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The 170 says more about you than either of those institutions....

Why do you care anyway? Aren't you headed for the 'Harvard of the West' aka University of New Mexico?

It's one of those woulda/shoulda/coulda type questions.

And yes, come fall I will be attending the finest legal institution in the country.  ;D

I would visit Lubbock too, but I'm not sure I'd classify it as simply a college town.  It is an area with over 200,000 people and the largest city in the area for hundreds of miles. It is the largest city in West Texas.  Sure, Tech dominates as it is the major source of entertainment in town (at least athletics-wise, but I'm sure it also dominates other parts of the culture), but in my opinion, 200,000+ is too big to simply be just a college town.

I would visit because it is isolated and the weather would be incompatable with some (see: dust storms).  I've been a couple of times, and once it was pretty cold, the other time just plain windy.  I wouldn't particularly want to live there, but I can see some redeeming, the campus is prettier than I imagined.

False.  El Paso is much larger than Lubbock.

On weather/environment; Lubbock is a great choice for those that enjoy being outdoors.  It's not as arid as many would have you believe and cost of living is cheap.  I seriously considered this over UNM; but ultimately decided UNM would be better.

There will always be a level of uncertainty in the decisions you make in life.  You applied a lot of law schools and got accepted by a very good one.  If you indeed want to go to law school, then go to Boalt.  If you don't want to go to law school and would instead like to work longer, then do that.  Your crisis doesn't seem to be law school specific, it seems like you're just having the "what am I going to do with my life jitters." is the last place you are going to find meaningful advice about how to navigate this one.

That's an interesting perspective.  I was under the impression that this strategy could help you more for getting a job in the United States rather than going to a a college that isn't HYP.  You come back to the United States and when you are applying for entry level positions you have something unique to talk about in addition to a degree that probably carries more weight than a Liberal Arts Major from X college.  Of course this doesn't hold true if you want to major in a hard science or engineering, but if you're going into a business school or getting a liberal arts major in something just to tread water this makes sense.  It gives you something to talk about in your interviews that sets you apart. 

From a law school perspective though, does anybody think it would hurt an applicant?  Add slightly to the soft factors?  Hurt the soft factors?

Assume like I said above I went to ANU in Canberra and got a 3.85 GPA in a Bachelor of Laws program; came back home and got a paralegal job at a firm, took the LSAT and got 170 LSAT.  Would law schools look at me the same as say a CMU grad with similar numbers.  Slight nod to ANU for going abroad for college?  Slight nod to CMU for spending more on the education?

McGill is another decent example... assuming you could put up with Quebec and the Canadians let you in.

Well here's the specific situation I'm imagining.

Let's say you are in high school and you do very well, but not well enough for HYP or those other top echelon schools.  Let's say you're looking at the best you can get into is like Carnegie Mellon with no $$$.  However, you also get into a pretty good international university where they also speak English like Australia National University.

ANU would be cheaper than CMU...

Also, you could just get your BA in law if you went to ANU while you would probably do something trivial like general management from the Tepper School of Business at CMU.  On face you think going abroad would be a)more fun b) you'd be able to study something you wanted to study c) it costs less.

My question.  With the obvious preference leaning towards study abroad, would you still have just as good chances at US law schools?

Is there any information on American students who go abroad for their undergraduates and then apply for law school admission?  Assuming the student chooses an excellent international university what implications would this strategy have on their cycle?

Law School Admissions / Re: Early Applications
« on: June 22, 2007, 11:54:06 AM »
You'll get in everywhere you apply!

Only if you write about being GLTBQ in your personal statement.

Everytime homosexuality is denounced in the public sphere, an angel gets his wings.

The conclusion of Rent is a telling cautionary tale.  Don't be gay and don't share needles.  You will die of AIDS.

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