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2L job search / Choosing between a few offers - any help appreciated
« on: October 29, 2008, 11:18:05 AM »
I have a few offers in LA:  Simpson Thacher (small office), Proskauer Rose (bigger office), and Mannatt Phelps (La-based firm).  Any advice?  I realize Simpson is high up in Vault, but is there any concern working for the smaller satellite office in LA?

I'm going to UT, barring last-minute acceptances from UCLA or Penn....

Hook 'em? (I'm from LA, and at the time, I wasn't too happy about that Vince Young TD...)

I plan to live and work in LA. That is where I grew up, and where my family still lives.

Loyola's offered me a full ride, while USC and Texas essentially offered little to no money (USC would cost me 35K per year, while Texas would cost about 30K).

I have a number of connections in law firms in LA, and I am confident I could do well at Loyola.  Should I still take out the loans and go to USC or Texas? If so, why?


Where should I go next fall? / USC or Texas
« on: April 03, 2007, 04:16:57 AM »
Need to decide soon where I want to go next year. It's down to USC, Texas and Loyola LA (full scholarship). I plan to live in LA after law school.


thanks for the help.

as of now, i plan to submit deposits at loyola (full ride) and texas and wait out USC/UCLA.

I was recently accepted to Univ of Texas, and I'm really excited about it.

That being said, I plan to live and work in Los Angeles, and most of my friends live either in NYC or LA -- making Fordham and Loyola quite appealing.

I realize Loyola is not ranked very high, but it, in many ways, is the Fordham of LA, I think.

Anyway, I was wondering what you thought about Texas, in terms of working in LA, and how it compares to the other schools I listed. If I were to be admitted to USC, I imagine I'd have to choose that over Texas, merely for its LA connections.

Thanks for reading.

Law School Applications / Where else should I apply? 166, 3.8 from Columbia
« on: December 26, 2006, 01:09:26 PM »
I'm from LA, and would prefer to be in NY or LA. I've applied to USC, UCLA, Loyola, NYU, Columbia, Fordham, Georgetown, GW, Penn.

Is there anywhere else you think I should apply? Is it worth applying to Stanford/Harvard, or do I have no shot of getting in? Would rather save the $80 if there's no chance...

Thanks for your help...

Law School Applications / How important are the optional essays?
« on: December 13, 2006, 06:56:58 PM »
Are they worth writing -- i.e. why i want to go to ucla/northwestern -- if i truly have no idea why i want to go, except that they are good schools with good job placement??

Also, the NW optional interview -- how important is that? If I elect not to take it, will they judge me negatively? I'm actually a good interviewer, I think, but I don't want to spend 400$ flying to Chicago, when NW isn't a top choice of mine...


Where should I go next fall? / Re: Question
« on: December 13, 2006, 06:55:01 PM »
it's not a scholarship. my mom works for loyola grad school, so i can go for free (i didnt want to get into the specifics)

Where should I go next fall? / Question
« on: December 12, 2006, 01:11:49 PM »
I recently sent out my apps to several East coast (nyu, columbia, fordham, penn) and West coast (loyola (LA), ucla, usc, boalt) schools. I've been offered a full scholarship at Loyola already, and I plan to practice law in LA.

If I were admitted to USC/UCLA, do you think it's worth it to take out loans and forego the scholarship at Loyola? I'm confident that it's worth it to take out loans for NYU/Columbia/Penn/Boalt, I'm just not sure about SC and UCLA, in terms of getting jobs in LA.

Truthfully, I don't have to decide until I hear back from all of these schools, but it's hard not to think about it ahead of time.

Thanks for reading, and commenting.

-DJ (3.8 from Dartmouth; 166 LSAT).

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