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« on: March 21, 2005, 08:54:28 AM »
I also got the distinct sense that Wash U had a "work-hard, party-hard" ethic. At the Friday happy hour, which was held in the quad of the main building, I saw the students and at least 25 faculty members and administrators over the course of the hour and a half tap 4 kegs and put a huge dent in two cases of Sapporo beer (the happy hour was sponsored by the Asian Law Students Society) and a table full of wine and hard liquor. There was a DJ outside (from the school radio station, but a DJ nonetheless) and a karaoke set-up inside. Frankly, it was awesome, and everyone said that it was pretty much the way it was every week.
I hesitate to say this (and I'll be less hesitant once the new rankings come out, hopefully): I THINK I'M SOLD!
Agreed-- I also loved it there this past weekend. Everyone seemed responsible, laid back, and the building is gorgeous. The other admited students were really cool, too, save the typical admit-day gunner.
I am so confused now!
« on: March 21, 2005, 08:47:22 AM »
I visited WUSTL this past Thurday and Friday for the admitted students day, and I was equally impressed. The building was beautiful, everyone was really wonderful, and I fell in love with the admissions/ financial aid people. I haven't visited UIUC yet, but I plan to do so soon. Job opportunities for my bf were a concern for me as well, and I don't know that much would be available in Urbana/Champaign. I talked to a couple of wives though at WUSTL who work in admissions and their husbands are 1Ls. It seems that not very many men work in such positions though, so I'd have to see what opportunities he would have in both places.
I was also at WUSTL this past weekend and was very impressed by the school. I was seriously considering UIUC until I drove through the surrounding areas. The building isn't that bad, but I don't think I would be happy for 3 years in Urbana Champaign, and that is all. It is a great school, but isn't for me.
« on: March 21, 2005, 08:43:34 AM »
In my opinion, the location of the schools is rather minimal. I have been accepted at BC, waiting on BU and have done some research on places to live. From pretty much every source I can find, most BU and BC students live in the same area of Boston (Allston/Brighton/Brookline). It is true that these areas are closer to BU, but in fact many BC students seem to live in the same area and either use public transport or have a car. This means a longer commute inorder to get to BC, but I don't think that students' lives are all that different in terms of location. If you attend BU, you could probably live in many other parts of Boston and commute, but it seems that most BU/BC students live on the western edge of Boston.
In regards to prestige and career options I see BC and BU as essentially the same, with BC getting a slight upper hand in Boston. There is an interesting study done about 2L offers over at the XOXOHTH board. The results show that BC is slightly better than BU in Boston. Outside of Boston, the two schools are pretty much identical in terms of offers made to 2L's during OCI. I have always heard that BU is a better school for NYC and slighty more national, but I don't think I really buy it anymore. BC's dropping in the USNEWS was probably due to two factors (student faculty ration and their placement stats). It seems that BC is more heavily tied to the Boston legal market than BU, and the Boston legal market is going through some rough times. I will be very interested in seeing the new rankings that come out in a few weeks to see if anything changed. Traditionally, BC has a stronger program according to USNEWS. Whether this is changing for the good or is merely a few years of exception, I don't think anyone knows.
All in all I have been very impressed with BC. Before I received my admission offer, I was thinking I would like BU more than BC. Now, I honestly don't know. BC seems like they are top notch professionals (unlike Brooklyn, whose numerous marketing materials have put me off). I am also impressed with the level of alumni support for BC. To me the facilites at a university say a lot about how the alumni, greater university, etc. view the law school. Thus, I am a little concerned about BU's facilities. Where are the alumni that want to help the school?
Hopefully I will get some good news from BU soon. But, I don't know if they can win me back from BC (although I don't know if I am even going to one of these two schools yet!).
I agree with this as well-- BC places as well nationally, but better locally than BU. The facilities are nicer. From what I have heard, there is significantlly less competition among students at BC. Students from both mostly live in the ghetto of western Boston where it is relatively cheaper.
They are both great schools, and I think that anyone deciding between the two should forget about rankings (because I am sure that the two schools will be switching leads for years to come) and focus on which school is a good fit. Personally, I am turned off by BU's icky (and I mean icky) facilities, the fact that the the average of matriculation is 23 (I have been out of school for a cuople years), and the fact that the building is in the middle of the undergraduate campus (home to possibly the most obnoxious undergraduates in America). On the flip side, I have heard that BU has great profs and that the people are pretty down to earth.
Regardless, anyone choosing should visit. The campuses give off very different vibes, and I am sure one will be more appealing to any single person than the other.
« on: March 15, 2005, 03:59:41 PM »
Hi all-- I am a bit lost and am looking for some guidance. I have not yet heard from Vanderbilt, and I would really like to attend. It is a reach for me (.405 on chiasu). I didn't really tailor my personal statement to each school, so hould I write a letter to express my interest or should I just wait it out? I think -- I hope-- I will be waitlisted-- is that a better time? Also, I know a prominent alumnus from Vandy Law (I didn't even think about a rec a couple of months ago--stupid me), should I ask for a rec?
Sorry, I am an application idiot (as has been established on this board before
Thanks for the help, everyone.
« on: March 15, 2005, 09:24:45 AM »
I think thats the best thing to do Karita. I'm trying to do that but I admit thoughts of "what-if?" creep in still
The what-ifs still creep in for me, too. I heard from 5 schools 3 weeks after I submitted my apps, and haven't heard a peep from the remaining schools since (it has been an additional 4 weeks). However, I am driving my friends and family (and myself) nuts thinking about all of the different potential scenarios. In my mind, enough is enough-- I had to take control of what I could.
« on: March 15, 2005, 09:05:47 AM »
Go to Northwestern, they place extremely well on the coasts (especially NYC). And they don't have class rank, so you don't have to worry about all of this top 25% stuff.
Regardless of your history with the city of Chicago, it is an incredibly fun, diverse, and CHEAP place to live. Apartments are huge and reasonably priced (esp compared to NYC, DC, Boston). In addition, people are happy at Northwestern....
I wish I had your choice. I went to undergrad at NU, and my boyfriend is a 1L there. He loves it, as do his friends. I wish you luck at either school, but you should really, really go visit NU.
« on: March 15, 2005, 08:48:30 AM »
OK, it's now March 15th. With the exception of schools like BU and UNC (who seem to be on target for getting their decisions out some time before Christmas) if you're not in, is it safe to say you're most likely not getting in? I mean, if they want you, they're going to tell you before the finanical aid deadline & admitted student days, right? I KNOW, it does happen, but what would you say the odds of an accpetance are reduced by now at this point? Are those of us still wiating down to something like 5%-10% at this point? (unless you appkied on Feb 28th w. a 3.9/178 of course) I have 14 pending since 12/30 and, in my mind, I've pretty much written them all off. Am I being presumptous or just realistic??
I have 6 pending (mostly since mid-January, a couple later). I, too, am functioning under the assumption that all future news will be a slew of waitlists and rejections (of course the school I am waiting for are my top choices
). So, I am visiting the schools I got into now, and have really liked a couple of them. If, for some reason, I do get a random acceptance, I will thank my lucky stars and change plans. Until then, I have reached a new level of contentedness with my current choices.
« on: March 11, 2005, 03:43:08 PM »
Liberal? Queer Friendly? That does sound like a horrible place to live.
oh no, I *really* hope that was a joke.
And if it was, it wasn't funny.
To the OP: I am debating UIUC (like so many, it seems), and called some friends from undergrad that I know go to UIUC for various graduate programs. I got the idea that the school is relatively progressive and liberal, but the locals are not (with emphasis). They didn't mention gays in particular, but I got the idea in Urbana and Champaign the white (straight) male still reigns. This (obviously) was quite a dissappointment to me... but hey, if we both go, there are two more to tip the scales in the other direction.
« on: March 10, 2005, 05:40:18 PM »
You got some bad info.
Navy Pier- It's figg'n worthless, total trap for euro's and people from Iowa
Rush Street-This is by far the worst scene in Chicago, they are cheesey clubs, but not good cheesey, just shite.
Wrigleyville/lakeview-calling it fratty is just plain stupid. It is alot like Rush, but bar's instead of clubs. There are a couple of decent places (try Wild Hair,Smart Bar or Goose Island)
Lincoln Park- calling it preppy is about as middle school as I have heard. There are a lot of young prof's, and most places ain't cheap, but there are some good bars (try Black Duck or Halligans). Don't go to either Barleycorn they are worthless.
Bucktown/Wicker park- Stella's is cool, "Cans" can be hit or miss, Ponitac Cafe is good but it still might be too cold, "1056" is my favorite bar in the City.
For music go online and check Metro/House of Blues/ or and there is one other place that i can't think of (on the coner of Damion/Milwalk/and North) Wisefools is pretty good sometimes.
And by far the most important thing you have to do is go to the Hotdog place across from McDonald's on Clark street around 2 or 3am. It had been on Comedy Central's Isomnacis (sp). All the girls there yell insults at people and they yell back, it is unbelievable.
The hot dog place is Weiner Circle...sadly some of the women have lost their pazz-azz lately. For the most fun, avoid Rush and Division at all costs! (But hit up Bucktown or BoysTown)
Have so much fun, Chicago is my favorite city! Too bad it looks like I won't be there next year
« on: March 10, 2005, 04:30:05 PM »
I am wondering if anyone is deciding to attend UW this fall. Has anyone heard about $$ yet? I really like Madison, but I have been accepted to better schools that have given me money.
Also, I am looking for information about the law school. We all know that Madison is a fantastic town, and the people are really chill, but what about the actual law school? My Princeton Review book said a 1L likened the work load to grade school. Surely this is an exageration, but seriously, are the academics that bad?
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