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If anyone is on Netflix, you should rent this documentary called "Berkeley in the 60's" it is pretty much what you might imagine.... :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boalt matching scholarship
« on: March 16, 2005, 12:57:43 PM »
Got the email too - I hadn't asked about it. Probably will not be applying to me (I'm just happy to be "in").

I was surprised to get the news of their WL yesterday. Ah well. I suppose I should send something letting them know of continued interest, even though I don't really have a lot of that... but not lacking enough to take myseld off just yet... (I would like to be in DC, but would rather gun for a spot off the GULC WL...)

Without any other information our suggestions are meaningless - they are obviously both great options.

Burghblast - does it look like Northwestern is the front runner for you right now?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Georgetown vs. Northwestern?
« on: March 14, 2005, 08:03:32 PM »
If you mean $30,000 per year.... that is just too tough to turn down. And it is not like NW is  worse school - it might even be better (though I too am partial to GULC). Chicago is fine, you'll learn to like it. The money is a GREAT deal at a top school. You can go wherever you want afterwards, or at least wherever GULC would take you.

If it is $30,000 over 3 years, then it is less of a no brainer... though still tough to take no money at a comparable school like GULC. As opposed to full ride scenario, it would come down to how much you hate Chicago / love DC.

Congrats for being  in the situation, though - don't lose sight of how advantageous that is!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / WL via snail mail
« on: March 14, 2005, 07:04:38 PM »
Got a letter from them today, letting me know I was waitlisted. I guess they decided to look at my four year old (horrible) LSAT score -  I guess I was surprised, but I also realize it is a tough process and nothing is guaranteed. Bleh.

Law School Admissions / Re: Letter of Interest w/o WL or Def.
« on: March 14, 2005, 03:43:40 PM »
You pretty much sum it up. I haven't heard or thought of any new thoughts on the matter, and out of fear of annoying them have held off on contacting the remaining schools that are really taking their time my with app. My thinking, in the end, is that hey, they have my application, I made it as strong as I could before I sent it in, and they haven't forgotten about it - I am clearly on the edge, and they have their ways of making a decision that probably has little or nothing to do with my expressed interest, and much more to do with their current and future admissions for the class.

That said, I also don't think you will give anyone a reason to ding you if you craft a very brief, very polite email or letter that veils your underlying question of "what's up, already?" with an underlying statement of "you are my top choice and I just wanted to let you know that."


I kind of agree with Tatersol, but I can understand the modrbid curiosity factor. If I were to send your letter in, I would make it pretty plain that I was less curious about the alleged "bigttx" situation than a practice of chat-room viewing by the UT admissions office. I think this is the thrust of your request, right?

In the end, albeit overthetop, I think it is a fair question to ask and not misleading to say that it will impact your decision to attend or not. Can't wait to hear back about how they respond!
(If it's true, they are probably already crafting a reponse internally... :))

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: waitlisted at Michigan
« on: March 12, 2005, 11:39:36 AM »

Hey Miguel - I was accepted to the Rochester PoliSci Ph.D. program. It's looking like I'm going to law school, but if I choose the Ph.D., Rochester is my first choice at the moment. (Pre-visit.) What do you think about the department there? Like the people and culture.

Congratulations. I studied Poli Sci as an undergrad there (as you've gathered) and I have high praise for the department. It has been top ranked for awhile now, and while Rochester doesn't have loads of cache-value name recognition, people seem to respect that dept all over. They are doing a lot to overhaul the faculty, which was getting very old when I left there (they staked there reputation on political theory in the 60s anad 70s when they really became a national program, but have had the same gray heads since then) and in the past 5 years have hired lots of new, young people. They also have a good budget there, and buy good professors as well as students. I'm sure you have a good funding package...

Anyhow, Rochester the city grows on you. It only can, because it seems like a hole on first glance. But it has some charm, and is more cosmopolitan than anyone would have guessed. Feel free to IM me with any more questions if you end up going.

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