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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: University of San Diego visit
« on: April 05, 2005, 06:36:44 PM »
Thanks sunset.  I think that is just for people who live in sd then?  cuz i already went to the reception for accepted applicants in LA.  i thought it was maybe something else

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: University of San Diego visit
« on: April 05, 2005, 04:50:35 PM »
I went to undergrad in San Diego, and as far as what u are talking about jwax, and I somewhta see where u are coming from as far as sterile, i think though that is more like mellow and laid back, everyone seems tro get along really well, i had forgotten how laid back everyone was being used to LA, but i think it does have a lot of culture.  It is definitely a cultural melting pot with lots of different ethnic mixes and restarunts and such but san diego does tend to be a lil more conservative, but nothing extreme.  I dont think its for everyone though, those who thrive in a big city prolly would feel kind alike you do, it definitely has more of a small town feel for such a large city.

Sunset- As far as housing goes, there is definitely places near the campus where you can get cheaper housing and even prolly live alone as opposed to living in grad housing.  The good thing is there isnt much traffic around the area, so u could even live 15-20 miles away and it still wouldnt be much of a drive.  When is the evening reception, btw?  I never heard anything about that?

Starresky- USD is definitely at top of my list.  i am planning on sending in my deposit later this week and withdrawing from other schools.  i am still waiting on USC, that would make my decision tougher if I got in there.  But until yesterday, i really forgot how much I loved San Diego and i am really looking forward to moving back

Where should I go next fall? / Re: How Old is Everyone?
« on: April 05, 2005, 03:54:15 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.   

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: University of San Diego visit
« on: April 05, 2005, 12:28:28 AM »
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.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: $$ At Loyola (Los Angeles)
« on: April 01, 2005, 01:10:01 PM »
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?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: $$ At Loyola (Los Angeles)
« on: April 01, 2005, 12:57:25 PM »
yeah, i was like damn, the competition must be cutthroat at usd if potential students are already briefing for admit day

Where should I go next fall? / Re: $$ At Loyola (Los Angeles)
« on: April 01, 2005, 12:48:32 PM »
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

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