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Hello LSD'ers,

I need some input from you guys.  I need to make a decision by June 1st between Chicago Kent and Rutgers (both PT evening programs).  I am a little torn, because there are high points between both schools that I like, and I just want to make sure I am making the most informed decision possible. 

With Chicago-Kent some of the high-points are:

 - Chicago location (I really like Chicago especially since this decision will require me to move from Southern California),
 - The people (the midwest hospitality really appeals to me)
 - Ranking (it seems that Kent is known for IP, legal writing, and has an overall higher ranking),
 - Chicago is much closer to California than Newark.

With Rutgers some of the high points are:

 - In-state tuition offer (Rutgers is offering me instant in-state residency which would drop my annual tuition to $17,000, about $10,000 less than Chicago-Kent),
 - Career services department and employment prospects (Rutgers has great placement percentages for NLJ 250 firms and judicial clerkships)
 - Better network after graduation: my uncle is a Rutgers Alum and now has had his own practice for about 20 years, my cousin is a 2L at Seton Hall and will graduate next year.

There's other factors that I am mulling over, but the ones I outlined are pretty much the main ones that are affecting my final decision.  I guess the main question is do I sacrifice financial independence (after graduation) for a location and market that appeals to me?  Or is it dumb to pass up free money and a great employment network to go to a fairly comparable school?  Your thoughts...

Choosing the Right Law School / Rutgers-Newark Discussion
« on: March 23, 2009, 10:27:41 PM »
Hey Guys,

So great feedback from the all of you guys so far, and  I am really making some headway into making my final decision, BUT I found out today that Rutgers-Newark is offering NJ residency status immediately so long as proof of a 12-month lease agreement is provided to the school before July.  This significantly alters my decision making process because as a PT candidate my annual tuition would be roughly $13,900/annually (huge deal for me since I am paying for school myself).  As some of you know I am down to either Rutgers-Newark, Temple, USF, and Pacific McGeorge.  What are your thoughts the cheaper tuition for Rutgers-Newark?  Here is some background, currently from SoCal (would ideally want to stay in CA but willing to move as long as it makes sense), McGeorge offering some $$$ ($5000/year renewable 3.0 GPA), USF and Temple full part-time tuition price.  I am reluctant to pass on Temple because of their bar passage rates, and reputation in PA.  Reluctant to pass on USF because I have family & friends in the bay area and the location in California.  Your thoughts...

Hey Guys,

I'm a SoCal resident looking to secure one of these three seats USF v. Southwestern v. Pacific-McGeorge.  I am leaning towards USF because some of my initial research shows that job prospects might be slightly better than McGeorge and Southwestern.  Pacific-McGeorge is offering me scholarship money (about 20% annual tuition, renewable based on ranking) that is hard to pass-on, but my initial research shows that job prospects will be fairly localized in Sacramento (a big downer for me since I have family in the bay area and not sacto).  Lastly, I put Southwestern in here to because I am from SoCal and I am starting to hear some good things about the school.  At this point I don't think its enough for me to choose southwestern over USF or Pacific-McGeorge, but for the sake of argument I put them on the post for anyone willing to share some useful information.

Let me know what you guys think.

Hello LS Discussion Folks,

So I am a SoCal resident with a slight preference for staying local (I am a big family person), but I am open to relocating.  That said, I have a couple of solid options on my plate that have upcoming seat deposits due.  My four top choices are Temple, Rutgers-Newark, USF, and Pacific-McGeorge.  I am big on going to a school with top notch trial advocacy and legal writing, and would be a open to a move to Philly (Temple).  Pacific-McGeorge is appealing because they offering me scholarship money which is hard to pass on.  Lastly, USF and Rutgers-Newark are in the mix because I have several family members in both San Francisco and New Jersey. 

Given my situation what do you guys think is my top prospect?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Loyola Law School Waitlist
« on: March 21, 2009, 06:46:20 PM »
Hello LS Discussion Folks,

So I was placed on the Loyola Law School (LA) waitlist, and it is the first waitlist I have been placed on.  From those who have been on a waitlist or are currently on a waitlist what are the chances of admission?  Also what is the time frame like in waiting for a decision?  I have some other good options (Temple, Rutgers-Newark, USF, & McGeorge), but I would have to give Loyola my top pick in schools due to my preference in staying in SoCal.  I applied for the part-time program, and I decided to stay on the waitlist as a part-time candidate.  Any thoughts guys?


Hello Fellow Law School Enthusiasts,

So I got into Temple University the other day, and was somewhat surprised by my admission (LSAT 155 - GPA 3.4) being that my LSAT score did not fall within their range. 

That being said, I am absolutely stoked about this acceptance, but being that I am from Southern California, I have never been to Philadelphia and I am clueless on the job market, culture, and more specifically the advantages of relocating to Philadelphia.  My initial research on Philly shows lower cost of living, and lower average tuition for Temple, but any other thoughts from students currently attending Temple of that live in Philly?  Also, any insight on the job market in Philadelphia and/or nearby New York?  Your thoughts...

Choosing the Right Law School / Temple PT vs. McGeorge PT ($)
« on: February 18, 2009, 12:32:08 AM »
Hello All,

So I received my fourth admission letter today from Temple University (Evening Div. no $)!  I'm really stoked about it, but I needed to get some info on the school.  I know the basics (their rank, reputation, and location in Philly), but aside from that I wanted to compare it to the second best law school I've been admitted to thus far, UoP McGeorge (Evening Div. with $$).  Ideally, I would want to stay in SoCal, and I know McGeorge is fairly regional to Sacramento, so given my circumstances, would I get further in So Cal with a Temple JD or a McGeorge JD?  My gut instincts tell me McGeorge because of their extensive alumni network, but who knows Temple's higher ranking and reputation may get me hired in So Cal.  What do you guys think?

I would also take arguments for relocation in Philly, I've never been and I don't know much about the city (aside from Geno's Cheesesteaks, lol).  So, your thoughts?

Hello Everyone,

I'm running a little poll to see which California Law School is the most preferable of these five choices: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; Southwestern Law School; University of San Francisco School of Law; University of San Diego School of Law, and Santa Clara University School of Law.

For this poll vote as if location has no bearing, meaning you're open to move to any of the markets the school resides in.  Base your votes on every aspect possible, i.e. level of education, reputation of the school, job prospects, city environment, etc.  Thanks for participating!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Accepted at UoP McGeorge!
« on: January 19, 2009, 11:02:28 PM »
I received my acceptance to UoP McGeorge, and I am really excited about it, but aside from what I have read from Princeton Review and US News I do not know much about the campus, student life, faculty.  Anyone care to share any input, I am planning on visiting the campus next month!

Also another tidbit, this was my first acceptance letter, and I am awaiting about 15 more decision letters.  I am a SoCal native, and I would ideally want to "settle down" in SoCal, but McGeorge has offered me some scholarship money (roughly 20% of my annual tuition).  Upon reading several publications, I am concerned about McGeorge's reputation as a regional school.  Is there any basis for this claim?  Thanks for your input!

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