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Choosing the Right Law School / horror story
« on: April 17, 2006, 09:25:32 PM »
Apparently, Cleveland Marshall send over 200 some erroneous letters of acceptance followed by immediate apologies and rescinding letters. My dad called me to let me know it was on the Cleveland Channel 19 news today, and he wanted to verify that I'd gotten a financial aid letter (to assure him I was really in :) What a horror story! Can you imagine? Did this happen to anyone that posts here?

I was immediately impressed by Cleveland Marshall, as it is somewhat of an oasis in the middle of the Cleveland urban desert. There are green spaces (read: tiny lawns) and the law building is compact and state of the art. My tour guide was Meredith, a 2L who already has a position at a large firm through the 2L summer associate interviews. She was extremely friendly, and is on Law Review. All of the students in the open 'atrium' (the law school is just one building with 3 stories of classrooms around an indoor courtyard/atrium that is full of couches) looked relaxed and most had laptops and were talking animatedly with the other students. Annette, the admissions rep I spoke with, was extremely friendly, honest, and enthusiastic.

She spoke candidly about CM as did Meridith. She listed the students, staff, and the law library as her favorite things; and the cafe and some grumpy faculty as her least favorite. C-M seemed very practice oriented, which Meridith confirmed. She said that was a huge advantage, especially with their moot court team. The top %10 of students are invited to join the law review, and the top %20 are invited to join the other Journal. Meridith said that if you are invited, you should by all means join. The moot court is contest based, and there is a brief writing contest to determine the students who can present their oral arguments. About 4-6 1L's are selected for the team.

The cafe was sad. A small snack bar that had $6 sandwiches, Meridith warned us that the selection never changes and it is overpriced. She also warned us that if you bring a lunch, pack it in an ugly bag--or someone might 'forget' that it wasn't theirs. Also, she said, never leave your belongings unattended, and get a locker (about $20 from the SBA.) The atmosphere in the school was utilitarian. The moot court classroom, where many speakers/orientations are held, is impressive.

The library is large, well lit, and airy. There is a limit of 800 sheets of paper per student printed in the computer lab. That does not include research on LexisNexus or WestLaw which both print unlimited on a seperate printer. Additional copies can be purchased for about $5 for 200 additional sheets. There are private study rooms in the library.

I was impressed, but I am not in love with it, mostly because of the surrounding city. It is in a very gray sort of area, and the nearest place to eat is a Subway across the street. Other than that there are no places nearby. People living in the city pay more to live, and people that live nearby like Lakewood or Cleveland Heights/Coventry pay less. In those areas you can expect to spend about $450 a month on a 1 bedroom in a safe building.

Hope this helps, I know I will think of more. PM me with any specific questions. 

Choosing the Right Law School / deferrals
« on: April 10, 2006, 02:01:38 PM »
Does anyone have any idea about what the likelihood of admissions once you've been deferred?

Choosing the Right Law School / Begging for more time.
« on: April 10, 2006, 12:01:59 PM »
if you care...

I asked the two schools to which I have been admitted if they could give me more time to decide and send in the deposit. To my surprise, one (CM) so far has given me 2 more weeks (till May 1st) and I am still waiting on the other. It's worth a shot at least, so if you are in the same position as I am, waiting on a bunch of schools that don't sound like they will get back to you till late April if you are lucky, you might want to try asking for an extension. It just might save you $200 and a headache

Choosing the Right Law School / Gotta pick one...
« on: April 07, 2006, 07:01:38 PM »
So where should I go? Just pick, I can't do it. Please.

Choosing the Right Law School / Blind Relocation
« on: April 07, 2006, 01:07:55 PM »
I haven't decided yet, but I am an Ohioan considering moving out west, to Oregon or Washington depending on which schools still come through. Anyway, I am a bit apprehensive of the move, because it will involve fairly blindly choosing an apartment and hopefully a roommate or two. Does anyone know how you go about this? Is it 'safe' to choose a place on the internet? Has anyone else done a blind relocation? I don't have the time or $ to spend several weeks in a hotel while waiting to find the right place...

So if you get deferred or WL'ed, does anyone know if these positions are first-come-first serve (as in, you get in on the wait list depending on when you apply) or if they are ranked in desirability?

I assume they are ranked, but I don't know that for sure. Anyone have a clue how that works?

I am deferred and still desperate to hear from L&C. SIGH.


I hear there is a forced C curve, and forced out for 2.0 or lower. I am certainly planning to be at the top of my class, but I hear many plan that. So can anyone tell me: Do all schools have these curves? Does anyone know anything about Willamette and curves?

Choosing the Right Law School / I'm going to give THEM index numbers!
« on: March 30, 2006, 10:38:05 AM »
So because I've been baffled this far by the many factors that go into this decision--I've frequently felt like I am comparing apples to oranges--I am going to create a critera-based, quantitative evaluation tool to assist me with my decision. I will pull out factors that are personally important to me, and weight them accordingly. Help me think of factors if you'd like!

Full Time/Part Time
City Type
International Law Program
Dispute Resolution Program
Overall Price=cost-scholarships.
Cost of living

So what if you are holding out for a better school, and you accept a lesser schools offer for financial/logistical reasons with the intention of transferring. You plan to go to a better school starting 2L. Is this just a dumb plan or do lots of people do it?

2 acceptances, 1 deferral, and 4 decisions yet to be made! The waiting is very difficult :)

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