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Transferring / Deep in the Heart of Texas
« on: April 18, 2005, 09:55:27 PM »
Questions about Texas.  So I've spent 1 year of lawschool in New York City and have racked up an unreal amount of debt already.  I have lived all over the US - including, California, Northeast, and Midwest (St. Louis).  I plan to transfer to a higher ranking school, but I don't know where I would like to settle geographically.  I've considered transferring to some schools in NY, but am also considering other cities.  Chicago is high on my list as both a fun city to live in, and a good legal market.  However, I am very curious about Texas.  Is Houston as cheap as they say?  And, how is the legal market?  I've looked at the estimated budget of University of Houston and it is 1/3 of where I go in NY.  What is Houston like?  Is there a chance of going to University of Houston and finding work in Austin?  What's the deal?  I'm all about cities, and would not want to live in suburbia. Thus, I'd probably want to live in downtown Houston, or somewhere within a 20 -30 minute commute.  Any suggestions? 

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Where should I go next fall? / New York Law School
« on: April 30, 2004, 10:29:01 PM »
The mailman finally showed up at my door with some good news!  An accpetance letter from New York Law School.  I applied to a rediculous number of law schools, and after ten rejections, an acceptance feels pretty nice.  I have two weeks to hear from other pending schools, but I think NY Law could be a good fit.  Has anyone decided on NY Law?  $1,320 for an apartment through student housing??  Damn!  I thought San Francisco was expensive!


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I have read several threads on this board regarding national placement for various law schools.  From what I have read, for those not contenting for top 10-15 law schools, you should basically go to law school in a region where you might want to live after graduation.  I understand that many law schools like USF are very successful in placing graduates locally, but what about nationally?  It seems like schools like Brooklyn law and USD would have strong alumni connections all around the US.  Brooklyn boasts that it has an alumni base of over sixteen thousand.  I can't imagine that every Brooklyn alum only lives in New York City.  People move about constantly!  When I started searching for law schools I had no idea where I wanted to go.  I love San Francisco, but could be happy in Boston, New York, LA, or beyond.  I went to school for engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, and had no problems getting emplyoment in San Francisco (though civil engineering is a less saturated field than law).  I have not started researching these alumni connections, any other folk wondering the same thing?  I would be pretty excited to get into USD, but based on much of what I read on this board I would be committing my future law career to san diego, a place I have only visited once.

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Where should I go next fall? / Deferred at Brooklyn??
« on: April 13, 2004, 02:42:44 AM »
I received a fat envelope today from Brooklyn law with a fat deferral notice   >:( 
Brooklyn Law is the only school that has had my hopes up so many times.  Has
anyone had any success getting out of the deferral pool?  I am going to send
them an updated resume, an additional recommendation, and a writing sample. 
I feel like I am wasting my time, but who knows.

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Where should I go next fall? / Did everyone hear from USF?
« on: April 05, 2004, 06:54:16 PM »
I am still waiting to hear from USF! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! It's killing me.  Anyone else still waiting.  They said they would have a response in 4-6 weeks, and that was 7 weeks ago.

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Where should I go next fall? / Anyone waiting for 1st acceptance??
« on: April 01, 2004, 09:17:14 PM »
I am still anxiously waiting for my first acceptance - is anyone else in the same boat? So far I've received several rejections and a waitlist, but no acceptance.  I am waiting to hear from 16 schools!  I am thinking about bribing the mailman to page me directly  :)

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Wait List / Rutgers - Camden
« on: March 28, 2004, 09:20:16 PM »
After receiving rejections from Washington and Lee, GW, Santa Clara, UNC, and Northeastern, I was happy to be waitlisted vs. rejected at Rutgers - Camden.  Does anyone know more information about their waitlist?  I was thinking I would get one more recommendation and write a letter of continued interest.  My stats are: 155 lsat, 3.68 GPA, graduated from a top 15 university with a degree in civil engineering, and three years of work experience.

Thanks! 

I've heard that Camden sucks and might be a shock to the system after living for a few years in San Francisco. ;)

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Where should I go next fall? / Santa Clara vs. USF
« on: March 18, 2004, 10:05:28 PM »
I was denied at Santa Clara and I am waiting to hear from USF.  Has anyone been accepted at USF while denied at Santa Clara?

Thanks!

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Thus far I have been rejected at four of the twenty-five schools I applied to (Washington and Lee, UNC, Fordham, and Santa Clara).  I would like to contact these admissions offices to see if there are is any detail available regarding my file.  My objective is not to piss and moan, but to gain some insight should I reapply next year.  Has anyone tried this approach?  I am guessing it will be a waste of time, but I am curious about what others think.  I am particularly bummed about Santa Clara - I thought I had a decent shot there.



Thanks!

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Where should I go next fall? / Mediocre LSAT and GPA
« on: February 12, 2004, 08:44:59 PM »
I scored a 155 on my LSAT and my cumulative undergraduate gpa from Washington University was a 3.10 (B.S. in civil engineering).  I have been working as an engineer for three years at one of the largest engineering firms in the world, and I obtained excellent references.  I have had a difficult time assessing where I would fall in the applicant pool, and as such have applied to 16 schools with 5 more on my list.  I fall below the mean LSAT scores at a majority of the schools I have chosen. Does anyone have any advice?  My top choices are UC Hastings, George Washington, USC, and Fordham. Am I being unrealistic given my mediocre LSAT and GPA?  From the third tier I am considering Penn State and New York Law School. 

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