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Wait List / Re: Waitlisted at BC
« on: March 09, 2007, 05:26:14 PM »
What is the consensus on what special quality BC is looking for in its candidates? I would say demonstrated leadership skills.

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Applications are definitely down this year...a lot. Hopefully this means good news for us!!

Do you have any evidence to back that up or is it just conjecture?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Vermont M.S.E.L. program
« on: March 07, 2007, 12:57:34 PM »

The DU program is pretty good, and grads get policy jobs from it, also had a lot of people already employed and getting the degree.

Would you elaborate please on what kind of policy jobs?

Thanks.

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Denials / Re: Boston College......BOOOO!!!!!!!
« on: March 05, 2007, 10:23:58 AM »
I think BC is heavily into soft factors this cycle. I've found several people who got in who have both lower GPAs and LSATs than me, but most of them are varsity athletes, non-traditionals, or spent time in the military.

This is how all schools should do their admissions.

Yeah says you. Let's have all admissions decisions based on who can join the most clubs instead of who has better numbers.

You're right: If it was simply judging someone by the QUANTITY of interests outside of schoolwork the process of judging people by those soft factors would be worthless.

What I meant and was responding to was the judgment that BC weighed the QUALITY of soft factors like demonstrated leadership skills as playing a significant role in their decision-making process.

Being a great attorney is not the same as being a great student. There is an intellectual overlap, but it is equally important to possess judgment that people trust, the ability to put someone else's interests before your own, and the negotiating skills to reach favorable compromises. These are soft factors that are better understood by admissions offices through work that each applicant has done outside the classroom.

To have over the long-term the most successful alumni, law schools should do their best to weigh these soft factors along with class work and the LSAT. Some schools do, many don't.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Vermont Law School
« on: March 05, 2007, 09:52:45 AM »
cviggy,

Thanks for the great link. I bookmarked it.

I think Vermont has an underrated program. Plus its specialty is an area that will only loom larger over almost every facet of life during the next 20 years. Americans as a whole are only growing more environmentally conscious from land use issues to pollution.

Cheers.

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Denials / Re: Boston College......BOOOO!!!!!!!
« on: March 04, 2007, 08:10:26 PM »
I think BC is heavily into soft factors this cycle. I've found several people who got in who have both lower GPAs and LSATs than me, but most of them are varsity athletes, non-traditionals, or spent time in the military.

This is how all schools should do their admissions.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Vermont Law School
« on: March 04, 2007, 12:32:08 PM »
Anyone know how Vermont places for environmental jobs in Boston? Does the joint J.D./M.S.E.L. (Master of Studies in Environmental Law) compare well to students coming out of BC (for example) who studied a more general J.D. curriculum but want to work in environmental law?

Thanks.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: HLS, SLS, YLS ( plus UMich, Chicago, UVA)
« on: February 24, 2007, 08:44:56 AM »
After reading annita's response to Denny Crane I thought she was showboating too, but decided not to call her on it. Seeing now that I'm not the only one who thought her response to Denny unveiled a false dilemma I'll say that, annita, you should learn from that. Being a good attorney is not just about knowing the law. It is also about understanding people, communication, and trust.

Good luck at Yale.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Financial Aid question
« on: February 23, 2007, 12:03:45 PM »

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