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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Syracuse or Case or...?
« on: March 17, 2006, 08:16:11 PM »
I already sent my seat deposit to Syracuse, but I'm wondering what people think about my decision. Where would you go with the following school/scholarship options?

Syracuse = $27,800
Case = $20,000
UCONN = $0 (I live in MA so I would get somewhat reduced tuition)
WNEC = full tuition
Quinnipiac = $25,000
Cleveland-Marshall = full in-state tuition

UG = Central Connecticut State University
LS = Syracuse

Although if anyone ever looked at my college transcripts they would also see Oberlin, UCONN, and a community college (in that order).

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Favorite Beer
« on: March 17, 2006, 07:28:25 PM »
Corona with a slice of lime.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse $$$$ Question
« on: March 17, 2006, 03:44:41 PM »
Thanks AH. I can't wait to move to Syracuse and be a 1L. I have a sticky note at work to countdown the days until I leave.

I forget when the seat deposit is due. The letter that came with the scholarship asked for an answer on that within a month of getting the letter, which was dated Feb. 15th, so I went to the post office on the 14th and sent it overnight so it would get there in time.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse $$$$ Question
« on: March 17, 2006, 09:40:16 AM »
It's official, I'm going to Syracuse - the seat deposit is in the mail.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official I'm Going to X School Thread
« on: March 16, 2006, 07:16:12 PM »

Initially I was focusing on schools that have health law concentrations and health law journals (Quinnipiac, Case). But now I'm going to Syracuse, which has neither of those things. I don't think that having a concentration in law school is analogous to having a major in undergrad. If you're hired by a big firm, you may be assigned to a particular area of law and have no choice in the matter. On the other hand, if you're interested in intellectual property then I would say definitely go to a school that is strong in that area. So maybe my approach makes no sense after all. What can I say, I really liked Syracuse when I visited. And I just got the Quinnipiac Health Law journal in the mail yesterday, and it didn't look so impressive anyway.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Which one to choose?
« on: March 15, 2006, 09:55:10 AM »
I live in western Mass, and I know some people who go to WNEC Law. A lot of people in this year's graduating class are having a hard time finding jobs. The #2 and #3 people in the class do not have jobs, and there are a lot of other people on law review there who don't have jobs. I know a few future WNEC grads who do have jobs lined up for after graduation, and they seem to have gotten those jobs through connections (a professor suggested a student to a firm he used to work at, someone's mom got him a job, another person is going to try to do real estate law because his mom is a real estate agent). I also know of a few students who are going to start their own firm together. I think that WNEC students have pretty depressing job prospects unless they standout in some way (i.e., on law review).

On the other hand, I know that there are WNEC grads in firms like Day, Berry, & Howard and the like in Hartford. So you can get a great job out of WNEC, but it's difficult.

I told management when I was starting to study for the LSAT because I needed to give a reason why I was not working as much OT as some of my co-workers. Just this morning my manager's boss stopped by to ask how the law school application process is going, and to ask when I think I'll be leaving. I told him that while I was initially going to try to stay through July, now I think I'll be leaving around July 1st. I have said the same thing to my direct manager, and she is convinced that I'll decide to leave much earlier. She has said that she'd feel lucky to have me until June. So everyone where I work knows, and it has not really affected me. My yearly review was great, so I'm happy. I was recently not chosen for a slight promotion, but only because I will not be here long enough to make training me worthwhile. No big deal.

I feel badly for those who are worried about this. I can't imagine giving my two weeks' notice somewhere and then basically being escorted out the door.

I'll be bummed if Syracuse falls out of the top 100.

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