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« on: May 30, 2008, 03:55:36 PM »
I was all set to enroll at Northeastern in the fall, but then Suffolk calls me this morning with a $30,000 annual scholarship, renewable each year provided I can maintain a 3.0 GPA. Needless to say, the prospect of near-free tuition has thrown a bit of a wrench in my plans.
To tell you a bit about myself, I'm interested in public interest law and I cannot see myself ever leaving the Boston area except for maybe taking a short holiday, haha. Both Suffolk and Northeastern have spent significant resources on their public interest programs, and if they are known for anything, they are known for their respective commitments to public interest law.
Northeastern has offered me a total of $10,000 in scholarships and grants that are renewable each year with no strings attached. They have also offered me a $3,000 one-time stipend if I decide to do a public interest co-op (which I had planned to do anyways).
I really like Northeastern's co-op program, but I am a bit put off by the fact they have no law review. I'm certainly not the best legal writer, but I'd certainly love to try to be on a law review if I could. Suffolk does have a law review, but no co-op program however.
I'm not too interested in "biglaw" as a career path (although I certainly wouldn't mind one of those summer associate jobs, which sound amazing with the fun activities and big paychecks) and as mentioned, I'm only concerned with how easy it will be to find a job in Boston after graduation, preferably in public interest.
I still really like Northeastern, but I'm wondering if it's worth paying an extra $57,000 over three years to go there over Suffolk ($90,000 total from Suffolk, $33,000 total from Northeastern). Has anyone else faced a similar decision where money has been affecting their decision on where to go to law school?
Oh, I should also mention that I'm on the waitlist at BC, and if I can somehow snag an admittance, I'll definitely be attending BC, regardless of the cost, so this could (hopefully, but not likely) all be rendered moot, haha.
Thanks for reading fellows. Cheers!
« on: May 12, 2008, 01:49:34 AM »
I have to echo what the Man U fan says (sorry, as a Blues fan, I can't bring myself to type in his screen name, haha); I am about to graduate from BC undergrad, and it's been a great four years. The area is relatively cheap to live in (compared to downtown Boston), and if you want to live in Newton, the only undergrads that you'll run into are the freshmen that you'll share the law school campus and dining hall with. BC has some great facilities, especially on the main campus, where you can get to very easily via a free shuttle bus. Law students get discounted football tickets, as well and if you're into college football, BC has a phenomenal home schedule coming up.
Also, I noticed that you (ApesAMB, that is!) are interested in maybe living in Europe. I know that BC has had opportunities where law students could intern at the Hague and at EU Criminal Tribunals for a semester or over the summer. They might have actually discontinued the official program, but given the history of the program, I would imagine that there's several connections you could tap into if EU law is something you might be interested in.
Also, I just wanted to point out that I'm on the waitlist at BC right now, so if I'm still encouraging you to go (as opposed to giving up your seat so I could potentially sneak in there ), it must be a really great place, right?! Cheers and good luck on your decision!
Hi there Comrade Snarky! If you do decide to go to BC (which, if you want my two cents, seems to be the best option), definitely buy a car!
I'm from the Boston area and have had friends come out to BC from Tufts on occasion. I can not understate how horrible the commute would be for you coming from Medford. To put it in perspective, you would have to catch the commuter rail in Medford and head to North Station. From North Station, you would have to switch trains, get on the Green Line, and get off at the Kenmore Square stop. At the Kenmore Square stop, you would have to take the D line to the Reservoir Station stop. From there, you would have to catch the BC shuttle bus to main campus. Then, after all that, you would have to get off at main campus and catch another bus to the law school campus. This is, to my knowledge, the "easiest" way to do it via public transportation, and I imagine this commute would be at around 90 minutes each way (maybe even longer depending on when you begin the commute), and keep in mind that the BC shuttle runs only when undergrads are in school, so if the law school is in session while the undergrads aren't (which will happen sporadically throughout the year), you're going to have to find a way to get to Newton from Cleveland Circle in Brighton.
Seriously, mate, if you can afford even a clunker that can get you to Newton and back from Medford every day, it would be a great investment and it would save you at least two hours a day in travel time.
F. Mercury, haha really? Seems odd that they wouldn't just call it a regular old "waitlist" then, huh? Thanks a lot for the info though, it's definitely good to know what the deal is with the waitlist (i.e. one large pool of people).
Mr T, thanks a lot mate, that's really good advice about sending a LOCI and trying to get an interview. I don't know if BC has them, but I suppose it can't hurt to ask.
Hi all! My dream of attending BC Law is not dead, although it may be on life support, haha. I received a letter from them this afternoon letting me know that I am on their "priority waitlist." I've seen some other threads that discuss the distinction between certain waitlists (priority, regular, other), and I am wondering if anyone knows anything how BC works in this respect. What is the priority waitlist, and does it differ from a regular waitlist they may keep? Is anyone else in the same boat? Anything I could do to turn this waitlist into an acceptance? I've already e-mailed two professors about recommendations, but since it gets crazy at my UG towards the end of the year, I'm not sure if they'll be able to find the time, so does anyone have any strategies they might be willing to share about how to better one's chances? Thanks in advance for all your help!