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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Advice
« on: January 31, 2007, 02:56:09 PM »
How much money do you have to lose?

If you are willing to lose some I would submit a deposit to the best school you get into. Then take the June LSAT. If you do very well, withdraw from the school and reapply next cycle to better schools. If you do not do well enough to get into your top choices you did not waste any time and you can begin law school in the fall.

It is nice to go to Top schools, but you have still been accepted to some solid programs and should be proud of that.

Good Luck

I wrote a letter saying that I was withdrawing in order to allow them to progress with the remainder of their cycle as I was making plans to enroll at another institution. I thanked them for taking the time to review my application and wished them luck with the remainder of their cycle. It was only about 5 sentences. I didnt want to waste all their time and honestly I dont think they are really going to care very much one way or another.

I am withdrawing this week from 5 schools, they were all safeties, even with full scholarships which I had to some I would not choose their school. No sense in holding up a spot when I dont have any intention of going there. I would say if there is even the smallest chance you may attend somewhere you should not withdraw. Although it is nice to think of others, you worked hard and earned the spot and you deserve to take as much time as you need to make a decision.

In case anyone is Curious: I sent my withdrawal letter via snail mail this week to Seton Hall, St. Johns, Villanova, Northeastern, and UCONN.

Good Luck to everyone who is still making a decision.

Law School Admissions / Re: $$$$$$
« on: January 30, 2007, 05:18:40 PM »
I am interested to know if anyone has had any luck with this at Fordham and how high a school must you have money from in order to not have them laugh in your face. I am assuming it must be comparable as far as rankings. I mean I got offered a full ride at St. Johns probably wont cut it at Fordham.

Fordham is now my TOP choice without a doubt but it seems they have very little money available.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cornell Visit Review
« on: January 29, 2007, 04:29:09 PM »
I only posted this to be helpful and give MY opinion of the school. I prefaced it with the fact that I am not used to small town life and like a fast paced schedule.

Bars are not my scene and it seems to be one of the biggest activities to take part in.

I said I liked the law school and did not rule out future visits and even possibly attending.

Remember, if everyone liked the same thing we would all live in one place and the rest of the US would be empty.

I am not trying to "badmouth" the city you all love. I am glad you like it and I am sure the next 200 people admitted to Cornell will as well. I was just trying to give my honest first impression of the place.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Fordham ASW?
« on: January 29, 2007, 04:06:48 PM »
the one on the 16th is from 12-3.

I dont think they have one set day, they have them spread out.

The Feb 16th one has been up on the site for awhile now, long before we got the email... keep checking the site and I am sure they will post further dates in the spring.

hopefully you can make it to one, I did visit Fordham once already and was very impressed with what I saw... not what I had expected at all.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cornell Visit Review
« on: January 29, 2007, 02:12:10 PM »
Thanks to both of you for giving a better impression of the area to those who may be reading the post.

As for parking, I only parked where I was told to... no one mentioned the law school had its own lot, would have been nice to know ::)

I was in Collegetown, ate at Collegetown Bagels, great chicken sandwich and bought a shirt in the store next door. Maybe it wasnt as far as it seemed but I was the fool sliding around in 4 inch heels. If I get accepted I will definitly give Ithaca another try during the Spring.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Cornell Visit Review
« on: January 29, 2007, 01:47:38 PM »
I just returned from visiting Cornell and Ithaca for the first time.

First, I want to say, I am NOT a small town girl by any means... I enjoy a faster paced lifestyle.

I live too far from ithaca to drive it all in one day, so I drove up the night before to explore ithaca. There is not much to do at all, I went to Barnes and Noble to get a magazine and it was soo crowded, all college student. I realized that must be what they do on the weekends. I was less then impressed and decided to go back to the hotel after only a short time in the "downtown" area.

During the night it snowed and got very cold, another strike in my book... although I knew about the weather already.

I arrived early to look around Cornells campus. It is HUGE, like a big city reminded me of the American University Campus very much. I dont know how one would walk all over that campus for classes as an undergrad, at least for law school you are only in one building. I found the few undergrad buildings I went into to be run down and dirty.

I had called over a week ago to set a date to come and the lady in admissions told me a student would give me a tour. I arrive to find that they dont have students working for them giving tours yet and they have no self guided tour materials. They asked the assisstant dean of admissions to give me a tour and he agreed spending over an hour with me. He was very nice and answered all my questions, he impressed me very much. I saw the dean and much of the faculty walking around and they seemed very accessible and friendly. The law school building was nice, some of the large classrooms appeared old and a little run down, seems as though they could use a little updating, but all in all it was fine. The library is OLD, dark, and dusty. I cant imagine spending too much time in there. As well, I was told the study tables get crowded with undergrad who think it is "cool" to study in the law library.
Much of what he talked about seemed interesting. They have a number of clinics that seem like they would be great experience. As well there are a lot of classes that interest me. It was very nice that he took the time out of his day to give me a tour and speak with me and he never seemed the slightest bit rushed or upset. All of the faculty was friendly that I encountered. This was a nice change from some other law schools I have visited.

I had time after to explore Collegetown which has some places to eat and shop, it was nice but a far walk from the law school building. Parking is horrendous and I cant imagine having to deal with it on an everyday basis.

Overall, I like the ACADEMICS and FACULTY available at the school but nothing else about ithaca or Cornell impressed me. I dont know what I would do if I got in. I want to say I am going to go to the best school I get into. But I am not sure at this point if I can see myself living in Ithaca for 3 years or navigating the Cornell campus.

I know I am leaving some things out, so please feel free to ask any questions and I will try my best to answer them. Please dont get the impression that I am totally against the school and think it is horrible. I saw some great things that I really liked. But the place I am going to live for 3 years is very important to me too.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Fordham ASW?
« on: January 29, 2007, 01:31:04 PM »
the next admitted students day is Feb. 16th

Law School Admissions / Re: Law Schools Customer Service
« on: January 27, 2007, 03:49:55 PM »
I really think Brooklyn belongs on the poor list.
They have been rude and unaccomdating so far this whole admissions cycle.
It was a safety application and at this point I have stopped responding to any mail, or caring if I am complete. I dont care if I ever get a decision from them.

U Conn could also be on this list. When I called to find out if I was complete or not, they would not answer me and could not get me off the phone fast enough.

Although, I have not dealt with Fordham on the phone, I did go to the school and the admissions staff was all very nice. Multiple people came to the desk wanting to assist me and see if there was anything they could do for me, this was before I was admitted.

I have to disagree with Cornells status on your list. The woman I spoke to was very nice and accomodating. She stayed on the phone for a long time making the plans with me so I could come visit. As well she answered questions I had concerning my deferal status. I had asked if there would be someone there for me to speak to when I came, but she was more then happy to stay on the phone and answer the questions right away. I have to say she was the nicest person I have ever spoken to at a law school or college.

Law School Admissions / Re: How helpful has your family been?
« on: January 25, 2007, 02:15:48 PM »
My family was very helpful without being pushy or nosey.

They stayed out of where I chose to apply... I did all the work and they signed the checks.

Plus they think my 164 is SOOOOOO WONDERFUL... which is kind of sweet.  :P

When I get in anywhere they are happy for me and they now understand what schools are good and what ones are not. My father has even mastered a few Cooley and Touro jokes.

They are willing to take me anywhere to visit schools.

I have been very happy with their support so far, I am independent and like to make my own decisions, but their moral and financial support have been very nice.

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