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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GULC vs. UVA?
« on: June 01, 2007, 09:17:49 AM »
If it were me UVA would be a no-brainier. They are better academically and I prefer their location to GULC's. Also, my impression is that their students and faculty are much more relaxed, friendly and less pretentious. It doesn't hurt that your job prospects will also likely be better, esp if happen to graduate not at the top of your class. I really, really liked UVA when I visited and can't say enough good things about it. If I weren't bent on an academic career and/or didn't have an offer from HLS I'd be going there for sure this fall. As it is, I'm still not 100% decided, but leaning toward HLS due to the greater academic opportunities that would be available.

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Duke, so bad I didn't even apply!


Interesting...I thought they were great.

What happened?

Really more just a personal dislike of their general approach than any particular incident. I'm sure there's lots of great people there and that overall its a fine place, but it just really rubbed me the wrong way.

There was that WSJ article a while back (not law school specific that I remember) where someone from the Duke Ad-com openly stated that parental wealth and expected contributions to their endowment were major considerations for admissions. This seemed a bit extreme to me, but then the Duke application was the only one I looked at that required that students submit parental financial info. I also interviewed at their biz school years ago and found them quite condescending (different people than the law school I know). 

Then it seemed a bit desperate when they sent me loads of unsolicited information and offered a 10 day acceptance decision turn-around after my lsat scores became available. Anyway, I'd already resolved not to apply to any schools that required submittal of parental info of any type if at all possible. As it turned out, duke was the only place I looked at that cared about such stuff so they got instantly cut from the list.
 

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Indeed it did!

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Weird, I got all sorts of cool stuff from UVA ???

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010!!!
« on: May 23, 2007, 06:47:42 AM »
Looks like I'm in too:) Going to visit HLS this weekend before making a final choice. Anything special I should do, see or person I should talk to while I'm there?

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Duke, so bad I didn't even apply!

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Visiting Stanford
« on: May 22, 2007, 02:13:29 PM »
I'm back in VA. Stanford was amazing and the people super friendly and helpful. I think it would be a perfect place to live, study or teach. I'll wait until I visit HLS to decide which I like best, but I've nothing bad to say about SLS at all (other than that they WL'd me >:( ).

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Visiting Stanford
« on: May 21, 2007, 09:02:09 AM »
Don't know yet.

I flew in Friday and hung around in San Fran, didn't like the city much at all (but I don't like most cities). Rented a car and headed north on Hwy 1 up to Point Reyes Natl Park and have been hiking all over for the past two days. Just got into Palo Alto last night and headed to S in an hour or so. The area here is totally amazing in terms of natural beuty and out door recreation!


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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Visiting Stanford
« on: May 19, 2007, 10:04:18 AM »
hi all, I bummed around San Francisco yesterday evening, will likely do the same today then headed to Palo Alto this evening. Thanks for the tips and have fun!

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Visiting Stanford
« on: May 18, 2007, 02:51:41 PM »
Thanks very much for the re! I got a call back (after leaving a third voicemail, almost exactly two weeks after the first...) from Stanford last night and have an appt scheduled for 10am on Monday. I just got in at my hotel near SFO, will make my way to palo alto tomorrow or Sunday. If anyone is in the area and wants to grab a bit to eat or something I'm game.

thanks,


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