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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: BU 2L taking ?s
« on: December 22, 2006, 02:33:42 PM »
Midlaw in Boston depends on what you consider midlaw. Check for salary charts, though its hard to find midlaw because they don't always report like the big firms do. i would say probably between 70k and 100k. Though these jobs are still pretty competitive to get. From Harvard, you cann be anywhere in your class, from BC/BU you want to be in the top 50%, and from NEU or Suffolk you want to try to be around the top 1/3.

Edit: they usually go a little deaper than 50% at BC/BU, so I would say you'll get a position so long as you are not in the bottom third.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: BU 2L taking ?s
« on: December 07, 2006, 01:38:53 PM »

The facilities are adequate, though not top notch. Its not really a top25-like building, let alone campus. However, like I said, plans are in the works for a new building. Our gym is outstanding though.

As to BC v BU, I mentioned it earlier in this thread and won't rehash it too much. In my personal opinion, if you want to work in Boston you should probably take a strong look at BC. My experience tells me that they do have a slight edge in recruiting in the Boston area. I am not sure why, but they are considered more prestiguous. If I remember correctly, BC is a little more selective, but if you get into one school, you usually get into the other. check

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: BU 2L taking ?s
« on: November 28, 2006, 07:22:40 PM »
So does the ugly building grow on you after a while? The views are really nice.

Also, how do you guys find the library facilities? The library struck me as kind of weak, but then we didn't go exploring all over on the tour, so I could be missing something.

Facilities is not our strong point. They are really bad. I dont know anyone that uses the library unless they have to. Usually, I just go to school for class and head home when I can. Most of my friends are the same way; its not really a campus but instead, a building. Its a preference that I don't mind. I was never into the nice campus and nice facilities thing. If you are, they are building a new building, but it is not scheduled to even get started yet, so it wont affect anyone on this site.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Anybody else visiting BU tomorrow?
« on: November 28, 2006, 10:11:40 AM »
So is Farnsworth typical of BU professors or an anomaly? If it's the former, seems like a plus for BU, if it's the latter, then it may not be worth as much..

thanks for the update regardless. i guess we'll all have to go and make up our own minds if we are faced with the choice.

All (okay, almost all) of the professors are good; some of them are just phenomenal.  Farnsworth is one of the latter.  There are several others in that league as well, but it's hard for me to offer a lot of commentary on them because I haven't taken all of them (they like to spread them out among the three sections).  So far, I've had excellent experiences with Professors Baxter (for Torts; very smart guy, and really sweet), Kull (the Conqueror; BRILLIANT guy, and really no-nonsense attitude), Pettit (the singing contracts professor, and probably one of our best evidence teachers), and Gordon (the goddess of all that is copyright).  There are other professors who get more mixed reviews, since, although they are regarded as excellent teachers, they tend to be quite intimidating, like Professors Ryckman and Maclin.

Just throwing in my (mildly helpful but not really) 2 cents: as a BU undergrad, I know people who have taken Baxter's classes that are crosslisted with the Philosophy Department (Phil. of Law, etc.) and have loved it and him.  Also, BU's campus is pretty chaotic at times, but the law building is set back slightly from the main street (Commonwealth Ave) where the other class buildings are, so it's a bit quieter, and the law classes are on a completely different time schedule than any of the UG classes, so when you're on your way to class, you can bypass the crush of undergrads (myself included :) ) Personally, I like the campus, it's a lot more vibrant (to my taste anyway) and energetic, but BU and BC have such different atmospheres that it can in a lot of cases come down to personal comfort level at each school

This is generally true of BU. Our campus can get annoying with all the undergras running around and having a library that isnt all that comfortable. The profs are pretty good, though I am not nearly as exstatic about them as JD seems to be. As for the location, you really can't get more in the city than the BU campus; we are right on comm ave and near anything. The only disadvantage is that most areas near the campus make it difficult to have a car, which is a must for me. I pay out the ass for a parking spot throughout the year. Oh, and rent is absolutely rediculous and I have a reasonable rent for the city. I hear it gets cheaper the furher out you go more into the suburbs.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: BU 2L taking ?s
« on: November 28, 2006, 10:06:18 AM »
Bump for questions not relating to my sex life.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: BU 2L taking ?s
« on: November 11, 2006, 05:14:56 PM »

5. The minute they hear you go to BU, its tough. BU doesnt get a lot of respect from MIT, Harvard or BC students in the area.

How have you experienced this?

Unfortunately. :( But she wasnt that cute and pretty pretentious. So whatever.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: BU 2L taking ?s
« on: November 09, 2006, 12:37:28 PM »
OCI is very helpful if you are in the top half. I am not really sure if it as helpful to those in the bottom half though. You have to be in the top 1/3 to get a big law job, just like most schools similarly ranked. Boston can be a tough market with BC and Harvard in the area, usually with our grads coming in preferentially behind these schools. However, we do well in NYC where the job market is much more open. I did better getting some good offers from midsized firms in NYC than I did in Boston, though I didnt get any offers from the so called big firms in NY.

I think most people get their jobs through OCI, but a lot of us do our own mailings and that has worked out for almost everyone I talk to. Our employment rate should be pretty high this year again; even the people I know at the bottom of the class still have jobs with professors doing research set up after graduation.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Minnesota 1L taking questions
« on: November 08, 2006, 05:01:34 PM »

what is the cost of living like?
What are the winters like?
How is the nightlife?

1. MN (especially in Minneapolis/St. Paul) isn't particularly cheap or expensive.  (my opinion).

2.  :D

3. The law school is attached to a very large UG institution.  Guess  ;)

I am a BU law student with an offer from one of the big firms in Minn and was wondering what the nightlife is like for young executives, not law students. Also, are the winters any worse than Boston/New England winters? Any comments?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Minnesota 1L taking questions
« on: November 08, 2006, 04:53:35 PM »

what is the cost of living like?
What are the winters like?
How is the nightlife?

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: BU 2L taking ?s
« on: November 08, 2006, 04:46:41 PM »
I can take any questions you may have this week.

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