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« on: January 29, 2008, 07:21:49 AM »
Yes. Most of the people who landed biglaw from the bottom of the class had hard science degrees that helped them market themselves to the IP practices. There were only one or two who were able to do this, so I don't think it is very common.
The bottom half of the class at BU still has a BU degree, which in the long run, is probably worth more than a NESL or Suffolk degree. Getting that first job, however, is going to be just as difficult as it would be if you attended one of these schools. BC and Harvard are the only schools that I have found where local firms go deep into the class. Here, you should really have something that sets you apart on your resume if you are in the bottom of the class.
As for what the bottom of the class get for employment, it varies. I have friends at small PI firms, small town DA jobs and a few working retail/waiting tables while they try to land something. One or two buddies are working as research assistants for professors.
« on: January 28, 2008, 11:40:50 AM »
Cost of living is fairly high because the school is located in the city. Boston has a very high cost of living and what you get for what you pay is very poor compared to some other cities. This is likely caused by the large student population in the city. But we have a good nightlife in boston, and great sports teams. Most students live in the Brighton/Allston area.
Scholarships are usually sent with your acceptance letter. If not, they often send some more money out in March.
Financial aid is done by filling out the Fasfa and any requisite BU documents.
Class is made up of a mix of kids who went straight through and a small population of people who took time off. Some are more into partying than school, while others are more into studying. Just different types of people. I found that a lot of people in my class just kept to themselves or hung out with people they knew outside of school. We aren't the most social of schools, but we have bar reviews. They were pretty lame, so I rarely went, but I know people who went to all the events. I guess it depends who you are and what you like.
Faculty is great. You get a lot of knowledge from your prof. I used supplements a lot for the profs that were more into hiding the ball than actually teaching.
Employment prospects are typical of a school in the 20-30 range (I find all these schools are pretty much the same regarding employment). If you are in the top 10%, you'll get biglaw anywhere. Top third for biglaw in Boston/NYC. Top half for midlaw. Bottom half have problems and have to work on their own to get employment.
I was in the top half but didn't get a shot at BigLaw. I ended up going to a smaller firm, but am happy with it. I have friends that made biglaw in the bottom half, so its kind of a crap shoot if you aren't in the top third, but its definitely possible.
Also, if you want gov work or public interest, BU has some great programs and connections.
« on: January 27, 2008, 05:16:33 PM »
Its been a while. Here to answer any questions this week.
« on: December 30, 2007, 11:34:38 PM »
Taking questions this week.
« on: November 02, 2007, 03:38:08 PM »
We may have differing viewpoints on good placement.The key fact is that the V50 are all in the NLJ 250. So BC is placing more students in the top 250 firms in the country. BU is placing more students in the V50. The difference is shown here:
BU places top 50 students in V50 firms and next 30 students in NLJ250 firms.(80 students in NLJ250, 50 go to V50)
School B places top 35 students in V50 firms and next 65 students in NLJ250 firms. (100 in NLJ250 but only 35 in V50)
So I read it to say that BC has more graduates going to more top firms, while BU has the top of its class going to more elite firms. As someone who didn't get biglaw, I would probably have rather gone to a school where firms went deeper into the class than a school that does a good job for the top 5% (like our career services office).
just my way of reading the stats.
« on: November 02, 2007, 03:25:51 PM »
I have a post going on the rankings board. I've been answering questions for a year or more. Good to see some new BU blood in here.
Bosox - I read your post and find a lot of the information useful. I do think that the sentiment in some of your messages is a tad more negative than we current 1Ls feel. Back when you were applying, the consideration was BU/BC. Now, it's more BU/GW.
Thanks. It was actually still BU-GW back then. Its always been a decision between BC, BU, GW and Fordham for those of us who wanted to stay on the east coast. After the education, I really think all the schools are probably equal in strength. I haven't met any students from any of the schools that likely have much of an advantage on the other. I think these four schools will always be in a grudge match for applicants.
« on: November 02, 2007, 03:23:28 PM »
[ O RLY?
Yeah, really. The Princeton Review link that you cited places BU Law #1 in Faculty Quality , #5 in Best Classroom Experience and #6 in Best Career Prospects. If I remember correctly (without checking), BC wasn't even on any of these lists last year.
Your second link cites to NLJ 250; I counted heads at Vault 50. Try doing a search at the websites of: Cravath, Simpson, Sullivan, Cleiry, Skadden, Weil, Jones Day (keep going down the list) if you have the energy. While you're at it, take a look at: http://education.yahoo.com/college/essentials/school_rankings/law/best_career_prospects.htmlhttp://www.calvin.edu/admin/csr/students/sullivan/law/
I love BU, but BC was on the princeton review list and ranked higher than us for career placement. Also, a prelaw student counting heads at vault 50 firms is not the same as the National Law Journal Rankings.
Just thought I'd jump in on that one. We have better professors though. For some reason, the damn catholic school just places better.
« on: November 02, 2007, 03:06:25 PM »
Around for the next few days if you have questions. Also note, not a 2L anymore I so can talk about the entire law school experience now.
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