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This system is awesome...will it also work for naming my first born?  ;)

1. The school with the best location (factor in local activities, proximity to SO's, etc.)
2. The school that will overall cost you the least (cost of living included)
3. The highest ranked school (according to whichever source matters to you; personal rankings count)
4. The school that you think will give you the best job prospects (go with overall flexibility as opposed to what you think you might want to do, since that could easily change; factor in location as well)
5. The school that best seems to fit your personality

Finally, write down (or type, I guess) the first school from your list that comes to mind.

1. Location - UVA - 2
2. Cost - UVA - 1
3. Rank - HLS - 3
4. Jobs - HLS - 5
5. Fit - UVA - 4

Law School Admissions / Re: Priority Non-Resident Waiting List at UVA
« on: March 09, 2007, 05:33:18 PM »
I mean I think generally it's "better," but it's still hard.  They have 4 different lists and they have to fill quotas on residents; it depends on what their yield is that year from each group.  I doubt you'd hear before May...I think June is realistic, though.

I think UVA posts something on their waitlist FAQs about the fact that 3 ppl have been taken off of any waitlist in the past 5 years...something to that effect, but I'm sure my numbers are off.  That said, don't give out hope!! Go visit and make sure they know you're still interested.

Good luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: choosing BU over Harvard...crazy?
« on: March 09, 2007, 12:18:35 AM »
agree. go to harvard.  what's appealing at BU other than the $?  if you don't see externalities apart from money (which --- all these guys are right --- Harvard WILL pay your loans if you work in a low-income job) in BU that compensate for the glaring reputation gap it suffers standing next to an HLS degree, there's little reason to go there.  it doesn't really sound like you see any of those, so...

Choosing the Right Law School / Poll! Harvard vs. $UVA$
« on: March 08, 2007, 11:09:36 PM »
Okay, you guys know already know all the usual arguments pro/con for each school.  I.e. potential to enter severe depressive state at Harvard, likelihood of being in rehab by Halloween at UVa... I really am curious about tallymarks at this point.

Plus it's fun.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: HLS can kill you
« on: January 31, 2007, 05:15:13 PM »
Fair enough; maybe I'm just a little too hopeful.  But wow, nice way to phrase the shrapnel that bursts someone's bubble.  

P.S. the changes' permanence is irrelevant.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: HLS can kill you
« on: January 31, 2007, 03:19:25 PM »
I was just reading a letter from Dean Kagan to HLS Alumni (given to me by an atty in my office who's rooting for me to choose her alma mater).  It reads: "To make room for the new subjects, the traditional first-year courses will each be reduced by one credit.  And as an added bonus, the first-year reforms will--finally!--put 1Ls on the same schedule as their upper-level peers, with exams before the winter holidays instead of after (emphasis added).  (First-year students will now have their own winter term, devoted to the new course in problem-solving.)"  I take this as the official word from the horse's mouth, and all I can say is THANK GOD!

So, I just got the [massive crimson] binder today. I was flipping through it, trying to verify the situation WRT first semester exams.

I don't recall exactly what he said during my interview, but I am pretty sure that Toby mentioned that any changes to the curriculum wouldn't change the exam schedule for this year's entering class. Moreover, in the discussion of winter term, the binder states that it is only available to 2Ls and 3Ls, leading me to suspect that we would still be having our first semester exams after Christmas.


front page of jan. 15 (yeah, a little dated) nat'l law schools with highest percentage of grads hired by nlj 250 firms:

columbia - 69.6
penn - 68.2
chi - 65.1
harvard 59.2
duke 56.8
nyu - 56.6

now, obv, this doesn't take into account self-selection factors, but if you assume just for the sake of arg that the same proportion of students at all the schools desire to go biglaw, apparently columbia does a better job than NYU.

cornell - 56
stanford - 54.9
mich - 54.3
UVA - 54.1

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: HLS can kill you
« on: January 25, 2007, 11:51:56 PM »
Well, I've never gone to any other law school, but my guess would be that you get ultra-abused because your professors figure "hey, it's HLS, they should work hard". In fact, one of my professors made a point out of telling us that we are not supposed to have any sort of life in the first year, and that our time should be solely dedicated to studying.  Which is, by the way, exactly what happened. 

What?!  Please, please, someone, anyone tell me this isn't true, or that the above is anomalous.  I get that people should be stressed during exams (although I've heard it's supposed to not be as bad at H because everyone's going to get a good job so grades don't count *as* much as they might at other places (save Yale)), but seriously, is the whole semester just an exercise in hermitage?

Black Law Students / Re: Talk to Me About Harvard
« on: December 24, 2006, 11:34:00 AM »
the acceptance packet contains a letter, some brochures, and some DVDs (the latter selected based on whatever you indicated your interests were on your app). i was hoping for a t-shirt, but no dice. bummer!

Law School Admissions / Re: What are my CHANCES at Florida?
« on: December 24, 2006, 10:41:12 AM »
think your lsat score puts you in easily...good luck!

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