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Where should I go next fall? / Re: BC Law - admitted student visit/housing
« on: February 06, 2008, 03:32:35 PM »
Hey guys, BU student here. Just want to say that the cold in Boston is not that bad. Its usually around 35 degrees in the winter, and great in teh Fall and Spring.

Yeah, I've decided I definitely could never deal with Chicago.

My dad went to BU for a masters, and he said the problem with BC is that they're a little higher than the basin (in terms of altitude) so basically all the wind blows above Boston and right into BC.  So you may be in for more ridiculous wind.


This may be true for a small portion of the BC undergrad campus, but I their law school is not on that campus. Good to see your dad went to BU! :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: BU Law taking questions
« on: February 06, 2008, 03:29:03 PM »
As someone who is in all likelihood attending next fall I was wondering a couple of things:

Have you found the alumni network to be helpful at all?

Aside from the tower, how are the facilities at the school? (gym, health services, etc)

I'll be an older student (30) - is there a sizeable minority of older students or just a couple of us here and there?

Is there ANY parking at the school?  Just want to know when I go searching for housing...


Thanks I hope this is helping you get over that f'ing debacle last night....

There isn't really an alumni network in the sense that they actually help much. There are a lot of alumni in Boston and NYC though. But I would never rely on them for anything.

The new gym is fantastic. Its probably the only good thing about the campus. I am not a fan of the style of the campus, but that facility is great.

Parking sucks, but if you end up at BU, there is no point in having a car. Just take the T to school. Its not as bad as people say.

There are always a few over 30s in the class. You won't be alone, but you will be in the minority. I think its that way at a lot of schools.

As for dates when to visit, i would try to visit as early as possible to get an idea of what the school is like when the students are here.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: How strong is Boston College?
« on: February 04, 2008, 03:36:54 PM »
That's my bad. I read that he wanted to practise in NY and disregarded the LA comment. I honestly think BC/BU/Fordham is a push, more or less. I agree that BC is probably better for Boston and BU is better nationally, but not by much.


We (BU) are not much better than BC nationally. I don't know where that rumor started but it hasnt been the case in my experience.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Does BU have an ASW?
« on: February 04, 2008, 03:34:59 PM »
Hey,
   I, BUSL here. We have one. You'll get something in the mail. I have an open thread where I am taking questions if you are interested. Check my last posts.

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Northeast:


Yale
Harvard
Columbia
NYU
Penn
Cornell
BC
BU
Fordham

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As someone who is on his way out of law school, I can definitely say that it is "top 50 for biglaw or bust", as you put it. You can get BigLaw if you are in the top tier of law schools. You just have to do well at the school. It is merely easier if you went to a top 14 school. If not, you just have to do well.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: BU Law taking questions
« on: February 01, 2008, 01:15:11 PM »
Lol. Good question. The tower is ugly and we don't really have a law school library, which is a pain. (We have a large room as our library and we basically split another library with undergrads and other grad students). The tower has been updated and is not all that bad (great views) but the elevators are easily the worst part of the tower.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: BU Law taking questions
« on: January 31, 2008, 09:15:38 AM »
Bottom half salaries range depending on what the law student gets for employment.  Generally, Government/Public interest work starts around 35k, and some smaller firms start just above 55k. But it really depends on the employer and the type of work. Some people don't practice law at all, others go back to school and try their hand at another degree.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: BU Law taking questions
« on: January 29, 2008, 09:40:43 PM »
"I may have made the right choice"...as far as going to BU or had you had attended BC? I'm sorry to bring it up again, but when someone seems less than enthusiastic and regretful over their choice of law school it sends up a red flag to me as an applicant.

Why do you feel that the student body isn't very social?

Where do the majority of students seek/find jobs?

Any opinions on BU's student housing?

Oh, I am not regretful of BU. I didn't get into BC. I guess I wasn't clear. I am enthusiastic about the school, just found myself being a little more humble after going through recruiting.

Student body is social. There are just different groups. I was never really into going out with law students, so I guess that is why I feel that way.

I actually don't know much about BU housing. I always lived off campus. There are some more affordable apartments in the Brighton/Allston area. Craigslist can give you a good example. I have a nice studio that is only 1200 a month. Its nice having your own place during law school.


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: BU Law taking questions
« on: January 29, 2008, 03:07:43 PM »
Bosox - With only a couple months left before your graduation, what is the percentage of people in your year who regret going to law school, versus those who think it's a worth-while experience, roughly speaking of course? 

I'm a first year, and everyone seems enthusiastic and positive, but that can't possibly last.  A good number of people in my class seem to be having some luck with recruiting for 1L summer positions, but if the economy worsens, they probably won't be so cheery next year. 

I don't think anyone really regrets the decision to go to law school. Lets face it, we all graduate and we all become lawyers. Whether you end up at a giant law firm or doing small-time work, law school is still what got you there. Yes, students become more bitter once grades are released and even more bitter when they see people who they thought they were smarter than doing better at OCI. But hey, its a giant competition after all. You have to do well during your first year.

As for the market, from what I have heard, the salary bumps have a lot of firms hiring smaller summer associate classes. Not sure if there is any basis to this, but it may affect future students.

I don't want this to turn into a BC v. BU debate. The last couple of threads on this board have ended up in rediculous squabling by students at both schools. Lets just say that I would likely have gone to BC if I had been accepted. Today, I now realize that BC does place much better both nationally and localy. I would definitely recommend people considering the schools to research the various differences. But that is my opinion and I hope everyone respects that I don't want to talk about BC in this thread.

Thanks.

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