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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Why is Cooley always made fun of?
« on: November 24, 2005, 12:48:38 PM »
thanks for the tips - i added st. john's and hofstra to my "considering" list. i like their late application deadlines.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Why is Cooley always made fun of?
« on: November 23, 2005, 08:16:19 PM »
sure, baylor is better ranked than cooley, but i rank lansing, michigan above waco, texas geographically. both because i'm a bit of a northerner snob, and because my family would be 5 hours away and not 50.

i've been trying to get detailed financial aid info but it's hard to come by. i'm realizing i'll have to make a lot of personal inquiries. i'm sure there are other schools between baylor and cooley on the risibility scale that would give me money - i just need to find which ones they are.

my numbers are 168 and a 3.55 (upward split), with public interest, graduate degree and leadership.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Why is Cooley always made fun of?
« on: November 23, 2005, 09:32:28 AM »
i'm competitive at T14 schools, but i'm thinking about cooley (seriously). simply because i plan to go into legal gadflying, and i can't afford to have a whole lot of debt with this choice of career. cooley has no application fee and they're saying i'm guaranteed a 100%-of-tuition scholarship based on my LSAT score. plus i definitely like cooley's chutzpah and its diversity.

what really concerns me about cooley is not the reputation, but the cosmological dropout rate: 27.3% in first year, 19.5% in second year. does anybody know what the story is there?

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / financial aid resources?
« on: November 21, 2005, 02:17:49 PM »
does anybody know any good references that go into detail about financial aid at different institutions? the best i have so far is an old version of barron's guide, and the information there is none too systematic. i need to know things like how much merit vs. need-based, whether out-of-staters are as eligible for aid as in-staters, what criteria are weighed most heavily for merit-based aid, and what sorts of aid are available to internationals.

informal advice about these issues is welcome as well. thanks if you can help.

everyone i've spoken to about northeastern (mostly northeastern-affiliated folks, but some presumably reliable others as well, such as my school's pre-law advisor) cites the noncompetitive atmosphere is one of northeastern's selling points. there are no grades there either, just written evaluations.

Oh Canada! / Re: Canadians applying to US schools: any disadvantage?
« on: November 16, 2005, 04:49:26 PM »
Also, you know that you have to fund it yourself to go to a top US school so you can't be that needy.   

 the good news, though, is that they don't discriminate against us. 

when it comes to loans and financial aid, states and schools differ. for example, if i go to law school here in massachusetts, i could get loans from the state. in new york, i'm told, i couldn't. some schools told me that they give financial aid to international students, while others said they don't. unfortunately i didn't take careful enough notes, or i would post a list.

Oh Canada! / Re: Queen's/McGill reputation and other questions
« on: November 16, 2005, 04:44:31 PM »

Queen's Engineering Faculty has the policy of not converting percentage grades to GPAs for any reason on its transcripts, so right now I don't yet know what my LSDAS GPA would be.

york doesn't either, but it mercifully reports letter grades, which i converted to GPA based on the letter-to-number conversion chart on the LSAC site: the chart also offers a conversion formula for percentages.

regarding a phd - everything i've heard suggests that graduate education is a significant soft factor.

Personal Statement / Re: Single or Double Spaced
« on: November 12, 2005, 03:21:42 PM »
i'll argue double's case: northeastern admissions said "double spaced" explicitly. i would assume it's the same rule for everyone else.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Northeastern Open House feedback
« on: November 10, 2005, 09:51:55 PM »
i attended the northeastern open house too - drove out from western mass. i didn't learn much about the program that i didn't already know from reading up on the school, but i am very glad i got a chance to talk to some people. the faculty seemed like a really cool, genuine group of people.

what i didn't get to check out is what i've been told is northeastern's weakness - a bad library.
i didn't get the impression that the women and minority numbers were quotas. bragging about high diversity percentages is just something that schools do. i suspect northeastern was bragging about its success at attracting minorities, rather than informing us that it plays heavy favorites in admissions. that being said, most law schools consider diversity a desideratum and will favor racial minorities (along with mature students, students from low-income backgrounds, students who have overcome hardships, etc.). i don't see this as particularly unfair, since white nonpoor males have an easier ride in life than students who are given special consideration in admissions.

Where should I go next fall? / which schools have $$$?
« on: November 07, 2005, 02:53:35 AM »
which law schools are the most generous with scholarships? i really want to go to northeastern, but graduating with minimum debt is important to me.

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