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« on: April 02, 2007, 04:01:19 PM »
Well. It is excellent to see so many 1Ls taking time to answer questions on this baord about BC. I am a BC 2L and love it here. I think More and others have answered most of the questions well. I chose BC over BU and love it here. My decision was likely the best I have ever made. I have a great group of friends, great season tickets to both football and basektball, a car which I couldn't have had at BU, and have been able to do a clinic, work on a journal and participate in moot court. More importantly, I have a job at an international Am Law 100 firm. Pretty sweet for a school ranked "28". Speaking of which, the student body is calling on ethe adminsitration to address the recent outranking by BU. Nothing gets alumni together like seeing BU outrank you. I hear the samething is happening down at UNC because they are ranked close to Wake Forest.
Anyway, just thought I'd stop in and say hi and thank the 1Ls for taking the time to answer everyone's questions on here. Thats really cool.
« on: March 17, 2007, 10:17:46 PM »
More General about BU:
I would go with UVA regardless of money; whats the point of a less debt if you cannot get a job to deal with your undergraduate debt?
I'm pretty sure he/she can get a job from BU. I hope so, anyway, because I might be going there and I want a job dammit!
Probably get A job, but she won't be able to get any job she wants. Anyone at BU can get a job at some midsize firm, but given the undergraduate debt, it sounds like she wants to get a job at a top law firm to help pay that off. Therefore, it is likely that she should go somewhere that will give her the best opportunity to pay that down, whcih would not liekly be BU. The stats can be misleading given the fact that everyone knows BU fudges numbers. I would hold BU to the usual standard of any 20-30 school and say that she has to be in the top 3rd to get a biglaw job, which is not something easy to do. (only 1/3 of the student body get to do it.
« on: February 10, 2007, 11:38:56 AM »
Hey I'm a BC admit and was wondering about the housing conditions around campus. Do they have any grad student housing reserved for law school students or do you live with other grad students. Are other kids from the law school available to room with? How much is BC a college atmosphere? Thanks for your time.
Congrats on being accepted; its not an easy task. The housing situation is great. We do not live on campus; there is no on-campus housing. This is something that you will be thankful for after a year. Its nice to get away from school after a long day of studying during 1L. Most students live in the Brighton and Allston areas or in Newton. All apartment buildings have washer and dryer units, though they are shared with everyone in the building. There is a housing reception where students and landlords come together for a day. It is held so that admitted students can meet other students and landlords to find an apartment. If you want to do it on your own, craigslist.com is a great way to find a good place near campus.
The college atmosphere is outstanding at BC. There is a very strong community atmposphere. BC has nationally ranked sports teams, a beautiful campus, and a friendly atmosphere. The law and grad students are treated very well by the administration and the undergraduates, who will try to get as much help as they can on how to get into BC law.
As for recruiting, I have to admit that I was surprised by the ease with which I found summer positions. I used the On-Campus and off-campus interviewing programs. While not in the top 1/3, I still managed to get an offer from a Non-East Coast Vault 50 firm, which I am very excited about. I think this demonstrates that BC is not merely a local school, but a national school. The recent NLJ article is pretty indicative of this.
« on: January 04, 2007, 03:25:22 PM »
During my 1L, BC was in the top 20 for both football and basketball. It was a lot of fun with some great ACC games. Its the only northeast school with a great program in both sports. This year is a rebuilding year, but next year should be great.
« on: November 17, 2006, 02:49:30 PM »
Boston College probably tops this list. Vault says it has such a friendly atmosphere that it has been nicknamed the "Disneyland of law schools". I think its a wierd nickname, but if you are looking for collegiality, they say BC is the best.
« on: November 01, 2006, 03:00:20 PM »
As for the west coast placement, I have friends who ended up around the median after 1L and they all ended up with Vault ranked law firms in CA. So I think the reputation is very good. BC has a large alumni network that has events three times a year out there and current students are encouraged to go. Then there are alumni networking events in LA, SF and SD so if you want a job out there, the school gives you the opportunity to get a job out there.
What I would change, well, it wouldnt be the location. I love that the school is in Newton. I spend my summers downtown in the rat race at nationally ranked firms and I spend my year studying on a beautiful campus that is nicely set away with a nice pace to it.
For the jesuit aspect, I dont think either Georgetown or BC will ever allow their graduate programs to become overly religous.
« on: August 14, 2006, 10:36:00 AM »
I would go with Fordham. It places better in its market. WHile BU places okay in Boston and okay in NYC, it still lags behind BC in Boston and Fordham in NYC. If you want to work in NYC, I would definitly go with Fordham. If you dont want to work in NYC, I dont see why you would pick either school.
« on: July 31, 2006, 03:35:40 PM »
Amica is a good car insurance that most people seem to use.
Parking is pretty good on campus. You will recieve information about how to get a campus parking permit soon. It works on both campuses. If you live in Newton, street parking is not a problem at all. Allston/BRighton is a little tougher, but if you get the pass from the city, its not too bad.
As far as books, you will recieve information as to what books you will need to purchase during orientation. I suggest going online and buying them, and reading the cases assigned in class from one of the books in the library; profs always put the books on reserve.
« on: July 27, 2006, 08:03:22 AM »
I chose BC over BU for three primary reasons. The first is the reputation. I had lived in Boston for a decade and new that this market will always favor BC over BU. I chose a boston school because I wanted to work in Boston, so BC was the obvious choice. If I wanted to work in NYC, where BU places well, I would have gone to fordham which places even better and is easier to get into. That being said, I think it still takes relatively similar marks from either school to get a biglaw job; usually top 1/3rd.
The second reason I chose BC was the campus. There is a huge difference in the facilities available to the students. Visit both schools and see what I am talking about. While this is hardly a big thing to base a decision on, I like to study in a library, and I therefore need a comfortable and accomodating library and campus. BC offers that.
Finally, cost is a matter. I recieved the same amount of money from both schools, but living in Newton was a lot cheaper than living in Boston. I've managed to keep my debt low so that I can pay off my private loans as soon as possible. If I wanted to go into govt. work, BC also has one of the highest loan repayment programs in the country. While money should factor into such a decision, I don't think it should play a predominant role over other factors such as repuation and chances for success in whatever field you choose.
Both are great schools, but that is my take.
« on: July 27, 2006, 08:01:48 AM »
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