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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: GW v. Vandy with $
« on: April 24, 2007, 11:04:14 PM »
I'm not reading through the other posts, but Vandy is MUCH more national than GW. So if you're after mobility, go for Vandy. Hell, go for the money and prestige! I don't see any reason to turn down Vandy for GW. Nashville is actually really cool - trust me - I would be the last person to like Nashville, and I thought it was great. Plus it's gorgeous, small school, and the kids are really cool.
I'm not responding specifically to you -- it just was the most recent of a number of posts that caught my eye.

Where do you get the idea that "Vandy is MUCH more national than GW" -- or that any school is moreso than another? Just an honest question. I keep seeing statements like that all over the boards. I feel like everyone is drawing these conclusions from some book I've never seen that shows the United States, all law schools, and bullseyes radiating outwards notating how far X Law School's JD will carry you, lol. Is there a factual basis, is it based on opinions, what?

I'm basing this conclusion on firm placement. Vandy sends its graduates everywhere - like literally everywhere. I've never encountered so much geographical diversity in terms of where kids came from and where they're going. GW kids tend to stay in Washington D.C. Look at the firms that recruit at each school, and look at info from the career services office listing where graduates go to work. GW is known as a regional school, whereas Vandy is national (though slightly less national than the t-14). I was deciding between Cornell and Vandy and GW didn't really come into my decision, partially for this reason ^.
Ah, OK. Thanks.

Is there any way to know how much of that is self-selection, though? It seems logical that a lot of people might want to go to GW because it's in DC and they want to be in DC, but a lot of people might want to go to Vandy because it's Vandy -- know what I mean?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: GW v. Vandy with $
« on: April 24, 2007, 10:30:49 PM »
I'm not reading through the other posts, but Vandy is MUCH more national than GW. So if you're after mobility, go for Vandy. Hell, go for the money and prestige! I don't see any reason to turn down Vandy for GW. Nashville is actually really cool - trust me - I would be the last person to like Nashville, and I thought it was great. Plus it's gorgeous, small school, and the kids are really cool.
I'm not responding specifically to you -- it just was the most recent of a number of posts that caught my eye.

Where do you get the idea that "Vandy is MUCH more national than GW" -- or that any school is moreso than another? Just an honest question. I keep seeing statements like that all over the boards. I feel like everyone is drawing these conclusions from some book I've never seen that shows the United States, all law schools, and bullseyes radiating outwards notating how far X Law School's JD will carry you, lol. Is there a factual basis, is it based on opinions, what?

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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:12:33 PM »
Yay!  ;D

Bakc home they're debating civil unions but the chair of the judiciary in the senate is an a**hole and it doesnt seem likely to pass right now.  :-[
My home too (Rhode Island) is in a similar situation. The legislature just can't get the bills past the speaker. In the meantime, we're kind of there -- you can get married in Mass and have it recognized in RI. No other state can do that. It sometimes feels like that means more progress and sometimes feels like less progress than civil union states. Most of the time, less progress, since RI hasn't really done anything... we're just one of the states with gender-neutral terms codified in old laws.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: GW v. Vandy with $
« on: April 23, 2007, 11:31:37 AM »
Ha ha.  Those items are definitely up for debate. 

2) I am not going to debate this happened at Vandy, BUT, if you are comparing Nashville to Washington, DC as far as safety, its not even close.  I lived in DC for a year and a half.  Almost every person I knew either was mugged, had their apartment broken into, had their car window punched in or something in that year and a half.  Their was gang-related shooting at the zoo.  The F'in National Zoo!  I usually use these points to argue that Manhattan is infinitely safer than DC, since I have lived here 6 years and don't know anyone who was a victim of a crime in that time.  But, as some have mentioned, you need to be careful in any city.  For comparative purposes, though, you should not choose GW because you think you will be safer.  That's like going to University of Minnesota because you heard the winters in Nashville were a little chilly.
Uh, where did you live dude? I think of anything in this thread, -that's- up for debate. Never been to Nashville, but I've lived in DC for 6+ years (Foggy Bottom, where GW is, for 3 years) and know exactly 0 people who have been mugged, robbed, or carjacked. ZERO. I've walked back from clubs in southeast when I didn't have taxi money, I used to date someone who lived along RI ave in northeast and been the only white guy (white *gay* guy at that), and nada. The only place where I've felt uncomfortable is off the Minnesota Ave metro stop in Anacostia -- but discomfort != crime.

Being in a city, no matter what city, means being more aware of your surroundings than when you lived on a dirt road - believe me, I came from one. But this back and forth about the dangers of DC and Nashville seems a bit ridiculous. Speaking for DC, I hardly think that I and the entire population of people I have met here are in some protective magical bubble where all is well -- more likely we're just all pretty good about being careful.

Hell, screw anecdotal evidence. Look at a map.

http://www.google.com/search?q=dc+crime+map

http://www.google.com/search?q=nashville+crime+map

http://www.google.com/search?q=whatever+crime+map

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: GW v. Vandy with $
« on: April 21, 2007, 10:23:21 PM »
May help: http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,87070.0.html

I'll contribute the only fact I can compare between the two:

* GW students produced shirts that said "@#!* GEORGETOWN".

* Vandy Villanova students produced shirts that said "FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS GO TO GEORGETOWN".

Edit: D'oh. Confused my V's. So I got nothing but the link. Still, great t-shirts, no?

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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« on: April 21, 2007, 12:09:10 AM »
I blame the Internet for forever associating the sight of kittens with this tagline. How many kittens has this flirtatious thread killed already? ;)

Can I gay up the total at GW? I aim to please.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: GW vs Cornell
« on: April 18, 2007, 10:33:41 PM »
I was tempted to call you out for flame based on that particlar statement, though. You'll actully *miss* sign of the whale??? Everyone has their own preferences, but that corridor (Rumors, SoTW, MadHatter, Mackeys, Camelot) has always been one I've actively avoided. I do appreciate the ready access to Chipotle right around the corner on 19th St, however.
Ah, Camelot. My first extended experience with naked women. So awkward :-[

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Brooklyn vs GMU vs American
« on: April 18, 2007, 10:29:48 PM »
Plus, even the local transit agency (WMATA) makes fun of American. Viz:
That is HYSTERICAL! :D

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: American 2010
« on: April 16, 2007, 01:22:28 PM »
I went to AU for undergrad and you could definitely do without a car in DC... living around AU is going to be expensive.. my last apt up there was (2br/1ba included garage parking) $1750 all utilities included and I was walking distance from the Washington Cathedral.. best bet is to look on washingtondc.craigslist.org and rent privately.. unless you want to hike from parts of Virginia (Alexandria/Arlington) or MD (Silver Spring/ Rockville/Chevy Chase/Bethesda) areas...

as for the train the Metro runs to a Tenley Town/AU exit.. Red line.. but you have to take the AU Shuttle bus from there to get to the campus....
That's cheap! I pay only slightly less than that for a 1 bedroom. Huge, new one bedroom with a den, but still.

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Law School Applications / Re: LSDAS LOR & electronic app question
« on: April 15, 2007, 09:45:55 PM »
I'm pretty sure that'll get the job done, but it should also tell you in that section how quickly this will cause another report to go out (some schools say immediately, some schools only once a week, etc).

You'll be able to tell if a new LSDAS report gets generated and it should should the letter IDs that are sent.

Maybe call them if you're worried (LSAC)?

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