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Please help out your ignorant younger breathren!  Forgive me, I know this is a student/grad board, but I need good accurate advice.  My question: Do I go to St. John's full tuition, or go to ND with no $ for work in the Mid-Atlantic area.  I'm scared to death by blogs from miserable grads with tons of debt.  I appreciate any and all advice. Your experience makes your opinion infinitely more valuable to me.

Law School Admissions / My USC Revolt
« on: May 11, 2006, 11:19:54 AM »
I've pasted below the text of an email I sent to USC School of Law admissions director Julia Cogan.  I sent it this afternoon and as yet have not heard a response.

Hi Julia Cogan,
My name is xxxx and I am an applicant to the USC School of Law.  After speaking with your admissions office, I was advised to put my concerns in writing.  I electronically transmitted my application and fees back in mid-November.  Since then, 24 weeks have passed by without a decision on my file.  USC was high on my list of law schools when I started this process half a year ago; however, as the beginning of the fall semester approached I was forced to make alternative plans.  I still had hope that I would hear favorably from USC, but I couldn't postpone my decision indefinitely.  I visited other law schools, put down a deposit, and made arrangements to attend somewhere else.  It is a shame that I had to disqualify USC from consideration without even knowing whether I was accepted or not.  I appreciate that admissions must be a very difficult process from your perspective, what with personnel changes and thousands of files each demanding personalized attention.  At the same time, I strongly believe that USC admissions needs to be more responsive to its applicants.  Indeed, I feel slighted that I have been carelessly hung out to dry for six months after painstakingly crafting my application to specifications.  From what I understand, your office guarantees a decision by the end of May which has not yet passed.  Yet, I had a reasonable expectation that admissions would reply in a manner consistent with my need to make timely preparations for law school.  Six months was enough time for every other law school where I applied, more than two dozen places, to contact me with a decision.  I preceded myself by applying relatively early in the cycle and have maintained almost superhuman patience—until now.  I would submit that we simply make a clean break.  To wit, I withdraw my application and request a refund of my $70 fee.  Although you may not have a formal refund policy, you must understand that it is only fair I should not have to pay for a service which, in all objectivity, has treated me unfairly.
Thank You,

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Cornell Ding! (With Hope?)
« on: March 10, 2006, 12:42:06 PM »
The ding letter was actually very kind.  They basically apologized a million different ways and even went on to suggest going to another good school and transferring.  Does everyone get this letter or is it the fact I was a Cornell undergrad make any difference in the world?  Lord knows all my other dings have been short and to the point.  Anybody else get this letter?

ND (no money) vs WUSTL (10K/yr) vs W&L vs St. John's (full ride) for NYC law.  I'm leaning towards ND or St. John's, and after looking over some NY placement statistics and the federal funds rate the Red Men (I mean Storm!) is sounding very attractive.  Comments please!


Suffolk Law gets a black eye that sullies reputation and Dianna Abdala can't get an interview with a law firm in the United States.  Ouch!!! 

Choosing the Right Law School / ND vs WUSTL vs UIUC vs Indy
« on: February 09, 2006, 01:04:30 PM »
I have scholarships 10K/year for UIUC and WUSTL.  The problem?  I want to work on the east coast.  Which school should I attend?  If I can get in-state at UIUC does that mean I should go there (best compromise between prestige and $)?  Or should I go to Notre Dame which I think has the most east coast appeal and the most prestige and live in a cardboard box?  Or Indy which has great facilities or WUSTL which has gobs of money and is in a nice city?  DC and Boston hate me.  My other options might be U of Maryland, Cardozo, Brooklyn, or UPitt.  What should I do//?/??/??/?

Choosing the Right Law School / UIUC ($) or Cardozo
« on: January 09, 2006, 07:06:17 PM »
Got into UIUC today 10K/year scholarship.  I also have been accepted to Cardozo.  I live in NYC, and I would ideally like to work here.  However, would I be a fool to pass up UIUC for Cardozo?  Is the moderate prestige and regional pull of Illinois significantly better if I want to work in NYC anyway?  I appreciate any input.  Thanks.

Choosing the Right Law School / Cardozo vs UPitt
« on: December 21, 2005, 02:20:12 PM »
I got into Cardozo and UPitt.  I live in NYC.  I've heard only good things about Pitt, but Cardozo is in New York.  What is the boards opinion?

Incoming 1Ls / How do you become a judge?
« on: December 15, 2005, 02:01:49 PM »
I want to go to law school but I have no idea about the career path to becoming a judge.  Do you clerk for a couple years and then have to win an election or be be appointed?  Or is it a goal that I can achieve with steady progress and experience?  I just love the respect and power that being a judge confers even more than I love the money of BigLaw.  However, if its all a crapshoot based on connections and popularity, maybe I need to look somewhere else for my respect and power.

Choosing the Right Law School / Where do I stand?
« on: December 13, 2005, 05:46:16 PM »
Hi everybody, I have a 2.93 cum GPA and 169LSAT, just got accepted to Cardozo today and Rutgers Camden a week and a half ago.  My question is, I am surprised to get answers so quickly -does this mean my application stacks up better than I thought?  I mean I was set to go to Brooklyn, Cardozo, American, etc. but do these events signal I may have a shot at a T30 school?  And I applied to all of them if you're curious

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