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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UW Madison v. Iowa
« on: March 24, 2008, 02:22:52 PM »
Hey Wasapolo,

I graduated from IOWA in '07. Overall, I had a very positive experience. Almost all of my friends who wanted to work in BIGlaw were able to earn a position in Chicago or Minneapolis, but all of them finished in the top 25% or so. I have friends who finished outside of the top 25% who are working at very decent firms, but they are not making $140k+ their first year out (closer to $90k, I imagine). The faculty is solid. It is tough to find anyone better than Hovenkamp in Anti-Trust, and Hillary Sale is outstanding in Corporation Law.

I know some people who went to UWisconsin and had similar experiences to my own at IOWA, but I am uncertain of their overall placement. If you can earn a Research Assistant (RA) position at IOWA you get in-state tuition after your first year, but RA positions are competitive.

Despite some of the rants on this board, I think IOWA and UWisconsin are solid options. In fact, I know lots of people at these schools who declined offers from schools ranked #8-#15 in order to get $ (myself included). Also, my girlfriend went to IOWA and works at a BIG law firm, and the people in her year went to Penn, Michigan, Wash U., Duke, UChicago, Virginia, and Northwestern.

I hope this helps...

It does, thank you for the help.  How is the Career Services Office at Iowa?  You mention that the more successful grads are the ones who put in the legwork themselves and don't rely on OCI, which I can understand.   But does the CSO help you in directing your personal career endeavors, lead you in the right direction, give you contact information, show you different options, etc?

What would be your best advice to someone who is choosing between these two schools?  What would you call to their attention about both schools, have them think about.  Since you've been through the rigors of law school you have a different perspective than many posters here.

Thanks for your time

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UW Madison v. Iowa
« on: March 18, 2008, 09:31:50 PM »
Yeah, I've read those posts and they're pretty extreme.  I've spoken with several friends that attend Iowa and they say its grossly out of order and inappropriate.  So really I'm looking for more constructive input if anyone has some...

Law School Admissions / Re: Held at UIUC
« on: March 03, 2008, 10:25:44 PM »
tag, I'm held too, no idea when we'll hear back.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What kind of car should I get?
« on: March 01, 2008, 05:16:52 PM »
^ smaller cars in wintery cities are more efficient, actually, waspolo. speaking from a simply economically efficient outlook, smaller cars tend to be swayed by the forces of gravitational inertia to a greater extent, thus providing a smaller car with the energy it requires in snowy arenas. lol, i never thought my path to a physics major would ever come in handy lol, though i gave up that path for the legal arena

Yeah, I understand what your saying, but safety might be a concern.  Imagine trying to stop a Miata in snow.  I've tried and it sucks, I feared for my life while driving that car in the snow.  Economically and efficiency wise, yes I guess small cars would be wise.  But not when your concerned with turning, stopping and the like. Additionally, even if you're a safe driver/good driver in the snow etc., in a small car you have to trust that all the other drivers in the snow aren't going to driving like a-holes and not hit you.

However, maybe a better example on my part would be to say you wouldn't want a rear wheel drive car in a location that receives a lot of snow.  I think we can both agree that AWD or at the least a front wheel drive car would be much better in the snow. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What kind of car should I get?
« on: March 01, 2008, 04:37:44 PM »
I'm trading in my '02 Grand Cherokee Laredo and I am buying a brand new car. I have about 12-14 plus the trade in to spend. What should I get? I want to save mor eon gas, but I don't want something with the pickup of a kia

What type of weather are you going to be in?  If you're up in Minnesota or something you don't really want a small car with all the snow.  If your in a city, you'd obviously want a smaller compact. It would be a lot easier to make suggestions if we knew where you'd be driving most of time, or at least knew the characteristics of the driving.     

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What kind of car should I get?
« on: March 01, 2008, 04:28:24 PM »
Whoops, I didn't write that correctly, I must have been distracted.  I meant to say I had to drive far in order to get DIESEL gas, not just regular gas, and yes, I've researched it.  Carlock is not exactly a bustling burb. 

I was simply warning the OP that maybe it might be hard to find diesel. That link would certainly help though.  As the popularity of diesel grows this wont be as much of a problem, but it's still something to consider when your initially researching a car.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What kind of car should I get?
« on: March 01, 2008, 09:49:50 AM »
Jetta Diesals have good pick up and get 47mpg on the highway.

True, but you want to be careful getting a diesel car by making sure that there are sufficient gas stations that provide the correct fuel, diesel.  I know personally, around my, I'd have to drive 30 to 40 minutes just to get gas.  So it may not be the best idea.  But a Jetta Diesel would be a good car if you can get the fuel. 

Likewise, Honda's are becoming great cars.  Used pre-owned would be the way to go.  Good gas millage, they last forever, and the newer models are pretty slick.

You might also want to look at a Mazda 3, and other compact hatchbacks. 

Has anyone else received an email stating that their application is currently on HOLD at the U of I?  What exactly does this imply?  How often do people get pulled off of it?  What purpose does it serve?

Any information about this HOLD status would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Law School Admissions / Re: 1L's - Advice re: Supplies, 0L Prep, etc
« on: February 26, 2008, 10:38:48 AM »

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Wisconsin, Class of '11
« on: February 25, 2008, 01:30:53 PM »
When does WI give out money?


I'm curious too.  Seems most of the early decisions have heard, but they're still holding up on some of the regular admits.

Also, do you have to have your FAFSA complete for Wisco to even begin considering you for merit based financial aid?

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