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Where should I go next fall? / Getting in off the waitlist...
« on: May 06, 2008, 06:44:02 PM »
Hi there,

I am on five waitlists right now.  I was wondering if I get into any of these schools, should I expect that those acceptances will not be accompanied with any merit scholarship offers of any kind?  If so, is it crazy to try to negotiate with a financial aid office of a school that accepted you via waitlist?  They probably have money leftover from withdrawal students, right?

The reason I ask is because I currently have a deposit down at a school which offered me a good scholarship (solid Tier 3 school) and I would prefer not to have frightening amounts of debt.  I don't know if I am wasting my time (and theirs) with the waitlist schools (all Tier 2 schools) since, if they don't offer waitlisters any financial help, they won't be offering me enough money to make it feasible to begin with.

Is it crazy to pay full price for a tier 2?

Any input or whatever anyone else has heard regarding similar situations with other law school applicants would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

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Where should I go next fall? / Advice regarding "regional" law schools
« on: April 03, 2008, 01:29:56 PM »
i am curious to hear opinions regarding the ability to relocate after attending a 70-100 ranked tier 2 or a good tier 3.

is it really true that it is not realistic to consider going to a cheaper school, practice for a few years in the region, and then find a great job with a firm elsewhere after developing some experience and a good track record?

i am skeptical of people who say that you absolutely HAVE to plan on settling down where you go to school unless you go to a top 14 school.  it seems silly to me that firms would look down on hiring someone who isn't fresh out of a school from their region as opposed to an experienced associate from somewhere else.

everyone tells me that i am unrealistic but i am just looking for people's take on this...please feel free to bring me back down to earth on this because i certainly don't want to make the mistake of going to a school and then being committed to spokane washington or syracuse new york for the rest of my career.  thanks people!

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Where should I go next fall? / Merit Scholarships
« on: March 19, 2008, 12:30:26 AM »
Hi,

I have received a few pretty good renewable merit scholarship offers and they require a cumulative gpa of 2.75 at the end of each spring semester for the year.  In speaking with a friend who went to one of the schools, he informed me that the median grade in most curved classes is a B- at the school he attended which is essentially a 2.7 on a four point scale.

With this thought in mind, do a lot of schools tend to stack all of their merit scholarship students into one section so that a large portion of them will undoubtedly end up narrowly missing out on their scholarship money?

This is a big concern of mine because if most of you have heard similarly ominous news, I am thinking that maybe I should worry less about what is offered financially and worry more about which of the schools I am accepted to are stronger in other areas.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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Where should I go next fall? / syracuse university
« on: March 18, 2008, 02:20:16 PM »
i was wondering if there is anyone out there that can tell me what kind of reputation syracuse university college of law has in the northeast legal community...is this strictly a law school for people that want to practice in upstate new york?

i know the school is generally recognized as a good school but i am just not so sure about the law school.  any input would be helpful.  thanks people.

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