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General Board / Re: HELP!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: June 02, 2006, 02:42:50 PM »
You're totally right, I do need to take a deep breath.  It's just that I've been going around and around on this for months and really want to make the right decision.

Iowa is ranked 23rd.  It's been in the top 25 for the past four or five + years.  This is why, for me, making this decision is so difficult.  Meanwhile, GMU only recently (last two years) has made it to the top tier (40 something last year, and 37 this year).

Thanks for the help everyone!!

General Board / HELP!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: June 02, 2006, 01:31:03 AM »
AHHHHH!!!  I am completely and utterly frustrated trying to make a decision here.

I am currently trying to decide between George Mason and the University of Iowa.  I really, desperately need some feedback from current law students (anywhere) as to how either school is perceived in the legal community.

THANK YOU, so much, for the help.  I really appreciate it!!

Some of the reasons I'm having trouble (in the event that it's helpful):
- GMU recently lost its head of admissions, Anne Richards, who was instrumental in moving the school up the ranks (will the school fall in rankings? is the school gaming the numbers?  does she think the school has done as well as it's going to do in terms of the rankings?)
- While visiting GMU I couldn't quite put my finger on why the school has made it to number 37 in the rankings (is it because of the Nobel Prize winning economists? increased selectivity in admissions? or, again, is it because they're gaming the numbers? <- though it's hard to believe this could be the only reason)
- UI is in Iowa (enough said, I think)
- Univ. of Iowa is ranked higher, but has far fewer (approximately half) the number of corporate law classes (which I want to specialize in)
- Univ. of Iowa doesn't offer courses in Mergers and Acquisitions, which I am very much interested in and would like to work in this area after graduation.
- The cost is not an overwhelming factor for either school
- NALP has more corporate law firms recruiting from UI than GMU, but GMU has more firms recruiting on the east coast (I don't mind networking to find a job, though, and have ties to the area in which I want to work)

U of Iowa / Re: Iowa - Innov. Bus. & Law (please help)
« on: May 22, 2006, 09:14:45 AM »
I'm on my way out to visit the school.  I haven't had much luck with UI posts, but just in case, does anyone know of a good place to stay?

General Board / Re: Advice for old study aids?
« on: May 20, 2006, 06:28:34 PM »
I mention business school only because of the emphasis we place on networking,  collaborating, etc... I would have figured that, with as difficult as law school seems to be, people would try to be as nice as possible so they have others around to help them when they need it...?

General Board / Re: Advice for old study aids?
« on: May 20, 2006, 06:21:51 PM »
Giraffe, you always seem to be helping people and answering questions... I appreciate it, thanks.  It's quite a relief to know that I'll have time to eat, breath, and stop at traffic lights :)

I have another question, and you may be the best person to answer it actually.  Did you find that in law school your fellow classmates were as, well, mean-spirited as some of the people on this discussion board?  I'm referring to the post "encouragement needed" or whatever - the one where her dad posted the note.  I'm coming from business school (a grad program), and I'm astounded by the way some of the people here treat others (present company excluded, obviously).  It's unbelievable.  Just curious.

Thanks, again, for the reply.

General Board / Re: Advice for old study aids?
« on: May 20, 2006, 02:02:21 PM »
Thank you, Minerva, for the explaination(s).  It all seems so complicated, but from what you write it sounds as if it'll clear up with time.  You've already been so helpful... I'm curious, though, whether you found your first year/semester to be as labor intensive as everyone says.  I mean, the picture that people paint is that if I sleep then I'll fall behind.  Did you have a chance to relax and maybe watch a movie or two, or was your entire week filled to the brim with work?

Thanks again!

General Board / Re: Advice for old study aids?
« on: May 20, 2006, 10:56:22 AM »
Quick question... as a soon-to-be 1L, when you say study aids what are you referring to?  Is that the same as your outline?  Where can I get a look at a sample outline for school?  Needless to say, I'm a bit nervous about my first year.  Silly things like taking notes on a laptop in class for the first time are making me anxious... haha <--nervous laughter.

Did you all find that people got into study groups really fast, or did they take their time and evaluate who were the brightest students?

Anyway, sorry to add questions to the post, but you all seemed nice so I figured I would ask.  Thanks in advance, I appreciate the help.

Pointless Arguments / Re: Encouragement needed
« on: May 19, 2006, 09:16:02 AM »
Wow... to have never hit the proverbial wall, must be nice.  I think it's a nice thing her father has done.

U of Iowa / Re: Iowa - Innov. Bus. & Law (please help)
« on: May 18, 2006, 05:56:00 PM »
Also... what's this I'm hearing about a test at the end of orientation?  What material does it cover, just out of curiosity?

George Mason U / Re: George Mason - Courses
« on: May 18, 2006, 04:10:07 PM »
I really, really appreciate the feedback.

Lenny, that's a really great point.  The only thing I would add is that the number of business-related courses at GMU, apparently, significantly outnumbers those at Iowa.  I'm curious, though, as to why you say Iowa is a better school.  Is that because of the rankings, or are there other factors that you know of?

1lbored, thank you for your post.  You've made me even more excited about GMU.  The courses  on the website seem to show that GMU has a heavy emphasis on business.  Is that what you've found?  Are many of the 2Ls and 3Ls focusing in this area?  It seems like GMU, with the focus on economics, would have logically established some sort of critical mass in the business arena.  Just out of curiousity, what program are you in/studying?

Thanks again!!

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