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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / US NEWS RANKINGS leak (2011)
« on: April 13, 2010, 02:28:20 PM »
So, the newest rankings are out.  What are your thoughts?

The Top 100:

1. Yale
2. Harvard
3. Stanford
4. Columbia
5. U. of Chicago
6. NYU
7. UC Berkeley
7. U. Pennsylvania
9. U. Michigan
10. U. Virginia
11. Duke
11. Northwestern
13. Cornell
14. Georgetown
15. UCLA
15. U. Texas
17. Vanderbilt
18. USC
19. Washington University in St. Louis
20. George Washington
21. U. Illinois
22. Boston U.
22. Emory University
22. U. Minnestoa
22. Notre Dame
26. U. Iowa
27. Indiana U.-Bloomington
28. Boston College
28. Willaim and mary
28. UC Davis
28. U. Georgia
28. U. North Carolina
28. U. Wisconsin-Madison
34. Fordham
34. Ohio State
34. U. Washingon
34. Washington and Lee
38. Arizona State
38. U. Alabama
38. U. Colorado-Boulder
38. Wake Forest
42. BYU
42. George Mason
42. U. Arizona
42. UC Hastings
42. U. Utah
47. U. Florida
48. American University
48. SMU
48. Tulane
48. U. Maryland
52. Pepperdine
52. Yeshiva
54. Florida State University
54. U. Connecticut
56. Case Western
56. Loyola Marymount
56. U. Cincinnati
56. U. San Diego
60. Georgia State
60. U. Houston
60. U. Miami
60. U. Tennessee
64. Baylor
64. Lewis and Clark
64. U. Kentucky
67. Brooklyn Law School
67. U. Kansas
67. U. New Mexico
67. U. Pittsburg
67. Villanova
72. Pennsylvania State
72. Seton Hall
72. St. John's
72. Temple
72. U. Hawaii
72. U. Oklahoma
78. Loyola (Chicago)
78. U. Nevada-Las Vegas
80. Illinois IT
80. Louisiana State
80. Rutgers (Camden)
80. Rutgers (Newark)
80. U. Denver
80. U. Oregon
86. Hofstra
86. Indiana U-Indianapolis
86. Northeastern U.
86. Seattle U.
86. Syracuse
86. U. Arkansas-Fayetteville
86. U. Richmond
93. Chapman U.
93. Santa Clara U.
93. U. Missouri
93. U. Nebraska-Lincoln
93. West Viginia U.
98. Catholic University
98. DePaul U.
98. U. San Francisco
98. U. of the Pacific
98. William Mitchell College of Law

Law School Admissions / Re: This makes no sense
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:16:47 PM »
Generally speaking, people join teach for america to improve their resumes, and get into better graduate schools.  People who aren't trying to get into better graduate schools defer for a few years, and attend later on the same acceptance.

Because you rejected their initial acceptance rather than defer, they reasonably believe that you're shooting for a better school.  Why accept you if you're just going to go to a better school?  It brings their acceptance rate up, lowering their US News rank, which is unfortunately near the top of admission directors list of priorities.

If you really want to get in, make sure admissions know that you're serious about going there, and that they aren't just your "safety school" because you were accepted in the past.

Current Law Students / Lunch with Professors
« on: October 21, 2008, 10:05:39 AM »
I know that at some law schools, there's a tradition of professors going to lunch with groups of students.  I think they have brown bag lunches at Michigan, and go out to lunch at Penn.  Any insight as to the benefits of this?  We don't have that tradition at my school, but I'd really like to get to know my professors. 

Any benefits you can think of would be a help as I pitch the idea to my professors.

Law School Admissions / Re: US News historical rankings composite
« on: July 14, 2008, 11:37:03 AM »
This is a pretty good one, thanks to some fellow LSDer, although it's only updated through 2005.

This site has graphs, and it's through 2006.

And here's another pretty good one I found, and partially updated:

If my school ranked students, I would totally sympathize with you.

Also, ricklax sucks.

I really think you must take into consideration metrics such as library square footage and  total library seating capacity.These are largely ignored in the aforementioned U.S. News and World Reportrankings.

You also must consider how often undergrads try to take over the law school library.  It always aggravates me when some pre meds are in a study room going over organic chemistry, and my study group can't find a place.

USC is terrible. At everything. HTH

You're going to Georgetown! Its USC with worse weather.

patently false.

USC ≠ Georgetown.  USC > Georgetown.

Class size
Coast (west coast > east coast)

USC is terrible. At everything. HTH

You're going to Georgetown! Its USC with worse weather.

patently false.

USC ≠ Georgetown.  USC > Georgetown.

Class size
Coast (west coast > east coast)

Law School Admissions / Re: Applying To 26 Law Schools?!
« on: October 24, 2007, 11:37:51 PM »
I only applied to 18 schools.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Is Iowa overrated?
« on: October 05, 2007, 10:40:31 PM »
If you're looking at Big 10 and you're unlikely to get into Northwestern or Michigan, Minnesota is probably your best bet, with Iowa a close second.

Part of the reason Iowa Law is consistently rated so high is that it has a very, very well respected library.

With your numbers, you'd have an average shot at getting in.  It looks like you're below the median on both, but only slightly.  If you were a resident, you'd be pretty safe, but you should still be somewhat secure. 

I second that- Iowa's got a huge library, which brings them up in the rankings.  But now that everything is online, library size doesn't matter much.

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