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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Minnesota Open House
« on: March 15, 2005, 01:48:14 AM »
I agree completely with the lack of "wow" factor. Everything was fine...the law school was fine...the building was fine...Minneapolis was fine. I think I would do very well there and be happy. But I am not totally and completely committed at this point. For me, it looks like it is going to be between Wash U and Minnesota, though I am worried about the lack of support for people looking for government jobs from the U (whereas Wash U includes gov. jobs in its loan repayment program). I was the one who asked the question about it at the round table, and I kind of felt like the career services guy dodged the question. Plus, I e-mailed one of the clinical professors today, and his response was that, essential, that people suck it up and are poor. Not very reassuring.

But enough about my issues: any other impressions?

Mike

i would think that a state school would have much better connections to actually getting the government jobs, but thats just a thought.....

I was there this saturday, but couldnt make it friday. I had actually visited the school before and was more impressed by the building this time around, i was real dissapointed the first time. I was pleased to see the ample parking that i didnt notice the first time (at not to high of a cost), i know its a small thing, but in minnesota parking close to the building is nice.

At fist i was angry about the laptop program, but thinking about it more it isnt that bad, and they pre install all the software so you are on the same page as all your classmates tech wise, and everything is completly designed for your computer. Plus you can print to a printer anywhere in the building at any time.

I thought the roundtable was stupid cause they are never going to tell you the whole truth, but i did like the two profs and the administrators who talked, and the fact that apps were up 30% may lead to a long term improvment in the schools reputation.

I also was impressed by how friendly people were, i felt pretty comfortable there.
As for the city as someone whose lived in minneapolis and bigger cities i promise that the twin cities has tons of stuff to do in it and is more than enough fun. Its also much nicer other times of the year, and march usually isnt that lousy weather wise.

i think im going to do a little more research on my own on placement on the west coast, but besides that im sold....plus its going to cost me almost $100k less than some of my other options

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Deferred at Minnesota
« on: March 12, 2005, 09:11:04 PM »
also a defferal is always better than a waitlist or denial

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Deferred at Minnesota
« on: March 12, 2005, 09:09:21 PM »
wow.  30% is huge. 

you attending?  did you like the school?

i think so...its really cheap compared to its peers, especially with scholorship money. I'm waiting on GULC, Virginia and UCLA, but i think only UVA would pull me away from minny (which i wont get in anyways)...the school was nice, its a little dark (lacking windows in lots of places), but the resources in the school are endless, and its got a masssive library. The class rooms are nice and its high tech. The students and the administation gave standard happy answers that i dont think were very objective. But all in all it was nice. Its cold, but the twin cities are actually a great place to live as far as stuff to do, and the people are real nice.....i still have a lot of trouble believeing 30% change, but we will see when they publish there stats next year (it wont be in april's us news cause thats last years stats), it just seems like such a huge raise in numbers, especially when ive never heard of anyone getting a free app from them (although i dont know whether they do or do not give fee waivers, i just never heard of any)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Deferred at Minnesota
« on: March 12, 2005, 08:59:41 PM »
On a positive side for anyone who threw a hail mary hoping to get in, if you got deferred you're odds might almost be better if yields are high.  High yields should mean that all the high lsat's and gpa's are accepting... which means they may have flexibility to take some people with 'softer' credentials.

Good point.  I am assuming Deloggio concurs which would mean the theory that WL/Deferrals work as follows is true:

WL are divided into 3 groups:
1. High LSATs
2. High GPAs
3. Stats don't matter, they like the applicant

If a school needs to go to a WL and it's 25/75 splits for LSAT and GPA are met, they choose whoever they want.  If they need an LSAT, they go to that list.  If they need a GPA, they go to that list.

With a decidedly smaller applicant pool this cycle (by 6%), it makes sense that people who only got into Top 20 schools last year are now gonna crack the Top 10 or 15, while those who were looking at a solid Top 40 school may sneak into the Top 20 this year.

actually at admitted students day (which was today) the dean of admissions said minnesota's apps were up 30% this year...came as a huge suprise to me

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: USNWR
« on: March 09, 2005, 08:38:58 PM »
It is odd that they come out after most schools' deadline for seat deposits (not that it would make much sense to change your decision on where to go solely on the US News rankings).  I wonder if the schools pressured them to push it back.

pretty sure most schools deadline for deposits is april 15th

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you might want to think of reapplying for next year. Keep in mind that it seems you applied really really late, which means most of these top schools will have a near full class by the time they get to your app. If you apply next year you will get money at the schools you get into on this round, and you will get into some of the schools you get rejected by this year. Good luck

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LSAT horror stories / Re: The unthinkable has happened. Now what?
« on: March 08, 2005, 04:09:30 AM »
work experience is nice, and some schools care a lot about (northwestern!!!!) and some schools dont at all. even at the schools that care the most about work experience they would at most account for about 5 points on the lsat, but 1-2 years of experience would at most be 3 points....these are real random numbers, but its my best guesses....you should take a good class and dedicate a few months to study hard for another lsat if you really want to get into a better school. although most schools average 2 scores, some willtake the highest only if there is a big difference between the 2 score (usually has to be a minnimun of 8 points higher)   good luck!

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i would recomend not buying another companys book. If you want extra stuff buy the old practice tests....i highly recomend taking anypractice test you can possibly find.....

if you buy another companys book it might confuse you. I took a class from one company, and then looked at a book published by kaplan. The kaplan book had totally different strategies than what i had been tought, especially in logic games (which strategy was better i dont know). I think that each companys strategies are effective, so its best to stick with one and learn it as best as you can. If you try to mesh the two it might get very confusing. Although i know nothing about testmasters or bp or powerscore i would assume they all have good strategies.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Help me decide
« on: March 05, 2005, 06:34:39 AM »
i dont know of youve vistied places...but with these schools its 75% were you want to work. If your down to work in the south east, go to georgia. Its the most prestigous of all the schools, and if you can get in state second year youll save a tone of money cause in-state is so cheap. if you are more intrested in the west i like oregon or colorodo. Both are great campuses in great areas. I prefer denver to portalnad, but its a personal thing. Both would be great places to live. If you want northeast, even though uconn is higher ranked i belive that Northeastern's extern system gives it the upper hand, plus it is locatedin boston.

I would say your top consideration is where you want to work, money is far below unless you are getting a full ride

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Married Student needing advice
« on: March 05, 2005, 06:26:54 AM »
i think youll be totally fine with vandy in texas, plus its agreat city with an awesome campus....but why didnt you apply to austin????

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