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Choosing the Right Law School / IU-Bloomington vs. Lewis and Clark
« on: May 16, 2005, 01:57:18 PM »
Okay, need some serious help here.  I was recently taken off of both IU and L & C's waitlists and have until Thursday to let Lewis and Clark know.  I am interested in environmental law, and Lewis and Clark has the best program.  However, I have also been admitted into IU's SPEA Master of Public Affairs program, which is the best for environmental policy in the country and would complete the joint degree program.

As far as location is concerned, Oregon would be a kickass place to be for the next three years.  I have lots of family and friends out there, Portland is only a drive away from the coast and I wouldn't mind living out there long term.

Indiana does not seem like quite as cool of a place (I'm a fan of corn, but it has its limitations), but I visited Bloomington and liked it.  The law school as a whole is without a doubt a giant step ahead of Lewis and Clark, but will I be that far ahead in environmental law at Indiana?  Should I even be basing my decision on the type of law I want to practice (I hear most people who go for env. law don't end up doing it).  I'm also not confident that Indiana is where I want to be permanently located.   

I'm from Minnesota so Indiana would be closer to home, but is still a good 16 hour drive away. 

Please help!


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: IU-Bloomington
« on: April 26, 2005, 08:07:04 AM »
I know that the letter said that most decisions weren't made until late summer, but wouldn't you think that they'd let some people in after seat confirmations were back?  I guess that since it is just a seat confirmation, they might have a greater number confirm and then back out then if they were to require a monetary deposit. 

Any news yet for anyone on the waitlist?  Are there many out there trying to get in to IU-Bloomington off of the waitlist?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / IU-Bloomington
« on: April 18, 2005, 08:10:01 AM »
Has anyone been offered a spot off of Indiana's waitlist yet or have any idea as to when they might start making offers?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Oregon
« on: April 18, 2005, 08:01:45 AM »
So does anyone going to Oregon know what they are doing about housing next year?  The Student Government off-campus housing site doesn't seem to be much help.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Oregon
« on: March 28, 2005, 02:30:12 PM »
I never thought of that, but I'd also like to know because the cost of a flight to Eugene is keeping me from going to Admitted Student's Day.  Let me know if you find anything out.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Lets talk about Denver
« on: March 27, 2005, 10:40:24 PM »
I was there on Thursday.  The law building is VERY nice, so that's a plus.  The students on the panel were all really happy with Denver, although it was mentioned that it is hard to get a payed internship as a 1L during the summer.  Denver also has many faculty members that work at firms in addition to teaching, so that could help when it comes to looking for jobs or interships.  I've heard great things about the city of Denver too, although I was only there for the day and didn't really do anything other than visit the school.

If you are looking for pratical experience, I don't think that Denver can be beat.  They have great clinics and internship programs for 2L and 3L students.  This is one of the factors that is keeping me interested along with the scholarship.

On to the negatives.  Fairly large class sizes.  I didn't really get the community feeling I was hoping for when I visited; the school sort of felt big and impersonal.

Denver seems to be a very regional school and there really seemed to be a lot of hate directed at CU every time it was mentioned.  I'm a little nervous about going against Boulder grads in the Colorado legal market.

The admissions staff didn't impress me either.  I know that I shouldn't judge the entire law school by the admissions people (or I should say those I met), but they didn't go out of their way to make sure my visit was a good experience and it really wasn't that great as a result. I arrived about 4 hours before the Open House started, and although they knew that this was happening (I emailed and received a response), they didn't respond to any of my later emails or calls about trying to get meetings and tours set up...I basically had to do everything myself once I got there.  They also didn't sell the law school as their own.  On the tour it was, "I've heard the career center does a good job with placing students," rather than, "Our career center does an excellent job placing students."

With all of that being said, I think I'm acutally leaning towards the University of Oregon now.  After seeing how much Denver fell in the rankings, I'm sort of nervous about what their reputation will be in 3 years.  My opinion could change by tomorrow morning, but that's where I'm at right now.

If anyone has anything additional to share, it would be greatly appreciated.  Was anyone else at the Open House that had a different experience?


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Lets talk about Denver
« on: March 27, 2005, 09:51:48 PM »

Did you make it to the Open House on Thursday?  I know they made mention of the July bar passage rate dropping to 65% or something, so that might have a little to do with the rankings drop.  I can't recall what the passage rate was listed as in the 2005 US News rankings.

Are you looking at a particular degree program at Denver?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Lets talk about Denver
« on: March 27, 2005, 07:30:56 PM »
What's up with Denver's drop in US News rankings for 2006?  Anyone know (or care)?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Oregon
« on: March 27, 2005, 06:38:44 PM »
I would visit if I had the money to get out there! 

Housing seemed run down?  How would you describe the city as a whole?  Same condition?  Thus far I've only heard good things.  You've got me a little nervous!  :-\ 

I guess I'm not sure that I would stick around Eugene for much longer than the three years I would be in law school.  I'm assuming there isn't much of a market in Eugene itself.  I'd probably head to Portland or Seattle or somewhere in CA if necessary.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Wisconsin!
« on: March 26, 2005, 11:07:30 AM »
If you want some numbers, check out and search schools.  That could help a little.

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