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Incoming 1Ls / Am I making a mistake?
« on: April 23, 2004, 09:51:02 AM »

  I got into Pepperdine, Santa Clara, UC Davis, and Cal Western..Still waiting on USD and Hastings. I'm from San Diego and am in the military so I have a job after grad. I really loved Cal Western's environment, facilities, faculty ect. and got 10k for my first year there. If I get out of the military later I know I want to live in San Diego and I've talked to a lot of lawyers practicing out there who told me that Cal Western grads hire other grads and that the firms in town don't look down on the school. Still I'm questioning because of all the "go to the highest ranked school" talk. Am I nuts to turn down Davis for a low ranked regional school?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: California law schools
« on: March 08, 2004, 10:21:04 AM »

  I've heard all the talk about USD, it's ranking, job placement, bar passage, yadda yadda. I just like the feeling over at Cal Western a lot better. As a native San Diegan I know a few people in town and the managing partner of one of the bigger law firms there. When I spoke with him he indicated that as long a performance at Cal Western was good I should not really have a problem getting a job in town. He said the real difference was the national reputation of the schools and that if I wanted to work in L.A. I might have a tougher time. General consensus seems to be that your pedigree matters the most for your first job and after that it is contacts and performance that matters.
  I've got the first job lined up-USMC JAG corps so I'm not too worried about that. I talked to the Dean at Cal Western last week and she said that they had a bar prep class that had a passage rate over 85% for the students that took it.
  Bottom line, the facilities are better, the sutdents are older (little more life experience) and if I don't go into debtor hell for law school maybe I can take jobs later that I want instead of just trying to pay the bills. I'm not really interested in top 10 firm work, I think I want to do more legal aide type stuff...make a difference and not just a name.
  Both schools will get you hired somewhere, and if you study hard enough I think most of us will pass the bar. The attrition may also be due to the fact that the students are older and have more obligations rather than poor faculty or tons of competition.
  Good luck to everyone on deciding. Go with the gut. :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: California law schools
« on: February 21, 2004, 10:29:53 PM »

  I am in San Diego this weekend taking a look at Cal Western and USD...I've seen Thomas Jefferson before and thought the facilities weren't that great but the faculty was good. I loved Cal Western...I know it's tier III but I honestly liked it a lot better than USD. I'm from San Diego so maybe I'm just partial to the area, but the location is awesome and the people there are really friendly. Diversity and faculty concern seemed higher than at other local schools. I met with the Dean of Admissions and she was very helpful and answered all of my questions. I'm pretty sure that even if I get lots of $$ at USD I'll end up at CW. Let me know if you want any more specifics that aren't on the website.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of San Diego
« on: February 13, 2004, 10:50:41 AM »

  Sounds great nice to get back out on the court after the season is over. I used to play/teach at a tennis club right down the hill from USD so the courts are close by. What is your #1 choice school? I'm from S.D. so that's where I want to go...

Choosing the Right Law School / University of San Diego
« on: February 09, 2004, 11:14:13 AM »

  I was wondering if any current students or admitted students at USD thought I had a chance of getting in with a 157 lsat and 3.94 GPA. I know that my lsat is lower than the median so I'm a bit concerned. Also I'm in the Marine Corps and played 4 years of division one tennis as an undergrad. I haven't heard anything though and was just wondering what people have been hearing. Thanks for the info. Also if anyone from the area could comment on Cal Western's reputation w/in S.D. I would be grateful.

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