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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: American
« on: March 10, 2005, 05:46:01 PM »
Sorry if this has been asked 800 times, but how does American inform applicants of an acceptance? 

I'm also interested on any thoughts on American vs. Case Western for international law...

I got a big envelope with tons of stuff.

I am in the same boat as you, edworld.  But for me, American is the school I had made up my mind was best for me.  While I haven't yet been admitted at AU, I just got in to Iowa this week.  I am torn between attending a top 25 in an area of the country I'm totally unfamiliar with, or going to a good school ranked signifcantly lower but in the city in which I have plans to practice law.  If anyone has any specific advice for me, I'd welcome it.

I think if you absolutely want to practice in DC then you need to be in DC.  If you're a little more open then the other school might be better, but you'd still have to be open to living in that part the country because there is a pretty good chance you'll be there for the next 5 to 10 years.  Also if you go to American and do really well you might consider transferring to GW or Georgetown, just an idea.

I'd take a year off in a hearbeat and reapply.  Get some more work experience and you'll be in a totally different league.  My story is slightly different from yours, I got rejected of waitlisted (and eventually rejected) everywhere last year.  I could have gone to really really TTT with rolling admission possibly, but decided against it.  This year not much has changed (I retook the LSAT and went up 1 point woohoo!) and I've gotten into everywhere except my 1st choice (screw you Hastings, ok I did get deferred two places, but I didn't want to go there anyway).  I say reapply next year and apply to a TON of schools, schools view, weigh, etc multiple LSAT tons of different ways and I'm guessing a lot of what they actually weigh they don't make public.  I think you'll be way happier in the long run and impressed where you eventually get in, I was thrilled.

Question about the bar: if I go to NE and would like to work in Boston and NY, then I would have to take 2 state bars. But if I go to American, then I will only have to take the NY bar and can waive into the DC this true?

miguel - thanks a lot for your post, rank is a concern for me, but less now that I realize 56->77 might not be that much...well especially after NE might rise in the next few years.

allison - I've lived in NJ my entire life, and really want to get out. I was set on SoCal for law school last year, but now I realize how unlikely it is that I would ever return, so I don't want to go to law school out there. I check the weather every day as well, but here's a tip, check out it is really more accurate!

I'm going to try and attend the admitted day for American, and the Boston the next day. I just don't know how I'm going to get from one place to the other...or I might go to American earlier...

Any other comments would be great!

Hey I'm going to both on the 1st and 2nd, I think I'll be half alive though by the end of it.  Taking the redeye the night before to DC and then flying out at like 8 that night to Boston.  Luckily I'm already admitted at both because I don't think I'm going to be too friendly or look too good.

No that sounds about right for Pepperdine.  I know someone's admission status went from wait list to in with a call from grandma.  It's a private catholic school with A LOT of connections.  Despite their crap bar passage rate they have a really good employment (well depending what you look at).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 2006 US News Rankings
« on: March 09, 2005, 04:56:36 PM »
"even my maid"? Come on either be a jerk or be a snob, don't be both.

I went to a college in England that no one in America is likely to have even heard of and was an art history major and my acceptances, holds, were right what they should have been really for my GPA and LSAT.  So I can't see that it's made any difference whatsoever.  I'm sure it helps if you went to an ivy league, but besides that it all seems about equal.

There's a couple things I've heard about Lewis & Clark.  First off if you want to go into Environmental law you can't do much better, and I think that program account for a lot of their ranking.  However it seems pretty mixed if you're not going into environmental, although I could be wrong about this.  Also something like 40% of the class is already married and I believe there is a pretty high number of older students, so this may or may not appeal to you.  I'm 22 and single, so it was a really killing point for me.  Also I read somewhere that Portland law firms don't hire a lot from lewis & clark, preferring to hire from big east coast schools, this was really surprising to me, I don't know how good your job prospects are outside of Portland, they may be good, but it doesn't look like you'll get anything in the area.  Again these are just things I've heard/read so don't shoot me if they aren't totally accurate.  It is dirt cheap though to live right next to lots of hiking and a big city and for some people that would be perfect.

Really American?  Everyone seems to bash is so much, that I don't know what to think of it.  I'd like to be in CA, but am willing to consider other options.  I used to live in NJ and hated it, but I like DC just not the commute and cost.  I also like Boston, but it's so damn cold.  I keep going to and seeing what the temp is in boston and DC and it's like dear god.


This website will tell you how much you'll have to pay each month and for how many years on your potential student loans.

It will also tell you how much you'll need to make per year to be able to comfortably pay it off.

For example, if I take Washington & Lee's tuition, multiply it by 3, then take their esetimated room/board/books/fees/etc... and multiply that by 3, then subtract my savings and a presumed $17,000 from a summer externship, I will owe $1,014 per month for 10 years.  I will have paid $27,181 in interest, and will need to make $121,726 per year to comfortably pay it off.

This is scary. 

I'd need $147,000/year to pay off going to Vanderbilt comfortably, even scarier.

Oh dear god, why did you have to post that.  Mine is terrifying and I have a sizable amount of money in saving to counteract it.  Dear god.  I'll have to make like 150K a year.  Can't you generally get a lower interest rate though?  I've never had student loans before so I don't know what the rate might be.

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