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UCLA is in a better location, they are going to break the T14 soon.  They have many unique offerings with more dual degree programs.  The difference between California and Ithaca, NY are huge.  Cornell is not so bad, but it is much more expensive $53K/year for the budget compared to the in-state costs at UCLA.  Not that money is a big issue but the reputation is good on UCLA, they get SCOTUS clerks (just as many as Cornell).  Just my thoughts.

EDIT:  not sure how good of a real estate program Cornell has but I do know that Upstate and Central New York real estate market sucks.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: CLS v. Cornell, Virginia, Chicago
« on: April 23, 2005, 08:04:08 PM »
Columbia.  It is in a great city and well known. The debt will not matter especially after your first year in an IP law firm where you will get 2k/week.  I don't think you will have a problem at all.  Reputation and location would be my reason for choosing Columbia.  I have listed my opinion below for the schools.   


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Visit to Cornell
« on: April 23, 2005, 05:05:47 PM »
Perhaps we were at the same admitted students day. I felt the same way about Ithaca. I have a different sort of choice however, because Cornell is the only T14 school that I was admitted to (others are Hastings and U of Wash). Sounds like you have a lot of other good choices. Good Luck.

Well don't choose it because it is a "T14", in the grand scheme of things that will not matter.  It matter how ambitious you are in the "real" world. 

I have been to Cornell several times and I too have spoken with many people there.  I think it is dreadful how the students are not so friendly.  It is also freezing cold there day in and day out.  I wouldn't go there.  I would choose other places like Hastings and Wash or UT because they are in good locations on the west coast where the job market is moving. 

Just my thoughts.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UT or Cornell
« on: April 22, 2005, 06:25:41 AM »
UT by a long shot.  The price is better and the market for BigLaw is there.  The economy is growing in the South and the West and NOT the Northeast.  Keep that in mind.  UT has a great reputation and places well anywhere. 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: San Diego
« on: April 21, 2005, 05:31:59 PM »
Here is a funny story for all San Diego applicants. Last week, my friend got a rejection letter from USD and today he got another letter from USD that had his name on the envelope label and had some handwriting on it.  But....When he opened the letter, the name was for someone that had his UNIQUE last name but different first name for a different address.  I thought that was hilarious!!  USD is pathetic.  Shows how much they care.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Duke w/25K in aid or Cornell w/44K
« on: April 21, 2005, 03:18:52 PM »
$19K is nothing.  In the long run, it will not matter.  Duke will place you better in more markets.  Duke has a basketball team, Cornell has nothing except Hockey (that is because it is cold there!).  I would choose Duke because of the bar passage, the students enjoy being there as opposed to Cornell.  Are the tuition prices the same by the way?  Cornell is $37,750 ($53K budget) this year and what is Duke?  That too makes a difference.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UVA or Cornell?
« on: April 20, 2005, 02:38:27 PM »
I agree that UVA has the edge but I think it is a larger edge.  UVA has the better reputation and location.  The IVY league status is not as big of a deal for law school. Look at all the non-ivies in the top 10.  Ithaca is horrible  between October and April, keep that in mind.  There are never clear skies during those months.   

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn vs. Cornell
« on: April 19, 2005, 05:18:52 AM »
UPenn is the best choice by far.  Think of all the opportunities in Philly v. Ithaca.  No brainer. 


I would choose Northwestern.  Northwestern is not too far from the east coast and its in a big, fun city.  It has a great reputation in the legal world.  You will have the opportunity to practice law in every field in any location in the US.  So in my opinion, I say Northwestern, UCLA (great weather and beautiful people), USC, Cornell (too cold even colder than Chicago! and in the middle of nowhere!!).  Just my thoughts.  I have a few friends at Northwestern and UCLA and they just love their respective schools and feel confident they will be able to go back to NYC.  HTH :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where to live in Camden?
« on: April 14, 2005, 09:12:16 PM »
VanBuren Boys,

Best place to live is here:

My best friend lives there.  It is the best in the area.  5 min walk to school and it is safe to walk.  It is a newly renovated place.  It was the old RCA building, hence the name.  I hope you get a chance to look through this website and see it.  I highly recommend it.  Don't worry about the crime issue, the town is getting better and the apt. is filled with other law students.  Has private study rooms and stuff. 

Here is another article about it.

Hope that helps ya!  By the way, where in Texas are you from?  I am from a small town in Texas too, possibly going to Rutgers-Newark (got into both but I like NYC better)

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