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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Case Western or Pacific McGeorge$
« on: June 16, 2006, 01:04:26 AM »
I think you answered your own question. McGeorge. You've got a scholarship offer, you're obviously more comfortable with Sacramento than Cleveland, and you want to do government work. McGeorge. I honestly liked the campus when I visited, but it wasn't the school for me. Tell Adam Barrett I said "hi" when you get there.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: American vs Iowa ($$)
« on: June 15, 2006, 05:59:03 PM »
This one's a little tougher. Iowa is ranked higher than we are, and the $$ 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.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Visiting Law Schools
« on: June 14, 2006, 07:10:38 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.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Please HELP! GGU v NYLS
« on: June 14, 2006, 02:44:17 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.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Please HELP! GGU v NYLS
« on: June 14, 2006, 02:43:38 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.

Where should I go next fall? / STANFORD!!!
« on: June 14, 2006, 02:40:48 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.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: To Defer or not to Defer???
« on: June 13, 2006, 05:40:51 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 Applications / Re: Law School Advisor
« on: June 10, 2006, 02:21:11 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.

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