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Choosing the Right Law School / What are YOU looking for in a visit?
« on: March 25, 2006, 08:41:51 PM »
So, like many of you on this board, I need to make a decision fairly soon. And I always thought that my visit to a school would play an important part in the decision making process. But after a few visits, and a little thinking, I'm beginning to wonder- what use are school visits?

They can tell you one thing- boy, I don't want to go to school in THIS city. But can they tell you anything else? If you attend a school-sponsored Open House, you're basically attending a dog-and-pony show. It *should* be a good experience. And if it isn't, it probably says more about the relative incompetence of the admissions department than anything else.

I've been looking through my notes from my various school visits... and my great realization is that the University of Buffalo's architecture can best be described as early-50s brutalist. But I'm not going there for the architecture. And maybe the ugly buildings scare off of the snow they get. The rest of the schools are a blur of smiling admissions folk and contracts classes. The one advantage of the school visits was my ability to scope out the surrounding area and see if I liked the community.

Occasioanlly, I've gotten a 'vibe' from a school visit, but as someone with a science background, I know better than to trust a one-day sample size. I can get a better feel for the student body by contacting current students over the internet than the artificial conversations you get during a tour. I can understand the academics and the teaching styles better by doing a little bit of research about them than by attending one sample class. And I can find out a lot more about my post-graduation employment prospects by looking at the statistics than by hearing yet another admissions Dean tell me the story of the student last year who used alum connections to land that job in Hawaii, showing that StateU really isn't a regional school.

So... other than the, "Wow, I could never go to school here!" realization you might sometimes get with a school visit, of what use are school visits? And what do you look for in a school visit? Ice cream? Novelties? Party Tricks? Clean Bathrooms?

Choosing the Right Law School / The outlier school....
« on: March 25, 2006, 12:51:53 PM »
This is a subject I have been pondering.

I have seen many posts from people wondering why they haven't heard from such-and-such school. For the most part, I have not been worried about not hearing from a particular school- I feel that when you hear a school, you hear from a school.

But, I just can't figure this out.

As of two weeks ago, I had heard from every school that I had applied to, in various way, except one.
10 acceptances.
One rejection (a T10 school that I applied late to and wasn't really expecting an acceptance from).
Two emails (from UFla and Arizona St.) that came unbidden, explaining that their letters would be sent out at the end of March. My applications to these schools were also late (after Jan. 1st).

And nothing (nada, zero, zilch) from Syracuse. I realize the state schools take a little while, with their labyrinthine bureaucracies and proceedures outlined on their web sites and my late application to each. But Syracuse?

I'm not sure I understand this. Syracuse was the first place to have my file completed. My LSAT score is just shy of 170. Schools that are much more selective (I hesitate to use to the word 'better' as I don't put as much stock in the USNWR rankings as others do) accepted me long ago. Weird.

I finally broke my own internal rule yesterday and caled l them to ask about the status of my application. The person who answered at admissions was less than friendly, explaining it takes 10-12 weeks to decide. While I was in the middle of explaining that it had been somewhat longer than twelve weeks, she cut me off and told me that I should be receiving a decision then.

So, other than seriously lowering Syracuse's rep in my eyes, where should I file this in the vagaries of the law school admissions experience? Protecting their yield? Inability to get their act together?

Another mystery unsolved.

Choosing the Right Law School / Still Waiting...
« on: March 06, 2006, 04:30:36 PM »
So... I was accepted to a whole lot of school in January and early February. You could say that I over-applied. The thing is, I'm still waiting on five schools that have had all of my documents since January.

A few quick comments- yes, I realize that I have an ecelectic mix of schools, but there is a reason for them. I am not too surprised by the lack of notification from UF and ASU since they are state schools, but since they are rolling admissions, I suppose this bodes poorly for me. So... anyone know what's going on with my NY Three? Are other people waiting on these schools? My mailbox has become a symbol of sadness in my household of late, its emptiness signifying another day I cannot make a final deicision about my future... *grin*

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