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I'm waiting for Tulane, probably with futile hope. :-(

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UPitt v. Rutgers-N
« on: April 01, 2007, 06:58:47 AM »
Were they graduate dorms?  What were they like?  Suites?  Furnished?

University Square is 13 stories (or 12, can't remember), and the top 2 floors are only for graduates. It's basically 3 bedrooms per room, a full kitchen, and a bathroom. It's completely furnished (w/double beds)...but there's no living room. The Talbot apartments have a better layout, but they're infested with mice apparently...haha, so yeah, they're out.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UPitt v. Rutgers-N
« on: March 31, 2007, 08:14:42 PM »
Also, I was thinking, Rutgers does definitley emphasize public interest - but even when I was talking to the staff during ASD and told them I was interested in public interest they all reminded and cautioned me to be open minded - I could start school with one focus and wind up loving real estate law or another topic.  Several of the students I spoke to told me that they started law school with intention of focusing in a ceartin field and learned about job opportunites they never knew about like in media law or international relations.  You might develop a passion for public interest, and I might discover a desire to litigate in coporate america.  Or mabye not. But I guess my point was that even though I have a public interest agenda, the people at Rutgers told me to be open-minded.

Also, you don't have to live in Newark.  I met a bunch of people who lived in Hoboken, Jersey City, Montclair, or NYC commuters.

This is definitely sound advice--thanks :-). If I go to Rutgers, I'll definitely live on campus only because it's more affordable for me. Plus, I loved the new dorms. I was shocked at how nice they were. My ideal would be to live in Hoboken, but I think I'll have to be an attorney for a while before that happens!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hello? Villanova? Where are you?
« on: March 31, 2007, 08:12:17 PM »
i hate villanova.  i asked very nicely what my status was after going complete in nov and i got a very flippant response and experienced a general smuggness with them .  If i do get in, i will put down all deposits and then on the day of orientation, I will send the admissions office my temple shirt. 

I kid....maybe.

I've heard from many people that their admissions office is very rude. I'm way scared to call and check up on my status there.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Should I apply to American?
« on: March 31, 2007, 08:10:14 PM »
I was wait listed with essentially the same numbers. You probably have a decent shot depending on what soft factors you bring to the table.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UPitt v. Rutgers-N
« on: March 31, 2007, 11:17:01 AM »
The moot courtroom was kinda cool, and definitely way bigger than the others I've seen. I'll be intimidated to speak in a moot court no matter what its size is, though. I was honestly really impressed with the panel they had sitting up there. Those students really seemed like they loved the school, although I'm sure they were cherry picked for precisely that reason.

The weather....yeah, it really sucked. I went with my mom, who's obsessed with having perfect hair, and we bought 2 Pitt umbrellas after we got completely drenched :-D. I wonder if it's characteristic of that area to get rain like that all the time. I hope not!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UPitt v. Rutgers-N
« on: March 31, 2007, 11:07:50 AM »
I am in a similar dilema.  Theyre offering me a decent amount of money but theyre 4.5 hours away and im almost certain I want to come back to the DC area.  However, the only DC school ive gotten into (so far) is Catholic with no money and theres no way in HELL im paying 50k a year to go to Catholic.  They kind of pissed me off above their medians but they didnt throw me anything. >:(

Also, i wouldnt take any one person's anecdotal experience as an indicator of how the whole office operates.  But I am sure that unless youre in the top 20% or so, you wont get a job through OCI.  However, there are other ways to get jobs than besides oci.

That is lame...boooo Catholic. I personally experienced a punch in the face when Albany offered me nothing. I was like...WHAT?!?!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UPitt v. Rutgers-N
« on: March 31, 2007, 10:41:55 AM »
I know "someone" very well who goes to Pitt and has been extremely frustrated by their Career Services help (or lack thereof) and the job search. It's been a bad experience as far as finding employment goes.

Can you elaborate on this a bit more in terms of how well they've done in classes and what specific type of employment they're looking for?

Do you know how they like the area itself?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UPitt v. Rutgers-N
« on: March 31, 2007, 10:41:05 AM »
Seton Hall, IMO, is far too expensive for its rating. They offered me no aid, except for what I got from my FAFSA, so it would cost me roughly $55,000 a year vs. Rutgers' $35,000 and Pitt's $44,000. If Seton Hall was immensely superior to Rutgers, I would have considered it, but I don't think there's a big enough difference to warrant spending an extra $20,000/year.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UPitt v. Rutgers-N
« on: March 31, 2007, 10:29:18 AM »
I visited Pittsburgh 2 weeks ago, and while I was somewhat disappointed with the facility itself, I loved the faculty and potential students that I met. My tour guide told me to email her if I ever needed an outline. I'm from NJ, so I'm not used to such blatant displays of, well...friendliness.

Rutgers did not have as much of a "just feels right" kind of effect on me. The building is gorgeous, but the surrounding area obviously leaves a lot to be desired. I can't imagine myself feeling safe when I leave the library and walk back to my room, and I feel like Rutgers' high number of clerkships is a huge downside because I'm interested in corporate, health, or international law. Private firms/business has a  higher placement in Pitt, but it's still Pittsburgh. It's far. I think that's my conundrum.

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