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Choosing the Right Law School / Upcoming 1L's - Summer Preperations
« on: April 08, 2009, 09:57:58 AM »
I've read a few posts talking about some things upcoming law students can do over the summer to be more prepared for the rigorous first year.  Anyone want to share their plans for summer, or if there are any 2L's or 3L's that can offer some advice on the best way to spend this down time?

I've heard 1000 days to the Bar is a great book to read.  I've also been advised by a dean of admissions to read the paper from a national source to become more aware of current events. 

I personally am taking the summer off from my job, catching up on reading, and volunteering as a court advocate for a non profit.  Anybody else want to share?


If you stay in public interest for 10 yrs fall back on the loan repayment plan.  If you decide you want to go corporate, you have the prestige to get a great job.  Seems like a win-win.

Unless you want to go to Depaul.  Either would suffice, but it sounded like the only reason Tulane wasn't a go was the cost...

Saphire, we're cool in all, but if you got into WashU I would take that and run!  I don't say this condescendingly considering i'm attending a T3, and I think your own opinions on school ultimately matter.  SLU is good, but WUSTL is on a whole different level in and out of STL.  Its extra $$ since you got a scholarship at SLU, so if you are debt averse than that is one thing.  But in all honestly, if you can afford it, WashU is a far better option.  They offer all the positives that SLU does (don't most law schools have public interest clinics anyways?) and the umph to set you miles ahead of SLU grads in the job search.

Just my .02 cents!  Atleast tour the campus.  Take it from an STL'er who is too poor to attend SLU and not smart enough to go to WashU... WashU > SLU. :-X

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Need advice
« on: April 07, 2009, 08:42:28 AM »
I'd say it'd help you because it would make you a more diverse applicant.  Especially if you are interested in Health Law.

If you don't know what type of law your interested in, you better find out or atleast make up something genuine sounding for your personal statement.  Going to pharmacy school then switching to nursing then switching to law without an emphasis could be seen as wishy-washy.

You'll be just fine!  Congrats and let me know how it goes, I will be on the other end of the state  ;D  Who knows, I might end up trying to transfer there myself.

IMO, 34k for this school is too much.  I would have attended had I received a scholarship.

That being said, St Louis (love it to death) is very clique-ish.  When I got on at a bank, the first interview question they asked is 'Where did you go to highschool?'  People from STL stay in STL and things that may seem stupid like where you went to school, family name, etc. can matter in some circles.  This is the reason that SLU places so well in the area.  It has the reputation locally based on word of mouth and contacts and is familiar.  However, I worry to an extent how many of these SLU grads are getting awesome jobs in STL because of their family connections and not education or work done by career services.

Another word of advice, lawyers have told me that if you are out of state and attend SLU you are looked upon less favorably than STL natives who attend SLU.  Its the mindset of 'us vs. them' and employers worry less about you jetting off to another part of the country anytime.  Again, people from STL stay in STL.

In conclusion, go to SLU if you can afford it and want to stay in STL.  If you have any doubt about the cost or staying in the region, walk away.  Admitted Students weekend said that they place a lot of grads in WashDC and Chicago -- that is misleading, as most of the grads placed there are in Health Law.  If you aren't health law, good luck getting in there!

You will fare about the same.  Go with whatever is cheaper / you like more.

Choosing the Right Law School / UMKC '12
« on: April 02, 2009, 02:57:46 PM »
Anyone attending admitted student's weekend or have decided on Kansas City for the fall?

I looked at Oklahoma City University with a near full ride, but decided against it because of the fact that OU is king in Oklahoma.  You will have great prospects in all of Oklahoma as well as north Texas.  If its feasable for you, I know a lot of students move to Dallas (about 3 hrs away) for summer internships and  have great success from that.

the deposit deadline is Apr 1st, and it's $750!


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