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Choosing the Right Law School / -
« on: March 10, 2008, 02:19:09 PM »

Law School Admissions / All about TRANSFERRING! (after 1L year)
« on: March 10, 2008, 01:28:56 PM »

Law School Admissions / -
« on: March 10, 2008, 12:23:21 PM »

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / -
« on: March 07, 2008, 02:48:50 PM »

tag...b/c i am in a similar situation. gw w/no money vs. scholarships at a few other places (w&l, gmu, w&m, bc). i love gw (did my undergrad there) and want to be in dc post-grad, so it seems like a no brainer...but i don't want to blow off $$ without seriously exploring all the options.

Have you visited W&L yet? I love GW but I think W&L is the better deal - smaller class, less competition among class for DC market (if that's what you want) or any market for that matter, significantly lower COL.... I'd probably go to W&L over GW without money but considering you have $ from W&L - I would be sold. You should definitely take a visit.

I have not yet had a chance to visit W&L. I'm seriously considering going during their final admitted student weekend (Mar 28-29), except I was planning to go to W&M's that same wknd. But, I've already visited W&M on my own, so it probably makes more sense to visit W&L (especially with their reimbursement offer, etc.). But I just realized W&L's first deposit is due 4/1. Which doesn't give me a lot of time to digest my visit...

Wow no it does NOT.  Jeez...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NYU RTK vs. Harvard
« on: March 05, 2008, 11:47:02 AM »
I want to do some international work, so I'd pick Harvard.  But if you have no desire to work abroad, then NYU.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NYU RTK vs. Harvard
« on: March 05, 2008, 11:41:51 AM »
I want to do some international work, so I'd pick Harvard.  But if you have no desire to work abroad, then NYU.

Law School Admissions / -
« on: March 05, 2008, 06:15:59 AM »

Law School Admissions / -
« on: March 04, 2008, 06:48:47 AM »

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Suffolk Law - Visit Review
« on: March 03, 2008, 07:02:06 PM »
A lot of people on LSD have been asking me about my visit and write up on my visit to Suffolk Law.  I visited back in December.

Last night my husband and I went to an open house at Suffolk Law and it was really great.  We went to a mock Torts class by Professor Glannon, who is the most famous professor at Suffolk.  He LITERALLY wrote the books on Torts and Civil Procedure a lot of the law schools use I was told. When I mentioned to one of my coworkers at today (she's a Suffolk alum) that he taught the class she immediately said that he was the most famous professor in the school.  The class itself was pretty amusing, since we went over a case about an elderly woman who sued a five year old for battery for taking the chair out beneath her.  I think my husband found it interesting, which I liked because he got a very small glimpse into what my world will be like and how I will be required to think in school.  After the mock class, we took a tour of the law school.  All the facilities are top notch and the law school is very easy to get around, very easy layout and completely useful and purposeful.  The library desks look like nice places to study in, the cafeteria looked very classy, and the chairs were comfortable in the classrooms, and the laptop hookups very convenient.  I found out there was no wireless in the classroom floors, but the student tour guide told us on the *hush hush* that sometimes the wireless from the upper floors trickles down.  Apparently it's up to the professors if they allow you to plug your laptop into the ethernet port at your station.  I guess it makes sense but no fun!  The upper floors seemed more "warm" than the bottom ones if I can say that, the lounge and the library.  I was really happy that my husband went with me, and it made me wish he had gone to the Northeastern Open House with me.  I like him seeing what my world will potentially be.  Overall I feel like Suffolk would be a good fit for me!

The thing about Suffolk is that it's a huge school, so by nature it's really competitive.  There's a lot of people wanting to be in big law and who want to be noticed in general so you really have to excel.  Suffolk has a 2.7 (B-) curve which means for a lot of people they work their ass off and end up with a C.  So it's not easy.  Suffolk has a great location right downtown Boston, within walking distance to many firms so perhaps you can get a job while you're in school (at least this is what I'm hoping).  It has a brand new awesome building - top of the line technology.  Suffolk has been around a long time and all Bostonians, even lay people, know of Suffolk Law school.  My uncle in law asked me if Suffolk and Harvard were the best schools in Boston for example haha.  Suffolk has a great regional reputation, but the market also has a lot of Suffolk grads.  There's a ton of local politicians in our state house with Suffolk Law degrees as part of their background.

If you want to excel at Suffolk, since it is a T3, you really do need to be at the top of your class.  And everyone is working very hard to try and accomplish the same thing, so like I said, this isn't easy.  The better you do in terms of your class rank at Suffolk, the better job you can get.

One of my friends commented a bit how the school seemed imposing and I responded: "yeah the lower floors are pretty formal and imposing, but the usefulness of the classrooms and the layouts makes sense. The 4th floor has a nice lounge and cafeteria, and I found the library quite inviting. Not cozy, but functional and not imposing at all."  My friend also replied that that particular professor had written his civ pro book when he was a 1L (in 2003-4).

I got the feeling from the student body it's a great variety of people who go to Suffolk.  I know the class size is pretty big, so I think thats to be expected, especially with a regional school, especially with day and evening division.  Even just from the people attending the open house - a wide variety of ages and personality types.  Our tour guide seemed to be a very studious student, top of her class, but I didn't get to meet a lot of people that were students to be honest because I was with the open house people and my husband the whole time.

If you have any more questions about my Suffolk visit, let me know  ;D

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