« on: March 31, 2008, 10:07:45 AM »
Did you just give up on them, or did you try and hold out for very long?
My LSN is actually pretty detailed on this, but it really varied. I didn't even turn in the response card for BC. I turned in a response thing for GW, but I never wrote a follow up letter or anything that might have helped me get in. This is the same with UCLA because I had visited USC and loved it, and I didn't think I'd be able to make another LA visit to change my mind should I get in.
I tried somewhat hard for Cornell, Texas and Michigan. Cornell I sent a couple of letters of continued interest. Texas I sent a couple of more detailed letters of continued interest. Michigan I tried so very hard to get off the wait list. Multiple continued letters of interest plus I talked to them about deferring for a year and starting this coming summer if it'd get me off the wait list. I think this worked for someone on here last year, but it did not work for me. That said, Michigan was by far the best school I worked with. Sometimes I have regrets about not going to Texas (that's where all my family is) but this is pretty rare. But the only school that I still would have made the same decision based on what I know now is Michigan.
Also, were you a Texas resident during your application cycle?
Yes I am as well as a four time, three generation law school legacy (they must have gotten tired of us!) I didn't take it personally, but the same isn't true of my grandfather who I believe took them out of his will. Ah gramps.
Do you recall when you heard back from UT?
They sent an update in... July I think. And then told me they had filled their spots late August.
I'll be at the ASD in April, do you know much about it? I've been trying to get info from USC, but they haven't gotten back to me yet.
USC runs a slick, slick admit day. By far the best done of the schools I visited. It's also the longest that I attended which can get a bit boring with all the panels and speakers, but welcome to law school. You get served a three-course meal with white table clothes and stuff and there's an open bar where you can talk to professors and stuff at the end. These two things are actually fairly common occurrences.
1) What is the curve at USC? and how has it affected your grades?
The curve is set at 3.2, but it appears the professors have just about as much leeway as they want with the deviation. Some profs had virtually everyone between a 3.1 and a 3.3 while others had only a couple within that range.
2) What does your typical week schedule look like? (hours reading/studying etc)
This varies, but whether or not you have a writing assignment due and whether finals are close or not really determines the schedule (I believe this is universal across law schools). For example, I'm answering questions because I have an appeals brief due in a couple of hours.
Work isn't terrible. You can certainly do all the reading very quickly (all except con law which is voluminous), but that doesn't necessarily assure a great understanding of it. I'd say if I'm doing well, I do about 2-3 hours of reading every day. When finals approach, I outline by hand (this is uncommon) and it takes me a long time, usually a pretty full weekend day per class.
3) Do you have any insight as to how difficult it is to obtain biglaw jobs in LA coming out of USC?
Easy. Or at least that's the way it appears. As I mentioned before, there are 2Ls who are doing big law who have told me they weren't in the top half of their class. If you have a boring/abrasive personality, it will be significantly harder to get big law.
4) Im thinking about living in the Medici in downtown LA for my first year...do u think commuting from downtown will be an issue for a 1L?
Commuting from downtown will not be an issue at all. I'm moving to the Orsini next year which is a sister complex to the Medici. It's a nice place.
5) Any idea if UCLA has a curve?? just curious
Yes it does. I don't know what the curve is set at, but it definitely has one. This is true of virtually all law schools not named Boalt or Yale.