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Law School Applications / Re: why isn't Michigan law ivy league?
« on: October 04, 2004, 11:27:41 PM »
Hey, I graduated from one of these schools, so I'll be the first to say that they're great.  

However, the Ivy League was formed in the 1940's and hasn't changed since then.  That's why I refer to it as antiquated.  Also, because the Ivy League does refer to a defined athletic organization, no...the designation has nothing to do with current academics. It's not as if a school like Northwestern or Stanford would automically become Ivy League if it moved ahead of all of these schools in academic rankings.

antiquated? maybe. has nothing to do with the current quality of academics? i wouldn't go that far. plus, they are some of the highest endowed universities in the country. (http://www.nacubo.org/documents/research/FY03InstitutionListingForPress.pdf)

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Law School Applications / Re: why isn't Michigan law ivy league?
« on: October 04, 2004, 11:08:43 PM »
...because there will never be other Ivy League schools besides the original 8 that Bisquick listed.  Well actually, I guess a school could be invited to join the Ivy League by the other 8, but somehow I think that pigs would fly before that happened.  Here's a good explanation behind the evolution of the Ivy League, with a link to the official webpage:

http://ask.yahoo.com/ask/19991110.html

I hate the way the term "Ivy League" is thrown around like it's the be-all-end-all.  It's just an outdated athletic association that has nothing to do with the current quality of academics at these schools.  

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: experimental
« on: October 02, 2004, 07:11:26 PM »
After I finished Section 2 (games for me) I was hoping that it was the experimental.  But when I got to Section 5 and realized that those WERE the real games, I wished I hadn't jinxed myself.  LOL.  Oh well, I think I did an equally crappy job on both sections anyhow.  Thank god there were only 22!

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Law School Applications / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: October 01, 2004, 12:00:18 PM »
You guys have convinced me to apply to all the schools that I'm interested in.  Let's see, that's from 11 to...15?

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My hypothesis is that top schools in general spend more effort expanding student's networks and providing quality career services.  The name itself can make a huge difference in your resume which is all about getting that interview.  However, the largest advantage of a degree from a top school is the ability to come out in front at the beginning of the game.  The longer you're in the working world, the less people care about where your degree came from. Depending on the field that you work in though, there may or may not be a substantial difference in entry-level opportunities that will justify choosing a top school.
 
I think that elite schools tend to be able to draw employers from a much larger range.  A recruiter from a big name corporation is more willing to spend the time and money to travel afar to an elite school.  For example, I held 5 different internships during college that either paid extremely well or covered all my expenses (flight, hotel, food, etc.), all except 1 recruited exclusively from my program for interns despite the fact that were in such varied locations as Ohio, N. Carolina, NY and Cali. 

It's not that most students won't have an opportunity to get at those positions, but at an elite school, they're more likely to come to you rather than the other way around, and solicited resumes almost always get looked at first.  Also, there's often an ego thing for the employers to supervise students/graduates from top schools.  One of my bosses liked to be able to say, "Look, I've just got a degree from X State but I've got 3 Ivy Leaguers working under me now."

A good way to judge the quality of a school's career services is to see their roster of on-campus recruiters.  Is there a wide variety of recruiters (industries, company size, location, positions sought)?  Is there a huge difference between the number of employers versus another school that you're looking at?

BUT it really depends on your circumstances and goals.  Would you rather work in the area that you currently live in or do you see yourself living in an entirely different part of the country?  How important is the undergrad degree in the career field that you want to work in?  Is access to research facilities/opportunities going to be a big factor in your education, and do elite schools tend to better in this area? 

Of course, finances will always be a factor, but don't let that prevent you from applying to programs.  If you have to choose between schools, it's always easier to do so after you have a concrete idea of what you're going to pay.  Then you'll have decide for yourself whether a large difference in financial aid/debt is going to be worth choosing the better-ranked school.

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Law School Applications / Re: How does LSAC figure in "incompletes"
« on: October 01, 2004, 02:39:53 AM »
My GPA sucks as it is and I have one Incomplete grade.  Not sure if it was "punitive" or not.

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Law School Applications / Re: How does LSAC figure in "incompletes"
« on: October 01, 2004, 02:05:20 AM »
The LSAC Registration book reads "Grades Excluded From Conversion: Incomplete-only if the issuing school considers the grade nonpunitive."

Whatever that means... God I think I'm screwed.

Yes, they just forward a photocopy of your graduate transcript.

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Law School Applications / Re: How does LSAC figure in "incompletes"
« on: October 01, 2004, 01:42:02 AM »
I don't think graduate transcripts are calculated into your LSAC GPA...just undergrad.

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Law School Applications / Re: fulltime vs part time evening?
« on: October 01, 2004, 01:39:30 AM »
I remember 1 school having something weird...I think it was one of the DC schools...You could transfer to f/t, but you were required to take certain 2nd year courses in the evening and the balance of your credits (electives, I guess) during the day.

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Law School Applications / Re: lsac has finally received my transcripts
« on: October 01, 2004, 12:58:05 AM »
Had to request transcripts from 4 different schools almost 3 weeks ago.  LSAC still hasn't received any of them.  I'm dying to find out how it comes out. 

Does anyone know if they distinguish between quarters and semesters in any way?

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