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How does BU compare to BC?

essentially identical.  Outside of the region, people barely even know the difference between the two.  They are treated the same with people often confusing the two.   The only difference is if you get an alum at a particular firm who wants to help out someone from his alma mater, but that will be on an individual basis.  Both were within a spot of each other (both in the top 10) in the most recent Princeton review Career rankings and also in the national law journals list of students at the biggest 250 law firms.

As to OP, I would think BU trumps Fordham in terms of national name recognition.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Pooping in Pants
« on: December 21, 2007, 08:23:47 AM »
Where is your UG degree from?   
Do you have any preference/hatred towards any geographic area?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New and Improved BC Question Thread
« on: December 19, 2007, 05:52:33 PM »
Hey there!  Sorry I haven't posted on LSD in awhile, but not that finals are over, I feel like I should get back into it.  I am a 2nd yr student at BC, so will try to help out bamf and Nuke in their responses.

I have no idea about rent costs in Boston?  are they exorbitantly high in NYC?  Or would one typically expect to pay 700-900 a month for a good place to live?

Rent is expensive, but not as bad as NYC.   It is MUCH more cost efficient to get a 2 bedroom than a 1.   They both cost essentially the same (overall price), so it is almost half the price to get a 2 bedroom.   I would say 1 beds go for around $900-1300 in the immediate vicinity of BC and two bedrooms are prob like $1300-$1600.

The only thing I hate is worrying about being top 1/3 for biglaw.  (I'm dead set on the Chicago market too).  Thanks for the help!

I am actually going to be working in Chicago next summer (at Sidley Austin).  I have no ties to Chicago or the midwest (whole family is out east) except for the fact that I went to Wisconsin for UG.  I used that all the time to explain why I wanted to come to Chicago and everyone accepted it.  BC seems to have really great ties.  I did very well in the Chicago market (prob even better than DC).  I have some friends going to Chi this summer too (Skadden and Mayer Brown), so BC definitely can get you in the door (plus I knew other people who had offers at the top firms in the city and just choose to go elsewhere).  Obviously, since these are the top firms in the city, you need to do well at BC, but that would be true if you went to Chicago law schools too.  If you have any Q's about BC and Chicago, please feel free to PM me.

Can anyone answer me why you picked BC over BU? 
Well I got wait listed at BU, so maybe I am not the best to answer this Q.  However, I had already decided to go to BC if I got into both, and had only applied to BU in case I didn't get into BC.  They are very similar schools and there are probably 1000 threads comparing the nit picking details between the two on here.   For me, it came down to the reputations of the student body (a friendly rep. at BC) and the physical environment (could not see myself studying everyday in BUs library).  I am really happy with my decision as everything has lived up to my expectations.

I have another question as I continue to think about how awesome BC is..

Do you think it really is worthwhile to go to admitted students day? It is April 4th this year, which is not a good date for me.  I'd rather visit sometime in February...

Nuke did a pretty good job answering this one already, but I would just say it is more important if you are still undecided at that point or if you want to look for housing/roommate.   For those who are still deciding, it is a really good event to help tip the scales... it is a real fun time where all the older law students show up, drink a little too much and go on and on about how much they love BC.   Since a large percentage of the school shows up, it is a great time to get some answers to your questions from people who are not part of the administration or there to recruit.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC 2L Taking Questions
« on: October 27, 2007, 02:02:12 PM »
   do you know of any other Oklahoma BC students.

There are two people in my year that are from U of oklahoma, so you definitely won't be alone

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.9/163 - where should i apply?
« on: July 27, 2007, 01:43:18 PM »
Those schools on your original list are all good, but on the higher end of your range.  I had nearly identical stats, and got either wait listed or rejected at all those schools.  You need to add more schools in the 20-30 range, as that is the most likely  range of schools where you will be most succesful (the highest schools you will have a high % of success with).  Confused  had some good ones to add.   I think Fordham, BC, U Washington, Indiana, Hastings, Davis, Minnesota, USC, and Wash U are some good ones to add to your original list.

The book cost doesn't include hornbooks/study books, right?  Those run about $30-40 a piece.

That is correct, it does not include those books.  My price range was my best guess recollection though, I could be off.  I do recommend getting studybooks/hornbooks.  Most profs will tell you not to get them, but do so anyway.  They range in usefulness, but are generally pretty helpful.  In some classes I didn't touch them and others I lived by them, just depends on how well the prof teaches the material.  Be careful though, because sometimes they contradict the prof, so you need to make sure to still take good notes and know what the prof wants because in a contradiction, the prof wins.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC ($) vs. Northwestern
« on: July 24, 2007, 07:18:53 PM »
I think this is a very tough one.  NW was one of my top choices when i applied.  I didn't get in, and might have gone had I.  But, I did not have any $ at BC and was by no means set on Boston (at that point).   

That being said, i am SO glad i came to BC.   There is a lot to be said about going some where that you will enjoy your experience.  You will not do well if you are miserable.  On numerous occasions, I have had people visited from other schools and hang out with us and were utterly shocked at how well we get along and how much we can enjoy ourselves (students from Harvard, Cornell, BU, Michigan, etc).   

I definitely think it is a VERY close call.  One thing to look at is how many boston firms come to NW to can be annoying to have to apply on your own.  Overall, with the $ and location preference at BC vs. the better name at NW, it is nearly a draw.  I think it comes down to the little things, like where you want to be for school, the campus, the people, etc.   Def. visit both and see which feels right to you.  Let me know if you have any questions about BC

p.s. Ann, who do you know form BC transferring?  I am real curious to see if I know them (feel free to PM me if you don't want to say on the board)

You find out what books you need the same time as your section, about a week early.  They don't tell you what books you need, but once you know your section you can go into the bookstore and they have them set up by section.   It is best to go before school actually starts to avoid the rush (but call 1st to make sure the books are in).   i think they upped the budget this year for will spend that much (I think it is between $400-600 depending on the section and if you get optional books)

Hey guys.  Are you all getting excited for school?  you should be....only a few more weeks!

You will find out your sections before orientation starts...but not that much earlier.  I think about a week in advance you get your sections, when you get a letter (or email) about the orientation schedule.

As for the questions about working 100 hr work weeks at a big firm, mostly not true.  I am working at one of the biggest law firms (and we are known for being hard-working) and people do not work nearly those hours.  Occasionally (like once or twice a year) there will be a real big case or deal that comes up and people will be there ridiculous hours for that week (pulling all nighters) but that is far from the norm.  Most are there appx about 50-60 hrs a week.  There are busier times where might need to be there  a lot and times where there is nothing to do, it comes and goes.  This is Boston though, and I do hear that NY works worse hours, some to consider when looking where you want to practice.

If anyone has any q's about BC, law school in general or working at a firm, let me know.  Look forward to meeting you all!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: PLEASE HELP: BC v. W&L
« on: June 05, 2007, 04:35:19 PM »
Why does every Boston based thread turn into a Red Sox vs Yankees debate?

Congrats jghjgfjfjgf on your decision.  Both are great schools, but I think you made the right choice (YAY BC!).  If you have any questions about BC, let me know.  See you in the Fall.  ;D

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