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Where should I go next fall? / Vandy's seat deposit--
« on: April 08, 2005, 04:11:14 PM »
When is it due?
At this point I am hoping for a waitlist.... it has been 3 months, I wonder if they will ever tell me  :-\.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: BC or GWU?
« on: April 07, 2005, 08:35:04 AM »
I guess I honestly don't care at all about the school's environment.  I know everyone says that going into school and then the environment and location play a huge factor.  However I plan on not having much of a life while in school.  I also dont care about the region since I am from CT and GW and BC are pretty much the same distance from where I'm from.  I also dont mind a small or large campus. 

Arent most of you most concerned with job placement of a school and stuff you will do after, since afterall it is a professional school to prepare you for a career.

Of course. 
The point of the posts were that the employment rates and starting salary figures of the two schools you listed are virtually EQUAL.  You can get into NYC if you do well at EITHER. 
So..... choose what makes you happy. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Boston Bound?
« on: April 06, 2005, 01:30:48 PM »

Karita,
   Why did you pick BC over BU? I think I am in the same boat. Did the rankings make it harder?

Yes, rankings made my decision a lot harder.  I went into the application process with my heart set on BU (mostly because of the rankings and location), but then I went to visit both schools.  I was surprised by how different they are, especially when everyone says BU/BC when they talk about where they applied, what they are considering, etc.
Now BC is not perfect, but it is more my style-- more professional, congenial, laid back.  It did oddly remind me of high school-- lots of pretty, white, wealthy kids-- but I was comfortable and that made all the difference in the world.  I don't love the location, but I will deal with it.
I have posted about this before, but I REALLY didn't feel comfortable at BU.  The students seemed distraught, young, and smack dab in the middle of BU UG, my personal hell (think annoying girls in pink sweats and prada bags talking really loud on their cell phones about An TUa Nua last night).  The library and classrooms were the pits.
After the visits I began to accost the thousands of lawyers I know in the area.  There is lots of respect for both schools, and I don't think that employment or salary is going to differ mcuh regardless of where you graduate (assuming you would try equally hard at either school).  BC is ranked lower-- so what?  Five years ago, when BU was ranked considerably lower, the employment and salary stats were STILL THE SAME!  It didn't matter then, it doesn't matter now, and it won't matter in three years.  The reputations are virtually equal.  So do what makes you happy.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Boston Bound?
« on: April 06, 2005, 10:16:23 AM »
Anyone Boston Bound? Post your school here and why you chose it.  :)

I'm going to BC, and am happy that a decision has been made.
I will bring my car, and am living with someone near Harvard Square in Cambridge (soldiers field won't take too long in the morning, I hope!). Prices are a bit high, but I would pay double to live in Cambridge over roach-infested Allston or Brighton.

Roach infested??  Yuck.  I'm going to NESL so need to live on a T line.  Allston and Brighton were areas of the city that people were suggesting to live.  Do you have any other thoughts about good areas that maybe don't have roaches (never been to Boston, would love some advice).

Truthfully, the Green Line (after then letter split) is the worst line to live on.  It cuts through Allston Brighton, Brookline.  My favorite area (and the nicest in my opinion) is around Coolidge Corner in Brookline.  I don't know where NESL is, but check around there.
As per my earlier comment-- you have to remember that Boston is a student's city (that, inaddition to its puny size, is the reason why landlords can charge so much rent-- we will all pay it).  I am sure you can find a decent place in Allston or Brighton, BUT you MUST go see it before you commit.  Remember that Northeastern, BU, BC, Wentwortgh, etc, students have been living in the SAME EXACT apartments for about 70 years, with a one year turnover rate.  There is no reason for landlords to upgrade the places or even make them suitable.  They are constantly in demand, and renters don't care enough to make a fuss because they are typically 20 years old and out in 9 months.
There are some nice places... expect to pay a bit more for anything remotely renovated.  I was looking at a nice place right off Comm Ave.  I called my parents, excited because it was cheap, and discovered my father had lived on the same block 35 years ago while in UG at BU.  He had bedbug rashes while he lived there.  The current tenants do, too.
Just amke sure you know what you are getting.  Go visit, or have a friend in the area check it out for you.  I am sure you can get a good place, but don't fully trust any realtor who says 'clean', 'quiet', or 'modern' in the Allston/ Brighton area.


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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Boston Bound?
« on: April 06, 2005, 09:04:59 AM »
Anyone Boston Bound? Post your school here and why you chose it.  :)

I'm going to BC, and am happy that a decision has been made. 
I will bring my car, and am living with someone near Harvard Square in Cambridge (soldiers field won't take too long in the morning, I hope!).  Prices are a bit high, but I would pay double to live in Cambridge over roach-infested Allston or Brighton.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: BC or GWU?
« on: April 06, 2005, 08:23:52 AM »
might the reason be that DC needs so many lawyers that a lot from GWU choose not to get jobs  in nyc even though they can. 

I think it could be true that BC grads more often get jobs in Nyc but I wonder if it's because these firms choose BC grads over others. 

According to a few of the guide books GW is ranked about 5 places above BC.  Does this make a difference at all?

If you are worried about the rankings, search for the gazillions of posts discussing the importance of rankings/ unimportance of rankings. 
It seems to be the concensus that unless you are choosing between a t14 and a t30 and a second tier, the rankings aren't very useful.  Within a certain range, go with your gut.
If you are concerned with practical info like job placement, check lsac and the nalp directory, etc. 
I must say, though, if you haven't gone to visit both schools, I would highly recommend it.  They have very different atmospheres and students, and you are bound to be happier in one over the other. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Waiting for Vandy
« on: April 05, 2005, 04:44:03 PM »
Anyone hear from them today?
Not me....

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Where should I go next fall? / UIUC scholarships- to take or pass up?
« on: April 05, 2005, 10:46:59 AM »
OK- deadline looming.  I am looking to chat with someone, ANYONE, who is still on the fence about their UIUC scholarship. 
Here is my position-- I got a VERY good one.  I am interested in environmental law-- they have a good program.  The main reason why I applied is because my boyfriend is a 1L in Chicago.  I got WLed at NU.  We WILL stay together (we have been together for a long time) regardless of where I go. 
Flip side-- I got no money at BC, but I love the school, the location (near my family and friends), the reputation, and the atmosphere, the profs.  I am completely happy with my BC over BU/ GW decision. 
But now, I am wondering if I am a complete idiot to pass up the chance of paying almost nothing to go to UIUC (when I go like Chicago and the thought of working there after school is intincing). 
Please reply if anyone can relate (either to reaffirm my BC decision, or to tell me I am dumb-- I will take either).

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Since you are considering W and L, I am assuming BC's Newton campus won't bother you too much. 
You have heard everything that we all will say, but I still say go with your gut.  I have tons of great things to say about BC (most importantly, of course, that I will be there :) ).  But you have always been leaning towards W and L.
BC will place better in Philly, NY, Boston, and I can almost guarantee you that.  But you will have to work hard at either school-- the market isn't great, and neither are top ten schools.  You will graduate from a school with a solid reputation and alumni-base either way.
Good luck to you.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Waiting for Vandy
« on: April 04, 2005, 12:40:23 PM »
I was complete 2/3.  Hmmmmm.  I would have more faith if they had strayed a little further from the medians this cycle (according to LSN).

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