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And UH is the best school you can go to (after UT, maybe) if you want to work in Houston.

Oh really? You can't think of any school better than UT and UH for those who wish to work in Texas?

Median BIGLAW in Houston was around 125k the last time I checked . . .

Is biglaw a realistic expectation out of UH?

Well, I said Houston, not Texas.. And of course, most of the T14 could place easily in Texas, but on a realistic level, very few Harvard grads are going to be gunning to get to Houston.

And biglaw is a realistic expectation out of Houston for the top of the class (I don't know the exact statistics so I won't speculate about them).

The difference between Suffolk in Boston and UH in Houston (just as an example) is that Boston is a much more competitive legal market with Harvard, BC, BU, etc to compete with, while Houston is a large legal market with UH being the highest ranked school *in* the city. Obviously Texas grads place better, but Texas grads also go to Austin/Dallas/San Antonio for work.

Still, 16k a year isn't bad for residents. I don't think their grads are standing on street corners holding up signs "Will litigate for food" so (to me) it seems like good value for the money.

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Personal Statement / Re: DS vs. PS
« on: December 30, 2007, 11:33:03 AM »
I wrote my PS in narrative form, and my DS just straight-forward "This is why I'm diverse"
I wanted to show adcomms that I can write persuasively in a way that lawyers are expected to write on a day-to-day basis and give them 2 very different writing samples to look at.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 160-164 Thread (give or take)
« on: December 30, 2007, 11:28:27 AM »
Hey guys I'm a 164/3.5 and so happy to be here! My Sept score was a 159 so it's nice to be able to move up a score band and have so many new options :)

Are any of you non-URMs trying the T-14? I'm tempted to, but my numbers are so low for them that I'm debating about whether it's even worth it. Do any of them pay much attention to soft factors?

Hey, you do need to hold out hope.  I was in the same situation (165 LSAT second take after 159 first time + 3.8 GPA).  I applied early, and now I starting law school in August at Northwestern. 

Depending on the school, they definitely pay attention to the soft factors, but APPLY NOW!  The longer you wait, the less chance you have!

Wow, Congratulations! I love to hear about success stories like this.

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Law School Applications / Re: Boosting GPA too sketchy-looking?
« on: December 30, 2007, 11:26:17 AM »
Some schools don't let you do distance-learning your last semester, so you may wanna check that out first.

Otherwise, I don't think it would look that sketchy. You might have some reason for taking that class beyond raising your GPA (even if you don't, there's no way adcomms could know that).

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I sent in applications before registering for the Dec LSAT (had taken the Sept one).

In my case, if they requested a report after I registered they were aware of it. Otherwise they weren't.
I specifically emailed one school and asked them to make a decision on my application without waiting for my December LSAT if at all possible, and they agreed to do that (doesn't matter anyway because my Dec LSAT has come and gone and still no word from the school).

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Houston's Dean's statement:

Welcome to the Law Center!

The Law Center is distinguished by excellence.  We are one of only 25 law schools with three or more nationally ranked specialty programs, and our faculty are renowned for scholarship and teaching abilities. 

Today’s students gravitate toward schools that can deliver the best education at the lowest cost – in other words, they are shopping for value.  As the costs of graduate education continue to climb, the Law Center stands out as one of the best values in legal education today.

Our current class of 1Ls (first-year students) is the best in our history.  I believe many of our high-achieving students selected the Law Center because it combines excellence with relatively moderate tuition, especially for Texas residents.

 A Law Center degree is a standard of excellence in the marketplace, and employers clearly appreciate the skills of our graduates.   I encourage prospective students to learn more about the competitive advantages of our school on our web site, along with details about our admissions process.   

Excellence and value are two of the distinguishing features of the Law Center – and we are determined to keep them both as our defining attributes.

Dean Raymond T. Nimmer
Leonard H. Childs Professor of Law
 

http://www.law.uh.edu/news/fall2007/welcome.html

To be fair...
At about 16k a year for residents, it *is* really good value for money.
And UH is the best school you can go to (after UT, maybe) if you want to work in Houston.
Median BIGLAW in Houston was around 125k the last time I checked, and Houston is sitting at .83 the national average for living costs. Not a bad deal...

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Law School Applications / Re: why law school instead of med school?
« on: December 29, 2007, 11:49:40 PM »
My mom is a nurse...
people in retirement homes telling her they were having sex with ghosts
women (and men) coming into ER with various sizes of rodents (hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, etc)in their orifices
It's just not a pleasant work environment

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Law School Applications / Re: Should I graduate undergrad in 3 years?
« on: December 29, 2007, 08:58:28 PM »
I'm graduating in three years for financial reasons-
with that said, even if money wasn't an issue, I'd probably still have decided to graduate early. I honestly just didn't see the point in sticking around for another year once my degree was done.
I got into undergrad to get a degree. Once I can get it, it's time to move on.
I'm going straight to law school because I think the opportunity cost of taking a year off is too high. At best, I could do 40k for the year, and losing that year of 1st year associate salary isn't worth it for *me*.
Just my 2 cents.

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I visited BC and BU over Thanksgiving.
I really think going to BC had an effect on my admission there.

I would really like to go to DC over Spring Break (assuming I get into a DC school)
And I'd like to go see BC again in April, if finances and time permits.

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Law School Applications / Re: why law school instead of med school?
« on: December 27, 2007, 06:48:28 PM »
I just don't have a passion for medicine.

...And I was awful at science in high school...

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