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Law School Admissions / Chances of Xferring from T3 to UNC?
« on: December 30, 2009, 03:55:02 PM »
I recognize most of my answers will come from talking directly with admissions people from UNC, but seeing as how I have to wait before my grades come back anyway, I figured I'd see what yall had to say.

I just finished my first semester at university of missouri kansas city (T3).  I feel good about it, and I have only gotten one final grade back so far but it was an A, and I am pretty confident on my other courses as well.

I am looking to move back to NC, and UNC is the most economical and most prestigious school (Duke is simply out of the question, too much $$$ and a definite long shot).  UNC only accepted 7 students last year but 1) they dont accept transfer students from NC universities and 2) priority goes to NC residents attending out of state schools like myself.

Granted there are a lot of ifs, but assuming I do finish in the top 10 or 15 percent (big assumption!) - is going through the transfer application even worth it?  How hard would this transfer be?


Choosing the Right Law School / Louisville worth losing deposit at T3?
« on: April 30, 2009, 06:21:33 AM »
I've put my seat deposit down at Missouri Kansas City as well as a deposit on a apartment.  I was deferred at Louisville, one of my top choices, and will be getting a yay or nay very soon.  I am happy with UMKC, but it keeps bugging me rather or not its worth it to make a last minute switch to Louisville if they come through.  Considering my lease at my current place ends any day now, I kind of need to be prepared to move at a seconds notice if I do get in to U of L.

I am interested in UMKC's family law, and the fact that KC has a larger hispanic community as I speak spanish.  And KC is only 2 hours away, which would make for an easier move.  I am not completely set on one concentration or geographical location.

So my question is this - is U of L that much better to warrant last minute chaos, losing ~$800 in deposits, and paying about 10k more over three years?  My instinct is no, and I think they are both essentially regional schools (#94 versus T3).  Any words of wisdom?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / New Nebraska Rankings are Wrong?
« on: April 23, 2009, 02:08:47 PM »
I just got this email from Nebraska.  I guess they are trying to make sure late deciders don't let the new rankings sway them away.  I thought the rankings were perfect?! ::)

Dear Admitted Student,

If you follow the U.S. News and World Reports rankings, you might have noticed that the most recent ranking places the University of Nebraska College of Law much lower than it has been in recent years.  Before I go any further, I want to alert you to the fact that this ranking is wrong and was based on incorrect data used by U.S. News.

Last year, Nebraska ranked in the top tier of law schools in the U.S. News rankings.  U.S. News recognizes that it used incorrect data in ranking the University of Nebraska College of Law this year, and we are working to get an estimate of where we would have been if the correct data had been used.  We have no doubt the estimate will place us in the top tier again. 

Unfortunately, despite the mistake, the ranking has been published.  But, again, our ranking in that list is simply wrong.  And while we continue to work with U.S. News to get more information on our corrected, estimated ranking, we want you to know the University of Nebraska College of Law is the same great place it was last year and that we will be next year.

We understand how this incorrect information could be confusing and very much encourage those with questions to feel free to contact us.  As always, we would be happy to personally answer any questions you may have about these rankings or other questions at the Law College.


Very truly yours,
Sarah Gloden, J.D.   
Assistant Dean

Choosing the Right Law School / When is transferring worth it?
« on: April 23, 2009, 06:29:42 AM »
At what point is it worth it to transfer out of a Tier 3?  I've heard that the pain of transferring and starting over in a new location is only worth it if you transfer to a top 20 school.  What about top 50?  T2?

Choosing the Right Law School / University Insurance
« on: April 22, 2009, 01:51:42 PM »
Do all Universities pretty much offer the same health coverage?  Is health insurance required?  I looked at mine and the coverage wasn't very stellar.

What do you all do for health insurance?  Better to go through university or try to buy your own?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / T3 & T4 Rankings?
« on: April 21, 2009, 06:17:28 AM »
Anybody have an idea of how the lower tiered schools are doing with the new rankings?  I saw some post that actually broke down the numerical rankings of T3 (100 - 120ish).  Not that it makes a huge difference, but inquiring minds what to know!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: SLU or Maryland...
« on: April 20, 2009, 06:25:36 AM »
SLU if you can afford it and don't mind living the midwest for 3 years.  Great health law program, places well in Chicago, DC, & CA if you stick with it.

I'm an NC native as well, and was accepted to UNC for undergrad and ended up turning it down because I wasn't impressed with my campus visit.  In hind site, I should have thought twice about it.  UNC is a great public institution that will give you great employment prospects.  If it isn't the most exciting, I wouldn't let that sway you away. 

It is the best value of the three, so I vote UNC!  And Memphis is still quite a drive from STL, so it isn't like your next door :-)

Can you share what impressed you about SLU?  and what did you find that was a stronger positive over one of your other choices?  What did you learn or observe that might help us decide on SLU over our other choices.

thanks for anything you can share with all of us

I would not recommend people make the decision I have, however, unless they have really compelling reasons.  Turning down a higher ranked school is a very personal decision, and just because I think it will work for me doesn't mean that it will, nor that it would work for anyone else. 

I think thats a great point.  It is personal wherever you decide to go.  If you are unsure about staying  in STL, then I think WashU would be a clear choice if cost wasn't a huge issue.  If you are an STL groupie, by all means SLU is great. :-)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Elon Law School?
« on: April 08, 2009, 12:54:41 PM »
As a native North Carolinian, Elon undergrad is overpriced and is perceived as just decent.  I assume their law school would follow the same trend.

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