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I could see this raising character and fitness issues.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: negotiating seat deposit deadline?
« on: April 09, 2008, 10:23:58 PM »
I have sent in seat deposits to the few schools I am very seriously interested in. A couple hundred dollars is not a lot of money when considering the cost of law school and the fact that your decision will impact the rest of your life. That couple hundred dollars buys you a lot of time.

I don't even see how this is a question WashU or UIUC. Both schools place well at BigLaw in Chicago. Visit both schools, decide which school and town you like more and then call it a day.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WUSTL vs. BU -- any thoughts?
« on: April 09, 2008, 10:14:19 PM »
To the outside world, WUSTL is more prestigious.  To the legal community, there is little-to-no difference in prestige.
Really? This is gonna sound trollish but... in NYC I never heard of Wash. U. until I started this whole law school process.

You may not have heard of WashU law, but every partner in NYC BigLaw has.  ;)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Transferring from PT to FT
« on: April 09, 2008, 10:11:03 PM »
So how do you go about checking both PT and FT but letting them know that you really will take either?

Send an email to admissions, letting them know you would like the committee to consider you for both full and part-time. After you finish the email, call to make sure they received it and reiterate your intentions.

I own a small internet based business. If I go to law school part-time and continue running my business during 1L, with scholarships, I can keep my debt in the $0 to very minimal range. The problem is that my business does require a time commitment. I wrote the email and included a paragraph addendum attachment with the email explaining my situation. I then requested all scholarships be considered for part-time, on a prorated basis. I was very polite and so far, every school I was accepted to and seriously considering was receptive (couple of T1s with part-time programs and T2s) and almost immediately replied telling me that my request was fine.

If I explain during a BigLaw interview why I decided to go part-time my first year, I can't imagine any potential employer taking issue with my situation. If they do take issue with it, I won't really care because I will have $0 debt and be able to take a lesser job and clear more without worrying about a student loan payment coming due.

I have a couple of problems with this article:

1) I have personally spoken with an equity partner in a BigLaw NYC firm who has claimed there is a substantial difference between certain T2 schools. Maybe the partner is wrong, but I doubt it.

2) If you believe what this article tells us, you could have gone to Toledo last year, when it was still T2 and gotten as good a job upon graduation as if you were to finish with the same class rank from Pepperdine or Florida State? I don't think that is true.

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