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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BU vs. Emory vs. IU (free)
« on: February 27, 2008, 01:00:42 PM »
I actually grew up in Indy (-anapolis) my whole life and escaped it to do undergrad at BU.  From my experience: A) the winter sucks and the summer is not great, B) cost of living is outrageous, and C)there is a lot of snobbishness and competition on BOTH sides of the river.  I'm in Athens right now doing grad work, and I can tell you that the cost of living in Atlanta is pretty high, although maybe not as bad as Boston.  I definitely understand wanting to get out, but then again I left and decided I would rather live in a place that's not my top location so I can be near family.  It's difficult to travel when you're in an intense program if you want to get back for holidays/birthdays/weddings/funerals.  IU - B and IU - Indy are my top choices simply b/c of proximity to family and career opportunities for my husband (oh yeah, and a low cost of living).  If IU - B offered you a full ride, that would be difficult to pass up.  You'll have a lot more flexibility in your career options (field and location) if you don't have to choose the highest paying one to pay back your $180k student loans.  That said, if you can leverage your full-ride into scholarship money at Emory or BU, that would change the equation.  Good luck!  At least you have options!

This post is absurd.

Fairly, nobody cares about the "quality" of law schools.  Just because the legal world is infected with a sort of prestige tarantism doesn't mean that your friends, family, and even co-workers have to be.  They will congratulate you when you win a case or do something worthwhile, not take a four-hour test and earn grades in college.

Hallelujah!  If I weren't already married I might propose!

Law School Admissions / Re: Is it cool to wear law t-shirts?
« on: February 27, 2008, 12:22:18 PM »
for the really dorky:

Cafe Press has a variety of entertaining t-shirts for pretty much every area of eduction.  I plan to go on a shopping spree once I send in a deposit somewhere.  the perfect thing to complete that sweatpants/bedhead/haven't-slept-in-days look.   ;)

Law School Admissions / Re: LATE Kids (FeB)
« on: February 26, 2008, 04:04:36 PM »
Not waiting on LSAT scores, just LOR's.  Same feeling.  It's all in mail (to LSDAS!).  oh the anxiety!     ???

I think it's changed a lot just from a generation or so ago.  Sort of like having a college degree, you know?  Used to be that just having a bachelor's meant a lot, and now going to college is much more common and the degree doesn't mean as much anymore, so people really focus on where it's from.  Also, when did the USNWS rankings start?  I have a feeling that changed things quite a bit.  Of course, I'm not aspiring to any top schools (just one t1 and the rest t2) so I don't have to worry about feeling elitist. ;D

I can't really tell you which would be more profitable in the long run, but I'm in grad school right now at UGA and the UGA-network seems to be pretty strong.  I have been all over this state and let me tell you, you see that Georgia "G" everywhere!  Also, cost of living is low in Athens.  If you want to work in state, UGA would seem to make the most sense, especially since you would only be taking on a third of the debt. 

Applied to five schools the first two days of February, still waiting on at least one letter of recommendation to get in so most of my apps can go complete (one school requires three letters).  Although, I did get accepted in U of Miami with only one (old) letter.  Still waiting on IU - Indy and IU - B (my top choices) and DePaul (also a top choice if they want to give me good $$$$, b/c it's expensive) and Seton Hall.  So, in addition to all the agonizing you all have to do, I also get to obsess about whether applying so late in the cycle has hurt my chances (or rather, if having letters still out so late is hurting my chances).  Wish me luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: Rate my chances, quick and painless
« on: February 25, 2008, 08:35:06 AM »
I'm glad to hear that there's hope for people who apply later in the cycle.  I applied Feb 1 & 2, but I'm still waiting on at least one letter.  Do they just put the app aside until that gets in?  They already have an (incomplete) LSDAS report that only had one (three-year-old letter). 

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: LOCI
« on: February 23, 2008, 08:53:17 PM »
ok, what is an "LOCI"?  I am new to the forums and terminology.

I'd actually like to see if we could revive this thread.  I applied to both IU-Indy and IU-B, and I am interested if anyone can offer a comparison between the two?  Also, I applies 2/02/08, but I still have a couple LOR's on the way.  Is this going to hurt me at all?

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