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Nobody should go to law school if it's just about the money.  It's a recipe for disaster - and there are a lot of other, easier ways to make a lot of money.

Such as? ;)

KappaOne, did you hear from case yet?  Unless they come through with a huge scholarship, I'll be at SLU as well. 

That admitted students thing may be a stretch since it's a 10 hour drive for me, and I miss enough class as it is.

I didn't get to sit in on a class as they're on spring break.  There were still a handful of students in the library, which surprised me, as I couldn't say the same for Wash U.  I asked two girls for directions to Barnes and Noble.  They looked it up on the Internet, and gave me their phone numbers in case I got lost.  I also saw a number of people studying in pairs or trios, which to me says not very competitive.  I'm sure sitting in on a class is just the same as any school, and the technology in the classrooms (and throughout the building) was up to par.

I thought the campus was AWESOME.  Before visiting, I really liked Case Western, although I have yet to hear their decision.  I don't know if you've ever been to St. Louis, but I really like it there.  The college is in a part of town called "Midtown."  It's not quite downtown, and not quite the suburbs.  Downtown is about a 5 minute drive, and Clayton (sort of a high-end neighborhood) is about 10 minutes away.  The campus is really nice.  There are fountains and little ponds and waterfalls all over the place.  I went to the student union for lunch, and the building seemed brand new. 
SLU seems like the type of school that just "tries harder" since they're not as highly ranked as they'd like to be.  The Dean of Admissions took me on a tour for about 2 hours.  Everyone that worked there seemed extremely friendly, and helpful.  The library is like any other law library, with wood and brass all over the place. 
Barring a huge scholarship offer from Case Western, you'll find me in St. Louis in the fall.
Of course, it all depends on where you'd like to practice.  Both WUSTL and SLU said they don't really compete with each other as Wash U places 64% of their grads outside of STL while SLU places most of it's students in this area (but still a lot in NYC, LA, DC, etc.)
St. Louis as a city is pretty similar to any other metro area.  Except the cost of living seems lower, and there are a lot of riverboat casinos.

Now it's just a matter of convincing my fiancee to move here...

I decided to visit WUSTL and St. Louis U over my spring break this week.  I'm in at SLU w/ $66,000 and I'm still waiting to hear from Wash U.  I took a tour of both schools, and the odds are good that I'm going to end up at SLU.  Anyway, the real reason for this story...
I met w/ the Dean of Admissions at WUSTL.  The topic of scholarships came up, and how they award them.  She came right out and said, they look at your GPA and LSAT on a matrix, and give you the award based on where you fall.  Regardless of special circumstances.  Regardless of your undergraduate institution. 
I was amazed at how open she was with this information.  Of course, she also told me that for a $25,000 difference in tuition, she'd be at slu without question.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Case with $$
« on: March 10, 2005, 10:02:59 PM »
I sent my app in mid December, and called in mid February wondering what happened b/c they never sent me a confirmation email.  i called them, and the lady said they never got my app.  she emailed me about 5 hours later saying that they had it.  i've heard both on the undergrad and grad levels that communication at case is poor.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Case with $$
« on: March 10, 2005, 08:05:37 PM »
Yeah, let's hear the numbers...  if you don't mind.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: case western scholarships
« on: March 10, 2005, 03:11:37 PM »
Most of these schools have been around long enough that they play the odds.  They'll offer too many scholarships, "knowing" that only a certain percentage will be excepted.  If fewer are accepted, they'll save the $$ for a year when too many are accepted.

Where can I check my app status? ???

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: case western scholarships
« on: March 05, 2005, 07:53:31 AM »
I still haven't gotten an acceptance, and they've had my app since dec 10th.  this is ridiculous.

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