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To quote Savage Love, Thanks for sharing, JD.


Thanks for your input, TF...At first I thought you were being tongue-in-cheek.  It required a re-read, and your points are valid.

Someone mentioned that a Vandy application in DC would stick out against a bunch of GW/GULC apps.  It's a very good point.
But don't you think access to networking and physical proximity is more valuable?  I mean, isn't the recurring theme on this board that regional schools are great in their region?  And while Vandy is a great school, it's not HYS in terms of national pull.  If you are bottom half at Vandy, you're looking at Memphis, Baton Rouge, and Louisville. 

Checking out NALP Directory, more NE firms do on-campus interviews at GW than at Vandy.  Of course, there are quite a few overlaps in DC as well.  The big boys are all represented

I didn't apply to Boston schools.  No real reason other than I never really considered living and working in Boston. I went to Emory UG and am not sure I want to go back there for Law, even with the money.

I think that they are similar enough in respect to job prospects that you should choose the one where you feel like you feel most comfortable.  I don't believe it's true that GW places better in the NE significantly; Vandy sends a lot of people to NYC.  Also, a lot of GW people go to Atlanta.  There is bound to be a lot of back-and-forth discussion in this thread over which is more national, but I don't think anyone knows the answer.  If you really love DC, I think that and the overall atmosphere of the school would be on what I personally would base my decision.

A big difference in my mind is that I think there will be FAR more gunner types at GW than at Vandy.  I recently had lunch with two Vandy grads and a GW grad, and all three agreed that Vandy is probably more relaxed and GW is more cutthroat.  I personally want a more laid-back place.

I don't think GW places significantly better than Vandy in the NE, my concern is whether Vandy places significantly better in the NE than GW.  I don't want to give up opportunities.

The cutthroat nature doesn't bother me too much.  People probably consider me to contribute to the cutthroat nature of wherever I am. 

As for most of GW being turned down by GULC, I'm sure that's probably true.  But then again most of GULC was turned down by UVa, UPenn, etc.  And then most of UVa and UPenn was turned down by HYSCCN.  So that's the way it is and you just do as well as you can do wherever you are.  Otherwise everyone but Yalies has a chip on their shoulder. 

Choosing the Right Law School / T-20 Cage Match - GW vs. Vanderbilt
« on: March 01, 2006, 06:21:25 AM »
Now that it's March 1 and still haven't heard from the reaches, I'm going forward with my top 2 choices.  First, some things to consider -

1) I currently live in DC and love it.
2) I want to practice in the Northeast.

With that in mind, is there any argument for going to Vanderbilt?  Will there be opportunities available from Vandy that won't be available from GW?  Will recruiters go deeper into a class at Vandy than at GW?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: GW informal admitted students reception in DC
« on: March 01, 2006, 06:15:27 AM »
I really wanted to go to that, but unfortunately I have a midterm in one of my classes that day.

Considering it's at Hogan & Hartson, I'd plan on wearing your Sunday best.  Business Formal Attire.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Vanderbilt
« on: February 22, 2006, 05:53:32 AM »
Thanks guys!

It's going to be a difficult choice...I live in DC right now and absolutely love being here.  Since I want to practice in DC, Philadelphia, or NYC, I'm leaning towards GW over Vandy, if that's the final decision.  The three big hitters are still to come, though.

If I go to the admitted students day, it'll be the second one in April.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / In at Vanderbilt
« on: February 21, 2006, 08:40:53 PM »
Thin white envelope...Assumed it was a waitlist when I found it in the mailbox. 

3.83/164 - Went complete in early November.

Dean's Cert shouldn't be an issue with Duke...I don't think you need to have it in to them until you are actually attending.  They will consider your application without one. 

Good call Jake...For Duke and Vandy I hear the admitted students preview weekend will take place during orientation in August.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Emory
« on: February 21, 2006, 06:42:59 AM »
I'll give Emory some love -

1) It's the best Law School in Atlanta, a major city with wonderful job opportunities and great quality of life.  If you can't get at least a job at Coca-Cola or Turner's legal department coming out of Emory, it's your own fault.

2) According to NALP directory, 256 law firms conduct on-campus interviews at Emory, all over the Southeast and NE corridor.

3) I have met Emory Law grads at BIGLAW firms in Washington, DC , Philadelphia, and New York City.  They all seem to be doing the lawyer thing - working hard, playing hard.  So clearly the Emory degree hasn't hurt them.

4) The campus is beautiful, and nubile co-eds from the UG come to study in the law library. 

5) The surrounding area has moderately priced housing both for rent and for sale, Virginia Highlands, Little Five Points, and Decatur are nothing short of charming.  It's a great place to be in your mid-twenties.

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