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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BU Waitlist Email?
« on: May 09, 2008, 08:08:12 PM »
Didn't hear anything for 4.5 months from Fordham and I just heard from them today (rejected  :( ). So I am not sure if time waiting for a decision has much predictive value.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: TEMPLE VS BLS
« on: May 09, 2008, 10:02:04 AM »
argh I just posted but it didn't work...

Anyways I got into both schools and didn't even consider Temple. Simple reason was I want to practise in NY metro area at graduation. Temple is probably slightly more respected nationally (mostly because it is connected to a larger institution and hence has better name recognition) while Brooklyn is way more respected in NY area.

I also think you need to visit. I just went on a three day long trip down the east cost to visit the schools I was seriously considering. Afterwards I was 100% sure I wanted to go to Brooklyn (going into the trip it wasn't #1 on my list). The atmosphere at Brooklyn (granted it was during exams) was chaotic and intense. The school seems to run on a very strong current of nervous energy.  For me this is great, I love being in these types of environments and they are the types of environments that I thrive in.  Other schools had a more relaxed vibe which admissions officers refer to as a collegial environment.  I personally find such environments to be stifling but that is a personal preference.  Clearly many people are attracted to the so called collegial environment. 
I didn't stop in at Temple so I can't give any advice on its school culture.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Seton Hall
« on: May 06, 2008, 02:59:50 PM »

I was also a scholarship recipient, but I didn't pay the first deposit... I think that was the key to the invite!

Call them and tell them you heard about it and want to go.  I am sure you will be able to. 

If you are in or around the city on 5/15 it would be well worth your while.

Is there something I don't know about NEU.  Clearly I have missed the deposit deadline now, but that having been said why is NEU being considered by someone on the WL at HLS and someone offered more money at GW.  After I got in I researched them and even made a campus visit and I really wasn't very impressed at all. In fact I absoloutly forgot about them. Again I am not trying to sound obnoxious here but I just don't really get the appeal of NEU.

Wait I don't totally get this.  I am not trying to sound obnoxious but I don't get how you got 73k (I am guessing this is over three years) at GW , ranked 20, and only 25.5k (again guessing this is over three years) at Northeastern, ranked 88.  I am by no means someone who puts a ton of stake in the USNWR ranking system but this seems to me to be very strange.
I know there is a big difference between the two in terms of selectivity, I know this because I got into NEU and did not get into GW.
I am guessing you are interested in PI and it is absolutely true that NEU has a great reputation in that department but then again so does GW.  GW has global recognition across the boards while NEU has nationwide reputation in the PI sector but only local recognition in terms of everything else.

I really think that given the info you have provided GW would be a much better choice. Yes Northeastern is in Boston but GW's reputation is truly nationwide and I personally think if you want to work at a significant firm in Boston you would be just as well off coming from GW. You would also be less in debt and I know you want to be back in Boston now, but if anything changes in the next half decade your range of options would be significantly wider having a GW degree.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Seton Hall
« on: May 06, 2008, 10:57:22 AM »

I don't know why anyone wouldn't go if they were able to.  Simpson Thacher is a top firm with a really great reputation. Even if there isn't really a chance to meet anyone who works there it will still be great to see how a firm like Simpson Thacher operates. 
I wasn't sure from the invite, but is this event for all admitted students or is it for a select group.

BTW have you heard anything about SJU? I've kind of ruled out SHU in favor of comparing Brooklyn and SJU but I must say that SHU's incredible record with placing students in clerking positions does make me think twice.

Choosing the Right Law School / St. John's ~16k VS Brooklyn nada
« on: May 06, 2008, 10:26:20 AM »
I have to put money down soon at one of these schools. My goal is to work in NYC after graduation.  I would love to hear from people who have attended either school.  Thanks

In- St. John's ($$$), Seton Hall ($$$), Brooklyn, American, Temple ($).

WL- UCONN (told them to stuff their waitlist in a sack)

Out- Boston College and George Washington

Still waiting- BU and Fordham.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. Johns
« on: May 05, 2008, 03:16:06 PM »

Just curious what would make it worth it to you to take the June LSAT?
Would it be to help you get off waiting lists or would it be for next admissions cycle?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. Johns
« on: May 05, 2008, 12:33:15 PM »

That is too funny. It took St. John's over five months to render my decision, but I applied to Brooklyn in early to mid March and they admitted me first week of April.  Very strange.

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