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I'm traveling abroad as well this summer.  I'd just give them your parents' info.  I'm switching my address and phone before I leave in July.  That way, my parents will get everything that's needed and be able to contact me about through e-mail.  I think that's the most practical way to go about it.

Also, I know Cingular has an international plan you can sign up for.  It'd probably be very expensive though.

Regarding apartments, I'd go down early, before you leave for your travels.  A number of schools have housing workshops in June.  Check yours to see if it does.  Then find a roommate and a place at that time so everything's set for your return.  I'm not sure about the feasibility of that at your school, but that's my plan.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: STRESSED OUT! Any Insight.....?
« on: April 09, 2007, 01:07:27 PM »,85286.msg2098015.html#msg2098015

Follow Johnny's instructions on that thread.  That should be a help.

I think the importance of the LSAT has increased with the importance of the US News rankings.  The weight given to LSAT when compared with UGPA, work experience and the personal statement is frankly ridiculous.  Also, given the proliferation of courses and books, it has become more of a reflection on who can game the LSAT the best, rather than a test of abilities.

I'm not saying we should do away with the LSAT.  It does provide an objective analysis of all applicants.  However, in recent years it has become the be-all-end-all for many schools' admissions processes.  I think this is a sad development that leaves a lot of well qualified and interesting potential students out of the mix at a lot of schools.  It's almost as sad as the rise of US News rankings.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BU vs. USC vs. UMN
« on: April 03, 2007, 09:24:08 PM »
I don't think any is more "national" than the other as one poster states. Perhaps USC has better lay prestige due to the sports teams. I'd go to the school based on where you want to be/live/practice coast-wise.

I wrote that USC is more national just based off of two years in the Chicago legal world, and who I saw get hired, along with its higher rankings, and yes, "lay prestige."  But the fact is, Chad makes a good point.  I voted for BU in the poll just because the difference wasn't that large, and I'd rather live in Boston than LA.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BU vs. USC vs. UMN
« on: April 03, 2007, 01:38:14 PM »
Out of the three, USC is the most national school.  That will give you more options locations wise.  BU and Minnesota have great reputations as well, but are more regional than USC is.  As for your areas of interests, sports and entertainment law are naturally strong at USC.  Health Law is strong at BU.  Minnesota has great programs in a number of areas.

I've visited BU.  The campus is a narrow tower built in the early 1960's.  A forewarning: the building is ugly on the inside and out.  The facilities are also somewhat dated.  The classrooms are nice and have great views of Boston, which is probably the only nice thing to be said about the building other than its location.  I sat in on a class at BU and it was very interesting.  Their faculty also has a great reputation.   However, I hear the school is very competitive.

Being from the Midwest, Minnesota has a great reputation and places well in Minneapolis, Chicago, and pretty much anywhere else in the Great Lakes region.

In terms of transport without a car, BU would be your best bet.  Minneapolis also has a pretty good bus system, and the school is centrally located.  I think you'd have a tough time getting around LA without a car though.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC vs. BU
« on: April 03, 2007, 01:27:36 PM »
From conversations with current students, it seems like most students choose to live in the Brighton/Cleveland Circle area.  This is right off the T, and supposedly a fun neighborhood.  They said there's a bus from there to the school (although I do not know if they mean Newton or Chestnut Hill), the ride lasting 5-10 minutes.

My own questions:  Is there a bus to Newton from Brighton/Cleveland Circle?  How realistic is it to keep a car in that area?

I would take Kent as well.  Also, while I'm biased since I've lived in the Chicago area my whole life, Chicago is a very livable city.  While the downtown loop area can seem intimidating, most people end up living in quieter neighborhoods in 2 or 3 story brownstones.  The neighborhoods are lined with trees, with plenty of parks, and a decent amount of parking space (if you don't live on the lakefront).  Public transportation service is everywhere, so you can get by with out a car (although northbound L service will be spotty for the next 2 years because of Brown Line reconstruction, still it runs fairly well).  Rents are not bad (although considerably more expensive than Stl. or Indy), and there are so many activities, there will never be a shortage of things to do.  That said, the city is as friendly and welcoming as any place in the Midwest, probably because it draws so many people from Big Ten schools and the like.

Kent is the best law school on your list.  If you determine you're not interested in living in Chicago though, go with Slu or IUI.  However, I've been to Indy many times.  It's a nice city, but it can get a bit boring.  I may be leaving the Windy City for law school, but it will definitely be hard.  Hope this helps!

I'm 75% there.  I have some more waiting to do before I make it official though.  I have a feeling it will come down to UIUC (in-state tuition) and BC if I get accepted at UIUC.  However, that's not stopping me from mailing in the deposit.

GPA: 4.39
LSAT Preptest average: 146 (took 58 tests)
June 2006 estimate: 179+

58 LSAT prep tests? Estimate of 179+ on LSAT?  I'm not going to doubt this work ethic.  That probably took more work than most BIGLAW associates put in.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC vs. BU
« on: April 03, 2007, 08:25:06 AM »
Thanks a lot for your replies.  It's very helpful and reassures me on Chicago prospects after BC should I decide to go there.

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