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Why would you base it on four years...you know I am talking full time....hmmm...wonder if this is more of his ploy to convince me not to go to DePaul. 

Naaa, this is a classic case where you shouldn't attribute malice where stupidity suffices.

I was hoping DePaul would improve their offer of admission, but they said no. So, either I go to a bigger, better, and much more expensive legal market of Chicago or to a smaller and more affordable Cincinnati.

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Go to the school. Visit it. Talk to the administration. Meet with a professor. Talk to the students. Compare the fields of law you're interested in, and see how many of their grads go into those fields...you can find this info by looking up stats, talking to alum, talking to the career services office, etc.

Do this, and you'll know if you're "comfortable" with that school.
I have done all of this. The faculty seem more engaging at Cinci, the students are happier at DePaul, the aesthetics of the law school are better at DePaul, the employment at graduation is better at DePaul, the overall employment is better at Cinci, the IP prospects are better at DePaul, the likelihood of IP employment is better at Cinci, career services is about the same at both, and the collaborative nature is better at Cinci. While DePaul would have more networking opportunities, I likely would not have enough time to utilize all of them - so the the nuber of networking events I could attend are likely to be similar (based on what IP students at both schools tell me). The edge in quality of event might go to DePaul, but there will be more IP students from the other schools there too. It seems that the strengths/weaknesses for each balance the other out and I ought to just flip a coin!

The one thing that is consistent is that alumni from each school, hiring partners at firms, and practicing IP attys not associated with either school all say to put more emphasis on where you want to work - okay, but how to decide that? I have been to both cities several times, and either would be fine. I would be less happy with the quality of apartment in the city of Chicago, but would enjoy the quick commute to school. I would enjoy the quality of apartment in the suburbs of Chicago, but would have a costly (time and money) commute. There is an apartment complex in Cinci that is sufficient and has a free bus to school. UC law school is located at the edge of campus which is not a good neighborhood, but DePaul is in downtown Chicago which is not much better.

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I have heard this from many current students and alumni - go where you feel the most comfortable. Now, there are definitely multiple factors involved in the law school selection, but how the heck do you determine "comfortability" even during a visit? What would be some characteristics of feeling "comfortable"?

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Actually accumulating $15,000 a year at 8% interest will leave you with $67,500 debt.  Better to know that now than find out in four years that you didn't factor in that 8%.
Are you sure about that figure?

You're right, I was basing it on four years in school and $15,000/year.  It actually comes closer to $48,700 for three years.

Why would you base it on four years...you know I am talking full time....hmmm...wonder if this is more of his ploy to convince me not to go to DePaul.  I am having a very tough time with this decision. Now Seton Hall just sent me a letter indicating I have earned a $10,000 scholarship there. Am planning to reject though since the cost would be even more than DePaul and in a market that has much more competition. I just feel like I might be "happier" at DePaul than Cinci.

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General Board / Re: laptops
« on: March 16, 2009, 11:58:50 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)?

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That's just it, I don't have a preference. The pros and cons for each choice seem to equal out. I don't know which factor I should be giving more preference to.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: New York LS or Hofstra Law?
« on: March 16, 2009, 06:43:43 PM »
I would suggest NYLS because of their alumni network in NY city as well as the opportunities you would have for experience, networking in the surrounding areas. I have heard many a horror story to Hofstra and that they don't want to give up their employment info is a major red flag.

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Take Cincinnati. DePaul isn't worth an extra $45k.

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LSAT humor? Great.  I'm still stuck. Practicing IP attorneys suggest the IP program does not matter and that debt is a huge factor, while some say that going to where networking and job opps are maximal is best...
On one hand I have Cincinnati which will cost me $29,000/yr but provides only the basic IP courses. The job opps, placement, and salary from UC are good and there is much less competition for those jobs, unlike in Chicago. Also, the 6 IP courses I would take (hard IP) are taught by practicing attorneys. On the other hand, at DePaul, having $15,000 in debt more per year, the IP coursework and writing is advanced, not to mention the many more job opps. But, I don't think the faculty are as strong as Cincinnati (based on scholarship). Between the two I am sure I would enjoy Chicago more, but one would also have to have the disposable income.

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Law School Applications / Re: which is better?
« on: March 16, 2009, 06:33:58 PM »
There is no harm in the OP's question. I agree that practical advice can not really be offered until they have taken the LSAT, but if he really wants to go to UChicago and then from asking questions early he will know that if he is struggling to beat 167 on his LSAT, he needs to choose some other good schools too. Not like us dumb people who score in the low 160's and have mediocre gpa's  ::)

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Take Cincinnati. DePaul isn't worth an extra $45k.

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