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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Michigan vs. Texas
« on: March 18, 2007, 09:21:47 PM »
I'd doubt Michigan over Texas in Texas. I've spoken with several partners at firms here and they seem to think it's not much of a difference to them. That is FOR TEXAS however.

I'd say, if you want to do BIGLAW then go to Michigan. If not, then it's a harder decision.

This placement study suggests Michigan absolutely wins in Texas...

http://www.autoadmit.com/studies/ciolli/draft14.pdf

way down on page 33 in the regional rankings.

I don't know of any other regional placement ranking.

Yeah, I mean mine is anecdotal, talking to actual partners and my cousin an associate. Definitely look at studies etc. If you want to do BIGLAW I'd say do Michigan unless you're dead set on Texas. The price difference is not big enough if you're doing BIGLAW.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Michigan vs. Texas
« on: March 18, 2007, 09:16:48 PM »
I'd doubt Michigan over Texas in Texas. I've spoken with several partners at firms here and they seem to think it's not much of a difference to them. That is FOR TEXAS however.

I'd say, if you want to do BIGLAW then go to Michigan. If not, then it's a harder decision.

Oh and I've gone through this same thing so I've spoken with lots of people (who hire) between the differences.

They basically say: If you want to do Biglaw in the midwest or in NYC, Michigan gives you a sizable advantage. A person I know from a San Francisco BIGLAW firm said to them they'd both look only at top 10% from either school whereas his Chicago big firm would look at Michigan top 25% and Texas top 10%

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Texas v. Vandy v. GWU
« on: March 18, 2007, 09:15:00 PM »
Texas in-state or out-of-state? Where do you want to end up?

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Law School Applications / Re: Thought you guys might be interested...
« on: March 18, 2007, 09:05:40 PM »
I think working that long becomes a much bigger deal if you'll be married (like me) or have kids (probably like me in 3 years). If you are single, then I think it is more realistic to take the suck it up approach for a couple years. But if you're missing your children's development and first steps and first words and hardly seeing your wife (or husband) it becomes a much bigger deal.

Then again, money becomes a bigger deal to those in my situation, so we're drawn to the big firms. I hate the way this works.

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Rejection via snail mail. Original Deferrment.

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Cause a fuss if it's your dream school. If not, be easy on them but call and get an explanation.

I was sent the wrong scholarship information from a school via e-mail. Meant for someone not by my name.

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Law School Applications / Re: Waiting on UVA
« on: March 15, 2007, 10:21:25 PM »
General waitlist.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Should I be considering this?
« on: March 15, 2007, 03:02:38 PM »
Matthies made a good point about scholarship. You don't want to be caught dead spending full tuition on a t4 for 2 years (they are notorious for doing this by the way, not NOVA particularly but t4 generally).

That said, I will also be married so avoiding debt becomes a bigger deal to me. What I'd wonder is:

Do you want to live where NOVA is for the forseeable future? FSU will offer more mobility, especially in the state.

That said, I'm not a Florida law expert, but I'm trying to offer what seems to me like the logical snap judgments.

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I think 20k during the summer is optimistic (possible but not worth banking on).

GO TO TEMPLE!

I am usually an advocate of avoiding debt but when it comes to good school of Temple vs. un-accredited Drexel, go to Temple.

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There is an old thread somewhere from someone who took one and other people already in school say their thoughts, etc. The consensus seemed to be it helps you for the first 2 weeks but then afterward it doesn't make much of a difference. If it'll make you sleep easier at night and is worth 2K to you then fine. But I won't do it. Law school is expensive enough as is. If you're smart enough to get into law school, you should be smart enough to handle it.

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