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Messages - Karl Pilkington

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IMO I think 80% of the score should be on what LAWYERS and ACADEMICS think of the school.  These are the people in charge of hiring and the people you will be associated most with for the rest of your life.  In fact -- putting 20% on employment rate is complete crap for the T10 because all are like 98%+.  Thus, it magnifies insignificant differences.  I really only look at the reputation rankings of the schools when using USNWR.

TITCR. Employment stats (and several other categories) can be easily manipulated by the schools. I care more about what "other people" think of the school, since those "other people"  are the ones who will be deciding whether to give me a job/clerkship.

If I remember correctly, some admissions deans openly admitted that they keep track of who calls and how often in the Montauk book.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Matching Scholarships
« on: March 31, 2006, 01:56:15 PM »
Write a nice letter to your #1 school telling them that they are your first choice, but financial aid is going to play a role in your decision. Tell them about the offer from school #2. Politely inquire to see if there is any way you could get your offer increased. The absolute worst thing they can do is say no - you have nothing to lose.

Unless Harvard or Yale lets me in, I'll be turning down Columbia, NYU, and Penn in favor of UVa or Michigan. I know for certain that I don't want to work in New York, and going to Ann Arbor or Charlottesville is going to save me a lot of money. I've done a lot of research, and have seen little to suggest that Columbia and NYU place any better in CA (my desired market) than Michigan and UVa. Also, my girlfriend is going to grad school next year, and UVa and Michigan both have programs that she likes.

Are you an URM? If not, your chances of getting in with those numbers are slim to none. I don't think summer start would make a difference. Good luck, though.

Law School Admissions / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: March 31, 2006, 10:28:30 AM »

feeling most of these late notifications will be WL or rejects.  sad.

most notifications at almost any time are WL or rejects.

ok, i feel all the late notifications (of held people) will be WL or rejects. would beg to differ.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Crime at Duke
« on: March 31, 2006, 09:10:12 AM »
There's a reason why the locals call it "Dangerous Durham"

Law School Admissions / Re: Yale Obsession
« on: March 31, 2006, 06:38:55 AM »
I just passed the 4 month "complete" mark a few days ago. I just want a decision one way or the other so I can get on with my life. From previous years, it seems like a waitlist just delays the ding until July for 99% of people, so a rejection would probably be preferable to a waitlist at this point. (I'd be fine with a miracle admit, too)

Law School Admissions / Re: HLS Anxiety Attack!
« on: March 30, 2006, 01:22:55 PM »
It means that you'll be accepted, rejected, or waitlisted.  ;D

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UVa Open House
« on: March 29, 2006, 01:59:43 PM »
I just wanted to say that despite being "underwhelmed" by the admit weekend, there's still a better than 50% chance that I'll be at UVa next fall (over Columbia, NYU, Penn, and Michigan). There is a lot to like about the school, and I think that my feelings of diappointment after the weekend were largely due to the fact that I had unrealistically high expectations going into it. I thought the students were nice overall, the professors I met were all engaging, and the law building was very well designed. I'll see how I like Michigan when I visit, but if they can't match UVa's money, I'll probably be seeing some of you in Charlottesville next year.

In retrospect, I think I realize why I got kind of a weird "immature" vibe while I was there. No offense to any of you who brought your parents with you (there's nothing wrong with it), but I was surprised by how many people did. Maybe I would feel differently if I was coming straight out of undergrad, but I've been independent for a while, and it struck me as strange how many people had their parents with them, and made me wonder how many people there were going to be paying their own way.

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