miller...out of curiosity, where were the lawyers you spoke to practicing? I ask because I've heard that while BC may dominate in Boston, it evens out once outside the area.
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« on: April 25, 2005, 04:19:01 PM »
karita...i bow in awe of your seven wait lists! I think we should have some kind of competition on here for the most. 7 has to be up there. I am chilling with my four, and to piggy back on what you said, I have found an inner peace with BC as well. Honestly, I am really looking forward to the reported "friendly" atmosphere, and an alumnus told me it was the best 3 years of his life. Hard to believe, but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
rydogg...I believe the BC peer score has already declined a bit.
BC Peer 3.4 Lawyers/Judges 3.5
BU Peer 3.4 Lawyers/Judges 3.4
BC Peer 3.3 Lawyers/Judges 3.5
BU Peer 3.4 Lawyers/Judges 3.4
I agree with you that the peer score probably is closely tied to any changes in USNEWS and thus this years decline. However, I think the big drop hit BC by surprise and they will be able to climb back before any "real" damage is done to the lawyers/judges reputation score, something I put a lot more weight in.
Ultimately, I think you hit the major point right on the head. There will never be a great deal of difference between the schools, regardless of weighted rankings. It all comes down to preference.
« on: April 25, 2005, 02:32:01 PM »
lol I'm not sure that is something to be proud of, but oh well.
I am actually concerned about this entire issue at BC. To me it seems like a lot of those accepted thus far (at least on LSD) are also wait listed at "higher ranked" schools. There is nothing worse than a bunch of people that think they are better than the school they attend (first hand knowledge here). It translates into how they speak in class and how they relate to their peers. Although, given BC's historical ranking, this must have been the case in all the classes before us, and it still has a great reputation as being friendly and non-competitive. I guess we will all see.
I know you would probably prefer someone actually accepted and attending, but I will give you my lowly preferred waitlist opinion on the matter to perhaps jump start your thread.
I suppose I can easily say I would attend GULC for a couple reasons. A huge plus is that it is located in DC. To me this won't be the most important thing after the second and third year of LS, when some mobility to NYC and other cities for firm summer associate jobs open and location is discounted, but after first year when government internships would be available to 1L's. A lot of opportunities are right around the block and one can get a foot in the door early. It doesn't hurt that it is the #1 school in DC and has a great national reputation.
With that said, I am sure you have other great options that might balance or even outweigh GULCs location factor. I suppose it depends on what you are comparing GULC to in the first place.
« on: April 25, 2005, 12:45:46 AM »
I have to say, you are the first person to say/do this on here that I know of and it is nice to have a different perspective. I myself am debating just giving up on the wait list hell and preparing for BC because of the location as well. I have a lot of friends working in Boston and I have family in New England. Deciding sooner rather than later will help a lot for roommates, etc, and frankly, I love Boston as well.
Do you know that you want to stay in Boston after school no matter what? Did you visit GULC? What kind of law are you interested in?
Sorry to pester you, but I am starving for a different opinion.
Thanks for the insight miller and rydogg.
I think we all went through the same thought process in choosing BC over other schools, which gives me a lot of confidence it was the right choice. I totally agree with you miller that we definitely need to keep things in perspective. A couple missed questions on the lsat could have changed all our situations quite a bit.
With that said, I guess you all are reinforcing the idea that indeed a T14 caliber school is an easy choice. Realistically, I have to agree completely. I suppose I am trying to figure out a way to justify BC because of the hassle of figuring out summer plans and getting into an apartment. At some point I am going to have to put my foot down and commit to staying in Boston. I am thinking I will drag my feet until mid-June when a lot of second deposits become due. What are all of you thinking?
As for the BC vs. Minn situation, definitely a tough one. First off, I know very little specifically about Minn Law, so this is very general. I do know it is a great school in the top 20 if rankings matter. I guess from my own perspective, I think the choice comes down to where you will be most comfortable studying and then working after school. Both of these schools are regional to some extent, with over 50% of BC grads staying in New England and 67% of Minn. grads staying in the USNEWS area of Western North Central (ie Minnesota?). From looking at the stats, hardly any of Minn's grads move to the east coast. This really doesn't say anything about if they could get jobs on the east coast but rather may just indicate a lot of self-selection for a mid-west career.
If you feel like you want to have some options on the east coast, although biased to Boston, I think BC is your best bet. If however you are comfortable in Minnesota and would like to work in the area after school, take the cheaper tuition and run.
Ok, so I have put in my deposit at BC and I am perfectly happy attending there in the fall. I am however on 4 wait lists, UPenn/Michigan/GULC/Cornell, assuming my Cornell "reserve" turns into an official wait list. I am fairly sure I want to go into some type of BigLaw. I like Boston and would not mind living here for the near future.
I guess my question is if all of these schools are easy picks over BC at this point. BC has given me a great financial package and the campus/area suits me well. I have many ties to the area, so the Boston area would be the obvious first pick for a job after school. I have heard that due to the majority of Harvard grads going to NYC, that BC (perhaps an argument for BU) is the top dog in Boston if not New England as a whole. I am just wondering if all of these factors bring BC up into the "T-14" level of the other schools in my scenario.
I have throughout this process assumed I would automatically attend the more prestigous schools, I just want to make sure that logic is sounds. Oh, and no I am not a rankings whore, I picked BC over GW and BU.
Let me know your thoughts.
Just checked my other email account and I also received the "short" email. Definitely not a lot of positive language in there. FYI, I am on the preferred wait list, although I know siehead and idontknow are already well versed on this topic.
I see that kwertee has an incredible lsat score...are you up in that range as well bachante? Perhaps the long version is targeted to the heavy hitters on the lsat side. Just a guess.
Also, I'd be curious to see if the two with the long version sent in supplemental material. I have yet to send anything to GULC, anyone with the short email send something already?