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I say Maryland...ranked higher than Temple, you'd be near your boyfriend (and technically at the same "university"), and I think that degree will carry you further...


...if you REALLY, really want to be a trial lawyer, and have absolutely no other aspirations, there is no better training ground for trial lawyers in the United States than Temple. Maybe Stetson or Southwestern. Although, of course, you have to factor in whether or not you are willing to go to school in North Philly.

I turned down a scholarship offer from Temple because, frankly, that neighborhood scared me.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hofstra Law T-Shirt
« on: June 05, 2006, 04:10:29 PM »
I alternate between my American, DePaul, and Pacific/McGeorge shirts at the gym every day. I guess the people at 24 Hour Fitness still don't know where I'm going yet.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: desperate: American vs. Wash U
« on: June 05, 2006, 03:04:07 PM »
In terms of atmosphere, American is probably the most relaxed of any law school I've visited, and, in spite of what has been said on here by 4DClaw and others, most people I know who go to A.U./went to A.U. are very happy with the school. The financial aid people can be, well, suffice it to say, flaky, but the faculty, staff, and everybody else are awesome. As for international law...tough to beat.

As for you and what you want to do...if you're not sure about what you want to practice or where you'd want to live, and if you're not completely sold on D.C., then Wash U. might be the best fit, higher ranking, perhaps can get you in the door at more places. But also remember that A.U.'s 2nd largest job placement city is New York, and that A.U. also will best Wash U. at international law any day of the week.

I'd look into UNLV. As much as I hate those Rebel bastards.

I am in the midst of choosing between a full scholarship from Howard University and no money at all from American University. However there is a caveat I really liked American when I visited but when I visited Howard I didn't like it as much. Additionally, there is a lot of external pressure at Howard considering the fact that I have to maintain a top 15% ranking to retain the scholarship. I would also want to be in the top 15% to ensure my career prospects. I think of the possibility of not being in the top 15% and then losing the $, thus making the reason I chose Howard null and void.  Needless to say this is a pretty difficult decision for me. What do you think I should do?

What are the exact terms of the scholarship at Howard? If you don't make top 15% the first year does the scholarship still pay for the first year? Or does it pay for nothing if you don't make top 15%?

Also, even if you had no scholarship at Howard, it would still be cheaper than attending American.

If you really didn't like Howard, and think you can afford American without any merit or need based $$$, I would say go to American. In that case, I hope you have good credit or someone willing to cosign for you because you are going to need a lot more  $$$ in private student loans to cover the cost of going to American.

If you are a URM, you might want to talk to the 2Ls and 3Ls in minority student group associations at American to find out more about minority recruiting and job placement at the school.

How long do you have to decide?

Not true. I got no $$ from American, but the entire loan package will be covered by my Stafford ($18,500) and the remainder by the new Graduate Professional Plus Loan, federal loan guaranteed to any AU student without adverse credit (i.e., bankruptcy or defaults). I'd call Barbara Williams in Financial Aid for more details on this. It was a huge sigh of relief when I heard about it at Admitted Students' Day.

I say American, but I AM biased. Why? Simple. With a curve, it's no guarantee you'll make the Top 15% at Howard, so it's a risk you'll be without the scholarship as a 2L and 3L. Furthermore, I believe that American will generally open more doors than Howard will. Yes, Howard does have an EXCELLENT reputation, particularly given its history and civil rights emphasis, but in terms of rankings and job placement, A.U. simply places better. Go to the place that opens the most doors. Come join us at American :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Can you name this law school grad?
« on: May 26, 2006, 01:30:42 PM »
While working 70-hour weeks for the Padres, he studied full-time at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctor degree and passed the California bar exam in 1999.

Does this even sound plausible?

Law degree from Yale in 1973.  While in office, he lied under oath in federal court and transferred MIRV technology to the Chinese.  Who is he? 

Bill Clinton.

I actually wrote an addendum explaining my poor freshman year performance that got me into American only 6 days after my file went complete. I got into 9 of 11 schools with 2 waitlists and 0 rejections on that addendum (as well as my P.S. and other soft factors). I'll post it when I find it.

I second that. If you have those feelings about Florida Coastal (shared by many...also about Thomas Jefferson and Texas Southern), then I would write a letter of continued interest to Santa Clara. Maybe even get somebody else (an employer, professor, etc.) to write you an additional letter of recommendation highlighting a soft factor that you may not have accounted for in your original application.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Answer a question with a question.
« on: May 19, 2006, 03:22:07 PM »
But isn't a circle nothing more than a representation of infinity with no precise meaning?

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