« on: June 27, 2009, 12:13:04 PM »
huh? uiuc is a very good school. if you want to stay in illinois you have a good shot at chicago. but i suspect you just need some ego-stroking, so i don't have much sympathy for you.
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Irvine will undoubtedly be big dog in OC and will probably be well respected in the LA market as it is in the UC-system.
Even with their star faculty, that's still a huge if. The fact of the matter is that they're offering a full ride to the incoming class because they realize what a gamble it is to attend a brand new law school. You may be right that it will one day surpass UC Davis, but there's no way to tell now.
Keep in mind that New York and SoCal are EXTREMELY different. Cardozo is an excellent regional school, and you'll have fewer job opportunities available back West if you attend. On top of that, while Cardozo places decently, it's in a saturated market that is currently hemmoraging jobs. It's still really hard to argue with a full ride, though.
In your case, I'd probably pick either one of the full rides depending on where I wanted to work after graduation. GW is a cut above, but as you said you'll be paying significantly more, and you may find yourself stuck in D.C. for awhile after graduating (which is not really a bad problem to have).
This is a tough one. If you are interested in public interest, I'd pass on GW.
If Irvine weren't in its first year, I'd say go for it. I'm not really sure what sort of guidance you'd get towards a public interest career there. An established clinical program would be nice, but I think its almost important to keep in mind that your career is a lot of what you make out of it. Just because a school offers a nice public interest curriculum doesn't necessarily mean you'll be able to translate that into a career. You'll have to make your own path no matter where you go.
Also are the requirements for keeping the scholly throughout all of law school relatively the same. Are they conditioned on a specific GPA?
NYC is also very expensive compared to Irvine. Plus you'll be up against a host of other schools in NYC for the same job opportunities. Irvine will undoubtedly be big dog in OC and will probably be well respected in the LA market as it is in the UC-system.
went to decision on 2/17 according to duke status checker. do they normally call admitted applicants? should i be worried about this or just wait and see? nervous twitters right now.
I went to decision too. There were a lot of rejections this week but a lot of good numbers that should be auto admit went to decision as well. People are theorizing that it is likely a bunch of waitlists/rejections.
And I do think they either call or email their accepts, but supposedly not necessarily on the day of decision.
A common saying is that "money is the root of evil." My people-experience has proven otherwise. Money can't cripple confidence, can't snuff creativity, and can't kill love near as efficiently or quickly as reticence can. If such a money v. reticence race were run, I would place every spare nickel on that "dark horse" and be confident of winning. What's not said destroys more people than money does, I've found.