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Here is where I get my thought on it from, in undergrad people who used the CLEP test to get credit for classes they never took were seen by the vast majority of students in the school as smarter than the guys who had to sit in a chair for a semester to end up in the same place. I can't think of anyone, anywhere who actually thought negative of it.

So...based on your experience, you think the average layperson "would be like 'oh my god, you must be a genius!!!! You are self taught, wow!!!!'"  There's not enough in there to be pretty sure of anything, really, right? 

I know it seems like I'm splitting hairs, but it's an important distinction.  :)

...I'm pretty sure that the average true "layperson" would be like "oh my god, you must be a genius!!!! You are self taught, wow!!!!" and even more so for the ones who skipped lawschool all together and just did an intership and the bar, the whole "I'm so smart, that I just clep'ed it female dog!" attitude.

How are you "pretty sure" of this?

I always stop reading your posts when I get to the sports analogy.  :)

More importantly for bigs specifically, one should try to avoid saying that Cooley (or most schools) and Harvard are the same in any respect.  Even if it's true, people will be skeptical about it, which in turn will weaken your credibility.

Just say "schools in general" or something like that.  It works better.  Trust me.

No if Harvard runs out of money obviously they won't, but if they did getting money would be their number one concern. Money is every schools top concern, because if they don't have it then nothing matters.  If they can't pay their professors, dean, library, internet bill, so on then their reputation is going to sink pretty rapidly.

Just like any law firm or business in general they care about their reputation, but if they run out of money they will lay off people left and right throwing their reputation out the window.

I mean, this is like saying that my number one concern is breathing.  Believe me, it's not.

I am pretty sure all schools encourage you to stay at their school and want people to enroll. Again, Cooley is a business and they want to meet their budgetary profit concerns. It is basically a recruiting tool and they need to meet their bottom line it sucks they are raising tuition, but it happens at every single school in America.  I don't think it is a big deal at all, but that is my opinion. If  people need to go out and knock Cooley law school down to feel better about themselves go for it I guess.

I'm just encouraging you not to say more than you mean.  :)

The reality is all law schools from Harvard to Cooley are concerned about money first and foremost. 

I'm pretty sure Harvard's first concern is not money, but reputation.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Michigan or Northwestern?
« on: July 16, 2010, 04:05:12 PM »
You should ask yourself what you would like to do after school, and where.  While Michigan is ranked higher, NW is a very good school as well, and has excellent name recognition in the Midwest.  In Chicago in particular, I don't believe Michigan would give you any particular advantage over Northwestern.  Also, if you plan on staying in Chicago, Northwestern will put you in a good position to work relationships during the school year.

On the other hand, if you plan on heading to the coasts, or to academia, then Michigan would probably make a difference - it has been my experience that Northwestern is very regional, and academic hires are very rank-conscious.

I assume you mean very regional relative to Michigan.

Is there a cost difference?  (I know, I sound like a broken record.)

Transferring / Re: T4, law journal, accepted at T2 (Camden)
« on: July 16, 2010, 04:03:12 PM »
I think you're being a little harsh.  She didn't say we were being pessimistic in general, just that we are more pessimistic than another board, which I'm guessing is TLS.  My general sense is that TLS is full of cheerleaders, so that's probably an accurate statement.

How much money will you owe at graduation at the various options?

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