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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UPitt v. Rutgers-N
« on: March 31, 2007, 01:41:55 PM »
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?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: UPitt v. Rutgers-N
« on: March 31, 2007, 01:41:05 PM »
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.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: UPitt v. Rutgers-N
« on: March 31, 2007, 01:29:18 PM »
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.

Where should I go next fall? / UPitt v. Rutgers-N
« on: March 31, 2007, 01:18:20 PM »
Ok, so barring an acceptance from Tulane, these 2 schools are my final choices. For me, here are the pros and cons of each:

top notch health and international certificate programs
low cost of living
IMO, very friendly administration
little local competition
7 hours from home
potential restriction to the pittsburgh legal market if i don't have the grades i expect of myself

in-state, cheaper-by-comparison tuition
1 hour from home
in-school clinic facility in constitutional litigation
on-campus graduate housing, brand new
35% clerkship placement
promoted agenda of public interest in all classes (or so it seems)

I'm kind of at a loss for which school to choose, and I was just hoping someone could offer a very candid opinion on this. I've always stayed close to home, but Pitt seems like an academically superior school (in comparison to Rutgers) while Rutgers forces me to stay in my comfort zone.

Any thoughts?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Should I apply to American?
« on: March 31, 2007, 11:20:35 AM »
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.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Villanova or UConn?
« on: March 31, 2007, 11:18:20 AM »
I say Nova, if you're more intent on practicing in Philly vs. Connecticut.

I also got wait listed, but I'm withdrawing. Hopefully that'll open up some more room for prospective UR blue bloods. Good luck! :-)

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Rumor has it....
« on: March 30, 2007, 07:06:08 PM »
It would be awesome if this were true.

Here's a bump for this topic, because I also want some confidence!

I attended the Open House @ Pitt last weekend and absolutely loved it. I talked to a woman from the Office of Admissions, and she said that 30% of Pitt students work outside of PA after graduation. As a Jersey girl myself, I plan on being part of that 30% ...I just hope my grades are good enough. To be honest, I'm concerned about mobility outside of Pittsburgh too, let alone PA, even though the school is really strong academically. It did just move up in the rankings, which is always a plus. Also, it scored 2nd highest in PA on the bar, so it's rep seems pretty solid.

I think I'm just freaked because I'm used to being an hour from NYC with tons of other cities in close vicinity. Pitt seems isolated, from my perspective.

Where should I go next fall? / Waiting on Tulane
« on: March 29, 2007, 08:56:20 AM »
I applied to Tulane in late December with split numbers, and was told 1 month ago that my application is under review. Should I be worried, since I still haven't heard back from them, or should I just call? I know the seat hold deposit is due soon, and while I don't want to be pushy, knowing would be awesome.

Based on what I've seen among other applicants, a decision is usually emailed out 2-3 weeks after application review. Maybe I should just take a chill pill?


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