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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WUSTL v. UMN Poll
« on: April 26, 2007, 10:09:04 PM »
Yes it did, but St. Louis isn't near as bad as people make it out to be.   East St. Louis drags it down--it's one of the most violent places in the Midwest, but it's across the river from St. Louis and totally unassociated.  Sure, there are areas I wouldn't walk at night, but that's with any large city.  The area WUSTL is in is nice and safe, with lots to do for students and young professionals.  I'd still take St. Louis.

Average snowfall in January in STL: 5", although I'd beg to differ that it's more like 3".
Average snowfall in January in Minneapolis: 11"

Average temperature in January in STL: 30 degrees
Average temperature in January in Minneapolis: 11 degrees.

These temperatures are probably a bit high, though.  I currently live a little south of Chicago (grew up close to St. Louis) and it most days in January, it's below 0 degrees with the wind chill.  Minneapolis is 6.5 hours NW of Chicago.  If weather is a factor, it's a no-brainer.  I'm moving south for law school.   

Yes, it's true.  The NBA is overwhelmingly African-American (over 80%).  White people are few and far between in the NBA.  You might say the same about African-Americans in law school.  So, why don't they allow affirmative action in the NBA?  ::)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WUSTL v. UMN Poll
« on: April 26, 2007, 10:05:32 AM »
WUSTL is much more prestigious, and in my opinion, St. Louis is a much better place to live.  There's lots to do and the area around the school is nice and vibrant.  The weather is mild, unlike UMN where it is absolutely terrible for 6 months of the year.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Indy Law Freak Out
« on: April 26, 2007, 10:03:01 AM »
Call the Indy admissions office.  I called five schools at which I was still pending and two of them told me a decision was made on my file (although I had received nothing in the mail).  They released the decision over the phone and I got something in the mail about a week and a half later.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Need some opinions PLEASE
« on: April 26, 2007, 09:58:06 AM »
If they put it on the website, I'd say you're in.  I got a financial aid package in the mail from FIU by mistake.  I'd call admissions and see what's up.

And, for what it's worth, I called five schools at which I was still pending a couple of weeks ago and two of them informed me that a decision had been made and released it over the phone.  For one of the schools, I got the info in the mail a week and a half later; for the other one, I still have yet to receive anything in the mail.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Chicago Placement (Biglaw?)
« on: April 26, 2007, 09:46:30 AM »
WUSTL.  I'm not as familiar with the others, but WUSTL is very prestigious and will likely get you a decent job (so long as you do reasonably well).  They are known for placing graduates mostly outside of St. Louis, particulary in Washington D.C., but I'm sure you wouldn't have a problem with getting something in Chicago.  WUSTL is in a fairly nice part of St. Louis, although the city as a whole is "spotty" as far as crime goes.  My best friend is in Med School at WUSTL and lives within walking distance of the campus.  It's a nice, cute little area with lots of unique restaurants (non-chain type stuff), boutiques, coffee shops, etc.  And, rent is extremely cheap.  There are tons of cool loft apartments and the downtown is really turning itself around quickly.  I hear the bus system isn't the greatest in St. Louis, but the MetroRail is a fast, excellent way to get around if you're able to use it (speaking in terms of distance).  I grew up not far from St. Louis, so if you have any questions, please ask :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Indianapolis or John Marshall
« on: April 26, 2007, 09:29:08 AM »
Good advice.  If you would plan to move back to Chicago after graduation, I would just stick with JM.  Otherwise, I'd go with Indy.  Indianapolis is actually quite nice--give it a chance.  They have an outstanding facility very close to the downtown, too.  And the above poster is correct--rentals are CHEAP!  If money is an object, Indy is your best choice by FAR.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Indianapolis or John Marshall
« on: April 26, 2007, 07:36:33 AM »
I'd take Indy over JM.  Indy is a well-respected school, while I think JM is kind of viewed as a joke--people only go there if they didn't get into any other Chicago law schools.  And I think that's something to consider: Indy has only one law school, so its students are going to have absolutely no competition for summer jobs, etc.  In Chicago, I can think of SEVEN law schools (Northwestern, UChicago, Kent, IIT, JM, DePaul, Loyola...), many of which are highly respected.  I'd be tough competing with students from those schools since JM falls at the bottom of that totem pole. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: SLU, Seattle or Syracuse
« on: April 25, 2007, 08:31:15 PM »
SLU is a great Midwestern school that is looked highly upon.  I don't know how prominent it would be if you were leave the Midwest, though, unless you're within the top of your class.  But, I suppose this is true of any school--except for the top 20 or so.  SLU has a beautiful campus and St. Louis, despite its crime, is actually a nice place that's really moving in a positive direction.

An interesting segment from the ultra-liberal University of Illinois campus newspaper on discussing how the vast majority of University scholarships go to minorities:

"According to the University's 2006 Performance report, in 2004 the graduation rate for black students who obtained their degree in six years or less was 57.9 percent, meaning almost half of the black freshmen who entered the University did not leave with a degree. For the entire campus, graduation rate was 80.7 percent."

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