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i just think if you look at schools in crowded markets, i.e. the boston, nyc, philly, d.c.  you will find schools that have higher gpa/lsat scores but yet a lower rank than alot of schools in undercrowded markets. 

take for example, the boston market.  a school like Suffolk which has a fairly high gpa/lsat average.  somewhere in the range of 3.5/158, this would by most standards make them a T2 but the Boston location makes it have such stiff competition from harvard, bc, bu, northeastern that it is a T4. 



You could be on to something here, but I generally still think the bias is the opposite.  I suppose Suffolk is a fine law school, but consider what goes into the rankings: reputation.  When lawyers and judges are filling out their rankings, it's generally understood that Suffolk is only the fifth-best law school in Boston.  Thus they give Suffolk a 2 in reputation while giving Harvard 5, BU/BC 4, Northeastern 3.

But also consider that Suffolk's location is a HUGE draw to many law students, who want access to the Northeast.  Many law students want to go to Boston, even if it's only the fifth-best law school in Boston.  That probably winds up inflating Suffolk's GPA and LSAT numbers, as they get a lot of the rejects from BU/BC/Northeastern.  For many, going to the fifth-best law school in Boston is better than going to the best law school in Kansas (which has similar UGPA and LSAT numbers to Suffolk, I think, though I'm too lazy to check.)

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rankings whores.
« on: March 22, 2006, 01:06:17 PM »
My recommender (undergrad advisor), um, has a BA, MA and PhD from Alabama.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Not another one of these...
« on: March 22, 2006, 12:25:45 PM »
Where do you want to go?  All other things being equal, I'd pick Pitt because of the money, since their rankings are all pretty similar.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: University of Alabama
« on: March 22, 2006, 11:35:13 AM »
I am visiting on the 31st. I am scared and excited at the same time. Everyone that knows me cannot even imagine me actually considering Alabama.

So?  My mother couldn't imagine me actually considering Alabama, either, but it happened.  (My dad was satisfied when I told him that Playboy rated Alabama #7 in the country for having the hottest women.  Ah, the difference between mom and dad...)

Yea, you aren't selling me.  :-\

Eh... I guess there are hot guys there too... I wasn't really looking for that, but suit yourself. :)

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: University of Alabama
« on: March 22, 2006, 08:38:45 AM »
Sounds like me.  I go to a small college in Tennessee that does have a football team, but it's NAIA and doesn't really matter much.

I come with football prejudices though.  I hate the Big Orange and going to Alabama will, um, not go against that.

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The difference between doing a prep course and preparing by yourself is greatly exaggerated.

That is true.  Im  doing self study and progressing fine.  If you put the hours in and focus on the task at hand your score will increase.

Truth.  I only did three or four practice LSATs on my own and went in and made a 171.  I read the Kaplan LSAT book and made a 167 on the initial diagnostic, so it all increased my score by maybe four points... but if you're making a 167 to begin with there's really not a lot you can do to improve.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: University of Alabama
« on: March 22, 2006, 08:28:58 AM »
Alabama is looking better and better for me every day.  Yesterday they offered me half-tuition for all three years if I stay in the top 25% of the class.  I know Alabama isn't as expensive as other schools to begin with, but to get out of law school with less than $30,000 in debt?  Hooray!  

I'm still waiting to hear from a couple of schools, but unless I absoulutely hate Bama when I visit, or unless the other schools accept me in the next week and a half with $$$, it looks like I'll be heading there.  Roll tide!!!  

Nice.  I felt the same way... could go to Vandy and graduate over $100k in debt, or go to Bama on full tuition.  And I doubt you'll hate it, unless you just have something against Alabama in particular or hate sunny 70-degree weather in March.  Though, as a born-and-bred Southerner, I will warn you that the summers can be very oppressive if you're not from here.  95 degrees every day, very humid... if you're from Boston (I have no idea where you're from) it's, um, an experience.  Winters are nice, though.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: University of Alabama
« on: March 22, 2006, 08:18:32 AM »
I am visiting on the 31st. I am scared and excited at the same time. Everyone that knows me cannot even imagine me actually considering Alabama.

So?  My mother couldn't imagine me actually considering Alabama, either, but it happened.  (My dad was satisfied when I told him that Playboy rated Alabama #7 in the country for having the hottest women.  Ah, the difference between mom and dad...)

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What's more, schools in New York, Boston, D.C., LA benefit because students figure that if they want to work in one of those markets they should go to school there.  So if a student wants to work in NYC, they'd pick a school in NYC over Alabama or Iowa.  This also ends up inflating their LSAT and GPA numbers; they're able to attract better students because of location.  It doesn't necessarily mean that it's a better school, but that isn't what USNWR thinks.  I think even Columbia and NYU benefit from location a bit.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 22, 2006, 07:41:54 AM »
I have heard about "going to school where you feel comfortable" but then again the earlier posts about debt kinda make me wonder...What about us guys who aren't going to be going to the Harvards or Yales (not to mention Princetons  :P) but have to decide between two top 50 schools where we might get money from one and no money from another. I mean I got money from Pitt but none from Case...

Isn't Pitt ranked higher than Case anyway?

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