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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Waitlist Notification
« on: May 09, 2009, 07:19:38 PM »
I was among the first accepted off the waitlist at my school. They called me the second week in June. From there, it was a rolling process; some people were admitted very close to orientation.

Keep in mind, though, that applications are up significantly this year. That may delay the timing.

I don't think either has an appreciable edge in Connecticut.

Personally, I would choose Roger Williams. I visited both schools and agree with you about the "personal feeling"; I really liked Roger Williams, although I didn't end up going there. I didn't like the vibe I got from NESL (or NELB, now). It felt very much like a high school and I decided quickly that it wasn't for me.

MrBruceSmith78 has a point about the alumni base. However, I think that longevity argument can flip the other way, too: NELB has been around for awhile and continues to sit at the bottom of the rankings, whereas Roger Williams is still building itself up. If either is going to climb higher in the next 10 years, more likely it will be RW. And another reason for that: NELB will always be competing with the Boston crowd, and will always be compared in their shadow. RW can stand somewhat on its own. Finally, the sense I get from RW is that its alumni feel more connected than NELB's—maybe in part because they all know the school is so new. That's a major selling point, at least if you're planning to work (even temporarily) in the vicinity.

Don't be afraid to negotiate. It's a tough time because applications are up, but tell RW what NELB is offering and see if they'll match. Or if you're leaning the other way, tell NELB and see if they'll sweeten the offer.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Best school to work in RI?
« on: May 09, 2009, 06:54:46 PM »
Between those choices, go with Roger Williams. Despite the rankings, there's a lot of in-state favoritism shown toward Roger Williams—especially by judges (if you're interested in a clerkship), but also by firms and government jobs. If you're absolutely sure that you want to work in Rhode Island, then Roger Williams will give you a much better network than either Suffolk or NESL, which are both very Boston-centric.

Also, the guy who runs RW's career services department is unusually involved and good at his job (relative to what you find at many schools). In this economy, and especially for a school with local focus, that's a major selling point.

(Disclaimer: I didn't go to RW. I chose a Boston school.)

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