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Law School Admissions / Re: Graduate GPA, does it matter?
« on: June 25, 2004, 08:17:09 AM »
basically they could care less. i talked to a half dozen schools and most of them said a masters degree is considered as an extra curricular activity....i kid you not. however one of the schools actually uses an average of the 2 gpa's. but realistically that means very little because there are such fewer credits for a masters.

sounds like a terrible idea to me. maryland had 6000 apps last year for 250 seats. not only are you going to waste a year of your life, but you'll also waste a lot of time and energy to move to the state for the sole purpose of hoping for acceptance to u maryland. i'd strongly consider your safety schools. what are your plans if you're rejected next year?

Law School Admissions / Re: Online Apps Question!!
« on: June 13, 2004, 02:32:15 PM »
you can apply to schools whenever their process opens. i applied to ole miss last year in june and lsu in july. however, the schools cannot request lsac reports until august. so basically you can get everything out of the way...but your app isn't going to be complete until at least the first week of september. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Marquette... worth the cost??
« on: June 11, 2004, 06:02:43 PM »
I would have concerns about paying marquettes tuition regarding its ranking and it's national reputation. if that's where you want to go, pay it!!....personally i think personal happiness is worth whatever one can afford. but if you just want to go there because it's ranked higher than und, then i'd reconsider. as for sports marquette really that great(i have no idea)? and are you 100% sure sports law is what you're interested in? i'd be concerned about going to a school for a specialty without ever spending any time in a law class. if you spend a year at marquette and realize corporate or some other law interests you're really going to screw your checkbook up. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: hastings or BU
« on: June 11, 2004, 03:21:36 PM »
ecbirm.....i never thought of your viewpoint of hastings, but you are definitely correct. the dfference i think is that the only better schools in the bay area are boalt and stanford. hastings is more highly regarded than at least four other local law schools. whereas in boston bu is lower on the totem pole with only more prestige than northeastern and suffolk. at the end of the day, you really can't go wrong with either school.

I think Ginatio pretty much said it all, but i also think deferrals are like everything else...each school differs. when i was looking for deferrals last year, most of the schools have you sign a contractual agreement stating you will neither apply or defer elsewhere. but, i'm sure some schools just don't care either way. one thing to be sure of is whether your schools even offer deferrals....none of the schools i liked offered them and i had to reapply.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: advice please
« on: June 10, 2004, 06:21:52 PM »
i applied to 13 schools 2 years ago (154, 3.4). i went 0-4 t1, 2-8 t2, 1-1 t3. this past year, i was reaccepted to the 2 t2's and because of the increased competition i threw in 2 t3 safety apps...only went 1-2 this time. worse yet the t2 acceptances were clearly sympathy admits that i would never have received if it wasn't for being admitted the previous year. unless you score 160+ on he lsat it's going to be a truly uphill battle these days.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: hastings or BU
« on: June 10, 2004, 06:03:46 PM »
personally,  i would go to hastings...far less expensive. also if you want to be a judge in cali...they have one of the highest turnouts for that kind of stuff. finally, i grew up in CT, and BU always seemed to have that safety school persona. everybody wanted to go to the other schools in boston....and applied to BU just in case. just one man's opinion though.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Fordham vs. Santa Clara?
« on: June 08, 2004, 06:23:28 PM »
i'm no expert, but i too looked into santa clara. having spoken to their admissions people i came away feeling that they didnt have much to offer unless you were interested in internet patent law or tax law. the nice thing about those concentrations was they boasted 125k starting salaries. but if that's not your gig....might as well go to mcgeorge, and save 80k.

personally i think it's a no brainer to go to fordham...they're both extremely expensive in high cost of living areas. however, fordham has a much better reputation nationally. i wouldn't have even heard of santa clara if it wasn't within throwing distance of me.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT, LS Apps and Taxes
« on: June 08, 2004, 01:40:28 PM »
you can't claim anything except tuition. you might be able to get away with a prep course, but i know from experience you are not allowed to claim books, laptops, etc.

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