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Where should I go next fall? / Boston College, Madison, or U of MN?
« on: May 06, 2008, 07:39:38 PM »
I have been debating over this for quite a while, so I thought I would ask for some help.  I have narrowed my choices down to Boston College and Madison, and I am deferred at the University of Minnesota, so I thought I'd throw that one in here too. 

I guess I would like to go to Boston the most, but it will cost me about $15,000 a year more than the other schools.  I don't really know where I want to live when I'm done with school, so I would like to keep my options open as much as possible.  I'm from the midwest and would like the chance to live somewhere else, but I am having a lot of trouble with the idea of paying around $50,000 more to go to a city I'd rather be in.  Educationally they are all great schools, and they are all somewhat regional when it comes to jobs...So is it really worth that much more money to go to Boston?  From what I can tell, a degree from Boston will probably be a little more national than one from the other schools, but will my job prospects be that much better that they would make up for the extra cost?

Any advice?

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Anyone else going?  Has anyone gone that wants to let us know what to expect?

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Where should I go next fall? / IP Law
« on: December 28, 2007, 06:32:06 PM »
IP law seems to be in a different category than other types of law when it comes to how much it matters which school you go to and how far down in the class firms recruit.  Is this a correct assumption?  Would it make more sense to go to a lower ranked school where you get money than go for a T14 if you want to do IP? 

This is just a hypothetical since I haven't heard from schools yet, but I have always been curious where IP people fall when it comes to getting jobs. 

I'm not an Electrical Engineering major (which I am pretty sure is in another category all its own), so I am wondering about how it works for other people.  I was a genetics major, so I'm probably looking at pharmaceutical or biotech IP.  How much is it going to matter where I go to school?

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Wait List / How long will you hold onto your waitlists?
« on: June 11, 2007, 03:53:08 AM »
Anyone set a date in their mind where they will give up on the waiting list and go to one of their accepted schools? 

Personally I'm probably going to withdraw from my accepted schools, hold out on the waiting list until school starts, and then retake the LSAT and apply again.

So what's your date?

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I am having a hard time swallowing the idea of the debt I'd get at Seton Hall at the moment, so I am considering waiting until next year, retaking the LSAT and applying again if I don't get off the U of MN or UW Madison waiting lists.  I would want to work in the legal field for a year, but I'm not sure what type of job to get.  I have undergrad debt, so I need something that pays fairly well (like $35,000+) just to pay the bills.  What legal jobs am I qualified for (undergrad in Genetics, 2 years post college work experience)?  What job titles should I be searching for? 

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Where should I go next fall? / U of Minnesota vs. UW Madison
« on: May 23, 2007, 09:33:57 AM »
Is there much of a difference between going to the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin Madison?  I know the U of M is ranked higher, but is there really much of a difference between #20 and #31?  Where does each school place well?  Is either very national?  Is either going to provide better summer positions or networking options?

I am interested in patent law, but I don't want to limit my options until I see everything law has to offer.  Does either have a better program for that, or place better>

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I had thought about law while doing my undergrad, but I changed my mind and decided to get a Master's instead.  I also decided against that and started looking into law again last fall.  I really decided I wanted to go to law school at the end of October, so I got my books and studied for the December LSAT.  After a month of studying (while working full time and taking night class) I received a 157. 

Basically my plan had been to do the best I could on my LSAT and applications and apply this year, see what happened, and retake the LSAT and try again next year if I did really badly.  I've already been out of college for 2 years, and I would like to get my real career started.  So, since I have good soft factors and a decent GPA (3.64), I decided to apply to schools that were kind of out of my league LSAT wise and hope for the best.  As of now, I have been accepted to Santa Clara, and am on the waiting list at UC Davis, UW Madison, and DePaul, and deferred at U of MN.  I'm waiting on more schools as well (but I'm guessing this late in the game the best I can hope for is more waiting lists).

Now that I see I've made it onto waiting lists at rather highly ranked schools with my low LSAT and the fact that I applied right at the deadline, I'm wondering if it would be worth it to retake the LSAT and try again next year.  I'd really like to be in one of the top 20 law schools since I'm not quite sure what I want to do, and I don't want to rule out any options.

Does anyone have any experience with this situation?  Would it really be worth waiting another year at the shot of a better ranking and possibly scholarships?  Any advice would be really appreciated!

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