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Law School Admissions / Re: University of Denver
« on: March 28, 2008, 11:35:10 AM »
I got into DU with 20k a year. At first, DU was just a backup plan, but the money has really piqued my interest. I was an International Relations major in college, so I was familiar with the quality of their IR graduate studies. Because of this, I assumed they had a quality International Law program as well. Is anyone familiar with this? I got an email saying it was nationally ranked, but even the 100th ranked school is "ranked."

Also, I really hope to be able to do a joint JD/MA in International Law and International Relations. Do many students at DU do a dual degree? Do I have to take the GRE to get accepted into the MA program or is acceptance at one school enough? If I can do both relatively easily <i.e. not having to take another standardized test> then I would definitely go to Denver.

I also know little to nothing about the city itself other than what I have read online. I live in DC <which I love>, and people say it is similar in size and general cleanliness, but the attitudes are way different. Apparently the pace is slower, people are more friendly, and though the air is hard to breath, it makes for a much more collegial atmosphere.Any notes on the city itself would be much appreciated.

Last, I went to a very small upscale liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. The student body was 90% white and at least 60% upper class. Though it was a fun time, I would like to vary it up a little bit. I only know what I've read online about the school atmosphere and the student body. If anyone can take a second to paint a picture about the campus there as in is it self contained, sprawling, diverse, clean, pretty, etc. I'd sincerely appreciate it.

I know I've asked for a ton of information, but there appears to be a number of active DU students on these boards who might be able to help.

Law School Admissions / Re: What stats are needed for UF?
« on: March 28, 2008, 11:20:06 AM »
Are you from Florida? They claimed to have sent out all of their acceptances already. So if you are applying this cycle, I really don't know. I'd imagine if you are applying for the next cycle you'd be sitting pretty.

Law School Admissions / Re: Pitt, what are you doing?
« on: March 28, 2008, 10:52:14 AM »
That's no good.

Law School Admissions / Re: UNC -- Why they are slow
« on: March 28, 2008, 10:39:39 AM »

While I see your point about out of stater's bringing more revenue, the whole thing with state schools is that they are heavily funded by tax payers. This creates 2 issues with out-of-state students. The first is that they are more likely to go out of state after grad, therefore not contributing through the school via taxes. Second, tax-payers would probably get pretty annoyed if their state school was discriminating against state residents.

I guess I am just bitter because I am from Virginia and our state schools have among the highest rates of out-of-state attendees in the country.

I wish there was an option, much like ROTC, where you contractually commit to staying in the state for 3 or 4 years after graduation with the penalty of having your degree revoked or something. I know this brings up incalculable legal issues, but it'd be cool for people like me if they developed this.

What is the best way to show that you are committed to a state school in another state? How can I allay their fears that I would leave after 3 years? I believe this was a significant factor in my waitlisting at UF, another school I'd really like to attend.

Law School Admissions / Re: UNC -- Why they are slow
« on: March 28, 2008, 09:11:40 AM »
I have roughly a 10% chance of getting into UNC. I am not from the state and my numbers hit their averages almost exactly. This means I am a probably a weak candidate. However, something of the things I've been reading suggest that the approach to admissions at UNC might be counter productive. Wouldn't it make more sense for the school, if as underfunded as a few here have mentioned, to bring in more out of state students to increase their revenue base? Is my logic off? I hope this year they realize that and milk us out of state students for all we are worth. I would gladly forgo second and third year in-state tuition to go to UNC. Though their employment numbers are sub par, the quality of life is practically unmatched, and their reputation is as far reaching as almost any in the top 10-40.  I wish there was a way you could opt for that on the application.

Law School Admissions / Re: University of Denver
« on: March 26, 2008, 04:15:01 PM »
I applied to DU with the impression that the school had a strong International Law program. I am well aware of Denver's excellent reputation for high quality studies in International Relations, outside of the law program, but am not certain about their credentials for International Law. I received a $20k a year scholarship which really piqued my interest. However, I only plan on attending if I can have some assurances about being able to obtain a dual degree in International Law and International Relations. How does this process work? Do you have to pay extra tuition? Do you have to take the GREs to get accepted into the Master's program? I have had a hard time getting ahold of any deans, maybe you current DU students can help...

Law School Admissions / Re: Pitt, what are you doing?
« on: March 26, 2008, 12:04:06 PM »
I was complete 01/21/08. I sent an email yesterday and got a form letter response saying I was still under review. I could try calling, but I don't want to get on anyone's nerves.

Side note, now that the new rankings have been leaked, I may have to put law school on MY waitlist until next year. I should probably apply to some better schools than I did this year considering how much each of the schools has dropped in the new rankings...

Law School Admissions / Pitt, what are you doing?
« on: March 26, 2008, 11:43:18 AM »
Does anyone know what the deal with the University of Pittsburgh is? I have a 160 and a 3.53 from a top-flight liberal arts school in, you guessed it, Pennsylvania! I sent my application in 12/31/07 and have yet to hear back from them. The problem is, according to LSN, a billion people with numbers far lower than mine have gotten in, many with scholarships. The weirdest thing is that these people even submitted their applications later than I did. Anyone know what is going on here? Should I just accept the fact that they aren't letting me in and move on? Pitt is my top choice, so I am sort of bummed about about this. Is it possible one of my recommenders sandbagged me? This would be odd, as all of the schools I have been admitted to so far have given me beaucoup bucks...any thoughts are welcome <within reason>.

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