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What about San Diego? I figure my chances are pretty good and I could easily see myself living and studying by the beach. If they were to offer money like NYLS, it's a better choice, no?

Your chances are excellent at San Diego, and you would have most likely been offered a very good scholarship. I have a 3.25/160 and got $19k a year from USD, which is roughly a 1/2 ride; you'd get at least that, if you had applied earlier (I applied 4 December). However, since you applied late, there might not be scholarship money left for you (though who knows, there still might be). If you go to USD, be prepared to live in San Diego for the long-haul (the degree is not very portable, and it won't even easily take you to Los Angeles), but San Diego is perhaps the definition of the perfect US city, so that is nothing to complain about.

Forget NYLS. Seriously, don't waste your time. Successful students at NYLS are coming from the NYC business world and going to get a JD. Many of the students are older, non-traditional, and already have internships/jobs lined-up for them before they even start, because of connections.

Thanks for the info. You got accepted to USC and Fordham? Where else if you don't mind me asking? I'm still waiting on USC.

What about San Diego? I figure my chances are pretty good and I could easily see myself living and studying by the beach. If they were to offer money like NYLS, it's a better choice, no?

Thanks for the info guys.

My parents are both Iranian immigrants but I was born and raised in Canada, so I don't know how that qualifies me for URM status. Does it even work for international applicants?

And is it normal for people to switch their applications from FT to PT at this point in the cycle? What do you tell them? Can you say you'd still prefer FT if it's available?

Well the thing is that I have a few schools in Canada that would be in that range in between NYLS and GW. I'm still waiting on four of them (Queen's, Western, Windsor, York). Going to one of those would allow me to live and work in Vancouver, my hometown. I would obviously have to decide between living and practising in the US or Canada, but at this point an acceptance from one of my remaining applications in the US would probably be enough to get me south of the border.

How much of a difference would PT at GW make for my chances at this point?

I keep hearing how NYC is such a competitive market and if you're at a place like NYLS, you're at the bottom of the barrel for jobs and basically screwed unless you're in the top 10%. But isn't the reason why there are so many law schools in the NYC area because there's an insatiable demand for lawyers? I mean, everyone who passes the bar ends up working in a decent law firm somewhere eventually, right? Can there be any BAD law degrees?

Thanks for the replies.

Is NYLS THAT bad? I've read some of the other threads on this topic but I remember seeing somewhere that their 2006 bar pass-rate was something like 80% (albeit rising from somewhere in the 70s and 60s). I could be wrong. Can I assume that a job in international law might be less competitive, and thus easier for a NYLS grad with other relevant credentials?

Anyone know if the California schools are good for a career in international law in NY or DC?

Oh Canada! / Queen's vs. Western vs. Windsor
« on: April 22, 2007, 08:37:46 AM »
Say you're accepted to all three. Where do you go and why?

Hey guys, I just found out I didn't get into my hometown university (UBC in Canada), so now my sights are set on an American school. I got accepted to NYLS with 22.5k (renewable with a 3.3gpa) and I'm still waiting on Harvard (I won't hold my breath), Columbia (same), Georgetown, George Washington, UC Hastings, UCLA and USC. I still have a few safeties in Canada just in case as well.

I went to McGill in Montreal and got a BA Honors in political science. I did a year on exchange at Sciences Po Paris ('the' French elite school) and now I'm doing a MSc in comparative politics at the London School of Economics in England. I speak French and Farsi fluently, and I know basic Spanish. I have a published article about marijuana and Canadian foreign policy (that's right).

I'm feeling like my numbers and soft factors are too good for NYLS, but it is quite tempting to live and work in NYC, especially because I'll at least get the first year tuition discount and I also have several well-connected NY buddies from my McGill days too. The $$$ and debt issue is not a HUGE deal for me, as I'm one of the lucky ones that benefits from generous parents, and I've been living in London and Paris for a couple of years so I'm (and my parents are) used to high prices.

I'm looking to work in international law (I think), so I think that means NYC and DC are my best bets. Is it possible that since I went to such high-ranked undergrad, exchange and grad schools, and focused so much on the poli sci, that just getting that JD from a place like NYLS and passing the bar is all I need to land a good job in int'l law? If I want to work in int'l law, is it better to be in NYC at a shittier school (NYLS) or to go to a better school in California and then come to NYC or DC after graduation? And are int'l law salaries in general significantly different (ie. less) than other fields?

I think my best bets in terms of numbers and reputation in int'l law are probably Georgetown and GWU, so I'm crossing my fingers.

Any opinions/ideas/thoughts?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Chances??? 155 LSAT 3.32 UGPA
« on: July 17, 2006, 09:36:29 PM »
I would consider Gonzaga too - your numbers are slightly high for them, so it would make for a good safety. I would take off of your list Golden Gate - even if you got in, its a risky choice with their probationary accredidation. You could even reach for the University of would be a really really big reach, but if you had a great ps and great lor's, you may get in - and i think, with your preferences, you'd be happy there (as long as you had an umbrella.)

actually i'm from vancouver so i know the weather all too well in seattle

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