have an archives board as well for super old posts that are now worthless.  I used to be a pretty frequent poster/troller, but now it seems like all I see are ten page threads about the color of peoples skin at the admin office at UT.  Posts/threads like that have rendered this site almost uselessIt is no longer very informative, and I can almost get specific info about law school faster by googling than I can on this board. 

Sorry for the lame post.  It doesn't really discuss law school at all, so please move it to the banter-board.  Thanks.

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I'm checking out.  Turning off my PC.  See you all Monday

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I have the window where my score will be slid over off the screen just enough so that I can only see the first two digits of my score (I took it once already, so I can see where my new score will be).  That way I'll be able to see if I am in the 60's or 70's (If I'm in the 50's I'll just start cutting myself), and I can reveal the score to myself slowly.  It'll be sort of like a strip tease...

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Studying for the LSAT / I am enraged.
« on: October 24, 2008, 06:55:22 PM »
LSAC has established (many times over) a precedent of releasing scores on Friday for the Oct. LSAT.  How can they do this to us?  I get my effing tax returns back faster than this! >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

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