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Choosing the Right Law School / WUSTL/UIUC visit
« on: March 19, 2005, 05:57:26 PM »
I visited both these schools thursday and friday, so here are my short impressions:

UIUC:  The building wasn't anything special, but it wasn't terrible like a lot of people seem to think.  Students seemed pretty cool overall, a bit competitive but no one seemed agressive about it.  This wasn't an admitted students day, and the scool was a bit deserted because of the basketball game, but I talked to Paul Pless who was very helpful.  The town is decent, but I'm not one of the city kids who have to live near an opera house or something.  There were a lot of decent looking bars and food places, and the campus had good parking.  Rent at the various areas appeared to be fairly inexpensive.

WUSTL:  This building was of course pretty amazing.  The students seemed a little bit more laid back that UIUC, but also a bit less focused.  The campus is really nice as well, and they have shuttles and various forms of public transportation.  The admissions people were all very nice.  Cost of living looked to be a bit higher but not as bad as I had figured. 

All in all, I was very impressed with WUSTL, and St. Louis seems like it would be a little more exciting place to live, but the schools reps and placement are nearly identical.  I am not sure that WUSTL would be worth the extra 20k a year, especially since as a law student one doesn't have an excessive amount of time to go daytripping or whatever.  One other thing we looked at was the availability of employment for my wife during school.  We were somewhat worried about this at UIUC, but there seemed to be a lot of work available.

Anyone else visit?  Please share your impressions.

Law School Admissions / Results - Low GPA + High LSAT
« on: February 15, 2005, 02:33:51 PM »
Hello.  I've got an interesting situation and I thought it might be useful to others here.  I got a 170 on the LSAT and I have a 2.14 GPA.  I've been out of school for a few years, so there was some distance there, but it did make it difficult to predict results.  Out of 16 apps, here are my results:

Arizona State: Accepted
Cardozo: Still out
Case Western: Still out
Columbia: Still out (I don't have much hope, but they sent a fee waiver)
Geroge Mason: Still out
Illinois: Accepted, with $7500 a year
Indiana-Bloomington: Accepted, $6000 a year
Iowa: Still out
Kansas: Rejected (I'm a Kansas resident, some people say they don't like that)
Northwestern: Rejected (Only applied because of fee waiver)
Virginia: Still out (Director of Admissions strongly encouraged me to apply)
Washburn: Accepted
Washington and Lee: Still out
William and Mary: Still out
Wisconsin: Waitlisted
Washington U. St. Louis: Accepted

Currently I'm really considering Washington and Illinois, though I'd really like UVA.  My GPA being so bad has been odd, though apparently I wrote decent essays.  One positive note, though: Looking at grids next year, I'll probably get my own box at the bottom right :)

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