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Defense,

Thank you so much for your response.   It's nice to see someone respond who's in the same boat as I am and doesn't talk down to me like I am such 2 year old playing with blocks!  Hahahaha.

I have come to the same conclusions as you have regarding the schools I've listed.  Regarding my own personal situation, I do have an MPA from NYU but have been working in law firms in public finance securities (i.e. tender option bonds) for the last five to six years.  My school loan debt is already fairly high from both undergrad and NYU so costs will become a major factor.  Therefore, I think FIU is the front runner for me in Florida since the in-state tuition is incredibly low and I can live at home with the parents (that should be interesting).

I am still waiting on the following schools:

3 more T3's: Loyola-New Orleans, Akron, Arkansas-Little Rock

2 more T4's: Duquesne and New England

1 more T2: Louisville

Oh yes, my numbers are 147/3.30.  I wrote a great statement about my historically low standardized test scores and how they've not predicted low academic performance.  Some schools have bought it, others have not.

What are your numbers and where else are you applying?

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I appreciate your advice but I think the tone of your words comes off similar to many of the T3/T4 bashers.  Look, I went to NYU graduate school and can appreciate name recognition.  And in the field of law, unfortunately, that's all that matters.  It's amazing how many T50 responders are compelled to inform us T3/T4 applicants how bad the job prospects are for attending such schools.  You think we do not know the reputation of these schools?  Do you think we just blindly apply?  Hell, if that were the case, I'd send out apps. to all the Ivy's!  But all of us plan to bust our asses and hope for the best.  Some of us want to work in a small market, or transfer after their first year, or not even work in BigLaw.  That is the difference between those that get into T14 and the rest of the 180+ law schools.  We try our best and hope for the best.

I don't want to get into another defensive T3/T4 applicant rant (I guess I already did..haha).  I just wanted to see what people thought of FIU without anyone stating unoriginal comments.  Oh well....

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Valparaiso / Anyone else get accepted for Fall 2008?
« on: April 21, 2008, 08:09:11 PM »
Looking to meet some potential classmates here.  Where else did you apply?  What were your numbers?  Know anything about the surrounding area?  I'll be visiting soon to investigate.  Thanks!

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Hey All,

I just got into Florida International University today.  It was ranked T3 last year but got bumped down to T4 in the recent 2009 issue.  I am attracted to the school because the instate tuition is only $6K for part-time, has a pretty good bar passage/employment rates and only competes with U. of Miami in the major city.

Any thoughts anyone?

Oh yeah, my other schools I've gotten into are Valparaiso, Florida A&M, Florida Coastal and Nova Southeastern.

Still waiting on Loyola - New Orleans, Duquesne, Lousville and Akron.

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Help Me Decide
« on: April 21, 2008, 12:12:19 PM »
So far I have been accepted by the following schools and stacking each one against the other:

Florida Coastal
Valparaiso
Florida A&M (from Florida, in-state tuition)
NOVA Southeastern (just accepted today)
Florida International University

I am still waiting on Louisville, Loyola at New Orleans, Akron, Arkansas - Little Rock, Duquesne and New England

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Choosing the Right Law School / Any comments on these schools?
« on: April 21, 2008, 09:33:33 AM »
So far I have been accepted by the following schools and stacking each one against the other:

Florida Coastal
Valparaiso
Florida A&M (from Florida, in-state tuition)
Duquesne
Arkansas - Littlerock (T3, ranked higher than the others)
NOVA Southeastern
Florida International University

I am still waiting on Lousville, Loyola at New Orleans, New England and Akron.

Thank you in advance :-)

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No, unfortunately, I am not a URM.  I would I have been accepted at more schools probably if I could classify myself as such :-(

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So far I have been accepted by the following schools and stacking each one against the other:

Florida Coastal
Valparaiso
Florida A&M (from Florida, in-state tuition)
Duquesne
Arkansas - Littlerock (T3, ranked higher than the others)
NOVA Southeastern (Just got accepted today)

Any thoughts on these schools and which would provide the best opportunity to transfer if I do well the 1st year?

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Current Law Students / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 03:02:20 PM »
Hmm, what do you suppose the logic is behind that?  I would assume they'd want someone familiar with staff, firm processes and most importantly, the clients and attorneys.

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Current Law Students / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 02:41:57 PM »
Definitely makes sense.  One of the attorneys I work for (who went to Howard) is fluent in Mandarin and German.  Don't imagine there's a huge need for Thai here in the US, but in Bangkok, it is a huge asset to have.  The city, and the country as a whole, is booming with new investments and property deals.  Several major US and international law firms are there and I would love to end up there someday.  I've already spoken with several Managing Partners over there and they said the best way to end up there is to go to the best possible law school and then land a job with one of the Biglaw firms.  Which puts me right back where I started and thus the level of stress. :(

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