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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Texas 2L Taking Questions
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:57:56 PM »
How do you beat a team by 10 points, come out ahead in combined results of Coaches and Harris (human) polls and get downgraded by the output from 6 computers/software? It is beyond belief.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.1 / 164 - chance at fordham?
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:55:01 PM »
Just saw on LSN that a candidate was admitted into the part time program with 164/3.15

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: G-Town sticker or U.T. 15k/yr?
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:53:28 PM »
Are you getting $15k off of non-resident tuition? If so, wouldn't that translate to a delta of $30k per year?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Texas 2L Taking Questions
« on: November 26, 2008, 12:18:10 PM »
Think you'll get into Big 12 Championship game?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Texas 1L taking questions...
« on: January 27, 2008, 05:15:28 PM »
Regarding the class size: yes, it is certainly one of the largest law schools, but they do a PHENOMENAL job of not making it seem that large.  My year, roughly 400 students were broken down into 4 sections of 100 each, then 2 societies of 50 each, and smaller subsections of 25 each. You have 1 small class, only with your 25 person subsection, and play intramurals with them, have lots of organized events only with them (boat cruises, bowling, etc, all on the school) which helps you get to know those 25 people really well. There are also society events, which helps you get to know the other subsection in your society much better. Hope that explains how well they break it down.

Regarding the friend of yours: I have little insight about the admissions process (or what they deal with character flaws, prior incidents etc), but the steps your buddy has taken seem to indicate that a school might even view this as a positive. I would advise him to apply to a LOT of schools where he is well qualified, surely one of them will understand how he has moved on and become a better person.

Two comments.

To my troubled colleague - life is filled with setbacks, some of our own making and some not. It doesnt matter. As hard as the hit may be when they occur (and it is often enormous), the key is to view them as an opportunties to better oneself. Like religion, though, military service is a calling of great honor. It is not the appropriate response to a personal setback. But one need only stand before the graves of Teddy Roosevelt Jr and the Niland (Private Ryan) brothers at Normandy to appreciate the capacity and sacrifice of ostensibly normal people. Be and always remain inspired and do the best that you can with the gifts you have been given. Godspeed.

Re Texas, how is it that the students are so well trained and regarded with a the law school experience seems so much less burdensome than other schools - is it the faculty?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Texas 1L taking questions...
« on: January 21, 2008, 05:59:19 PM »
Where would 1L need to be GPA-wise to get Austin BigLaw summer position assuming decent interview skills?


Choosing the Right Law School / Georgetown vs. Texas
« on: January 19, 2008, 06:56:54 AM »
What if you had a choice between Georgetown with no scholarship money and University of Texas with scholarship (bringing annual tuition down to $10k per year).Really appreciate the input.

Re Cornell vs. UT and paying $100k more.

First, I couldn't get into either as JD - so congrats Seahawk. It's a nice choice to have.

That said, as you move out of the law firm environment in 2-7 years (if that is how you go), the Cornell pedigree is more than worth the money over the course of a career. It's surprising how many people do not know how good UT, W&L, USC, etc, are - but it is a fcat. It must be the relatively lower Undergrad rank that contaminates the perception.  Good luck.

Law School Admissions / Re: Vandy vs U Texas
« on: June 23, 2007, 09:53:14 AM »
The intangibles drive the decision as to where to attend. In terms of reputation, I would say it is a photo finish.

Law School Admissions / Re: Transfer Fordham to NYU
« on: June 22, 2007, 07:33:37 PM »
In the spirit of full disclosure. I should have indicated that I have an LL.M from NYU. I did not attend Fordham.

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