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I should say upfront that I'm both a big city guy, and also from Seattle. I've travelled to LA, NYC, Chicago, Houston, Dallas....basically most of the 30 biggest cities in the US and I didn't feel any less safe in Newark than I had anywhere else. If you're in the wrong spot in ANY of those cities it isn't safe. While safety isn't a concern for myself, it is a top priority for me when considering a school because I will be bringing my fiance with me. She'll be working in a school, and probably working late as a first year teacher. Neither of us left Newark with a bad impression. Boring, yes, dirty, yes....but no more unsafe than anywhere else we've been. I'll be attending RU.

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Rutgers - Newark

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General Off-Topic Board / Brackets and Babes
« on: April 04, 2007, 12:18:48 AM »
A Seattle radio station has been running the Bigger Dance for about a decade now. Its a 64 woman tournament, with a limited-time, on-air voting determining the winner of each matchup. The bracket was announced today, and the voting will commence April 12th. About 30k people enter every year, and 1st prize is a trip for 2 to ANY sporting event in the world (travel, tix, and accomodations). I've got nothing invested in the game, just though people outside the PNW might enjoy.


http://www.950kjr.com/pages/biggerdance.pdf
http://204.29.20.134/kjram/mitmbd/public/

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Someone in my tour group said he'd asked and they said no. That said, you get $200 of the $300 back if you withdraw by July 1 if they really wont extend it.

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Just got back to my side of the country after going to both ASDs. In general I agree with the impressions of Considering_law. I did a couple of things off the beaten path during the weekend that I thought I'd highlight in addition.

Rutgers made a point to put me in a tour group, after the panel discussion, with a former Seattleite as well as another U of Wash. grad who was out for the ASD as well. She was able to answer a great deal of our questions in a way that a NY/NJ local wouldn't have and I really appreciated the extra effort. Afterwards three of us potentials went out with a group of about 8 3Ls to Hoboken to have a few beers and talk about the school. This was a real benefit for me, I'd grown weary of only hearing from the ra-ra "insert school here" students. Most of the students who went out with us we not involved with the ASD, and I appreciated a more tempered opinion or two. That said, they all seemed very pleased with their decisions and 3 of them were off to biglaw firms after the Spring.

After the SHU ASD there was an evening in the city hosted by current SHU students for those who'd been offered merit scholarships. It was a group of about 65 potentials and current students in NYC with a full hosted bar and a nice dinner. We got to chat without other faculty around for about 5 hours. The event was a roaring success, everyone seemed to be having a great time and the nature of a very well funded, private, institution was in full effect...I don't want to imagine what the bill was, they paid for EVERYTHING...transit from Newark to NYC via the PATH, dinner, drinks, shuttle back to Newark or vicinity late that night after dinner. That said, my overall feeling of SHU wasn't really helped by the event. The student I talked with the most was absolutely wonderful, but I couldn't shake that rich-kid feeling I got when I was at the ASD earlier in the day...younger crowd than SHU in general, more parents at the ASD, just not my crowd (couple years out of school, engaged, blue-collar family). SHU put on quite the show, my fiance told me she wanted me to go there at the end of the event, but in my gut I just didn't think the place was for me. I still have enough reservations about SHU not to withdraw quite yet, and I put in my Rutgers deposit to buy myself the extra few days before SHU's deadline comes, but I think I'll be at Rutgers in the fall.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: OSU/10k Vs. Depaul/45k?
« on: March 25, 2007, 08:43:52 PM »

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: DePaul or Case?
« on: March 13, 2007, 04:48:07 PM »
A couple things to consider: 1) teachers in Chicago are among the best compensated in America. To be a teacher you have to live in the city limits, so there are buildings in every neighborhood that will give you considerable discounts on rent, & 2) the 3.3 requirement for the scholarship means you have to remain in about the top 30% of the class.

I attended the ASW on Saturday, and my fiance is finishing her MA in education before joining me in Chicago(or whatever city we choose) in the Spring....

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Acceptances / Re: DEPAUL ADMITS FALL 2007
« on: March 12, 2007, 03:48:49 PM »
THey're my frontrunner as of today. I went to the ASW on Saturday. I  wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't overly impressed either. To be fair I've almost memorized their website and read as many posts as I could find on LSD about the school (I'm from Seattle), so I knew what to expect with respect facilities and specialization.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Seattle University
« on: March 02, 2007, 06:59:51 PM »
I think, with regards to BIGLAW, your assessment is fairly accurate. That said, you're dramatically overblowing the difficulty in finding a reasonably good job with an SU JD. I've lived and worked in the Seattle Law Community for 5 years, know more than a dozen recent (last 4 years) grads from UW, SU and L&C doing everything from BIGLAW and US Dist. Court Clerks to those who ARE doing contract work. The difficulty in finding a biglaw job out here is more a function of the number of biglaw jobs in the city than it is having anything to do with SU itself.

that is horrible!  i was thinking something along the lines of in house for a small company, or maybe work at a small firm maybe 2-10 attorneys.  the situation you described, with no benefits.  down right horrible.

Hey, it's not quite as bleak as I make it out to be.  If you finish top 25% at Seattle U, you'll get a job eventually.  Top 50%, you might have to work as a contract attorney for 6 months to a year, but then you'll get hired.  Bottom 50%, now you're in trouble.
I think that is a gross misrepresentation of the truth. If the question is only BIGLAW  then I can't disagree with you, but middle sized firms here hire more SU grads than grads of any other school.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Seattle University
« on: March 02, 2007, 01:28:46 PM »
I'm curious what you're basing this on.

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