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Current Law Students / anyone had these three professors?
« on: July 06, 2009, 03:27:02 PM »
David Rudstein for Criminal Law
Cesar Rosado Marzan for Contracts
Chris Buccafusco for Torts

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NYLS OR HOFSTRA?
« on: May 28, 2009, 05:47:52 PM »
NYLS is better for IP in my opinion

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Scholarship vs. ranking
« on: May 28, 2009, 05:46:08 PM »
I think the more important consideration is actually where you want to work. The ranking here really is not going to help you much since all of these are regional schools. So consider first and foremost where you want to work (which I think you have to some extent) and then look at the best school you can get into in that area. If you get into multiple schools there, then look not at ranking difference, since it will likely be insignificant, but your debt at graduation and the graduate placements. If debating among schools, and one has consistently good placements in the types of firms you want to work where you want to work, then that's your best option.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comp
« on: May 16, 2009, 01:29:29 PM »
Hey guys,

My issue with LR has been dying down. And with LG its been good.  But for some reason I can't seem to escape from getting 8-9 wrong on the RC.  Is there anyway to improve? People just keep telling me practice practice practice but I've done quite a few of the passages and keep getting wrecked by it.

Please help.
I had the same problem. I raised my score by 17 points without a prepcourse by using my own strategy and some customized tools. PM me and I would be happy to share with you what I did and how to get the same materials.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Loyola v. Chicago-Kent ($)
« on: May 13, 2009, 01:53:41 PM »
That makes sense. I agree that all three are pretty close. If even after visiting you are still confused (like I am between Kent and DePaul), consider the specific programs, faculty, adjunct faculty for those programs, and where their students get placed. Rest assured that whichever you choose, working hard and networking will be keys to success.

Have you visited? Did one seem like a place that fit you better? Is one closer to housing, or in a neighborhood you like more?

I visited both, liked Kent a little better, but the students at DePaul seemed much happier, much more at peace. I cant help but feel that I will do better academically at DePaul because of the high competitiveness of Kent.

I seriously thought I was done with this. I was set on DePaul, eventhough at the start of the process I would have jumped at the chance to go to Kent. But, eventhough Kent is giving me $15,000 now for the first year and a max of $10K for each of the second and third years, I am still torn. Eventhough the IP program at Kent is very highly ranked, I don't think that is very meaningful (but maybe it will be in three years). DePaul's $15,000 requires a 3.3 GPA (usually top 33% of class) which is about the same as what I would need to keep the $10,000 at Kent for the 2 and 3L years. DePaul has consistently reported employment at graduation in the mid to upper 80%, whereas Kent is usually about 10-15% lower. I get the sense that the IP program at DePaul is better (though it is ranked around 15) and more supportive than Kent. The average salary is about the same at both schools, but it seems the median at Kent is a little higher. I know this debate has been raised ad nauseum, but informed and experienced opinions would be most appreciated.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: George Mason v. Ohio State ($$)
« on: May 09, 2009, 08:54:21 AM »
I did not get into either and I would have really liked to. As an Ohio resident, I would have chosen OSU, unless you want to work in Washington DC. Mason is very good too, and if they had particular programs of interest, then that is your best choice. Consider the debt, but also consider where you will feel more comfortable and be able to do your best. Ultimately, nothing else matters as much as where you will do your best (IMO)


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Loyola v. Chicago-Kent ($)
« on: May 08, 2009, 09:06:04 AM »

In case you hadn't seen, the distribution of types of employment after graduation by school for the region.  Depaul has a fairly significant (compared to the other schools) who go into public interest work.

According to that chart, DePaul has less 1L attrition, less unemployment, and fewer grads going into grad school....add to this that your Grad Plus loan will be through Direct Loans at DePaul and through another lender at why wouldn't you go to DePaul??!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Loyola v. Chicago-Kent ($)
« on: May 07, 2009, 08:52:01 AM »
I did a lot of research to find out how to make the law school selection, and one of the key points was to consider debt. Between Kent and Loyola, I vote 1,000% for Kent. Excellent legal writing program, more accomplished faculty in my opinion, and better overall placement. Definitely go visit if you have not done so already! Though, I think DePaul would be a better choice for you (I think they are best for public interest)

I actually did get into DePaul, w/45k (15k/yr) which could be more I think b/c I'm in their 75th percentile.  I wasn't really considering it though b/c I hear that unless it's a full ride then it's not really worth it b/c of the lower job prospects/placement. Did get accepted into the public interest writing fellowship though.

I disagree with the employment aspect. DePaul has traditionally low around 83% employed at graduation whereas Kent has usually low 70%. My area is IP and as far as that goes, the employment is pretty much equal. There are far more DePaul alumni in the city than Kent, which also means more at the partner and hiring partner levels....perhaps why the employment at graduation is higher. I debated between kent and depaul pretty strongly, but still chose DePaul. Would be happy to discuss this more if you would like. Cheers.

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