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General Board / Re: laptops
« on: April 13, 2009, 07:26:29 PM »
Rather than starting a new thread, I wanted to ask here, if anyone has an opinion on pc vs. mac for law school...I doubt it would matter. I am curious if the typing on a macbook makes a difference? And, for those using pc laptops, anyone care to comment about favorites (in terms of reliability or keyboard)?

Are you a mac or pc person?  I would check with your school.  At mine, macs can't run our exam software unless they are running Windows for macs or whatever it's called.  The mac users have to partition their hard drives and install it.  Seems like a pain in the butt to me, but if you swear by a mac it might be worth it for you, I guess.

I think the most important thing is to get a LIGHT computer.  Casebooks are freakin' heavy and you'll have enough weight on your back in addition to whatever laptop/notebook you are toting.  Buy a VERY light computer.  You will thank me.

That's the same thing my wife keeps telling me! But, most light laptops seem like fragile pieces of plastic. I missed out on Dell's 1330 at a great price, so now I have to wait. I am leaning away from macbook, but still might get that since I think it will be more reliable than the others.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Villanova vs. Hofstra($$$)
« on: April 13, 2009, 07:22:12 PM »
I thought this was an interesting conversation because it was similar to what I was debating between Cincinnati and DePaul. Though Cincinnati was the highest ranked and lowest cost option for me, I felt the best law school experience, maximal job opportunity three years later in my field (biotech IP) would be in Chicago. Overall, I felt the whole legal education at DePaul was stronger, and I felt more comfortable there than at UC. Cost/debt is a huge factor, but you also have to strongly weigh your job prospect potential. I have heard more bad things about Hofstra, where I also got the same scholarship (and had declined), than good. With the debt at Hofstra (and 50K doesn't seem quite right by my estimation including living costs and interest on the loans), I was terrified of the bleak employment prospects for a Hofstra grad. I did a lot of research looking up grads from various schools through Martindale and NALP, as well as as at IP firms in the cities in which my schools were located.

Best of luck in your decision!

Where should I go next fall? / Re: DePaul Bound! Anyone else?
« on: April 02, 2009, 11:42:33 AM »
how is DePaul among all the schools in Chicago? how does it compare to IIT?

i know DePaul has a good IP program. is it good enough to get IP jobs nationwide?

i would mind practicing in Chicago. it's a nice place. but does it provide many opportunities? seems much less than NYC, DC or CA.

In Chicago, DePaul has a great reputation and is well known by the partners at most firms. If IIT Chicago Kent was within $5,000 or so for total cost, I would have selected Kent, but for me the difference was substantial as Kent would not compete with DePaul to get I went with DePaul over Kent. Almost every school you talk to will tell you they have graduates in NY, Chicago, DC, etc., but do your homework and you will find that unless a school is located in that region, or unless it is a national school (top 10-ish) each school will primarily place regionally.  For example, cincinnati was the highest ranked school I got into, but I chose DePaul because Chicago poses so many more opportunities for me and I felt more comfortable at DePaul than Cincinnati. I spent a great deal of time researching schools. I will be offering my materials and the results of my research to anyone who wants it. Just PM me and I will tell you how to get it.

Where should I go next fall? / DePaul Bound! Anyone else?
« on: April 01, 2009, 06:51:43 PM »
Well, after a lot of deliberating and massive headaches, I finally made a selection - I chose DePaul because of the prospects in Chicago, strength of program, and strength of legal writing over Cincinnati.

If you are heading to DePaul this fall, please join the discussion and share your thoughts.

Depaul / Re: Depaul's grading curve
« on: March 27, 2009, 05:46:14 PM »
I got a scholarship offer from Depaul that requires a 2.3 gpa to keep. I've heard about grading curve traps and I was wondering if this was one of them.

is that for full time or part time?

I got accepted to both for the full time program. I did not like Loyola much when I visited. Personally, I think DePaul is a better option. They are very well known in Chicago since they are among the oldest of Chicago law schools. Between faculty and student environment, plus the benefit of saving an additional 4K, I would recommend DePaul. Definitely talk to alumni from each school in the field you wish to pursue. I have done that extensively and feel I am making my selection with the most information I could get. Cheers!

I'm curious...what is more important to you when selecting a law school?
Employment at graduation
bar passage

Please specify your year and if a 3L or grad, please state if you got your job at graduation.

For me, (0L) I think the bar passage is least important of these three (still an important consideration), and I would put Employment at Graduation first because, although debt is common for us all, a reasonable job makes that debt manageable.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Ohio State U Moritz Law
« on: March 24, 2009, 03:54:08 PM »
I visited there in October for their open house. I liked it. They are hands down the best law school in the state. Among my top choices IF I get accepted. I got a letter not long ago saying that the admit com wants to further review my application...whatever. At least it was not a rejection. Right now I am debating between Cincinnati and DePaul, but if OSU accepts me, that's where I'll be. (as if they are reading this!)

Where should I go next fall? / best way to research firms and alumni
« on: March 24, 2009, 01:34:18 PM »
Other than Martindale searches, or going to firm websites, is there any other source that lists attorneys by the law schools they went to and the firms they are at?

Just from reading these posts, it sounds to me that you are trying to justify spending the money going to depaul. Maybe it is your subconscious telling you to go there.

If you were completely neutral, go to cinci, network beginning 1L, find internships that will give you the advanced training that you think you'd get at depaul. Maybe find a mentor in IP around cinci early on.

It could be, but I try to rely on the facts:
DePaul has a much stronger IP program which includes more advanced coursework, IP legal writing, IP externship opportunities, IP events (networking), IP Alumni, a higher employment at graduation, and an aesthetically pleasing atmoshphere. The downsides are cost (it will be $15,000 more per year with $25,000 in Grad Plus loans), and, since my wife and I abhor the old apartments in the city, would mean that we live in the suburbs and I commute every day by train. It's not too bad, but students who do it tell me that it becomes tiresome very quickly.

Cincinnati has a simpler living environment, quick and easy access to school. The main advantage is the cost (only $29,000/yr of which $8,500 would be on Grad Plus loans), and minimal competition. There are several IP firms in the area and since there are relatively fewer IP students, externship opportunities are all but a given. The atmosphere is more intimate all around. However, the environment is not so pleasing as it is very near a bad part of town.

In truth, DePaul feels like the better choice, but in a worse case scenario of not finding employment upon graduation, Cinci is the better option due to low debt, less competition for jobs, albeit a lesser number of jobs to begin with.

Based on the faculty I have interacted with at both schools, I find those at DePaul more supportive and helpful than those at Cincinnati. The students at DePaul were also much more enthusiastic about what they were doing. At Cincinnati, many of the students seemed downright miserable.

I would agree that I am leaning towards DePaul, but no, I am not trying to justify the additional cost. Six months ago, I would have thought debating between Cincinnati and DePaul to be easy, Cincinnati wins. But, the employment climates in both areas combined with the debt factor make this tough. It would be helpful if someone could point out something that I have not taken into account.

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