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Acceptances / Re: DePaul v. Chicago Kent
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:35:28 PM »
I too got into both!

The trick is what part of IP do you want to go into? If you are interested in Technology and Computer Law, IIT can't be beat. Otherwise they are pretty equal!

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I wish I had seen this earlier to help. my UGPA was a 3.33 and my LSAT was a 166. I ended up getting amazing offers from schools like Alabama, Richmond, William & Mary among others. The trick was to have great references and personal statement.

Best of luck!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Advice on Deciding Where to Attend
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:32:22 PM »
Hi!

First off, we are ALL waiting for Emory!!

Secondly, Miami isn't worth it! I went there for Grad School, and I met with their law school people and HATED IT!! The facilities weren't up to par with others, and frankly there was a sense of backstabbing and competitiveness above its ranking.

I have found as a whole that UMiami students, no matter their discipline, have this idea that their school is way better than it is. Granted its a good school, but its not T14, and the law students act like it is.

I too am considering DePaul but its not in my top 5 right now.

I would suggest looking into the specific area of law that interests you and see where is the strongest.

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Where should I go next fall? / I can't decide!
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:28:58 PM »
I went a bit crazy and applied to basically every ranked school that gave me a free app. The end result is I have 23 acceptances. I have narrowed it down to 3-5 schools right now but can't make a decision!

Here's a little about me. I'm 28 years old, will have a Masters when I enter Law School. I had a 3.33UGPA but a 3.8 GGPA. My LSAT was 166. I Live in Pennsylvania, but don't mind moving for school. One if my issues is I don't know HOW far I want to move. My major interest is in Intellectual Property, on the side of working either in Copyright or Academia. So here are my options:

Drexel: Unranked, buy there is a LONG family history there, and my Uncle is on the Board. Also, they have a high bar passage rate and placement rate in my home city of Philadelphia. They have a concentration in my area, and require co-op placements. Also, they gave me a full ride.

Alabama: The Best ranked of my choices. Cost of living is so cheap there that after my scholarship, I would pay the same as going to Drexel and paying only for living expenses. They have been VERY friendly to me, and I went to visit and liked it a lot. I don't know, however, if I could live so far away for 3 years. Also, they have no concentration or special certificates in my area.

Richmond I like the admissions staff there a lot. They are extremely friendly and helpful. They accepted me into their John Marshall Scholars program which is a huge honor, and cost of attendance is only slightly higher than Alabama. They have a concentration in my area and are closer to home than Alabama. They are lower ranked than Alabama, but still have a high job placement and bar passage rate.

Maryland MAYBE: I have a Scholarship interview with them so I don't know about financial aid. I love Baltimore, and the school has a great reputation. It is highly ranked, and has a concentration in my area. It is close to home, but cost of living is higher than any of my other choices.

Temple: I have a HUGE family connection here. I am an Alum, my parents were both Alums, and my sister is a professor. Its comfortable, I could stay in my house which is 5 minutes away. Their overall tuition is low, under $20k a year, but the scholarship offer they made me was a bit insulting when compared with similarly ranked schools. They are re-evaluating that now.

In my heart I think it will come down to Richmond and Alabama, with Richmond having a slight advantage, but im having a heck of a time deciding!

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