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Choosing the Right Law School / UPenn or Duke?
« on: May 03, 2005, 06:18:34 AM »
hello all,

do ppl perceive a distinct difference between UPenn and Duke? how do both degrees travel to california? i assume they would travel down to florida with ease.

i have yet to visit UPenn (will very soon) - but i feel comfortable moving to Durham, and more anxious about moving into a new, and larger, city! as of now, money is not a factor.

also i am interested in clerking at some point. would like to do some public interest work... and do not particularly LOVE the cold, but would probably put up with it for 3 years if necessary.

please let me know what you think! thanks!

Choosing the Right Law School / USC over Duke/GULC (I need advice)
« on: April 20, 2005, 08:36:39 AM »
I am still in the middle of negotiating money from all three schools. So not taking into account scholarship money that I do not have yet...

which would you choose given these facts below:

1. Boyfriend with either be in San Diego if I choose USC (2 hours away), or St.Louis if I choose Duke/GULC (a timezone apart).

2. Generous offer already from Duke. Supposedly received money from USC, but it probably won't be (without negotiating) comparable to Duke's offer. GULC may or may not match the offer.

3. LA v. Durham v. DC (DC I am not thrilled about, however)

4. Interest in clerking (not sure how realistic this is, I've heard from some that it's very difficult to obtain a clerkship, others act like it's possible, rather than impossible) - interest in working in the public sector. Duke's loan repayment program is superb (isn't it??).

5. Small class size is a good thing - both USC and Duke offer that.

6. COL is lower in Durham. But, I truly think QOL is higher in LA. I really want to live in an apartment alone the first semester... and I would be able to do that at Duke, but may have to room with someone at USC.

7. Have a decent interest in practicing in California (my sister is there), but really don't want to commit to a city this early on. I just don't know. Duke and GULC degrees would travel relatively easily to Cali, no?

8. Professors are respectable at all three schools. Students at Duke seem down to earth - perhaps a bit homogenous. While students at USC/GULC seemed more diverse, and for me, seemed more upbeat. But given that I like a more personal environment, USC has the upper-hand over GULC.

Thoughts? Feel free to comment on GULC, but I'm really interested in USC v. Duke.

Anything you can comment on would be great. Because I am really undecided about where and what I want to practice, I am thinking that I need to make the choice that will leave my options open upon graduation - meaning go to a great school with many opportunities.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Duke vs. GULC
« on: April 06, 2005, 06:33:51 AM »
bri0501 - i too went and visited both schools. i saw GULC first. the first admit day was decent. i sat in on 2 classes. a curriculum B course, and a curriculum A course. both were excellent. i have to say that i felt very comfortable in the classroom, i felt interested in the material they were discussing, etc. the classes were rather large, i suppose. but i really didnt notice (i guess it doesnt bother me). a good number of ppl participated in class discussion, and when someone couldnt answer/didnt understand the professors questions, another student would be called. it wasnt brutal at all. we laughed a lot in class and ppl were just open to hearing anything their peers had to say, and everything felt good-natured. the presentations given to us by the dean and professors were really nice. they sounded like proud parents. it truly felt like they were welcoming us into their community. the facilities were great - reminded me of emory's facilities, though i much prefer emory's. i am realizing now how great emory was... haha. for me, the new recreation center was just okay. i wasnt blown away, though it is nice. i am used to spaciousness. and in a city, that is definitely not going to happen. and i didnt see any tennis courts so i was disappointed by that. i talked to handful of GULC students who all had very different things to say. a 1L in the B curriculum absolutely loves it at GULC. i believe he was from California. he said it wasnt competitive, you get to know your section really well (about 100 kids) and can still mingle easily outside of your section. he lives in an apt nearby the school, but not in the school's on campus dorm/apts. i observed him in class, however, and he took notes while playing party poker and surfing espn. other boys in class were chatting on AIM or playing some surfing game online. it was strange. i briefly spoke to a 1L in the A curriculum and he said he liked GULC too. the class i had sat in on seemed to be having trouble grasping the concepts on the agenda, and the 1L commented to me that this particular subject was giving the students a more difficult time than usual. that is why so many could not correctly answer the professor's questions, and often ppl just said... "i dont know". but it felt like a very collaborative environment. ppl trying to work together to understand. i have heard different things about living on campus. some say dont, youll go insane being surrounded by law 24/7 (classes, and hallmates who can do nothing but obsess). others say it is convenient, and a good way to meet ppl. the compromise is to live off campus in the nearby apts. but both choices are expensive. i felt like i got the most insight from a random 3L i met during lunch. she said GULC was ok. she emphasized the value of clerking. she wasnt hyping up the school (like the student reps were) but instead claimed upfront that its a tough 3 years, and by the third year you are just ready to get out. but she did say "GULC is a great school, if law is what you want". i hope to email her with more questions though.

i will write a synopsis of my DUKE experience later on today.

overall, my impression of the school was that yes it is big, but it isnt too big. the strengths are the clinics, the profs, the enthusiasm of the career services office, and the numerous activities and courses (journals, moot court competitions, clubs) that are available. what i dont like is the prospect of commuting 30 - 45 min ever day to and from school. living near campus and paying an arm and a leg. the possibility that b/c the school is so large, and ppl are probably so busy, that there might be only time to do a couple of activities, and even then, the club may not be very close-knit. i dont like DC weather. i dont like the city, when compared to the suburbs. but then again, the student body and the profs at GULC seem more diverse in both ethnicity, background, and mindset. its an exciting school. i felt a strong intellectual, ambitious vibe. i want to keep the west coast open to me, and i feel that GULC would give me a fairly good shot at moving to cali upon graduation.

if anyone else has feedback on his/her experience at GULC, please post. im very interested to hear ppls impressions, on top of the facts.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Any GULC acceptees?
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:24:09 AM »
i wasnt able to. i didnt try several times every day though... but after i received my acceptance letter, eventually (cant tell you how many days after) i could and did log in.

i wouldnt worry about it. just wait for your letter to come in the mail. gluck!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Wash U.
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:21:17 AM »
i will most likely be withdrawing also.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is 166 a bad score for T14 shcools?
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:07:39 AM »
yeah yeah i know   ::)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is 166 a bad score for T14 shcools?
« on: March 28, 2005, 06:18:37 PM »
i think youd have a great shot at duke too.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: GULC "Open House"?
« on: March 28, 2005, 06:10:26 PM »
so im going on thursday! just for that day, though - not friday. i plan to sit in on as many classes as possible   :)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / deferred @ UMinnesota
« on: March 28, 2005, 11:27:29 AM »
got the thin letter on 03/20

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