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If you want to work in Chicago after graduation, Chicago-Kent does make sense; however, Case is a MUCH stronger school and you could save a lot of money on living expense loans for 3 years.  Case Western is strong in certain areas of the U.S., but in St. Louis, most firms aren't really aware of Case Western.  It really depends on where Case's alumni are located.  That being said, unless you 100% want to live in Chicago after graduation, then go to CW.  If you are 100% certain about's a toss-up, but I'd probably consider Chicago-Kent, sheerly because the Chicago market is really hard to break into from the outside. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Recommended E&Es?
« on: August 13, 2011, 05:56:34 PM »
I agree the Civ Pro E&E is AMAZING!...For other classes, the E&E's aren't always the best.  Also, Lexis and Westlaw have free full outlines for all 1L classes (Torts, Prop, Crim Law, Contracts, Civ Pro, etc.).  I actually preferred the Emanuel's Crunchtime Series, which have lots of flowcharts and practice questions.  Also, check out the "Acing ______" Series (with the _______ being whatever 1L course you are looking for).  I used the Crunchtime and Acing books for my exam prep, and my grades turned out very well - particularly, I recommend the Crunchtime for Contracts!!

As far as books to read before 1L...I read "Getting to Maybe" and "Law School Confidential"...and they were both good to read.  GOOD LUCK!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Aspen study desk?
« on: August 13, 2011, 05:48:05 PM »
A few of my classmates purchased it last year, and said it was a waste of money.  For a PC, I recommend OneNote, and for MAC I recommend CircusPony Notebook.  After a week, you'll regret having bought Aspen b/c briefing really isn't as difficult as law schools make it seem at first. 

It is not too late...but you'll really have to get moving.  Most application deadlines (for a possibility at scholarships) falls between Feb 1st and March 15th; however, most law schools will accept applications into the summer months.  To find out everything you need, go to and get started soon. You'll have to send in your Letters of Recommendation and Transcripts to LSAC and have them post these to your profile.  This can take a little time, so you'll want to get these documents in the mail within the next week or so.

Choosing the Right Law School / PLEASE HELP! SLU or William Mitchell??
« on: April 19, 2010, 02:52:32 PM »
I have a 3.9 GPA and a 154 LSAT. I have been admitted to SLU and William Mitchell. When the new US NEWS and WORLD REPORT just came out, I was shocked to find that SLU has moved to Tier 3, and William Mitchell moved up to Tier 2 (98th of 100).  Should I be concerned about attending SLU with no scholarship $$$...William Mitchell is now higher-ranked, with a lower cost of living, and lower tuition...?

Which school and why, please?

I have been accepted at 3 Health Law Schools - two USNWR ranked and one non-ranked. 

SLU is #1 Health Law Program - median start pay is $60K - and I have no fin aid. Total Debt $140K

Case Western is the #4 Health Law Program - median start pay of 90K - and no fin aid. Total Debt $160K

Hamline is not a ranked Health Law School, but they do have a Health Law Institute. Median start pay $52K, and I have received 1/3 of tuition. Also, I was selected as a Bakken Fellow, so I'd get an extra $3K per year stipend to conduct research with a faculty member on a topic of my choice. Total debt $90K

Do I go to the best school, the cheapest school, etc? Does the research fellowship mean anything? Please help!

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