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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cost vs Prestige
« on: January 23, 2009, 06:23:17 PM »
Lucas, you have money from Michigan.  Either go there or leverage it against Vanderbilt or Duke to get money out of them (if possible).   Don't give up Mich, Duke, Vandy, etc. for a full ride at a school with far, far, far less placement prospects.  You never know what will change in law school...not going to one of these schools could close doors later.

I'm not saying this to disrespect UK or any of the other lower ranked schools you're considering.  You seem like a nice guy...the opportunities at the top end schools you are in at versus the full ride ones you are considering couldn't be more different.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2012: It Just Feels Right
« on: January 21, 2009, 10:53:18 AM »
2L here.

With in-state tuition, I'd vote decidedly for U of I.  In Chicago, firms (and maybe other employers too) will go further into U of I's class than they would at Kent.  My understanding from OCI was that the chain of command in Chicago looked something like this (not including HLS and other T14 schools which do not predominantly target Chicago):

Chicago > NW/Michigan >> Illinois > Other solid midwestern schools (Minn, ND, Wisconsin, Indiana-Bloomington, WUSTL, etc.) > Kent/Loyola/Depaul >>> NIU/JMLS.

Others may have different opinions, but this was the feel I got.  Even if you don't want to do firm work, my guess is that U of I will go further in a lot of areas.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: What are my chances at these schools?
« on: January 16, 2009, 06:37:17 AM »
Hello~ I am applying to bunch of schools right now. I have 3.6 GPA and 157 LSAT from a big public school. Do I have any chance at these schools?
William and Mary
Wake Forest
I am Asian but I came to US when I was about 15. I also have done a lot of extracurricular activities. I'm  wondering if Asians are considered minority by these schools since I heard so many times that there are too many Asians
in law school so we dont have the previliege of URM status. :P Anyways. Thanks in advance.

I think Asians don't qualify as URMs.  I'm not one-hundred percent sure on that...and if I'm wrong, these predictions are also incorrect.  In any event, my guesses:

Emory (Rejected)
Wisconsin (Rejected, unless state resident; if so, it could go either way)
William and Mary (Rejected)
Loyola (Chicago?  WL, Rejected)
Seattle (Accepted, maybe WL, Accept)
SUNY-Buffalo (Accepted)
Wake Forest (Rejected)

Job Search / Re: What to do after SA gig ends, and before school starts?
« on: January 15, 2009, 09:43:02 AM »
I'm curious about this too.  I'll have about a month after completing a ten week program and was thinking about volunteering with my small-town's local prosecutor.  Anyone else do this?  Would it even be helpful?  I'm going the big firm route, yet haven't ruled out the idea that someday I might want to do criminal prosecution.

I should probably just spend my time relaxing, but I'm a glutton for punishment.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2012: It Just Feels Right
« on: January 14, 2009, 07:49:05 PM »
It's 5 right now according to my sidebar, but the wind is killing and the low was -4.  Wind chill is probably brutal.  That said, I'm just being over-dramatic.  It's not THAT bad.  You do notice, though.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2012: It Just Feels Right
« on: January 14, 2009, 06:54:28 PM »
I just froze my balls off walking from the Reading Room to the Union.  Back when I decided to come to Michigan, I told myself I'd be fine, no big deal, I've handled tough temperatures in the Midwest before.  After all, I'm from the rural Midwest.

I was totally full of it.  And I even read that LSD post where you list the worst three things about each T14.  I think the top 3 for Michigan submitted by one poster was three lines of "It gets how effing cold?!?"  Michigan is great, but's too cold!

Crap!  I've said too much.  Disregard the above.

Go Blue!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2012: It Just Feels Right
« on: January 12, 2009, 10:36:22 PM »
It's been good.  I've watched My Cousin Vinny so many times I have it memorized.  I also kicked by cousins butts at poker several times.  Seeing the family has been pretty relaxing, but I need to get back -- we start on Wednesday.  Between journal and reading for classes, I'm already behind. :/

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2012: It Just Feels Right
« on: January 12, 2009, 10:29:04 PM »
I haven't lived in one, but I've been in a few.  The best ones were the older buildings that had thick walls and were occupied mostly with graduate students.  They're often near party houses, but the noise didn't seem excessive or anything.  I've been looking around campus planning for signing a lease for next year and mostly just trusting my gut about areas.  There are definitely some within that range that will be more quiet.  I have my eye on one that's about a five minute walk and it didn't seem too bad.  That one was a little northwest of Hutchins, if memory serves.  I'll be looking at more places near campus once I'm back to AA, so I'll write more then.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2012: It Just Feels Right
« on: January 12, 2009, 10:22:34 PM »
Best advice I can give is to inspect housing close to campus very carefully.  It's sort of touch and go -- some very well maintained older buildings that cater mostly to graduate students are the best bets.  There are newer developments further from school that are pretty good -- little more expensive sometimes, but if you hunt long enough, the price difference is negligible. 

I've lived in a newer 2 BR/2 BA place on the south end of AA with another graduate student roommate for some time, yet will be getting my own place for 3L due to the roommate's engagement.  I'm angling for something closer to campus for my last year, but the place I've lived in for awhile has been good -- five to ten minute drive to the commuter lot depending on traffic and then a five to ten minute bus ride to the law school depending on bus wait.  Newer building, no maintenance problems, reasonable rent. 

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