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Choosing the Right Law School / UC Hastings and American
« on: March 14, 2005, 11:33:12 PM »
Yes, I applied to many of the schools I'm going to mention. That's because they're great deals!

I think UC Hastings and American are much better schools than their ranking indicates. At both there seems to be an emphasis on giving a leg up to the kinds of applicant that are historically marginalized by society. I think that is a major drain on their LSAT/GPA averages. They could be more highly ranked if they wanted to.

Other schools that are better-regarded than their rank would indicate: Wisconsin, Tulane, UC Davis, Emory, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Boston College, Illinois, U Washington.

Incoming 1Ls / Now that IP is passé
« on: March 10, 2005, 10:18:37 PM »
What is the next big market or desirable specialty for lawyers, given that the current interest in IP will lead to a glut in that field?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: W&M Apps up 26%
« on: March 10, 2005, 10:12:10 PM »
Good eye, Macul. Actually, I did very well on reading comprehension. But I bombed the logic games.

Incoming 1Ls / W&M Apps up 26%
« on: March 10, 2005, 03:57:00 PM »

Here's a little bit of data, I don't know if you already know this, but here goes.

Not only is American #6 in international law, it's also: #27 in IP law, #17 in trial and #2 in clinical training.

American is nearly twice the size of Northeastern.

American's student/faculty: 12.2:1. Northeastern's: 18.2:1

American's library has 5 times as many titles.

NE's bar passage in MA: 81%. American's in MD: 72.7%

Tuition is almost exactly the same.

Average indebtedness at graduation: NE - $77,680. Amer - $89, 584

Both schools are about 37% male, 63% female.

Employed after 9 mos: NE - 95.7 Amer - 86.2

Employed in law firms: NE - 46% Amer - 47%

Public interest - NE - 16% Amer - 8%

Median starting salary, private sector: NE - $77,500 (62%). Amer - $100,000 (81%)

Median starting salary, public interest: NE - $42k. Amer - $42.5k.

% employed instate - NE 56, Amer 52.

I'd say go to American because it's a better school. Unless you think the environment of a small school will help you perform measurably better. But remember, your classes will actually be bigger at NE.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GW vs. GMU for IP placement
« on: March 06, 2005, 09:53:30 PM »
Well, there are the US News rankings. GW is better-ranked overall and in IP by a significant margin:

1.     University of California–Berkeley
2.    George Washington University (DC)
3.    Stanford University (CA)
4.    Duke University (NC)
5.    New York University
6.    Cardozo-Yeshiva University (NY)
7.    Franklin Pierce Law Center (NH)
8.    Columbia University (NY)
9.    DePaul University (IL)
     University of Houston
11.    Boston University
12.    John Marshall Law School (IL)
13.    Santa Clara University (CA)
14.    Georgetown University (DC)
15.    Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent)
16.    University of Washington
17.    Harvard University (MA)
18.    University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
19.    Case Western Reserve University (OH)
     University of California–Los Angeles
21.    Fordham University (NY)
22.    Boston College
     George Mason University (VA)
     University of Texas–Austin
     Washington University in St. Louis
     Yale University (CT)
27.    American University (Washington College of Law) (DC)
     University of Pennsylvania

you mention her superiority complex... but what about your inferiority complex?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: George Washington U.
« on: March 05, 2005, 08:26:23 PM »
I live in DC - no mail.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: need advice please
« on: March 04, 2005, 03:39:11 PM »
Maryland. Close to DC, a great market. And a good-quality school.

I just got off the phone with USC. The admissions office told me my file was incomplete, but that's probably because it hadn't been processed yet. They received my LSDAS report 1-19. They said they're still processing apps from January. If I'm missing anything, they said, they'll e-mail me. Hmmm...

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