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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« on: January 03, 2008, 09:59:48 AM »
I foresee a lot of headaches in the coming weeks for me.  :-\  :'(


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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« on: January 03, 2008, 09:54:52 AM »
I guess I just let myself be scared/influenced by all the T-14 or doom posts here. I cant help being overly cautious though, since it is such a big step and would mean a huge change for me. I'd be moving thousands of miles away, alone in a strange city, leaving my fiancee (who's been my SO for six years) behind for at least a year until she is done with her own graduate studies, etc.

One other thing I was considering was to go to our state school and then try to transfer out to somewhere in Boston after the first year? That would certainly eliminate a few concerns, especially the SO situation and it would be less of a financial burden in the end due to the state school having such a low tuition in comparison, but I worry about the chances of getting in via transfer rather than as a 1LS.


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: February 2008 LSAT PPL: Present yourselves!
« on: January 03, 2008, 09:47:57 AM »
In. Wasnt satisfied with scoring 5 points lower than my timed prep test averages.

 :-\

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« on: January 03, 2008, 09:34:58 AM »
I realize the loans will always be a burden, but I'm talking about being totally broke after paying rent, bills and loan payments kinda burden.

LP : thanks for the info about the housing thing. It certainly gives me some hope.

I guess its just scary to read some comments here that make it seem like anything short of a highly ranked school will make me end up with a job that will have me be a lawyer living in a small grungy apt, eating PB and J everyday while working a ton of weekly hours to make ends meet . Thats what I would call "doomed".   :-\

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« on: January 03, 2008, 09:21:44 AM »
Hah i guess some people's perspective of doomed is a lot different than mine.

My definition of doomed would be that the only job prospects i could get would make my student loans a big financial burden. Like I've said in our previous PM conversations, I'd be happy with a "decent" job that will allow me to pay back my loans and still be able to live in/around/near Boston and enjoy the city. For example, I realize housing is very expensive, so I'd be more than willing to commute. Would living say, 30min to an hour ( by train preferably ) out of Boston make a big difference in the housing costs? 


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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« on: January 03, 2008, 09:09:59 AM »
Well, tuition-wise Suffolk is almost as expensive. That's another thing that scares me, because I'm going to be depending solely on whatever financial aid I can obtain, and I've been highly intimidated by all these posts that basically say that if you are in an expensive yet not too highly ranked school (like Suffolk), you are basically doomed and will end up being a broke lawyer :(

 :-\

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« on: January 03, 2008, 07:46:33 AM »
IMO/E:

And this is the god honest truth, I open and go through resumes submitted by people wanting to be associates at my job all the time. The partners here look for experience, clerkships and law review no matter how high your gpa is and could care less about whether its evaluations or not.

Northeastern = Automatic Experience = Higher Paying Job Opportunities. 
 

That really does make sense. So would you think that it's worth going to Northeastern even if public interest work is not your main focus? Personally im not interested in "Big law" although my main area of interest is IP. I do have some public interest/pro bono work in mind but it would be through certain organizations that I already sponsor and work with. 

Thanks for the input...


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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« on: January 02, 2008, 08:35:18 AM »
I realize it does not make a difference in the quality of education, what I'm saying is that rep alone does not make it instantly equal better job prospects unless it is a significant difference in rep/ranking. How much higher is it ranked anyway?

My point was that hiring committees would probably not prefer having to read several written evaluations of a prospective associate vs. simply referring to a GPA or singular grades (less time and effort) ?

I dont mean to be combative, I'm honestly curious about the whole thing, since I've yet to decide upon schools, and I'm here to learn.






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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« on: January 02, 2008, 08:14:03 AM »
But i was not talking about their rank itself either, I was talking about job prospects.   :-\

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« on: January 02, 2008, 07:53:52 AM »
ok but does that make them comparable (in terms of rep and job prospects) ? A Yale grad, even without the grades, is going to have an easy time of finding a job *anywhere* he/she wishes. Would you say the same thing about Northeastern? Doubt it. Would your typical interview/hiring  committees be glad to take the time to read lengthy evaluations rather than just looking at grades?





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