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Law School Admissions / Re: Drexel & ABA approval
« on: December 19, 2007, 07:02:20 PM »
I may be wrong but from what I have read when a school becomes ABA approved they always start as a tier 4 school. There is not much to rank them on.
This is incorrect.  A new school can debut anywhere in the rankings.  UNLV for instance started in the second tier.
Drexel's most recent class had a median GPA of 3.4 and median lsat of 158.  This is already in the lower tier 2 range.  The coop program is leading to alot of interaction with the local legal community and the school has been pushing its faculty to publish.  This should help with the perception components of the rankings.  Drexel also was fairly successful in getting its 1st class placed in summer associate positions this summer.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Michael Moore v. CNN
« on: July 15, 2007, 01:24:00 AM »
First installment:

"According to Statistics Canada, approximately 1.2 million Canadians lack a family doctor and are looking for one. Others seek more urgent care. Toronto was shaken recently when the media reported that a retired hockey legend was forced to wait more than a month for life-saving chemotherapy because of a bed shortage at the largest cancer hospital in the country. American companies now routinely advertise in major Canadian dailies, offering timely health care—in the United States. No wonder that, a few years back, more than 80 percent of Canadians rated the system 'in crisis.'"
According to Businessweek the US doesn't fare to well against other industrialized countries (besides Canada) when it comes to wait times.  Link (which i got off MM's website):

"81% of patients in New Zealand got a same or next-day appointment for a nonroutine visit, 71% in Britain, 69% in Germany, 66% in Australia, 47% in the U.S., and 36% in Canada."

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: A Realistic Fall '07 Strategy?
« on: July 01, 2007, 10:44:08 PM »
Dude there are URMs with much lower #s who have been accepted into alot of the T14.  Some in the low 160s with a 3.5ish gpa have been accepted at schools like Michigan,Georgetown,Fordham etc.  With better numbers you should have a really good shot.

Personally I wouldn't retake but just because I wouldn't want to deal with the stress of taking the test again.  Although taking the test again and getting a 170+ could potentially get you into one of the T3.  Good luck!

You are right.  It is a lot of freaking money to pay for something you aren't sure that you want to do.  If you aren't sure that is what you want to do...don't do it!  At least not now.  You might not be able to get a great job right out of school w/an english degree but you might be suprised.  I don't know what area you live in, but where I live (Kansas City) if you put your resume on monster and have any college degree you will get contacted.  My friend has a polisci degree (about as marketable as english) and put his resume on monster and now makes 35k (which is decent in KC) working for some online university.  They contacted him.  He really likes his job.

An english degree means you can work as a paralegal as well.  Why not do that and see what you think?  There are certainly options, they may not be fancy 6 figure jobs but they do exist.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Which Cooley campus?
« on: May 19, 2007, 09:31:43 AM »
I don't know much about Cooley.  However if i were making this decision I would probably choose the Lansing campus.  Being a LS in the capitol city might lead to some decent opportunities provided you do well.

I guess it depends on whether that matters to you or if the livability of the city matters to you.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Tell me about Villanova
« on: May 10, 2007, 05:15:09 PM »
Seems to have a good reputation.  Way to expensive IMO and not very liberal with the amount of $$$ they give out.  The facilities are terrible as well, although I think the exterior of the campus is quite nice.

It doesn't seem like any of these schools would be all that great for chicago.  Temple would likely be the worst IMO since they focus primarily on the Philly area.

If you could get into Temple/Case it seems like you could have gotten into at least one of Kent/Depaul/loyola.  Did you not apply to all three?  If not maybe you should wait a least if you are really set on chicago.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Criminal Law -- Which School?
« on: April 23, 2007, 03:56:58 PM »
Definetely don't need a car at penn.  Alot of stuff is close to campus and the public transportation is decent.  Don't know anything about UVA but since it is a small town I would assume that you would need a car.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Vandy $$$ or UVA
« on: April 23, 2007, 03:52:25 PM »
Definetely Vandy.

I say this because you don't want to do biglaw.  Alot of people that goto bigname schools and end up owing 180k don't want to do biglaw but are forced to because of the massive debt.  I think the smaller debt at vandy could potentially mean more opportunities (if you want to stay in the south) than UVA.  Just my opinion though.

What criteria is used for LLM acceptances?  How does the difficulty vary at different schools?  Just wondering.

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