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So let me ask this:  Where would Pepperdine rank among the three already listed?  Putting aside whether or not I want to attend a school with a good entertaiment law program...how would the four schools rank??

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Why isn't Pepperdine an option?

Good point.  I had looked at Pepperdine before, but two things have kept me from considering them further at this point.  A)  Last I checked, the cost of tuition (somewhere around $38,000) was a little steep for me.  Granted, I might be able to get some scholarships, but I'm not sure if I could get any academic ones as my grades aren't extraordinary.  B)  From people who are familiar with the LA market that I've heard from, the job prospects out of Pepperdine don't seem to warrant paying the cost of tuition there.

Granted, the campus and area are absolutely incredible.  I don't think I have seen a better location for a law school than Pepperdine...


Edited:  I stand corrected, tuition is listed at around $33,000/yr.  Well, maybe Pepperdine is back in the running.

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Law School Applications / New Transcript This Semester??
« on: December 15, 2007, 08:13:55 PM »
So I already submitted my applications to several law schools during November, but now that this semester is overwith, my GPA has gone up significantly.  (Well, maybe not a lot...but still enough to possibly make a difference:  From a 3.26 to a 3.31)  What I'm trying to figure out is how to get this updated transcript not only to the schools I've already applied to, but also how to handle it with the ones I'll apply to in the coming days.

Should I send a new one into LSDAS and hope they can process it quickly, or should I just individually mail out transcripts to all the schools??  Thanks for the help ya'll. 

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If you don't have the numbers for UCLA or USC, why are you totally skipping USD? You don't think you can get in there either?

From what I've read, California Western doesn't have the strong and spread out alumni base that Loyola has and as someone else said, Loyola has a better reputation for whatever reason. It IS the second best school in San Diego, but the legal market there is relatively small and there are already so many good law schools in California. However, my research has turned up very positive things about the school itself, and the communication that I've had with them has been the best I've had with any law school so far. With the right money, I would not be opposed to going to this school at all.

I think you should apply to all 3 and, honestly, go with the one that gives you the most money. They are all ranked pretty low in an overcrowded market. I think the best thing would be to graduate with the least amount of debt as possible and hustle for the job you want.

P.S. Are you applying straight out of undergrad?

I had looked at USD before and was pretty close to the bottom 25%'s for LSAT and GPA.  However, I retook the LSAT in December and with the classes I've taken this semester, I should raise my GPA (not by a lot, but enough to make me more competitive)

I'll have to give them another look and see if I stand a better chance now.  As far as my situation, yes I am going to law school straight after completing my undergrad in May.

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Any reason why Cal Western is seemingly the last pick for everyone?  If I put aside thoughts of going into entertainment law...don't you think Cal Western would be an ideal choice?  I'd say it's argueably the second best school in San Diego.  If I recall correctly, job prospects for somewhere around the top 25 - 30% of the class are pretty good.

But who knows, I may be off on that guess.

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So I'm looking at Loyola, Southwestern, and Cal Western as possible options to apply to for Fall 08.  Although UCLA or USC might be better options if I'm looking at practicing in California, I don't quite have the grades or LSAT scores to get in to those schools.

Does anyone have any opinion or thoughts on Loyola, Southwestern, or Cal Western??  Would you rank one of them above the others??  etc...

Just an fyi, I'm not positive on what area of law I want to persue at this point...but entertainment law does intrigue me.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Distribution of Answers
« on: December 03, 2007, 07:46:20 PM »
I got the same thing on some of the sections.  I had a couple letters in a row...kinda got worried about it, but figured it could have just been the random placement of the correct answers...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Dec LSAT 2007 - experimental = LR
« on: December 01, 2007, 04:59:04 PM »
Ya, I had 2 LR sections too.

LR, LG, LR, RC, LR

First one wasn't too bad, second was a little worse, and third just had me baffled.  Who knows though, I might have guessed correctly for some of them.

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No dashed lines for me yet...just a big blank space staring right back at me.  Oh life, why can't I get my score back yet??

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / California Western
« on: October 12, 2007, 12:39:49 AM »
So what's the general thought on California Western, in San Diego?  Obviously, it would be ranked lower than USD...but looking beyond that, what do you all think of this law school??

Fyi, I currently go to school in Texas, took the LSAT in Sept and am just waiting to hear back on how I did.  In the meantime, I'm looking at some schools out on the west coast, and this one caught my eye.  (and before anyone asks, I'd need a small miracle to get into somewhere like UCLA, Hastings, or Davis)

Thanks for the input!

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