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Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official Boston College Thread
« on: July 31, 2006, 01:35:40 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.

hth.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC vs BU
« on: July 27, 2006, 06:03:22 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.  8)

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: BU 2L taking ?s
« on: July 27, 2006, 06:01:48 AM »
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Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official Boston College Thread
« on: July 25, 2006, 02:09:48 PM »
I believe that the BC law name does carry well in the market, but I'm just curious about specific numbers with regard to 2L OCI. The 2006-2007 Profile shows 60% of the Class of 2004 employed at firms broken down as:
- Small (1-20)....15%
- Medium (21-100)....2%
- Large (101+)....43%

I'm assuming that only the last category would be able to consistently fund summer associates. Would it be reasonable to assume this represents top 1/3 OCI plus IP and those with connections?

The info is generally correct. The market is strong right now and getting stronger, so the stats could change to favor law firms, but at BC, there is a large number of students interested in Public Interest work, so the stats may stay the same as last year. I wouldn't expect too difficult a time getting a job so long as you are in the top half. At least, it hasn't been hard for the current 3Ls. 

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Hey guys,
  If you are having trouble, the law school holds an event every summer for future BCLS students to get housing. Realtors and house owners go to the event to get occupants. It worked really well last summer, although I obtained housing on my own. Great places to live are Newton, Brighton, and Allston, although a number of the Harvard and Tufts graduates chose to remain living in Cambridge and Somerville. I personally think those areas are too far from school. If you want to get cheap housing, try to get a rented room or apartment in a house in Newton; these are usually substantially cheaper than apartments.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC that much > than BU?
« on: March 25, 2006, 10:43:27 AM »

I think the BC BU choice is a personal preference. If you want to be on a journal, BC has less students and one more journal than BU, making it easier to grade on. Basically, everyone at BC who does teh writing competition gets on a journal.They also save some spots on the law review so that if you are not in the top 10% you can still try and write on, something which I don't believe BU has. The same principle holds for clinics. If you want to do a clinic. At BC, if you want to do a clinic, you are pretty much guaranteed a spot at some point in your 3 years.

The decision should come down to whehter you want to live and study in the heart of undergrad BU campus, or if you want to live out in Brighton/allston/Newton. That 15k is great if it is guaranteed. If it is contingent on GPA, I would be careful using it as a guide, as you never know where you will end up in the class.

Its a tough choice. I think I would go with BC or GW over the scholarship, only becuase, in the long run, you are paying for the reputation of a school and that is seriously important  in this industry. BU just doesnt have a solid reputation at this point. Although, if they don't drop in the rankings, they may start making a name for themselves, the name recognition is still not solidified yet as a top law school.

Edit: It should be noted that GW has twice the number of students as BC with the same number of clinical and journal opportunities. As such, it is extremely cocmpetitive to get on a journal or clinic at GW.

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As a BC 1L, I have to say that I have never heard of a professor not allowing laptops in class. That may have been Greenfield's desire, but I have never heard of anyone else doing such. As for Greenfield, the guy is pretty amazing. He has argued infront of the Surpeme Court on Defense countless times, and, as with other Con Law professors at BC, he gives his student's a great account of what it is like arguing before SCOTUS and the challenges that one woudl have to face in actually trying to argue a hypothetical, both through briefs and oral arguments, to a Supreme Court. He is a great professor, as with all the BC profs.

I also toured the other two big bosotn schools and found BC's facilties much more aestheticly pleasing. BU shares a library with the undergrads, as the actual Law library is too small to accomodate the law school class. I hated that idea.

Harvard library is amazing, and I would have gone there had I not been waitlisted. But everyone at BC is basically a Harvard reject, so it works out. Its funny, but the general rule is that if you dont get into harvard, you ended up at BC. But only a few people get the opportunity to get to study at Harvard, and as BC is the second best school in the city, its not a bad default position. But if you get into Harvard, you should go.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Priority WL for BC! CRAP!
« on: March 11, 2006, 09:08:30 AM »
Getting on their priority waitlist is not a bad thing; most schools usually end up hitting the priority waitlist around May. BC is harder to get into than BU; it is a slightly more prestiguous school with a better reputaiton and more demand from law students. But priority waitlist is a great place to be at any school. Also, get your GPA up; BC is like a west coast school regarding numbers. While most east coast schools look at the LSAT primarily, BC and a number of west coast schools are really strict about a high gpa.

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Getting on their priority waitlist is not a bad thing; most schools usually end up hitting the priority waitlist around May. BC is harder to get into than BU; it is a slightly more prestiguous school with a better reputaiton and more demand from law students. But priority waitlist is a great place to be at any school. Also, get your GPA up; BC is like a west coast school regarding numbers. While most east coast schools look at the LSAT primarily, BC and a number of west coast schools are really strict about a high gpa.


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