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Yeah. UC Hastings does well in CA biglaw. I took a look at those stats and I'm surprised that they actually placed one-third of their class in 100+ lawyer firms. Kudos to them.

I'm trying to justify the extra $15K per year in loans to go to GWU.  I'm in-state for GMU, thus the difference in costs.  FYI, I'm already 43 years old and that has to feed into the equation also. 

I would prefer to go GWU because of the difference in ranking and also because I am concerned about the conservative nature of the GMU program.  Finally, it appears as if GWU is 4 nights/wk and GMU is 5 nights/wk.  Between working full time and wanting to see my kids occasionally, that 1 night/wk is a huge difference.  I just don't know if all these factors add up to $15K a year.

Any thoughts?

Because you are 43 years old, have kids, and live in Virginia, I would vote for GMU over GWU. The extra commute and burden of paying off 60k of debt (this is without interest) is not worth going to GWU in my opinion. If it was GULC, it would be a tougher decision but its not.

Financial Aid / Re: Cornell Financial Aid
« on: March 19, 2008, 10:42:50 PM »
Hi all.

I was accepted to Cornell today, and they sent me an email about applying for financial aid.  The thing is, I already sent in my parents tax forms, the Cornell aid app, NeedAccess, and FAFSA.  I did all of that so I wouldn't miss the financial aid app deadline.

So, my question is, was the email telling me to apply for financial aid just a form email they send to all admits? I sent an email to their financial aid office, but any help ppl with experience in the matter could give me is appreciated.  Maybe they send out their financial aid offers with the physical acceptance letter?  Thanks all.

Probably a formal email they send to all admits.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: School choice: GULC vs. GWU
« on: March 19, 2008, 10:41:00 PM »
The difference between No. 14 and No. 19?

The job prospects out of GULC are noticeably better than GW. They are about the same price and in the same city. I don't see any reason to go to GW over GULC in those circumstances. You may also want to consider the fact that GW has the stigma "Georgetown Waitlist" and a very weak undergraduate institution. These don't help its reputation.

If you want to bring up the USNWR, then look at their overall scores. GULC has 72/100 and GW has 62/100.

To sum it up, GW is a good school but it is not GULC. I say pick GULC.

Edit: GULC is No. 14 and GW is No. 22. Even if GW rose to No. 15, it would not make much of a difference because it is still the #2 law school in DC. Really more like #3 though if you include the UVA kids that love to flock to DC.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: School choice: GULC vs. GWU
« on: March 19, 2008, 10:02:20 PM »
I got into part-time programs in both schools. Obviously GULC is slightly better on ranking. But GWU has a really good IP program. Given that I'm currently working with an IP law firm in DC, I'm not sure what is my better choice.

Any suggestions?

Are you kidding? This is not even close. Go to GULC PT. The IP rankings are meaningless.

wow...this is not the first time i've heard this. bruinbro, is there a reason why a lot of gw students are depressed?

out of the 4 friends i have at gw (2Ls and 3Ls), they all complain about their school a lot.

Same here. Lawyers I know from GW didn't have a good experience there.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Davis vs. Hastings
« on: March 19, 2008, 08:48:36 PM »
Even though I really like my Davis Law friends, I would say that Hastings clearly has a better reputation than Davis.

quick stats: white male, 153/3.8

I'm trying to decide what would be my best option for next year:

-University of California, Hastings with no scholarship/extremely high debt (120k +)
-University of Miami with no scholarship / high debt
-Texas Tech with dual JD/MBA and 8,000/yr scholarship
-Louisiana State with no scholarship (but only 10k a year once in-state)
-Or, Creighton with close to a full ride

I'm free to move anywhere next year (no SO, etc.).  Is Hastings worth the debt?  Is it better to get a dual degree (TTU)?  Should I just go to Creighton for cheap?  Should I retake the LSAT in June and reapply next cycle?  Thoughts?

Go to UC Hastings. They have a good reputation in California and it's about 30k cheaper than private schools. If you want to move out of California, you can lateral to another firm if you do well. A friend of mine deferred his applications and tried for the LSAT again. He ended up getting around the same score, applied again, and all the schools that he miraculously got into rejected him. He is now at a TTT (Tier 4 to be exact).

For CA biglaw, go with UC Hastings or Pepperdine ($$$). UC Davis also does well, but from talking to my peers (also practicing lawyers), UC Hastings has a slightly better reputation than UC Davis. Biglaw is very possible from Pepperdine if you do well. Pepperdine's reputation, regardless of what US News says, is on the rise. The Pepperdine alumni network is very strong in my opinion. You can't really go wrong with either.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC v. Emory ($$) solely for Biglaw
« on: March 07, 2008, 07:53:05 PM »
BIGLAW placement is close.

The $60k discount and Southern preference would make Emory the clear choice for me.

TITCR. Biglaw placement between the two is very close despite what rankings may suggest. BC's actually may be a bit better, but for the South you have to go with Emory. There is no reason to go to BC if you want the South. If you want the South, I'd stick with a school like Emory/Tulane/Vandy.

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