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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Case Western
« on: March 13, 2006, 04:38:04 PM »
Case has an admitted students day Friday March 24th.  I also believe that you can schedule a visit on any given day on which school is in session.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 2007 USNEWS Rankings Preview
« on: March 13, 2006, 01:41:32 PM »
UC Davis: took a hit on the LSAT going down from 160-164 25/75 to 158-164.  GPA went up from 3.39-3.72 to 3.46-3.79.  Their bar passage rate went from 79.7% (19.7% above state overall) to 76% (15% above state overall).  All in all it looks like their overall numbers have gone down.

UC Hastings: LSAT 25/75 was 160-165 and is now 160-164 for a slight decrease .  GPA numbers were 3.40-3.73 and are now 3.38-3.69, also a slight decrease .  Bar passage was 75.6% (15.6% above state overall) and is now 81% (20% above state overall).  So, overall, a slight decrease in GPA and LSAT numbers and a sizeable gain in bar passage.

Fordham: LSAT 25/75 was 163-167 and is now 164-167, a slight increase.  GPA range was 3.37-3.78 and is now 3.37-3.76, basically the same.  The bar passage rate was 85% (10% above state overall) and is now 87% (12% above state overall).  Overall, Fordam seems to have a slight increase in their numbers.

Hope that helps.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 2007 USNEWS Rankings Preview
« on: March 13, 2006, 11:48:57 AM »
The higher bar passage rate certainly can't hurt, and with the higher numbers you've mentioned I am ceratinly hoping that rate represents something that's here to stay and not a fluke.  I am definitely hoping for a boost in the rankings for my likely destination.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NYU v. Boalt
« on: March 13, 2006, 07:56:31 AM »
If you're interested in International Law go NYU all the way.  According to the USnews specialty rankings, they're #1

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 2007 USNEWS Rankings Preview
« on: March 13, 2006, 07:53:33 AM »
American University - New LSAT range is 160-163, a decent increase and likely will cause the school to continue climbing up the 1st tier.

American's bar passage rate has also gone from 70% (one percent below MD overall) to 85% (thirteen percent above MD overall).  I would think that certainly wouldn't hurt them either.

As far as the other school I am interested in, Case Western, is concerned, their 25/75 LSAT stayed the same at 157-161, while their bar passage rate went from 83.5% (4.5% above Ohio overall) to 88% (7% above Ohio overall).

Law School Admissions / Re: Multiple LSAT vs one LSAT
« on: March 13, 2006, 07:48:10 AM »
I am by no means an expert but I would believe at worst they would view them the same and at best (in your scenario) they would look favorably upon the 169, especially with your GPA.

If you are interested in IP law I would consider either DePaul or Kent as they both have highly-rated programs.  I have not been to DePaul, but Kent's facilities were very nice.  They also have a reputation as being very high tech.

I have also applied to Pitt, though I haven't heard anything back yet.  The NALP website that I am referring to can be found at: .  After you are there, click on "Search Employer Info"

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Government employment
« on: March 10, 2006, 12:33:53 PM »
You're probably not going to find a better collection of that sort of data than US News. As demonized as it is on here, the $14.95 is money well spent.

I agree with the $14.95 well spent.  However, the USnews listing gives the total govenrmnet percentage, which would include state and local employment, I believe.  Does anyone have any idea what schools are best at placement within the federal government?  Are the DC schools the best at this?  Or is simply doing well in law school the best way to get a federal government job?

Any other opinions?

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