Being from KY I always knew Tennessee as UT. When I got on here, it was "UT this" and "UT that". I felt like an idiot when I realized they were talking about UT-Austin.
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When do you have to make a decision for the other schools? If a deadline is coming up, I would call them and tell them you are extremely interested but have a seat deposit deadline approaching. I don't think that would "piss them off" at all.
Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Does everyone just end up going to the highest ranked school they get into?« on: March 21, 2007, 09:10:27 PM »
I'm choosing Tennessee ($$$) over Iowa, Indiana-Bloomington, George Mason, OSU ($$), American, and UF.
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.
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.
« on: March 17, 2007, 10:30:58 AM »
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.