Okay BK - I have fixed the censor so that swearing is now permitted. (here we go...)
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Messages - Andrew
Ohhaaa.. I'm sitting on what's left of my bed right now - packing up my stuff. I'm going up to Seattle on Saturday and then out to Boston. It's insane - I'm still working too - tomorrow is my last day. I guess I probably won't actually move out there until August, but I'd consider a lease that started in July if necessary. I've had some rough luck with apartments over the last two years.
Other schools I'm waiting on are.. BC, you guessed it (doubt I'd go there though) and Cornell (but doubt I can afford it). I'm pretty happy with BU, and I'm not really running home everyday to check the mail.
Well I'm going to pack up a little more and go to bed. Probably won't be online for a couple days. *gasp*
I'm in San Francisco right now. It's nice. I hate to leave actually. I'm sure Boston will be cool though.
I've seen pictures of that ugly building though, I'm sure the real thing will be enough to induce a general feeling of discomfort - if not making me physically ill. What were those people thinking when they built that thing? I can hardly imagine anyone actually thinking, "This is going to be a great looking building." I guess that must have been the case though.
bk - thanks for putting up with the board, I have no idea what was going on, but I think this one is way better than ez board (that's what I tried originally). I'm trying to keep ads to a minimum (the one's you see are from the hosting) - ez board would add another, besides - I like the open source idea.
Jube - where do you live now? What are you going to study? Hastings would be cool, but BU is better for IP. Plus I need to check out the east coast, I've never even BEEN to Boston. Fordham pissed me off (in order of occurence) 1. they lost my application, 2. I sent them a new one, 3. they "invited" me to apply for free, 4. I threw that letter in the trash, 5. They accepted me. By step three I had already sent my depost it BU.
Are you going out to Boston to look for an apartment ahead of time? I'm going out there the last week of June. Moving there in Aug I guess. (It's going to take 1/4th of Aug just to get there.
Are future BU students more prone to internet discussion? It seems like I've seen at least 6 or 7 different people on various sites.
How many 1Ls will there be? 300 or something? That's really not that many. I think law school is going to have about the same number of students as high school - quite a change from the 16,999 other students at my undergrad.
Jube - where else *might* you be going?
« on: April 09, 2002, 04:24:28 PM »
One thing to keep in mind -
I always here people talking about where a school can "place you", never mind where you want to go. A schools statistics are good for seeing where people ARE going, but not where people COULD go. Granted, having alumni in the area you want to practice will generally help your chances, and local name recognition doesn't hurt, but keep in mind that just because people tend to go to a particular area doesn't mean you will be limited to that area.
I was thinking about this last year when I decided to come to Boston from San Francisco. "Only 10% of BU grads go to the Pacific Region." Oh-no! What if I want to go back? Having been here for a little while, I see that it's not that I can't go back to CA, it's just that I might want to stay in Boston or New York.
The schools are so closely ranked that reputation shouldn't be a concern (except that they're probably better respected in their own cities). I wouldn't count on Boalt moving much, nor do I think the US News rankings are worth worrying about (okay generally Yale is better respected than Boalt, but 5 places or so should not play a factor in the decision process).
Considering the cost - you can't go wrong with Boalt. If I were in your position I would sell out for saving money. If you REALLY want to live in NY, or you have some special attachment to Columbia... think about it, but think about just how much more debt you'll have if you go to Columbia. I doubt there's any difference in starting salary from those schools, so ponder your potential debt.
As a general rule: the higher you go, the less money you can get. However, with your scores I'm sure you can get some funding at some of the better schools - not sure about the top 10. Why don't you compromise and pick somewhere in between top 10 and Temple? You can probably get a lot of money at the top 20-30 type schools. I think at least a couple of them have part-time programs.
Don't bank on being top x% in law school. You have no idea who your classmates will be, what the professors will be looking for on the exam, how you'll be feeling on exam day, etc. I don't think there's a big correlation between LSAT/GPA and performance in law school.