« on: March 26, 2004, 04:56:23 PM »
Arizona State has some of the hottest chicks in the country (at least top 5). Go there...it is a better school and has an extreme amount of talent running around on camupus.
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« on: March 25, 2004, 12:55:23 AM »
Personally I would never live in Boston/NYC. Those places are shitholes that are worthy of visiting for about three days. Living and working in Texas would be much better than the Northeast. As would the Deep South, the Midwest, the Northwest, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mars. I'm getting a bit carried away, but the majority of people do not want any part of the Northeast. Too much attitude, elitism, cramped space, and general unpleasantness.
As a general rule of thumb, public schools are going to be under-rated, and private schools are going to be over-rated. Not always, but generally.
If your numbers are both near or below the 25% line of a school, you are not getting in. Unless you are a URM or have exceptional life experiences like living in 5 different countries, being blind, speaking 5 languages, starting a non-proft, etc. The reason 25% of a class gets into school X with below a 3.4 gpa is because those students probably scored in that school's 90% on their LSAT, pulling up their index number. Or they benefitted from Affirmative Action in some way.
Likewise, someone with below a school's 25% LSAT probably had above that school's 90% gpa. It is sort of a sliding scale, wieghted towards the LSAT at most schools. If your numbers are both over a school's 75%, you are in, except at some of the Ivies or if you wrote your PS in crayon. Even in either of those cases, you still probably get in.
If your numbers are somewhere between being an auto-decline and being an auto-admit, they will look at your LOR, PS, resume, etc, and admit you if they feel that those components of your packet are strong enough. Like it or not, numbers drive this process. This is not med school admissions, numbers are exceedingly important, for better worse, in LS admissions.
« on: March 24, 2004, 11:30:33 PM »
Give me a school that has excellent student body, excellent faculty, and excellent facilities over one that has a just any one of those three or even any two. I think UT, Vanderbilt, UCLA all qualify on those three counts.
I would agree with the above poster that Bama, Colorado, etc are over-rated. If you KNOW you want to work in NYC and do not care to have any other options, Brooklyn, Cardozo, etc are good bets. If you are not going to get into top 15 or so, and you do not really know where you want to work (ie, me), Wisconsin, UNC, WUSTL, Minnesota, UIUC, Wake Forest, etc. are good bets.
I think the NYC schools are properly ranked. They have redeeming qualities, but serious drawbacks. Cardozo certainly does not offer a better overall experience than, say, SMU.
« on: March 24, 2004, 09:12:09 PM »
All the NYC schools (except Columbia, NYU, and MAYBE Fordham) are well over-rated. Schools like Cardozo, for example, benefit from the spillover of applicants that can not get into the above schools. The sheer volume of applicants sends their medians way up, creating the quality of student bodies at such schools. But beyond decent students, those schools have nothing. They also benefit by placing in NYC where salaries are higher for cost of living reasons.
American is not underrated either. Students from American, who no doubt go there because of the lure of DC, not the school, compete with grads from Georgetown, GW, UNC, UVA, Duke, George Mason, William and Mary, Washingotn and Lee, and Wake Forest. Throw Maryland in there too. That is a TON of talent in a small region.
Under-rated schools include UNC for sure, Texas, Wisconsin, and WUSTL.