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Law School Applications / Re: UMICH vs. UVA
« on: March 29, 2008, 12:26:38 PM »
not sure about the uva campus in particular, but the whole region around DC is absolutely disgusting during the summer. hot and humid and swampy. if you're gonna be working in dc during those summers, it's gonna suck every minute if you're not in an air-conditioned building.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Penn v. Northwestern
« on: March 24, 2008, 04:18:31 PM »
Definitely biased, but that's what we do here. I'm from fairly near to penn, and I looked hard at both schools about 6 months ago. I decided not to even apply to penn. I just got a bad feeling about it, and I heard a number of bad things about the law school, the administration, and the types of students it attracts. I could have been misled.

Yes, I know that the northwestern law school is in downtown chicago. Have you been there? It's pretty sweet, and is located in the nicest part of an amazing city.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Penn v. Northwestern
« on: March 24, 2008, 02:06:18 PM »
I don't think there's any difference at all between them in terms of placement. In terms of other stuff, it's more interesting.

Northwestern:
++Chicago
+++Fewer 22 year old straight-to-law students getting on your nerves
+Non-competitive atmosphere
+Strong alumni community
+Amazing Campus
-High Price

Penn:
+Philly is a very nice town
+Massive concentration of alumni in NYC (if you like NYC)
-If you're heading to new york, you've gotta find extra lodging up there for summer clerkships, etc
-Not the best reputation for community
-Lots of whiny 22 year old straight-to-law students who chose penn because it was the highest ranked school they got into.

edit: I think the northwestern average starting age is like 25. hardly a bunch of geezers.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: IU ($$$$) vs Georgetown vs Cornell
« on: March 21, 2008, 04:54:04 PM »
i like how we posted nearly identical threads within seconds of one another. quality.

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Where should I go next fall? / northwestern v wustl$$$
« on: March 21, 2008, 04:52:52 PM »
I've been ruminating on this one for a while. I have some good reasons in my mind for either one, but I'm not ready to make a decision. There seem to be a number of people making similar choices, and I wanted to know what you all thought. Which would you choose and why?

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if I had it to do over again, I think I would try harder to get a position working for a local political group or official. still, my current gig, working for a big business in normal business type ways, strikes me as a better way to spend time than working for a law firm. you'll have your whole life to work for law firms. don't you want to at least try working in a non-legal profession? don't think about your career so much. most law grads never worked at anything else (except maybe some part time work during college), and i'm sure it limits their perspective, especially when dealing with clients who operate in a very different world.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Crowd-Phobic in NYC?
« on: March 12, 2008, 11:29:38 AM »
I haven't spent a large amount of time in new york, but I definitely remember feeling really uncomfortable in manhattan. definitely more claustrophobia than agoraphobia though. except for manhattan though, i thought new york was much more enjoyable and livable than someplace like dc. finding parking can be a major problem. it's definitely not a place designed for cars.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: WashU 1L taking questions
« on: March 12, 2008, 10:42:18 AM »
heh. thank you. that's good to hear.

as for the arbitrary part. I'm comfortable with the idea that my grades are determined based on one test and not on a semester worth of "work." there are just so many stories of students going through a semester and then sitting down for an exam and finding it mostly unrelated to anything they had done so far in the year. if test banks are widely available, then I don't expect that this would be too much a problem then.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: WashU 1L taking questions
« on: March 12, 2008, 10:10:09 AM »
how available are old exams? how much do you feel that your grades are a fair reflection of your talent/work ethic? do you feel that professors play "hide the ball" much, and give out confusing exam questions to trick students?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Lewis&CLark v Oregon v Willamette?
« on: March 10, 2008, 07:08:43 AM »
i have heard that the hiring market in the pacific nw for lawyers sucks. it's not a large legal center, and there are many students from top-ranked schools who want to move there for lifestyle reasons, so it can be very competitive. best of luck to you.

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