I'll start checking it if you other Emory folks do.
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Having just come thru the app cycle with numbers substantially similar/slightly better than yours:
UCLA/USC - very unlikely
ND/WashU - unlikely, but possible (I was accepted later, after some time on the waiting list.)
Responding to the transfer question:
I've been told by older GW student's who have tried that you have a shot at a GULC transfer if you are Top 15% and a very good shot if you are top 10%. Thats what they tell me anyway. That being said, someone at GW w/ those numbers will likely have little trouble landing a great job in DC/NY, so transferring to GULC can make sense, and it also cannot, depending on your aspirations.
The school really is not that competitive at all; I thought it would be ruthless for the same reasons, but its not that bad, at least not worse than your typical law school. I hear GULC is fine in that regard as well.
Yes, GW (and GULC) and DC generally, hurt your wallet. Frugal living is a must on a student budget.
Substantively, you will likely get the same basic legal education at GW and GULC in my opinion, and any benefits conferred by GULC's location in DC are at least mirrored by GW. The only real difference between the two (going to GW myself and knowing quite a few GULC students and grads) is the name on the degree, which will open more doors and generally help you get interviews with a lesser class rank. Plus, GULC is a brand that carries everywhere, whereas GW is a brandname that carriers extremely well in DC and NY and decently across the country, but not as well as GULC.
« on: October 14, 2005, 03:47:20 PM »
I had almost your same numbers last cycle, with only a higher GPA. I also had very strong soft factors/extracurrics, WE, recs, PS, internships My results:
Fordham: WL ding
ND: WL late spring accept
WandL: WL august ding
Emory: admitted pre-Christmas
Just an FYI - I ended up fine in the end, but I wish I had been slightly more realistic throughout.
As a GW 1L I feel compelled to add to the discussion.
I wanted to go to GULC (like alot of the GW 1L class) but ultimately did not get in. Wanting to be in DC badly, I went to GW.
I was pretty down about going there at first, but I have been nothing but impressed over the last several months. Professors are great, facilities and location are great, opportunities, etc are all much better than expected. Talking to older students, everyone seems very happy w/ their career prospects.
That being said, I'll likely try to transfer to Gtown after this year, largely because it is a better school, although as someone pointed out, it definitely is right on the edge of the ghetto and its location is marginal.
Long story short GW is a great school - much better than I expected - but Gtown is just a bit better.
In response to the earlier question about the religious aspect:
The law school is very religious. There are many people there studying law to pursue human-rights related careers and such. There is a daily Mass said in a chapel in the law school. I chose to go elsewhere partly because I felt their focus as a school was not quite the same as mine.
I was very close to going there. The campus is beautiful. The law school is beautiful from the outside, but quite dated, drab and cramped inside. They just got the funds to build an entirely new law building right next door; the current building will become the library. Don't count on the new building opening for 4-5 years, so you won't likely get to experience it.
The environement of the school itself was very attractive. It was completely non-threatening, and every student and administrator and faculty member seemed very helpful and genuinely nice, which is more than you can say for the overwhelming majority of law schools. The tradition of being affiliated with that University can also not be beat.
As for the town and surrounding areas: good luck. That was one of the major drawbacks for me. It is small, old, etc. Essentially nothing to do except football in the fall and stuff associated with the school. In the words of several ND undergrads in LS with me now: "I love Notre Dame, but South Bend is miserable". Thats about all there is to say about that.
Overall, great school, bad town, nice environment. I'd recommend it, it was one of the tougher decisions I have ever made to have to turn them down.