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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC that much > than BU?
« on: April 03, 2006, 01:59:56 PM »

I figure I should weigh in on this debate you are having. This debate has been going on for at least 50 years or so. BC v. BU. Honestly, they are not very different once you leave Boston. I have had interviews out of state, and at times, they get confused as to which one I attend. (I go to BU) There is no question that in Boston, BC gets more respect. It always has, due to their alumni; most BC graduates stay in Boston and end up in Big firms around the area. Therefore, when BC students need jobs, their alumni seem inclined to go to BC and Harvard first. BU is right next on that list, but we don't have a strong alumni base in Boston.

Once you leave Boston, the two schools pretty much equal out. I think BU might be better for going into public interest while BC would be better for politics. As for large firms, I dont think one is all that much better than the other. From what I hear, you have to do the same at either school to get into a V50 firm outside of Boston (in Boston, it is easier for BC grads to get jobs).

The atmosphere is very different at the schools. BU desperately needs a new campus. I study at home becuase the library is horrendous. We share the library with undergrads as well, which is really annoying. The tower isn't as bad as everyone says, but most students just go to class and then leave becuase it is kind of uncomfortable to work in. BC has nicer facilities, but it is a little out of the city. My friends actually prefer it. I think you just have to see which campus you are more comfortable with.

Quick note, don't listen to BC kids or BU kids who trash the other school. No one can really compare their school to a school they dont attend. Let them tell you how their school is and then compare the responses with others from other schools. I didn't get into BC, but I probably would have gone had I gotten in. That being said, I can only give you an idea of what it is like to study at BU. You should ask a BC student what it is like there to get a proper perspective.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: BU Admitted Students Day
« on: April 03, 2006, 01:47:28 PM »

Hey guys,
  I am a current 2L at BU. If you have any questions, let me know. I have discussed some stuff about BU in past posts as well, if you click on my previous posts you should be able to find them.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: BU 2L taking Questions
« on: March 27, 2006, 09:22:17 AM »

Studios = 1200/mo. 1 Bed Rooms are slightly more, around 1400/mo. These prices vary though. The further out of boston you go, the cheaper the rents become.

The median GPA for most 1L classes is a B, which i think is pretty customary for schools ranked in the 15-35 range.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: BU 2L taking Questions
« on: March 25, 2006, 11:11:32 AM »
How is the social life?  Where do most students live?  Is it in a skyscraper?

The social life is actually pretty good. There are a few cliques that go out on the weekends. (we're a pretty cliquey school)(I also just realized I have no idea how to spell clique). 

Most students live in the Bright/allston/fenway area. There is no need to have a car, as the Tower is right on the B line. The tower is pretty herendous and the library is as bad as people often say, but I am never really on campus, so I never cared. BU isnt like a school you go to to be apart of a community. Most students are really just on campus for meetings and classes and then go home or to a coffee shop to study. I have a few friends who study in the library, but it is dreadful in there so I study at home usually.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: BU 2L taking Questions
« on: March 25, 2006, 10:58:28 AM »
How did you do?  What kind of summer job do you have lined up?

I did okay, but not great. I was around the 1/3-2/3 threshold during my 1L year. I got a job through OCI at a midsized Boston firm that I begin this summer.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: BU 2L taking Questions
« on: March 25, 2006, 10:50:34 AM »

Every time I post on this board, the first question is a comparison about BU and BC. I didn't get into BC (wait list) so I really cant attest to their program. I know they have a tremendous reputation in Boston and firms compare them with T-14s rather than BU, but other than that, I think the schools are pretty much the same. You dont have to do as well at BC than BU to get biglaw, but that may change as BU continues to be ahead in the rankings. I personally think our undergrad hurts the law school reputeation. But the real difference is just in location. BU = urban while BC = suburban. If you like buildings and urban lifestyle, BU is the proper choice. If you like greenery and wide open spaces, BC is probably your choice. But again, I can't really attest to the quality of their program becuase I did not go there.

1L year was competitive, but not crazy. Students at BU aren't really your crazy "I hate my competition" types. There were a few random incidents of stolen bags and random fights, but for the most part, people get along and try not to consider each other competition. There are a few bad apples every year though.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / BU 2L taking Questions
« on: March 25, 2006, 10:33:55 AM »

Lazy Saturday. Fire away.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: BU 2L taking ?s
« on: January 05, 2006, 09:05:29 AM »
I'm from the NYC area and am trying to decide between (amongst others)BU and Fordham. I'd like to work in NYC after law school but I feel like Fordham may actually tie me down to the city (i.e. limit my options elsewhere). How does the NYC job market view BU grads vs. Fordham grads, or for that matter, BC grads.

If you want to work in NYC, or even the tri state area, then you should go to Fordham over BU. BU does do well, but you have to place extremely high to get into the NYC Biglaw market, usually top 10%. Fordham will have ties and connections to the city that BU does not have and this will be very beneficial when job hunting. BU doesn't place horribly in NY, but not as well as Fordham.

As for practicing elsewhere, most graduates end up working where they were from originally. A lot go to NY, CT, and some stay in MA; these are usually people who already have ties to those areas. The BU name will travel farther than the Fordham name, but if you want NYC, then go for Fordham; it will be much more useful for a NYC job.

If you want Tri-state --> go to Fordham
If you want New England --> go to BU

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: BU 2L taking ?s
« on: December 23, 2005, 06:15:21 AM »
I'm very confused about BU vs BC...USNews (for all it's worth) has BU ranked higher than BC, but the prevailing attitude seems to be that BC is the better school.  What is the difference?  What kind of students get in to BC and what kind get into BU? 

Well, BC was usually the higher ranked school; when I was studying for the LSAT and applying, BC was much higher ranked. BU recently cut its class size in half to better compete, which in turn led to a matriculating class with higher average LSAT scores because they didn't admit the lower end students. In 2004, BC had a bad year and BU had a great year, so the two schools flip flopped. I'm not sure how long it will last, but I dont mind obviously. Unfortunately, the hiring statistics are not on the same page as USNews. I have one or two friends at BC and they seem to have a slightly easier time finding biglaw jobs. But BU is getting better; we have great profs and some great connections with the city. Our career services suck though, but I hear they suck at every school. But BC is generally still more highly regarded and slightly more competitive to get into than BU.

One of the best things about BU are the clinics. The clinics are seriously the best opportunity to get real world experience so that you can put the knowledge you gain into practice. Every school has them, I would look into each schools different programs and hwo competitive it is to get into the clinics. the small schools like BU are great in that everyone will likely have a shot at doing a clinic becuase there are less students going for one.

As for Damon, he's a traitor and should suffer the punishment for treason. :)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: BU 2L taking ?s
« on: December 22, 2005, 10:40:18 AM »
You should get a little preference, but I think your numbers will get you into BU more than having attended the school for undergrad. Your numbers seem a little on the high side for BU. Looking at your list, you should also be able to get BC and GW.

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