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I got the same call about 2 weeks ago.  I haven't heard anything via mail, however.

It was curious, and like you I'm pretty set on where I'm going to end up (especially seeing that seat deposits were due yesterday).  I was more annoyed than anything. I got a fee-waiver from Cardozo, so I'm not that ticked off about it, but it's like: I applied to your school, I'd like an official response.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers Newark vs. St. John's
« on: April 03, 2008, 07:52:13 AM »
My guess is that people hear "Rutgers" and think of New Jersey and then think "My God, why would anyone want to go there?"

I also think 75% of the people who vote don't actually read the thread.  Finally, something like 4x as many people apply to St. John's than do Rutgers (I think), so you get a lot of people who vote to assuage their own insecurities about where they should go/have applied to.

Rutgers is a fine school.  Their rankings (both campuses) seem to fluctuate between 80 and 65 every year, and while that's certainly deep Tier-2 land, their reputation and history have entrenched them into the area and they aren't going anywhere.  They have a very good rep in Jersey and a solid rep in the outlying areas. 

I mean, when the St. John's alum tells you to go to Rutgers, I think the answer is clear.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Bizarro waitlist at Rutgers-Camden
« on: April 01, 2008, 01:05:15 PM »
The real question is: why the hell did you apply only to those schools with your numbers?

I want to practice law in Philly, and since I didn't have a shot at the t14 (where it would be worth it to take out the $40k+ in loans), it made the most sense just to apply to the Philly regional schools.  I'm happy paying $8k a year at Temple even though I probably could have gotten in to a better ranked school.

For what it's worth, I'm probably going to R-C and these are my thoughts as well. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers-Newark vs Temple
« on: April 01, 2008, 07:39:20 AM »
Out of curiousity, why not apply to Brooklyn and/or Cardozo?

Here's a breakdown of how the rankings are determined, and why they are flawed:

My advice: it would give me pause, seeing as St. John's is pretty far down the trough in terms of NYC law schools.  However, as noted above, any slippage in the rankings won't matter much to students in the next few years.  A long-term decline out of the top 100 might, however, put future classes (say, in 5-10 years) in jeopardy of falling behind a school like Hofstra in terms of job options within the city. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Colorado
« on: March 26, 2008, 01:12:32 PM »
Waitlisted at CU.

Debating whether to pay the deposit for Denver and see if they offer me any money, or just give up on CO altogether.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers Newark
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:44:22 AM »

Does anyone know if RN has a good Environmental Law program?  I know they have the clinic, but is that it (aside from a couple of classes)?  

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers Newark
« on: March 24, 2008, 07:52:26 AM »
Is anyone also looking at Rutgers Camden?  Any thoughts on comparing the two?


Go to Rutgers-N if you want to work in/around NYC.  You'll get in-state tuition for all three years, making it affordable, and it has a better rep than Seton Hall. 

For anecdotal commentary about Seton Hall, and how lousy it is, go to JD Underground and see some of the things people are saying about it.  It is absolutely not worth the price, even with the scholly $$.

In fact, unless you absolutely want to live/work in the city, I would suggest picking Rutgers over Brooklyn, as going to Brooklyn will end up costing you about $100K in tuition and give you NYC firm job prospects that are indeed better, but not by a huge margin.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: American Waitlist Thread
« on: March 20, 2008, 07:18:04 AM »
^ That is truly bizarre.

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