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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Davis
« on: January 03, 2005, 02:13:23 AM »
I lived in vacaville for a couple of years which is dead center between the two cities. personally, i'd go to davis. it's a far nicer area/college town. it's also far less expensive. however, if youre looking for a big law job there seems to be a perception among california lawyers that hastings is a superior school.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: International Law
« on: January 03, 2005, 02:09:32 AM »
I think most schools offer study abroad programs for the summer. as for international law the particular countries you're interested in practicing plays a large role. LSU has several strong contacts if you're interested in practicing in civil law countries, due to the split common law/civil law system in louisiana and the fact all students are required to take extra credits and also obtain a b.a. in civil law. While this is a nice extra, the reality is if you don't speak french or spanish, it's not going to do you much good to get an internship in central america, quebec or any of the other numerous places the school offers.

i wouldn't bank on any school really caring about military service. When my friend and i applied a couple of years ago, neither of us received any preference (25 schools b/w the two of us). the assistant dean at u memphis is a reserve jag, but when i spoke with him he didn't say anything that led me to believe they cared. the only school my friend got into was penn state, and they were very cooperative offering a deferment and seemed to take a significant interest when he played the vet card.  but all the other schools we were accepted to refused to even offer service related deferments.

The reality of the matter is the lsat is all schools care about.

yeah that logic's no good. my friend applied to 23 schools. a few far fetched, a bunch of reach, a couple of likely's, and a couple safeties (so he thought). needless to say, he got one admit. by your logic he should have had at least 3 or 4 admits.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: LSU??
« on: December 12, 2004, 12:31:49 AM »
Texas tiger's got a point about applying to arch rivals. If you're a big college sports fan, one factor should be athletics programs that compliment one another.(that was my biggest quality of life factor in my decision making process) It's too heart wrenching watching the game and not knowing which team you want to win. while not arch rivals i was hating homecoming watching lsu play troy.

but at the same time, life is good with complimenting athletics programs....lsu's football, baseball and track teams are great....and uconn's blow. but lsu's soccer, field hockey, and basketball are shady...uconn's are great, makes all seasons fun to follow.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WHERE SHOULD I APPLY? THIS YR OR NEXT?
« on: December 10, 2004, 10:12:40 AM »
if you apply and tell schools you're taking the feb lsat, they're gonna bury your app until they get the score....which will likely be after they've passed out most the admits. i did that a couple years ago, and then didn't take the feb lsat. i screwed myself at a bunch of places, plus a couple schools even after being notified that i wasn't retaking the lsat still clerically botched apps. i remember umaryland emailed me at the end of march wondering where my retake was....even though i told them it wasn't coming two months earlier. i most likely wasn't going to be accepted....but even if i had stellar numbers, the odds of an invite when the app is reviewed 4 days before the deadline isn't very likely. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: LSU??
« on: December 10, 2004, 02:54:50 AM »
casino, I'm a 1l here now. If you're truly interested in the inside scoop just email me or IM me, they're both listed on my profile page.

helmut, if you're coming this weekend i'd be glad to show you around, hell i've even got a couple places you could crash at  if need be. we have our last final today, so basically it's all about excessive amounts of alcohol for the next couple of weeks. the sba is having it's last tgif at a local bar called fred's friday. free beer and drinks, there'll likely be a ton of law students there....but i'm not sure if any of them are gonna want to talk about law school, as it's been a long couple of weeks. well back to studying. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: housing
« on: November 23, 2004, 11:53:49 PM »
the vast majority of law students do not live on campus. unless youre going to try and pledge a fraternity while youre at law school it doesnt make much sense. most people get an apartment which is by far cheaper than living on campus (unless you go to a handful of high cost of living cities).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Santa Clara or USF
« on: November 19, 2004, 03:41:17 AM »
I looked at those two schools too. i was stationed at travis, and my wife worked at sjsu. from my research, i'd say santa clara hands down, especially if you want to go the ip or tax law route. the campus is far nicer, and the area as a whole is much nicer.
however, in the end i decided there was no way i was going to put myself in debt 150k for either of those schools.

i don't think your numbers are that far off for admittance...gpa really doesn't matter and lsat is pretty good...granted santa clara claims 5000 apps/yr....which seems excessive.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Mississippi
« on: November 14, 2004, 12:41:55 AM »
I loved the quaint little all american town. oxford was actually ranked as one of the nicest small towns in america to live in. I thought the fact there was very little going on there to be nice way to force me to focus on my studies. Finally, i really liked how close it was to memphis. Also there's a huge alumni base in that area, and in the region it's considered an excellent institution. Finally, there are some of the most beautiful southern belles in the SEC there. the negative aspect is, it's a vacuum for old wealth. generations of families go there, and as antiquitated as it sounds, many kids only go there b/c of their parents influence. As a result, there's a very tight socio-economic clique that's evolved. i knew some people who went there for grad school and were mortified by the social situation, as it's very elitist. for example (but this is common in a lot of southern schools.) when girls rush sororities, some of the most important factors asked on questionaires are what sorority one's mother was in, and what you're parents annual income is.

But the moral of the story is, if you want to practice in ms., tn., or al. it's a great place to go. I actually was set on going there, but got truly annoyed by how long it took them to accept me. At the same time, the free time i have is spent attending college athletics events, and they're athletics blow. so ultimately i chose not to go there.

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