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Law School Admissions / Re: Drexel PS
« on: November 16, 2007, 09:22:25 AM »
Has anyone seen their new building? I hear it is pretty nice.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American WCL 1L Taking Questions
« on: November 16, 2007, 09:20:07 AM »
where it is the arguably the 7th best regional school (behind GTown, GW, GMU, Maryland, UVA, William and Mary).

First, I don't agree with you.  I'd say we're behind GULC and GW - and on par with the rest.  Like I said, anything 25-50 is really just a matter of location and your class rank.  A low percentage of WCL grads will get BIGLAW, just like a low percentage at UMD, GMU, UVA, W&M). 

Second, I've found the facilities to be more than adequate.  I'm not sure where you get this notion of it being too small for the student population.  500 students in a 6 story building seems pretty adequate.  In fact, that is the first time I've ever heard that argument.

Fact of the matter is, I'm happy with my law school.  I see absolutely no reason to justify my reasoning to you guys.  As I stated above, this was intended to be for applicants and/or those who are considering WCL. 

It's a stretch to compare AU to William and Mary, but it is patently absurd to compare AU to Virginia. You do realize Virginia is a top 10 school and has one of the best BigLaw placement rates?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&M 3L taking questions
« on: November 16, 2007, 09:18:09 AM »
You guys have a pretty awesome moot court room  ;D

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Associates at NY office of the big players (minus Wachtell)
Duke, Northwestern, Cornell, Georgetown, UCLA, Berkeley (for comparison)

CSM: 2, 9, 13, 13, 0, 3
S&C: 3, 3, 6, 2, 0, 3
Skadden: 13, 7, 12, 20+, 5, 4
Davis: 6, 9, 6, 20, 0, 3

Draw your conclusions yourselves.  But the results are pretty striking.  Even accounting for geographic bias, there's always a handful of Berkeley grads in the top NYC firms.  UCLA?  Not a chance.  No, I don't think that if there's nary a single UCLA associate at CSM/S&C/Davis in total, it has the same reputation as schools in the lower T14.


This is a very strong argument.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lowdown on UF and Tampa market
« on: October 24, 2007, 10:03:14 AM »
UF is far and away my #1 choice so I've done quite a bit of research on it.  I would completely agree with the above poster.  UF has an excellent reputation anywhere in Florida and is the highest ranked school in the state.  If you're not interested in Biglaw you should still be in good shape with a UF law degree provided you are willing to do what it takes once you graduate to establish your career. 

Your numbers look very good for UF.  If you submit a strong, complete application you should definitely be accepted.  I'm a little more concerned for myself because of my very weak GPA but I'm hoping my LSAT and non-trad status will make up the difference.  On the application UF asks for a diversity statement.  I'm trying to show my interest there without turning it into a "Why UF" essay.

Hopefully we'll be Gators together in fall '08.   ;D

You are REALLY aiming too low. With a 167 (and despite having a mediocre GPA), you should be looking at some higher ranked law schools.

If you want to live in Florida after graduation, going to a "higher-ranked" school outside the South and outside the top 15-20 schools is a mistake. WUSTL and Fordham, while higher-ranked, won't get you to Florida. If you can get in, Vandy, UVA, Duke, and maybe Texas would be the only schools outside the state that give reasonable chances of getting Florida firm jobs. Yes, harvard and yale would help, but they're obviously out of the OP's reach.

Yes, but what do you do at UF if you are outside the top 15%? While the top 15% at UF does really well in the state of Florida, it has been well discussed on this board that UF students outside the top of the class struggle. The OP would have far better overall options being top half at a school like WUSTL or Vandy than at Florida.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lowdown on UF and Tampa market
« on: October 23, 2007, 02:29:08 PM »
UF is far and away my #1 choice so I've done quite a bit of research on it.  I would completely agree with the above poster.  UF has an excellent reputation anywhere in Florida and is the highest ranked school in the state.  If you're not interested in Biglaw you should still be in good shape with a UF law degree provided you are willing to do what it takes once you graduate to establish your career. 

Your numbers look very good for UF.  If you submit a strong, complete application you should definitely be accepted.  I'm a little more concerned for myself because of my very weak GPA but I'm hoping my LSAT and non-trad status will make up the difference.  On the application UF asks for a diversity statement.  I'm trying to show my interest there without turning it into a "Why UF" essay.

Hopefully we'll be Gators together in fall '08.   ;D

You are REALLY aiming too low. With a 167 (and despite having a mediocre GPA), you should be looking at some higher ranked law schools.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Chances at BC or BU??
« on: October 22, 2007, 09:22:56 PM »
3.72 at top 20 undergraduate business school (finance), 164 LSAT.  Born and raised in western US but seriously considering trying out the east coast.  Thoughts on chances at BC or BU?  My practice LSAT's were a few points higher but I don't think it's worth the risk of taking again in December... thoughts on this too?

You should be golden at BC (2 points above the LSAT median and .10 above the GPA median) but it might be harder for you to get into BU (1 point below the LSAT median and right at the GPA median).

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Law School Admissions / Re: 2.9, 174 advice?
« on: October 21, 2007, 04:45:28 PM »
thanks, guys.

any other input would be appreciated.

You could hit on the outside of the T-14. You might even get big money at a T25 like BU, WUSTL, GW, Vandy, etc. If you can afford it, you are going to want to send out quite a few apps. 

To be honest, I wasn't intending on applying to schools outside the T14. I was under the impression that I would be able to land an acceptance to at least 1 or 2  T14s, probably toward the lower 7-14 range. Is this likely?



I think it is possible, but it might be smart to have a few backups.

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Law School Admissions / Re: 2.9, 174 advice?
« on: October 21, 2007, 02:57:05 PM »
thanks, guys.

any other input would be appreciated.

You could hit on the outside of the T-14. You might even get big money at a T25 like BU, WUSTL, GW, Vandy, etc. If you can afford it, you are going to want to send out quite a few apps. 

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is it worth applying to Tulane?
« on: October 21, 2007, 02:50:45 PM »
I don't think it's worth it full price. Maybe not even half price...

This is true to the extent that no low Tier 1 private school is worth full price. Yet among other overpriced lower T-1 law schools, Tulane is certainly one of the better options.

Just like botbot's comment this is completely credited, but again, I don't think a school is necessarily "worth it" simply because it places better than similarly-ranked schools.  I don't think this is a false statement, but it's just like saying "You got into a private third-tier school ($30K/year) that places better than every other third-tier school, so you should attend at full cost."  Such a statement completely ignores the fact that there are probably lower-ranked schools that will offer a full-ride with not a huge trade off in employment prospects.

I don't think it is fair or accurate to say that my post "ignores the fact that there are probably lower-ranked schools that will offer a full-ride with not a huge trade off in employment prospects". I agree with the substance of your post though.

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