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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GULC (Full$) vs. UVA (None)
« on: April 13, 2006, 10:00:24 AM »
Have your friend tell UVa about their offer. I can't believe that someone with stats good enough for a full-ride at Georgetown couldn't get anything at UVa. While UVa is probably a better school in most respects, they should definitely go to Georgetown if UVa doesn't give them a significant offer.

Law School Admissions / Re: I KNEW I should've marked URM!
« on: April 12, 2006, 02:25:15 PM »
I seem to remember reading about a white guy who checked the "African-American" box on his YLS application, and got in with very low numbers. When he showed up, the administration was surprised, but couldn't really do anything since race is self-defined. I have know idea if it happened or not (it probably didn't), but it's interesting to consider. The first humans evolved in Africa, so technically I guess everyone here is an African-American if they trace their ancestry all the way back.  ;D

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boalt v. Michigan v. UCLA
« on: April 11, 2006, 10:45:09 AM »
I'm planning to go to CA after graduation, and I'm in a similar predicament (Mich vs. Virginia vs. UCLA). In terms of maximizing my chances for top CA jobs, I'm leaning towards Michigan. From what I've heard, only the top 1/4 to 1/3 of UCLA grads get jobs in Biglaw, but I met several people at Michigan who are around the median or even in the bottom half who got several good Southern CA offers. I didn't get into Boalt, but I'd be seriously considering it if I had. Michigan does ok in the bay area, but much better in the south. If you want to practice in SF, go to Boalt. If think you may change your mind and want to go to NY, DC, etc, go to Michigan. If you want SoCal, you'll probably be fine at either. Unless you get a full ride or something, there would be no reason to pick UCLA over either.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UVA and $$$
« on: April 11, 2006, 09:16:15 AM »
If Michigan won't come close on the money, then yes. If Michigan matches UVa's offer, I'll probably go there.

I also will take UVA w/$$ over Columbia, NYU, and Penn. To me, none of those are worth an extra $80k+ in debt. I don't want to work in NYC, however. If that was my goal, I'd probably be going to Columbia.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan vs. Penn
« on: April 11, 2006, 08:17:00 AM »
I'm choosing Penn, without actually visiting Michigan.

Location was the biggest factor for me.  Plus being closer to the Red Sox.

Plus, if you want to see some real baseball (i.e. NL), the Phillies' new stadium is awesome.

Law School Admissions / Re: When will NYU make decisions?
« on: April 11, 2006, 07:50:47 AM »
I just withdrew from NYU today, so maybe I opened up a spot for you. Good luck!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Duke vs UVA
« on: April 11, 2006, 07:49:30 AM »
It all depends where you want to go. On the east coast, the placement between the two schools is probably equal, but UVa may have a slight edge. If Duke has a program that specifically meets your needs, go there. I don't know about UVa's education law programs, but I know that UVa's Curry School of Education is a top 20 program. Does Duke even have an education school? If so, it's not in the top 50.

51% - Michigan
48% - Virginia
1% - I'll actually get into H or Y

I want to work in CA, and Michigan seems to have slightly better placement out there. On the other hand, going to school at UVa would be more convenient - not as far to move, warmer, nicer apartments, newer facilities, etc. Academically, I think both schools are pretty similar. Socially, I think I would be fine at both, but would probably fit in at Michigan a little better. I really don't have any idea where I'm going to go.  :(

Law School Admissions / Re: Calling Yale to inquire regarding status
« on: April 05, 2006, 09:19:32 AM »
They specifically say on their website that if you have a scholarship deadline, you should call and let them know.  So they obviously don't detest the thought of getting calls if you have a good reason.

Actually, the website says you should email if you have a scholarship deadline, so maybe they don't want calls after all.  :D

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is It All Over?
« on: April 04, 2006, 10:23:44 AM »
Why not wait to see if you get off the UVa waitlist, or get into Chicago or USC? You could get a job in SF from any of those schools. You have nothing to lose by staying on the waitlist.

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