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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Us News Mafioso?
« on: March 03, 2004, 10:15:43 PM »
It just seems strange how much a school can fluctuate in rankings over the course of one year.  Take Gonzaga for instance.  It was a "tier three" school in 2002 and expected to move up to a "tier two."  Instead, it took a long walk off a short tier and dropped into the ranks of tier four schools.  I'm guessing that teacher:student ratios were a little too high, maybe bar passage percentages dropped, but to completely tank in one year?  Gonzaga just built a new law building in 2000, and appears to have plenty of money readily available for scholarships.  I just noticed another post saying that University of Washington dropped a tier also this year.  I suppose the rankings may very well offer a good general overview of schools, but I'm wondering if it uneccessarily hurts schools as much as it may potentially aid them.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: waitlist frustration thread
« on: March 01, 2004, 09:22:46 PM »
I am currently waitlisted at the University of Utah.  I fear more of those waitlist letters are coming though....

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / waitlist frustration thread
« on: March 01, 2004, 02:57:27 PM »
To anyone else in limbo:
Please feel free to add primal screams.  Thanks.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UNLV here I come!!!
« on: February 29, 2004, 12:13:06 AM »
UNLV sounds good to me, I applied there.  It's the only ABA accredited school in Nevada, the weather's nicer than where I currently reside, it's one of the fastest growing areas of the US population-wise (don't ask me what web site I got that from,no it's not or whatever), and there's lots of  nice casino money to fund the public school and such.  Anyone else heard anything about UNLV?   It seems to be gaining a pretty good reputation from what I've heard.  Do they have slot machines in the law library?

Law School Admissions / Application Received Confirmation?
« on: February 28, 2004, 01:22:27 PM »
Does anyone know if some schools don't send a confirmation letter regarding the receipt of your complete application? I've either received a letter or an email from most schools I've applied to, stating that my application was received in full.  But then there are a few schools I haven't heard anything from.  Is it normal for some schools not to send a confirmation letter of some sort?  Or did my mailman run off with the application fee checks, and buy a trip to the Bahamas?

Choosing the Right Law School / Us News Mafioso?
« on: February 28, 2004, 10:06:37 AM »
I hate to be the newbie asking questions which have probably been asked and answered a hundred times before, but I was curious about the highly touted and almost equally disliked US News rankings. How do they collect data and who does it?  Do they just gather graduation placement statistics, average applicant LSAT scores and GPAs, student to teacher ratios, and then plug the data into some type of formula?  It almost seems like a sort of BCS system for college football, which has little rhyme or reason, unless you are a computer or statistician.  What's the motivation for US News to have a ranking every year showing that NYU, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, USC are the top ranked law schools every year?  Just wondering if anyone has some insight regarding this matter.

Incoming 1Ls / Undergrad School Clout?
« on: February 27, 2004, 02:44:04 PM »
How much weight does your undergrad school really carry in the admissions proccess?  Would someone on an admissions committee honestly look at someone who got a 2.8 from Difficult-vard and someone who got a 4.0 from Beeswax State, and then select the Difficult-vard grad?  I'm sure there are many factors besides GPA such as majors, LSAT score, personal statements, etc., but does anyone have an idea how much the reputation of your alma mater matters? 

go beeswax state!

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