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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How Old is Everyone?
« on: April 05, 2005, 12:54:15 PM »
26 and single

I went to the USD admit day today and talked to the admissions dean who told me that they are still onstantly sending out and monitoring applications because they accept Feb LSATS so they still really accept until July or so.  He told me that there have been about 1050 admits so far but there are generally about 1200 people offred spots, so there are still definitely a good amount of acceptances coming.  If you want to read more about the admit day, see under the LAw school reviews/rankings threads.  Good luck for those still waiting.   

I am prob just as tired after my 3 hour drive down from LA, but I will add my 2 cnets in from USD Admit Day as well.  Yeah definitely I had forgotten how mioimal the San Diego traffic is, especially if you are used to LA or the OC.  The parking is very convenient and the campus I think is really nice.  Its kinda mission style and its very clean looking and well maintained.  Everyone there i encountered, the dean, administrative staff, faculty, and current students were super friendly and accomodating and all seemed happy to be where they were.
The lady with career services said that 55 percent of USD grads stay in SD and 88 perecent in CA, but like Starresky said people can get a job other places, they just have to do a little more legwork.  Later I asked the tour guide about career services and he said they are very proactive, that he didnt use them cuz he had his own connections, but they definitely followed up with him a lot.  They have an open house on November 1 and then they work on getting a sharp resume and cover letter together with you. 
After that we went to the courtoom, which compared to Loyola's, which is the only other school I have visited, is not quite as nice, but definitely still adequate.  The professor was very engaging and seemed to get a lot of people involved in a nonintimidating way in a so called introduction to the Socratic method. 
As far as the campus tour i'll add a few more tidbits i learned from our tour guide.  He said the same about studying abroad, great grade boost, less difficult courses, more time to immerese yourself in other cultures.  He also mentioned that they have a great health insurance program, its something like 500 bucks for a year of medical with a 50 dollar deductible per semester and almost everything is covered.  he also mentioned  that the health facility on campus is very good. 

At lunch i was talking to the assistant dean of admissions who mentioned that there were approx 5200 applicants this year and they would accept 1200.  He said they had so far accepted 1050 so there are still more acceptances coming.  He also asked our table how much everyone paid attnetion to US NEws rankings and i told him, you have no idea, he should have seen some of the law school sites when the rankings first got leaked.  A professor told our table that the while USD's faculty and law review had  a really good reputation, the reason that usd wasnt as well known nationally is because most people dont want to leave san diego, so usd isnt represnted as well elsewhere, altho he said there was a farily large USD contingent in NEW Mexico and Arizona.  I can definitely see that, its hard to beat the city of San Diego, its definitely not a hard sell for admissions. The professor said also that lots of students are research assitants for the professors, esp during 1L summer, due to the smaller classes and the friendliness of the professors.  I have talked to maybe 4-5 professors there, and they have all seemed very nice, and outr tour guide reiterated that as well. 
My overall impression is that if you want to stay in San Diego, USD reigns supreme and is very well respected.  Also it seems like, and students and professors both commented on it, that students are very helpful with each other and all get along very well. 
So starresky, after today, where do u stand?  Is USD still near the top of your list?  BTW, yeah anyone have any questions of stuff I misseed, feel free to ask

Thanks beeline, for me personally even had I gotten into Hastings i don't know if I would have gone there anyway, I've been leaning more and more toward staying in Southern Califonia, Hastings just made my decision easier for me. Best of luck though, are you at decision yet on the website?

Well I just got back into town today and sure enough I was also waitlisted at Hastings.  I have decided to take my name of the waitlist since they said they take most of the waitlist people between mid July and mid August, and I want to have where i am going to live squared away well before then.  Best of luck to everyone still waiting.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: $$ At Loyola (Los Angeles)
« on: April 01, 2005, 10:10:01 AM »
yeah, i have been out 5 years so it will be a challenge for me to get back in the school swing of things.  anyway, im leaving work to get ready for my flight, i guess hopefulyl i will see you on Monday, you'll be the one with the silent father, right?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: $$ At Loyola (Los Angeles)
« on: April 01, 2005, 09:57:25 AM »
yeah, i was like damn, the competition must be cutthroat at usd if potential students are already briefing for admit day

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: $$ At Loyola (Los Angeles)
« on: April 01, 2005, 09:48:32 AM »
I know, i actualyl hopped right on it yesterday when i saw it cuz i am so much time at work, but i did feel like a nerd, im sure i won't be so amped when i have 100 pages of reading instead of 5.  Plus im going to vegas this weekend so i really dont think i will have the motivation to read it out there.  I think we are just supposed to be familiar with the material so we can participate in the discussion, if you brief it, then wow, your ambition is starting early

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: $$ At Loyola (Los Angeles)
« on: April 01, 2005, 09:16:29 AM »
Yeah, i am still waiting for my fin aid letter as well, but for me its leaning toward usd also unless Loyola comes up big.  Q, i guess i will see you on monday, did u finish your HW?

Thanks for the concern sillymia.  Nothing in the mail today, im pretty surprised being that i live in LA.  Im flying to Vegas tomorrow early afternoon so i won't be able to check my mail till i get back Sunday, so I'll let everyone know what the decision was.  Congrats carpe and im sorry to hear that too Sakura.  Good luck if you decide to stay on the waitlist

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