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I'm not sure if I want to stay in Texas.  I like it here, and I would love to stay in Austin specifically, but chances for that are slim, and outside of Austin I don't want to live in Houston and would be completely indifferent between Dallas, and, say Atlanta or Charlotte.  So that makes it difficult to choose.

Storm, thanks for your input.  I'm glad you're liking UT! And thanks for pointing that UT does not do "elective tracks" - it's true, they offer almost as many business-related courses as Vandy, just not integrated into a program.  I'll have to check COL calculators on Nashville vs. Austin, but houses seem a lot cheaper there, and we'd like to buy given the 3-year old who loves to run around. Oh, and moving will be free b/c my husband's employer will pay.  So it comes down to leaving all the friends behind, and finding a preschool that will compare to the amazing one my daughter's in right now vs. less to pay for tuition, which we badly need.

archival - Wha??  You get to pick last because you did the extended program?  Are there any decent electives left?  How many electives do you have to have your first semester 2L?  Will it screw you over for spring semester too?  I'm quite miffed, since the extended first year was the one thing in UT's favor.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Negotiating with schools for $
« on: March 30, 2007, 09:32:46 PM »
There is hope!  Marquette and DePaul said no when I asked for more money (well, I wrote a nice little 1 page letter to them explaining WHY I wanted it and detailing my other offers), but Pacific said yes!  I got a scholarship increase from $10K to $15K/year, and I'm off to Sacramento.  So happy!  So shocked that it actually worked.

Good luck to everyone still trying. :)

YAY!!! They were your top choice, right?  That's so wonderful when it works out the way you want!  Congrats on keeping at it and getting more money out of them!

/update on my situation - the school I was talking about did not mind at all when I asked about submitting another matching request - they were super, super nice about it.  We'll see if it works.

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oh how i wish i was.

Oh how I wish all the waitlisted UT folk could attend - that would be the best ASW ever.

best costume gets admission?

Awesome. Make it UT-related.  In fact, just wear the costume and crash the party - they'll admit you on the spot!

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / UT ASW Roll Call - tomorrow and Friday
« on: March 28, 2007, 01:57:38 PM »
Since every other school has a thread like this, who's coming to UT's ASW?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: US News Not Leaked, Released
« on: March 28, 2007, 01:54:25 PM »
UT is a festering TTT in decline. They do produce excellent snipers though.
Go with Vanderbilt, you can end up like Al Gore.

Hah, the decline part is what worries me :D 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Tulane v UT - Am I insane??
« on: March 28, 2007, 01:51:26 PM »
Tulane cutoff is gpa based and approximately top 55%, so not too bad.  Plus I still get a smaller scholarship if I do not make the cut.

He could get a reasonably paying job in Austin but it would certainly be hard for him to see me in law school everyday while he goes off to a job he cares very little about.  No one has shown me any hard evidence that going to Tulane would be a bad post graduation financial decision.  The new rankings have pretty solid judge and lawyer reputation rankings for Tulane and median private salary is only $5000 a year less.

Well, since you have the money aspect covered, have you visited both?  Sat in on classes, gotten a feel for the schools?  Do you have a practice area in mind? How does Tulane fair in that area vs. UT? Would you and your fiance be OK with staying in Louisiana after graduation, in case one or both of you can't find a job in Texas? You seem to be leanind strongly towards Tulane, so if your answers to the above come out in Tulane's favor, go with your gut.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: US News Not Leaked, Released
« on: March 28, 2007, 01:39:22 PM »
Vandy beats UT in unbiased firm placement studies.

Interesting, can you please give me a link?  Those are my top two choices, and I'd love any info on placement beyond what's on their websites.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Tulane v UT - Am I insane??
« on: March 28, 2007, 01:21:26 PM »
What is your scholarship cut-off at Tulane?  Top third? If so, I'd reconsider - a friend of a friend went to Tulane and I've heard a lot of stories about the tough curve and how many people lose their scholarships.

Personally, I'd say go to UT and let your fiance re-take and reapply.  You know what you'll be paying at UT for the next three years, and may end up paying much more than that at Tulane if things go wrong.  And if you do well at UT, you won't have a problem finding a job in Austin (may not be BB, FJ, VE, but still a respectable well-paying firm) until your fiance graduates.  And if he doesn't get in next year, you can transfer anywhere he wants to go.

Another thing to consider is what he'll be doing this year if you go to UT. Will he be able to find a good job in Austin?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: US News Not Leaked, Released
« on: March 28, 2007, 01:14:18 PM »
I have the actual copy of the rankings. The rankings are accurate.

Can you post UT's reputation scores, please?  Both if you can! thx

4.0/4.3

Yep!

Thanks guys!  So it looks like lower bar passage and jobs at graduation is what sunk UT in the rankings this year.

Vandy and USC now have equal LSAT medians and better GPA medians.  I think that was a major factor.

Hmm, well GPA went down quite a bit. But it went down for other schools in that range, and UT's 75% LSAT is still better than USC and Vandy. Personally, I'm more worried that compared to other peer schools, UT has the lowest percentage of grads employed 9 months after graduation (95% vs. 98% at USC and 99% at UCLA and Vandy).  I realize that statistic can be gamed, but still, that worries me, especially since UT graduates a huge class and that 2% drop over last year isn't just two people with no social skills.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: US News Not Leaked, Released
« on: March 28, 2007, 12:54:09 PM »
I have the actual copy of the rankings. The rankings are accurate.

Can you post UT's reputation scores, please?  Both if you can! thx

4.0/4.3

Yep!

Thanks guys!  So it looks like lower bar passage and jobs at graduation is what sunk UT in the rankings this year.

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