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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Elon Law School?
« on: April 02, 2009, 07:22:54 PM »
The top few students do well in NC, but beyond that it will mostly come down to networking. If you want to live in Greensboro or Winston, it would be a fine choice (assuming your other options are similar).
What do you mean by "the top few students do well in NC?"  Do you mean internships and summer work?  I'm pretty sure the school just opened in the fall of 2006, so they haven't had a graduating class yet.

Ermmm... you say Chicago is not the best place for a little girl?  And you think New Orleans is better?  The Gulf Coast gets hurricanes every year!  Have you ever had to pack up your family and necessary belongings into the car and flee your home?  It's a very traumatic experience; especially so for children.  Some children have been reported to have PTSD from such experiences.  Can you imagine your daughter no longer feeling safe and secure at home, because she knows that it isn't safe and secure in inclement weather?  I really recommend DePaul.  There are nice suburbs surrounding the city, so your child does not have to grow up in an urban environment.
Taking into account the overall atmosphere of the city is more important, I believe, than worrying about the hurricanes.  New Orleans has horrific crime, and most of the entertainment (most of which involves large amounts of alcohol) is totally inappropriate for a small child.  Would you feel comfortable walking around the French Quarter with your family at night, dodging all the drunks and thieves?  I love the town, but I would think long and hard about raising small kids in that area.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Elon Law School?
« on: April 02, 2009, 06:16:48 PM »
Even when compared to other "Tier 4" and other such schools, you should probably look elsewhere.  It's less than three years old, and just received its provisional accreditation last year.  There is no alumni network at all (literally -- the school has no alumni yet), so there is no shot of getting help there after graduation.  Even if this year's group of entering students were of a higher caliber, the previous two classes now there were not the pick of the litter, and I'm sure employers will figure that out.  Of course, because it's so new, few employers will have heard of it.  The school probably doesn't have much of an endowment, so not a lot of aid to give out, either.  All of this might not matter if cost wasn't an issue, but the school is just as pricey as any other private school.
You might get a fine legal education there, and scuttlebutt is the school is working really hard to become a good school, but if you have other options it's probably better right now to let someone else break the place in.

Even with a good background like what you have, the GPA will be problematic.  I don't wish to start a discussion on the topic, but, yes, being a female minority can skew things in your favor quite a bit.  According to the LSAC site (, Fordham is probably out of reach no matter what.  For the other schools, you may have a decent shot if you can score really well on the LSAT.  Seton Hall and Cardozo will be iffy even with a good score, but the other two will probably accept you if you can score in the top quarter or so.
I would like to ask, though, why you are going to grad school if your real goal is law school.  What purpose does all the work and money to get that degree have if you're eventually going to do something totally different?

AFter looking at a few options and doing the math, I've decided on going the CBA route myself.  Feel free to PM me, I'd be happy to share what I've learned in looking at the various options.
I know you said you wanted to be sent a private message, but I think this would be a good public discussion:  what is it that made you choose a non-ABA school?  Even if you plan to only practice in one state, almost every qualification that I know of outside its state bar (membership in certain organizations, JAG/military jobs, etc.) all require a degree from an ABA-approved school.  It would seem that the worst ABA school would be a better option than a non-ABA school.

I think that's a pretty pathetic letter from the school.  As your letter acknowledges, almost every other school will require a deposit before they'll make a "decision," so the only people to take them up on that are people who are either 1) dying to go there (and don't mind losing a deposit), or 2) those who won't get in anywhere else.
That statement about how hard it is to go through lots of applications and make a decision on time is even more pathetic.  Every other school in America faces the same tough deadline and yet somehow manages to meet it; it is almost an admission of incompetence.  Are you sure still want to go there?
I would interpret the "second review" as a waitlist, because for all intents and purposes that is what it amounts to.  I think the truth is the school didn't have the courage to say so.

Law School Admissions / Re: REJECTED, ETC. TODAY
« on: March 27, 2009, 08:16:35 PM »
Turned down at Emory, not even waitlisted...I really thought I had a good shot.

Choosing the Right Law School / 'Bama?
« on: March 26, 2009, 07:58:34 PM »
Does anyone have any thoughts as to how good a school Alabama is, and/or what the atmosphere is like?

Does anyone know if Wake Forest allows students to take exams by computer, or if they must write them out by hand?
It sounds silly to ask, but I can't write by hand to save my life; I type everything.

I know Newark is brutal, but ...

Have you ever been to Newark?  "Brutal" is perhaps an understatement.  Even by Jersey standards, Newark is very rough.  Don't bother buying a nice car if you go there.

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