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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UTK - Tennessee
« on: March 22, 2007, 06:24:29 PM »
According to the 1L I talked to on my visit.  The curve for 1Ls is around a 2.9.  After 1L, he said it is a bit higher.

I'm choosing Tennessee ($$$) over Iowa, Indiana-Bloomington, George Mason, OSU ($$), American, and UF.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / A little info from my visit
« on: March 21, 2007, 05:56:23 PM »
So I visited this past weekend (Sunday) and most of the students were still gone for spring break.

First off, the law school was awesome. It was very modern, lots of natural light, and looked more-than-large enough to handle the 400 or so students.

I met a 1L in the lounge area and he offered to show me around the school. Now this may not mean much to you, but he left his laptop, car keys, cell-phone and everything else sitting in the middle of the common area. When asked, he said that he never had to worry about anyone taking someone else's stuff.

He showed me all of the law school that was open, but many of the administrative offices were closed because of the weekend (no big deal, I won't spend my time there anyway). The library was really nice and there were plenty of areas set aside to study.

He told me the students were great and that the school has a pretty laid back atmosphere. In fact, the law review is mostly, if not all, write-on (which surely brings down some of the competition).

Apparently a lot of his friends had 1L summer jobs already lined up (mostly in the state), but he was planning on doing a research project for a professor. He did not seemed to be concerned at all with the career prospects coming out of UTK.

The city was pretty nice, but I didn't spend much time there. I had another visit to go to in Nashville. All-in-all, I was definitely impressed to say the least. The visit really moved Tenn to the top of my list.

If anyone has any specific questions, let me know and I'll see if I can answer them.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UTK - Tennessee
« on: March 21, 2007, 08:58:56 AM »
I'm pretty sure I'll be going as well.  I visited this past weekend and was VERY impressed.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UIUC vs. Marital Bliss
« on: March 17, 2007, 12:21:59 PM »
Man, I feel your pain.  It is so hard to convince family members of the merits of one law school over another.  It took me forever to convince the ole' S.O. that not all law schools are the same and that if she didn't want to support me for the rest of our lives, she should at least be open to a move. 

Law School Admissions / Re: SEARCH option on LSD board?
« on: March 17, 2007, 07:50:10 AM »
There was a search button there.  I'm not sure what happened to it.  But for what its worth, you aren't going crazy.

Yea, the schools are only 2.5 hours away from each other, but I searched Martindale and less than 40 attorneys were listed in Nashville from the school where I live, as opposed to 388 from UTK.  The school also lists that only 4% of its grads (thats about 5 per class) go to the state of TN.  I'm sure part of it is self-selection but there is no way for me to know exactly how much.  Needless to say, it has me a bit concerned.

Law School Admissions / Re: SEARCH option on LSD board?
« on: March 17, 2007, 06:47:50 AM »
On the left of your screen (under the "SITE" section) click "home".  Once at the home page, you will see two search boxes in the middle of the page. 

A little background: I have narrowed down my acceptances to a t2 in the state where I want to practice with no mention of money (school #1) and another T2 with a full-ride + stipend (only for the first year) in the town where I currently live (school #2). I know school #2, although close to where I want to practice, won't offer as many opportunities upon graduation as #1, but unless I can get in-state tuition at #1 I will be paying significantly more $$$ to attend (about 54K more). 

My question is, assuming school #1 ends up not offering any money, would you: take the $$$ from the other t2 and just stay there? Screw the $$$ and go with the school with the best job prospects? or would anyone take the first year $$$ at school #2 and then try to transfer to #1? 

If you thought the third option was best, do you have any idea if it would be relatively easy to transfer considering both schools are t2(only about 5 spots different)?

Add: Iowa, Ohio State, Denver

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