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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Case Western v. Chapman v. MSU
« on: March 05, 2010, 06:37:23 AM »
Case Western, if you can handle Cleveland.

Cleveland is a delight.

Cleveland isn't as bad as people make it out to be I suppose, it just wasn't where I wanted to be.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Taking A Year Off?
« on: February 21, 2010, 07:56:03 PM »
Most people take at least a year off. If anything, working in a legal setting will increase your chance of acceptance [if it has any affect at all] and help you in the job search.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Case Western v. Chapman v. MSU
« on: February 20, 2010, 09:59:14 AM »
I'm familiar with MSU and Case. I almost went to Case, but ultimately decided not to because 1. its in Cleveland and 2. its pretty expensive. I'm from the Murder Mitten and I know several people who go/went to MSU. I would cross MSU off the list immediately, unless you want to work in MI after law school. But, if you want to work in MI after school you should be going to Wayne State.

Case's facility is excellent, the faculty is strong, the people were all nice. If you're comfortable in the Midwest I would go with Case.

MSU's facility is also nice, not as nice a Case's but still good, I sat in on two classes, and I went to a recruiting event. I wasn't impressed with students or the faculty. The career prospects at MSU are very poor. MI is in terrible shape, Cooley is 10 miles away flooding the market with grads, and the Detroit market is dominated by Wayne grads. I was told by students at MSU-law that alums for before the affiliation with MSU, back when it was Detroit College of Law, are of little or no help to current students.

I dont know anything about Chapman.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn law vs. st johns
« on: February 16, 2010, 08:59:48 PM »
Don't choose on rank. Visit the schools, each law school has its own vibe. You might discover one feels a lot better to you than the other. Do a little research on their clinical programs or their concentrations. Look at their faculty and see if they are doing research that interests you. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Villanova v. Pitt
« on: February 16, 2010, 05:44:32 PM »
I'm a 1L here at Pitt. I'm not from PA and I don't know much about Nova. But, I can say two things that might be relevant. 1. KL and the other large firms in Pittsburgh hire - in a normal economy - a lot of Pitt grads. Partners from the firms- Pittsburgh offices and other offices - are at the school all the time. That being said, its brutal for everyone right now. Regardless of which school you choose that will be true. Add in the other mid sized firms here and you have plenty of opportunity for mid/large law firm career if you have get good grades. 2. There are a few Asian Americans in my section, but  there aren't very many in the greater community that I've seen.

Pitt has Pittsburgh locked up, second only to t14 schools. After Pittsburgh most grads end up in Philly and DC, then smaller cities throughout the mid Atlantic, and Cleveland. Philadelphia is a much more saturated market than Pittsburgh.

If you have other questions I would be happy to answer them.

If its not a guaranteed scholarship, I'd go to Cornell. If it is and you can see yourself in Chicago or a similar midwest city I'd take UIUC all the way. ITE the financial freedom would be tough to pass on.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Weighing my options for next fall
« on: February 07, 2010, 09:43:29 AM »
You're going to be locked into the region your school is in at any of those schools, unless you already have a network to draw from somewhere else. If you want Midwest, UI, if you want New England, Boston.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Weighing my options for next fall
« on: February 06, 2010, 08:25:27 AM »
Illinois seems like the best deal. It's the best school you've been accepted to and will likely give you options throughout the Midwest. If you get accepted at Boston, given you preference for cities, that seems like the best choice. But, it should be one of those two in my opinion. 

US News and World report lists the top Health Law programs a long with many other fields. Generally, people dont take them too seriously. But, that would be a good place to start.

Start by making a list of say 5/6 cities or regions you'd like to live in after law school. Then make a list of law schools in that area/that feed into that area. Choose the law school that will allow you to be as close to the top of the list of law schools in that region while keeping your debt as low as possible.

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