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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Attending American?
« on: April 06, 2006, 06:27:46 PM »
I may be attending A.U., but unlike most of y'all, I'm a West Coast boy who's getting some cold feet. It's between American and Pacific/McGeorge in Sacramento (offering tons of $$$).

We'll see.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Help: McGeorge v. USF
« on: April 06, 2006, 06:21:22 PM »
Go to USF. It's higher ranked and it's in the middle of a real city. Sacto sucks.

On what planet are you on if you think USF is ranked higher than McGeorge? McGeorge, according to the 2006 U.S. News, is in the Top 100. USF is 3rd tier. I got into both, $$$ offers from both, and by a long-shot I'd opt to McGeorge over USF.

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Where should I go next fall? / AU's clinics v. Temple's trial advocacy
« on: February 26, 2006, 10:38:05 AM »
I'm staying at my best friend's apartment in NYC after an East Coast swing to visit American, Temple, and Villanova. I'm from Nevada, and I also got into some California schools (i.e., Pacific, Loyola L.A., and San Diego) in case I want to hedge my bets and stay close to home.

Anyway, I nixed Villanova because nothing about it screamed "unique" and "you would be justified in incurring loads of debt and moving 3,000 miles away to go here". Beautiful campus in suburban West Philly on the Main Line, but no programs that I found appealing. That, and I need closer access to an urban environment.

American and Temple, on the other hand, were very intriguing. Right now, I'm trying to decide between American's clinical programs and Temple's trial advocacy, both among or at the top of the rankings nationally. I have designs on being an oral advocate, so Temple would win out there, but, unless I'm mistaken, a lot of oral advocacy training is packaged with good clinics, which would at least give some points to AU. I also have some interest in law and public policy, and maybe even dabbling in international law, which would make American appealing.

Anyway...anybody have any thoughts on the two?

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I completely agree with your decision. Illinois is a national law school and will give you more options over the long-haul. I'm facing a similar dilemma between Pacific/McGeorge, a regional school offering me significant money (and I do have some desire to practice in Reno, where McGeorge alumni are prevalent) and American, a national school with minimal financial aid. Personally, I'm leaning American. I've also been accepted to Temple, Villanova, DePaul, San Francisco, and Cincinnati. But AU is the best option, regardless of financial aid offers from anyone else.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Loyola LA
« on: January 21, 2006, 06:13:07 PM »
I also haven't heard from Loyola L.A. yet. Still waiting on San Diego and UC-Davis as well.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Weighing American v. Pacific/McGeorge
« on: January 21, 2006, 06:10:06 PM »
I found out about my scholarship offer on Thursday. I actually was driving back to Reno from L.A. yesterday and stopped by McGeorge when I was in Sacramento. Talked to the admissions director. Fantastic guy.

Part of me just doesn't want to live in Sacramento for 3 years, although it may be the most practical option...

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Where should I go next fall? / Weighing American v. Pacific/McGeorge
« on: January 21, 2006, 11:20:58 AM »
Hi guys, I graduated in December from the University of Nevada with a 3.4 UGPA and a 163 on my LSAT. My GPA trend over the last 3 years or so is a significant upward trend (approx. 3.86) with a double-major. I have received acceptance letters from 6 schools so far, wait-listed at one, and am waiting to hear back from others.

My top choice, American, admitted me in December only 4 days after completing my admissions file. They obviously really want me at the Washington College of Law, but they haven't made any financial aid offers yet. I also have outstanding offers from Temple as well as Pacific/McGeorge in Sacramento. These 3 are my top choices.

Here is my dilemma: all things holding equal, I'd choose American over the other 2. I desire to do public policy and government work, and I think A.U. would be an excellent fit in the nation's capital and with their outstanding public policy programs through the graduate school (potential joint degree in the making). A.U. also has the #2 clinical training program behind Georgetown and is ranked in the first tier.

However, I also desire to eventually live and practice close to home in Reno. McGeorge has a solid alumni base in Nevada, is ranked #90 in the nation overall, and has outstanding government/policy programs in connection with the California State Legislature. One of the more under-rated schools in the country, they have given me Honors at Entrance designation, are paying for my first-year books, and have offered a renewable $15,000/year scholarship.

If y'all were in my shoes, where would you go: American or McGeorge?

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