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I applied to the Program in Public Interst Law and Policy at UCLA, and I've heard that it's relatively easier to get in that way. Personally, I thought the UCLA application required the most effort. Anyway, has anyone who applied to the public interest program heard back? Does anyone know how much of a break PI applicants get?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Why isn't American ranked higher?
« on: February 15, 2005, 06:06:06 PM »
Clinical - #2
IP - #27
International - #6
Tax - #17

Peer and professional evaluations are low (2.9), but why? Student/faculty ratio is pretty low (12.2). For some reason there are a lot more women than men there (63/37). Why? How is that related to rank? Median starting salary for the private sector is $100,000. Sounds pretty good to me. I'm asking because I might be choosing between AMerican and other DC-area schools soon.

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I can't help but judge law schools based on their interactions with me during the application process. Maybe the efficiency/concern for the applicant shown now is indicative of how the whole school is.

Who have you guys been pleased/displeased with? Here's my experience:

Superior: Georgia, Iowa, Wisconsin, UC Davis (e-mail reminder to apply for scholarship), UCLA (they give you lots of opportunity to explain your application)

Acceptable: American (the only school that has called me for any reason but they're so SLOW), George Mason, Minnesota, Illinois, UC Hastings

Wish they'd get a move on: San Diego, GULC, W&L, USC, UVA, Tulane, Loyola, G Wash, W&M 

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Georgetown part time decisions?
« on: February 07, 2005, 06:58:46 PM »
Has anyone who applied to GULC part time received a decision?

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Incoming 1Ls / Public Interest salaries - what are the factors?
« on: February 04, 2005, 09:20:44 AM »
I paid for the US News premium thing so I could see all the detailed stats, including median starting salary for public interest jobs. UVA came in at $50,000 and most of the other schools I applied to are around $40,000-$45,000. But higher rank doesn't seem to always mean more $.

What are the factors that go into that statistic? What are the higher-paying public interest jobs? How much, for example, do the ACLU, Legal Aid, etc. pay to start?

What are considered the most prestigious public interest jobs?

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I think I could get a sizeable scholarship at some schools ranked around 40-60, but I have a decent chance of admission at schools in the 20-range. So, for example, I could go into debt at Minnesota or I could not go into debt at Loyola (CA). I don't plan to go into big law. I'm interested in human rights, civil liberties, immigration and labor. What do I need to know to make a good decision on this?

GPA 361
LSAT 164

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I am considering asking the director of the ACLU in Arizona (knows about how I restarted the ACLU chapter at my school) and my academic adviser (knows better than anyone about my particular struggles and how I overcame them) to write recommendations for me. I'm sure they would both be glowing and they know me well. Of course I would include at least one recommendation from a professor for each application.

Can you please comment on the advisability of including the ACLU director's and my adviser's recommendations? Thanks!

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Law School Admissions / UCLA public interest - Can I get in?
« on: November 03, 2004, 04:05:53 PM »
I want to go into public interest law (I'm the president of the ACLU at my UG). My GPA is 3.61 but LSAC may reduce it a little bit. My LSAT is 164. I have lived in several foreign countries and speak Spanish fluently. I imagine UCLA is a longshot. Please comment, and suggest other law schools. Thanks!

-Jesse

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I want to go into public interest law (I'm the president of the ACLU at my UG). My GPA is 3.61 but LSAC may reduce it a little bit. My LSAT is 164. I have lived in several foreign countries and speak Spanish fluently. I imagine UCLA is a longshot. Please comment, and suggest other law schools. Thanks!

-Jesse

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