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I'm kind of worried.  I've heard from nearly all my schools and according to my stats and my other acceptances I really shouldn't have a problem getting in, but I haven't heard anything at all.  I submitted my app electronically, so I know they received it and it's complete.  I applied in Nov.  I heard that their deadline for acceptances is April 1st, so I don't know what is going on.  Would it be ok to email them, just to ask when I can expect a decision? 

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God I'm facing the exact same dilemma.  Well I'm also throwing Loyola into the mix.  I love Northeastern too, with the co ops and the whole environment, but after you get into a better ranked school it's really hard to wonder if you're not throwing away a real opportunity.  Some people have told me that ranking after a certain point down doesn't really matter, i.e. the difference between about 50 and about 75 is almost indistinguishable.  Sort of like is Harvard really better than Stanford?  Some would say yes, but I doubt an employer would really rank one above another. 

There are few reasons I'm really hesitating about going to American.  To start with the cost and standard of living aren't going to be great.  It's in a really exspensive neighborhood that it's doubtful you'll find anything affordable in, so you'll have to commute.  There is virtually no parking and the parking there is, is exspensive.  And I heard somewhere it's like a mile walk to the actually school.  Public transport is ok, but you still have to get a shuttle to the school so it's a better, but not great option.  I've also heard that American is perpetually in the shadow of Georgetown and GW.  Unlike Northeastern that is sort of unique in its own right and gives you opportunities other schools don't (although I'm not denying reputation goes a long way).  American is also extremely liberal, I'm very liberal also, but I've heard its to an extreme. 

I think if you want to go into a field that is well ranked at American go there, but if you don't really know, NE will give you 4 chances to figure it out and make a lot of contacts in the process, which will probably get you a lot farther with that first job, if your smart, that ranking alone. 

Basically I'm kind of bashing American, but it's still a real option for me.  I'm visiting both schools in early april for their accepted student open houses, so I'm hoping that will clear some things up.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Would I be crazy to...
« on: March 08, 2005, 12:48:29 AM »
I think that if you want to get a top job in LA, there probably isn't a better school for you that UCLA.  They'll hire from there first and you have all those local connections.  And to be honest UCLA is a great school, reputation wise, there will always be better, but I just don't think you can go wrong with UCLA law.  Also don't get too caught up in rankings they're horribly biased and change constantly.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Overly Competitive Schools
« on: March 05, 2005, 02:21:46 AM »
This is the list compiled by The Princeton Review of Most Competitive Students based on law student assessment of: the number of hours they spend studying outside of class each day, the number of hours they think their fellow law students spend studying outside of class each day, the degree of competitiveness among law students at their school, and the average number of hours they sleep each night:

1.  Baylor
2.  Southwestern
3.  Bringham Young
4.  Suffolk
5.  Brooklyn
6.  Yeshiva
7.  Albany
8.  Widener
9.  Golden Gate
10. Emory

This may not be based on if students tear pages out of books or steal notes, but, personally, I think it is an even bigger deal to know that the students at these law schools sleep less than students at any other law schools!  I have to get my 7 to 8 hours of zzz's to be functional.

I also find it interesting to note that not one of these schools is in the top 20!  In fact, I think only 2 or 3 are even in the top tier.  I kind of take this to mean that maybe students at lesser schools sometimes work a lot harder because they know they have to be at the top of their class in order to be as successful, at least starting out, as the middle ground students at higher ranked schools.

A friend of a friend flunked out of golden gate last year.  She improved second semester and petitioned to stay in but they still kicked her out.  Basically a lot of these lower tier schools overenroll and then weed out half the class the first year.  They get some tuition and keep the kids they actually think will pass the bar.  She apparently absolutely killed herself, heard lots of stories of her and her classmates just breaking down crying at like 2 am, not good. 

Actually when I visited Loyola, I asked how competitive it was and was told they had a very low attrition rate basically because they are willing to bend over backwards to help you if you need it.  The better schools want to keep you and the lower ranked ones need to weed out kids.  It's pretty harsh at some of them.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: American Law School?
« on: March 04, 2005, 08:26:23 PM »
Yea, it's got a good rep., but you'll definitely be in the shadow of UVA, GULC, GW, Mason, W&L, and W&M grads when it comes to getting a job...if you do well, this won't be a problem, but if you're not in the top 25-33% you may have trouble finding a $100K+ job - which is an essential amount to live comfortably in DC

Yeah that's what I'm kind of worried about and I like DC, but I don't know if I would want to be there permanently.  I'm guessing I would be in the top quarter or so, but there are no guarantees of course.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: So F***ing confused! HELP!
« on: March 04, 2005, 08:23:41 PM »
The one thing I've heard about Wisconsin (I'm on hold there at the moment) is that you'll have a real problem getting out of the area even though it is a really good school.  Also Wisconsin has some sort of law where all law school graduates automatically become lawyers and don't have to take the bar.  So if you went to another state you'd have the fun task of preparing for the bar and even though its definitely a great education it's hard to say if they would really prepare you for the test specifically (I could be wrong in this though).

I wouldn't go to Santa Clara, the campus itself is beautiful, but San Jose is not and it's really isn't in the same class as your other acceptances.  I got rejected by Hastings and it was my first choice too, but I've heard that it's insanely competitive and one person I knew called it a meat grinder, so being in San Fran may not make up for it.  It's also in a really dangerous part of town.

I'm trying to figure out what I think of American myself so I can't help you on that one.  Except apparently the commute there sucks.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: American Law School?
« on: March 04, 2005, 08:13:49 PM »
I don't think you can call rank number 56 "pretty high ranked." 

Hey it's pretty high ranked for some of us.  Good for you, you got into GW, but turn down the snobbery a notch.

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Acceptances / Re: In at Northeastern
« on: March 04, 2005, 01:53:17 AM »
I got 8500 with a 163 straight out of undergrad. So WE was not my big selling point and neither was my LSAT score for that matter. So the 165 theory doesn't really hold. I have no idea what it could be.

I got 8500 2 years out of school, 162 LSAT, and applied regular, however they did ask me to apply and all that.

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Acceptances / Re: In at Northeastern
« on: March 04, 2005, 01:46:59 AM »
Hopefully I'll see you guys there.   ;)


Great! Congrats, a little close to the date, we should get some people together for an LSD visiting party for the accepted students day.

Hey I'm going too!

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Where should I go next fall? / American Law School?
« on: March 04, 2005, 01:32:55 AM »
What is the general opinion on American Law School?  Reputation/job wise and also general student life.  I know it's in GW and Georgetown's shadow even though it's a pretty high ranked school.

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