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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where would you go?
« on: March 18, 2006, 06:23:22 PM »
UCONN seems like a good bet. And if you get into the day division, even better. I don't know much about the other schools, except I have a cousin who graduated from American last year and she got a job in NYC.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How are you spending your time until 1L starts?
« on: March 18, 2006, 06:15:18 PM »
- leave my job (probably in July)
- move to Syracuse
- vacation(s)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: what are you going to wear in law school?
« on: March 18, 2006, 05:58:21 PM »
jeans, t-shirts/sweaters as weather appropriate

Law School Admissions / Re: GPA Ruined?
« on: March 18, 2006, 06:29:54 AM »
I wasn't shooting for a T14, but I had a pretty crazy undergrad career and I don't think it hurt me. I went to four different schools total (Oberlin, UCONN, a community college, and Central Connecticut State University), and had bad grades (C and below) at both Oberlin and UCONN. I had a D- or something in one class at UCONN. I also withdrew during the middle of the semester from Oberlin and then stopped going to class in the middle of the semester at UCONN but didn't withdraw in time to avoid four F's that semester. So my GPA was in the toilet after my first two schools. Then I took some time off and went back to school, first taking two classes at a community college and then finishing up at CCSU. During that time period my lowest grade was a B+, and I was able to bring my GPA up considerably. I had a 3.22 LSDAS GPA, with a 3.9 at CCSU. And somehow that, along with a 168 on the LSAT, got me into Case and UCONN. I thought that law schools would see my crazy transcript and toss me in the reject pile immediately, but apparently that is not the case. Plus I had to write essays explaining why I had these interruptions in my college education, which may have brought even more attention to the issue.

Anyway, my point is that if I could get in to top 50 schools with all of that, then you can get into even better schools coming from Berkeley with a higher GPA. And that's not even considering that you're Mexican American which, let's face it, the schools WILL consider. So do well on the LSAT and I think you have a great shot.

Psychology - probably didn't matter either way.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Syracuse or Case or...?
« on: March 18, 2006, 06:09:55 AM »
The difference in debt (Case vs. Syracuse) scares me. Assuming that I keep my scholarships for all three years and that tuition stayed the same (I know that it won't), it would cost me $39,900 to go to Case vs. $21,960 to go to Syracuse. And then there's living expenses. So the debt is a big issue for me. I had some credit card debt, and paying that off was awful, so I am very wary about acquiring new debt.

I haven't had the best dealings with the Case admissions office, and that left me with a negative impression. Maybe I have let that influence my decision-making too much.

Why did I pick Syracuse? Many reasons. First of all, I have some ties to Syracuse already. My grandmother lives there, as do various distant cousins etc. My family has a summer place on  one of the finger lakes, so I have been going to that general area for years. And it is closer to the rest of my family (in NJ, CT, and the greater Boston area) than Cleveland. 

What I saw of Cleveland the city did not impress. In fact, when I was exploring the greater Cleveland area during my visit, I wandered into East Cleveland, which is a horrific area. And it ends only a few blocks from the law school. While I was visiting, I read an article in one of the law school's publications about how the SBA recently acquired 100 parking spots for law students at non-school business in the area. Why did they need those parking spots? Because apparently the lot that law students used to use was closed for construction, and they were forced to walk some distance to a satellite lot in an area that is not-so-safe after dark. And the article said that the school shuttle stops running at 10PM. Hello, isn't is reasonable to assume that some law students may be at the library past 10PM? When I asked about parking at Syracuse, the tour guide said that if you get to campus early, you can get a spot in the lot right across the street from the school. Otherwise you can park in a lot that is down the hill a ways but still on campus.

One other factor I am considering is my BF's potential employment prospects. He is a 3L, and ideally he'll be coming with me to the Syracuse area. We were thinking that he would have better job prospects in the Syracuse area than in the Cleveland area, considering how many law schools there are in northern Ohio.

Another thing that I don't like about Case is the CaseArc program. One year of legal reading & writing seems like enough to me. I'd rather do a clinic, moot court, or externship.

So maybe my decision isn't rational, considering that I am interested in health law and Case has a great program for that and Syracuse only has a few health law classes. But I am really excited to start at Syracuse, and I feel good about my decision. Am I crazy?

I loved Oberlin, but at that time I just wasn't a happy camper in general, so I came home to CT and transferred to UCONN. And then I didn't like UCONN and wasn't really in the right mindset to do well in school, so I left there and worked full-time for a while. Then I spent one semester at a community college before finishing up at CCSU.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Choices, choices....
« on: March 17, 2006, 08:45:16 PM »
Congrats on your admits. I don't have much to say except that my BF has a friend who is a 3L at Cardozo, and he has a great job lined up for after graduation. And I got the feeling that everyone he knows at Cardozo has a job lined up, too.

That said, if you ever want to teach law, go to the best school on the list.

The mock class I attended at Quinnipiac only served to convince me that I shouldn't go there. It was ridiculous, totally without value. However, I went to Civil Procedure at Case and a 1L Health Law elective at Syracuse, and that was helpful. I could see myself in class at either of those schools.

Law School Admissions / Re: Community college students?
« on: March 17, 2006, 08:24:46 PM »
I didn't go to a community college right out of high school, but I did attend one for a semester. I transferred three times before eventually graduating: Oberlin, UCONN, Manchester Community College, Central Connecticut State University (in that order). So I look like a total flake. Anyway, I got into Syracuse, Case, UCONN, Quinnipiac, WNEC, and Cleveland-Marshall. No word yet from BU, but I'm expecting rejection.

Anyway, I think that your LSAT score can make up for a "lesser" school and some time at a community college. And make sure that your grades don't fall once you get to the four-year college.

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