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Law School Admissions / Re: T25 vs. top 10% in T26 - 50
« on: August 25, 2007, 10:05:11 AM »
i'm not sure where people get these "top 10%" of the class figures.  i haven't seen any actual data to support this.  never mind that the national reach of schools outside of HYSCCN really other words they are not truly national schools. 
i've seen some anecdotal evidence of people coming out of schools like WUSTL in the top 30% landing BIGLAW gigs.  what about people going into IP, certainly saying that they need to graduate in the to 10% of their class from a school like, UMN, seems a little high.  What about ND, a school ranked at the bottom of the top third ? they have pretty impressive placement, especially in the coasts.  do you think that a student at WI needs to graduate in the top 10% of his class to land a job at Foley and Lardner in Milwaukee (vault 100, certainly BIGLAW)? 
if i were the OP i would take this advice with a grain of salt until the poster provides some data to support these "top 10%" claims for schools who are solidly tier one and have a solid regional presence.

You need to work on your writing

BC and WUSTL are both regional schools, and you'd have to do probably equally well to place in Chicago or Atlanta. Go with the $78k discount.

BC doesn't place well in Chicago. Wash U doesn't place well in Boston. Where do you want to practice?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Honest opinions on WUSTL
« on: May 30, 2007, 10:51:44 AM »
I would say WUSTL gets the slight nod over Emory.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn vs. Cardozo
« on: April 15, 2007, 08:30:33 PM »
Tj, it's not going to sink in. He wants to believe his point so badly that no amount of logical counterargument will sink in. So let him keep believing $110k in NYC = $58k in Miami. The fact is that his argument is ridiculous.

Well it is correct for Manhattan versus Miami.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Quinnipiac, Hofstra, or SW
« on: April 15, 2007, 08:28:25 PM »
Where do you want to work?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: I wish...
« on: April 03, 2007, 09:15:36 AM »
It's really easy to become preoccupied with numbers as indicators of ability. But even the numbers can obscure the truth a little bit. If I have an 4.0 GPA in history from a state school with a 160 LSAT score and there's an African-American applicant with a 153 LSAT and a 2.9 GPA in engineering from MIT, who had a more rigorous major? You can look at raw numbers but they may not tell the whole story. AdComs admit that while there's no recommended prelaw major, what you majored in as an undergrad plays a role.

We don't know what many of these applicants majored in or where they received their bachelor's degrees. Some of them may even have multiple bachelor's degrees, minors, etc. We don't have the whole picture.

Undertaking a more rigorous major from a far more difficult school explains why the GPA of the African-American applicant might be lower, but it doesn't explain at all why the LSAT of the African-American applicant is lower.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WUSTL vs. USC?
« on: April 01, 2007, 08:33:25 AM »
USC wins for location.

WUSTL wins so far for $$ (still have to hear back from USC about aid).

I'm kind of disappointed about USC's rather limited clinical this something that should be a big deciding factor in choosing law schools?

Just in general, would you pick USC or WUSTL?

USC.  Embrace the land and people of Troy.

Great post.

You might really like Regent University

Law School Admissions / Re: So what's with WUSTL's WL?
« on: March 31, 2007, 05:10:38 PM »
On a positive note, it looks like there have been a lot of withdraws at Wash U.

Just my $0.02...

Many (and dare I say, most) black law school applicants in this country, irrespective of whether they score a 175 or a 157 on the LSAT, would still inevitably find themselves waging an uphill battle in the fight against some other applicants' insecurities and disappointments.  

You are making a good point. No matter how wgood a minority applicants LSAT might be, she could still face unwarranted resentment from other applicants who wrongly believed she received preferential treatment because of race. Although that does raise another issue- it seems like there would be no reason to doubt the qualifications of any minority if admissions decisions did not consider race.

P.S. I donít think anyone should have to post anything they donít feel comfortable posting.  ;D

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