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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Pacific versus Hofstra
« on: June 22, 2006, 07:20:28 PM »
Frickin' FCC. I can't even say "d0uchebag" on here?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Pacific versus Hofstra
« on: June 22, 2006, 07:18:51 PM »
Ron Shivenstein, you are a feminine hygiene product.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Pacific versus Hofstra
« on: June 22, 2006, 06:31:49 PM »
I agree, it is the obvious....BUT....I think far too much is made of the whole "you'll never got a job from X Law School in X City" thing.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Pacific versus Hofstra
« on: June 22, 2006, 06:01:10 PM »
Was it Adam Barrett who told you that you'd have no problem transferring to full-time? For the record, Adam is perhaps one of the most candid guys I've met, and I had two personal interviews with him before deciding to go to American instead. I think you could take his word for it.

It basically boils down to this, though...which do you value more, and which scenario would you prefer:

1. Going to law school in New York and getting that experience, then facing an uphill battle getting a job back in California.


2. Having an good time in Sacramento during law school while sacrificing NYC, but having a much easier path to working in California.

And, for the record, the rhetoric on this board regarding jobs is, I think, an exercise in overkill. Yes, it is easier for a UCLA or Loyola grad to get a job in Southern California, but, come's not like you go to McGeorge and then work at McDonald's. I think ALL THINGS HOLDING EQUAL the name on the diploma matters. Other than that, it's the niche that YOU choose to carve out for yourself.

What is your heart telling you? I followed mine, and I've been at peace with my decision ever since.

Technically speaking, my sub-3.5 cumulative GPA is really front-loaded with crappy grades. Between 2002 and 2005, I had a freakin' 3.9. So those who think they'll push me down the curve will have to deal with a bad-ass whose numbers are deceiving.


Without knowing anything about Wake, I honestly wasn't swayed either way, good or bad, by my Villanova visit in February.  They're getting a new building, so the facilities shouldn't sway you...but nothing about the school stood out to me or even impressed me at all. It felt stale.

All else holding equal, I'd probably choose Wake Forest, but I'm not much of a Southern guy...I'd much rather live in the Northeast.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: American vs Iowa ($$)
« on: June 19, 2006, 03:02:32 PM »
I'm not quite sure about this. I've spoken with a lot of students/grads at the DC law schools, and it's very, very difficult to get a decent job in DC. If you're graduating from AU, you're competing against students from GULC, GW, and GMU, as well as the many T14 grads who end up in DC. In Iowa, at least you're clearly attending the dominant school in the market (albeit, a much smaller market). Also, Iowa City is a very fun town. And parts of Iowa are among the most beautiful places I've ever seen in the United States.

This one's a little tougher. Iowa is ranked higher than we are, and the $$ definitely makes a difference. If you can't think of any compelling reason to come join us at AU, I'd say go to Iowa. If you're set on doing something international or in D.C., then come join us!

But I'd say you should probably go to Iowa, unless you can't stomach the idea of living in the Midwest.

I think it's pretty much a given that it's difficult to get a job in any highly-saturated legal market, let alone Washington, D.C. BUT...if you DO want to work in D.C., American will afford you better opportunities than Iowa. At least gets your foot in the door.

Hey, hopefully we'll match up in moot court or clinics, the Eagles take down the Patriots!

Financial Aid / Re: Grad PLUS
« on: June 19, 2006, 01:02:35 PM »
I got a 6.8% rate through Access Group.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: 170+ Club
« on: June 16, 2006, 04:46:37 PM »
Retitle this thread as the 25-year-old virgin club.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Case Western or Pacific McGeorge$
« on: June 16, 2006, 01:35:37 PM »
I'm a firm believe in going where you feel more comfortable. I don't think the OCI differential is going to make a huge difference, because if you want to be in California, then the 85 firms at Case are NOT going to be're probably looking more at Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, etc. And, if you want government work, Sacramento is the capital of the 5th largest economy in the world. You have Ah-nold and great legislative internships.

Yes, McGeorge scholarships have rankings requirements. My Dean's Scholar Award offer required me to stay in the top third. But if you have numbers to get into Case, then you for sure are already among the top incoming students to McGeorge.

I'm going to lobby McGeorge all the way. It was my #2 out of 9 schools I was admitted to. Not a bad option from what it sounds like to me.

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