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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rejected at Geo Mason? Read this!
« on: March 16, 2008, 09:58:32 AM »
I believe my PS was quite a bit over 500 words but still on 2 pages.
EDIT:  I was rejected.

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I enjoyed my tour of Temple.  The building felt a little like a labyrinth, less windows than other schools but not too bad.  The biggest downer of the trip was that I later found out there was a shooting in the subway station a few blocks up Broad Street while I was taking my tour/sitting in on a class.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Villanova job prospects
« on: February 28, 2008, 04:39:36 PM »
This is an interesting discussion to me because I am also trying to figure out where would be the best place for me between PSU, Villanova and Temple also.  It would probably be Temple hands down if it was in a nicer area but while I was visiting there was a shooting in a subway station 3 blocks away just off campus.  I would be commuting via regional rail but even just going to and from the station makes me a little weary.

I doubt I will be looking for big law opportunities more of a clerkship, state/federal job kind of path for me as of right now.  How do you think Villanova and Temple play for those types of jobs in the Philly area as well as Dickinson?

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Haha I am attending a school north of Penn State so I understand the cold and am used to it.  The law school building apparently used to be a dorm? at least thats what they were telling me when I visited it, but the new building will be open for the 2nd semester next year so I'm not too worried about that.  Although it might be a little too tempting of a school to goto with all the undergrad happenings going on around there...

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I would say right now I'm leaning towards Penn State but all four are still possibilities.  I'm anxious to see what kind of financial aid package I receive from the other three schools as that may clear up my options a bit better.

I was accepted to University Park for Penn State but I am told transferring between campuses is fairly easy. 

I think in the end I would prefer going to a "name" school in the sense that I don't have to explain where my school is, most people will actually recognize it both in the region and mostly nationally as well.  That is something I did really have with my undergrad which was annoying to explain to everyone.

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I would say right now I'm leaning towards Penn State but all four are still possibilities.  I'm anxious to see what kind of financial aid package I receive from the other three schools as that may clear up my options a bit better.

I was accepted to University Park for Penn State but I am told transferring between campuses is fairly easy. 

I think in the end I would prefer going to a "name" school in the sense that I don't have to explain where my school is, most people will actually recognize it both in the region and mostly nationally as well.  That is something I did really have with my undergrad which was annoying to explain to everyone.

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Right, it definitely is tempting to have little to no law school debt.  Widener actually appears to have a fairly good local reputation in the Philly, Delaware and then Harrisburg areas from what I've heard anecdotally.  However they actually have a hard C curve and I need to maintain a 3.0 average or better to hold the scholarship money.  Penn State basically has no string attached to most of the scholarship money they are offering me.

I am a bit wary of Widener but I am also wary of taking on any debt in the purportedly bad legal job market. 

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Having not yet received my financial aid makes it a more difficult decision to eliminate Villanova if in the end I the aid I receive makes the costs about the same.  I am hoping to qualify for some need based grant aid at all of the schools, my personal and family financial situation should presumably warrant such consideration.


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Just wanted to BUMP for a little advice! 

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I would take advantage of in-state tuition at Temple.  I also believe I will be eligible for need-based aid however I have not received my financial packages yet so that is part of the frustrating part. 

I feel like the way Penn State is investing in Dickinson they might be on the same level as Temple and Villanova in just a few more years(Atleast in USNews).  What is everyone's thought on that?  I am trying to create some sort of ranking in my head so I at least know where I'd probably want to go under the perfect situation. 

I have heard a couple of people I know mention that they never felt unsafe on the Temple campus, still the neighborhood simply gives me pause and I'd likely have to fight the objection of some family members by choosing them. 

What is Villanova and Temple ended up being the same cost?  Am I still shortchanging myself and if so by how much do you think?  Is it worth living and going to school in a safer environment?  I liked both schools when I visited so I suppose cost will end up helping decide on these schools.

Finally, since I am not sure exactly where I would want to practice is there any real market for Dickinson grads in Philly?  I may want to be closer to Philly at the end of the day which is why I am asking but might also prefer Penn State on a combination of cost and job opportunities. 

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