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But you will be in DC, great career prospects.  You just have to balance what you want.  I have a friend who was going to move to TN because she had a high paying offer.  Then she got an offer in DC, although the pay was the same as TN (less purchasing power in DC) she chose the DC area for better prospects.

I agree!  I am in grad school right now, about to leave so i can go to law school.  Grad school is completely different from undergraduate in every way.  If you think you can go and get a PhD, be my guest, its a huge task in front of you.  Graduate GPAs are so inflated it isn't funny.  I have only heard a few people who have ever gotten Cs.  I had done F work in grad school, and gotten Bs and A minuses for it.  And well over half that start out, don't finish.  Secondly, law schools don't give a rats ass about your graduate GPA.  I was accepted to schools before my graduate transcript even made it in to LSAC, and I have a 2.90/159.  Penn State is a quality program in central PA.  It, like Syracuse, is a regional school.  Lots of Dickinson grads work and live in central PA and Philly.  Don't listen to the assholes about third tier toilets.  Dickinson was good enough for Tom Ridge and Senator Santorum (sp?) from PA.  You make the most of what you have, and go for it.  It sounds like you need to check your priorities and see if you truly want to be a lawyer.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn State Dickinson
« on: March 21, 2005, 08:06:13 PM »
I got in with a 2.90/159.  According to the LSN average of those accepted they have taken people averaging a 3.2/158.  So you are close, don't lose hope.

Its a good program, strong in international law.  However, don't be fooled by the starting salary.  Many American graduates work in the Northern Virginia (NoVA), Washington DC area.  High salaries are necessary in order to live up here.  I am from the area, but currently I am living in Knoxville.  If you moved froom Knoxville, TN making 58K, you would have to make 100K living in DC to keep your lifestyle that you had in knoxville.  Go here and you can see how the salary will compare with elsewhere.
They are a great school.  And if you can live in DC, and go to school in downtown DC then you will love it.  Just remember the salary is deceiving.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Okay, what now?
« on: March 21, 2005, 07:44:34 PM »
I can tell you that PSU-Dickinson will be fine, I have a 2.90/159 and got in.  You seem to be in a great range for them.  Seton Hall might be a stretch.  They are LSAT whores, and they have been going up and up.  I think they are ranging from 158-161 now, if i remember their admissions rep.  But you seem to have a good spread.  But DO NOT trust the chiashu numbers.  They are based on 2003 numbers, and apps went up significantly the following year, and thus lsat and GPA went up at most schools.  Good luck!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn State Dickinson - I'm going
« on: March 21, 2005, 07:33:57 PM »
Yeah, I have talked to plenty of people involved and everything is working itself out. I can't imagine a university sinking 40 million into a project and then breaking away or closing.  People on this board have made a much bigger deal about the issue.  Most of them never applied, never visited and have no idea what they are talking about.  You diploma will be from Penn State.  And in ten years, you won't give a flying $%ck.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: WashDINGton & Lee
« on: March 21, 2005, 07:20:30 PM »
All right!  Can't wait to find that rejection in my mailbox when i return from break! >:(

For those of you waiting for WM, I emailed them and found out that they are finalizing final acceptances and they will be sending out letters in the next 2 weeks.  That was as of Friday.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Dammit... Dinged at Mason
« on: March 17, 2005, 08:00:46 PM »
Take heart, I was also denied.  I wanted to be there for personal reasons, not any overriding faith in their program.  It is a young program that has benefited greatly from its location.  The University itself has only been there since the 1960s, and is largely a commuter school.  NOVA (Northern Virginia) is extremely expensive and very crowded, so don't feel too upset.  You still have options.  Just wait and see!

But as i said, some schools care.  Washington and Lee and Wake Forest do.  So just call and ask them.  I wouldn't worry, people get traffic violations.  Its the DUIs, DWIs and juries being called on that they care about, but be honest.

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