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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Visiting Law Schools
« on: June 14, 2006, 05:10:38 PM »
The fact that you're already scoring a 170 on your practice LSATs and have a 3.93 indicates to me that you're probably not going to have difficulty getting into most places. That being said...I echo towelie...if you're close and you want to check it out, go ahead and do so whenever. In fact, if I were you, I'd even schedule admissions appointments with the Dean of Admissions or another admit counselor who is on the admissions board to stick your name in their heads. Then, when application time rolls around in the next couple of years, they'll remember you.

I for sure did that. Pacific/McGeorge was offering a half-ride $$ and the rest in loans, renewable aid package. American offered nothing. I chose American because A) I wanted the option of being on the East Coast and in D.C. and B) I hate Sacramento. The additional $15,000 in scholarships for the first year simply wasn't worth it.

Part of me wants to come back to Nevada when I graduate, but I already have connections in the legal community here. The door on Reno was not closed to me by choosing American, whereas the door on D.C. would have assuredly been closed for me if I had decided to go to McGeorge.

So I definitely believe I made the right decision.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Please HELP! GGU v NYLS
« on: June 14, 2006, 12:44:17 PM »
But also understand that I have mutual friends at NYLS, and they're all psychotic, alcoholics, or drug addicts.

And I'm not kidding on that one. One of them actually confessed to stalking me on MySpace. Creeped me out a bit.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Please HELP! GGU v NYLS
« on: June 14, 2006, 12:43:38 PM »
I say NYLS or re-apply. I believe that GGU is currently on ABA probation. I met a girl at the gym last night who is going to GGU, and I didn't have the heart to tell her that.

Choosing the Right Law School / STANFORD!!!
« on: June 14, 2006, 12:40:48 PM »
Stanford! Stanford! Stanford! Even among the T14, you're going to one of the HYS. I don't think you can go wrong either way, but I'd STRONGLY encourage you to go to Stanford.

Plus, you can't beat the California weather.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: To Defer or not to Defer???
« on: June 13, 2006, 03:40:51 PM »
I disagree that 10 spots in the rankings, in this case, isn't worth the wait. If we're talking about the difference between 50 and 60, just go. But there IS a significant drop-off between the T14 and everybody else, and the difference between Michigan and Vanderbilt in terms of job placement is, indeed, significant.

IF you can guarantee a spot at Michigan next year, I'd wait and take the deferral. Plus, you can use the intervening year to work and save $$$, reducing your debt load for an outstanding, albeit expensive, school choice.

My two cents.

Law School Admissions / Re: Law School Advisor
« on: June 10, 2006, 12:21:11 PM »
I think pre-law advisement as an undergrad is really overrated, as is the "pre-law" major. Honestly, law schools don't give two craps either way if you were a "pre-law" major or not. They want to see that you did well in your field of study with rigorous coursework, have a well-rounded work/extracurricular experience, and, most importantly, scored well on your LSAT.

I only met with my pre-law advisor on campus once as an undergrad, and it was an absolute joke. The first time I met with her, I only had a 3.0 GPA and was looking to improve upon it to improve my chances of admission at a Tier 1 law school. I asked questions like, "What sorts of schools should I apply to?" and "What are my chances at XYZ Law School?" She just smiled, nodded, and said, "Do your best, you never know." Worthless. I relied upon reading books, U.S. News, and word-of-mouth more than anything. I had to do most of the groundwork myself...lining up letters of rec, personal statement, etc. Honestly, I think that experience of getting in myself, without the other crap, was what ultimately did it for me.

Anyway...those are my two cents...

Honestly, although I truly DO want to make law review...I'm not going to throw a *&^% fit if I don't. Why? Well, because life isn't always about being on top.

Nice resume/experience-builder, but if any of you are honestly already DEPRESSED at the thought of not making it? There is a point of being TOO ambitious.

Serenity now.

I'll have to say Maryland as well, just because it's higher ranked, and you'll have so much more competition for jobs coming from Temple. Not that Maryland is any better, but Temple will drastically cripple your chances when compared to Penn, Pitt etc, but you have a better shot if you go to Maryland.

Actually, Temple grads have little difficulty finding jobs in Philadelphia. It's widely considered to be THE Philly school, since Penn grads scatter all over the place (New York, Boston, D.C., Chicago, L.A., San Francisco, etc.) and Villanova has a large placement in BigLaw firms up and down the East Coast. IIRC, a solid chunk of the D.A.'s office in Philadelphia is comprised of TU grads, possibly a majority.

But, again, Temple is one of those schools that is VERY regional in its placement, AFAIK.

I vote Maryland for you. And I'm partial to that neck of the woods as it is :)

Don't forget about the importance of a school's location.  If you went to, say, the University of Wyoming, the lack of prestige of your school would be overcome by the law schools' desire for geographic representation. 

I think that definitely helped me in the admissions process...few schools outside of California and Nevada have Nevada grads in attendance.

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