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Thanks for taking the time to answer.  I am intriqued by Ave Maria.  However, I worry about the lack of a huge alumni network etc.  Still the faculty is impressive.  I actually would enjoy the catholic component I think.  I would love to go to a school where it wouldnt be absolutely taboo to discuss morality issues.  Where do most students live?  What was orientation like?  Decent social environment?  Any idea how genorous Ave Maria is in terms of financial aid? 

I'm throwing my $0.02 in, since I'm starting here with LaneSwerver.  First of all, I agree with everything he said.

To answer your points/questions, I was actually surprised by the amount of discussion that goes out about various political/moral issues.  It is not one-sided, but everyone seems very respectful and considerate.  Most of the students live in any of several apartment complexes within a mile or two of the school.  There are lots, as this is a college town (U of M).  Orientation, in my opinion, was great.  Everyone had a week to get to know each other and to know the school.  By the weekend, we were already studying in the library and I, personally, felt very at home.  There is a lot of interaction between the new 1Ls and the 2 and 3Ls.  There was even a barbeque at a 3L's house that every 1L was invited to.  Very cool social environment.

From talking to other students, I would say they are great with financial aid, particularly scholarship money.  Most of the people I've met are receiving some form of assistance.

It also seems like the school is very well organized.  In addition, the spiritual core of the school is very central and it does pervade the environment in an incredibly positive way.  I do not believe that the school meets the stereotype of being "ultra-right-wing" or "super-conservative" at all.  At least, that is my impression thus far.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What school is your "bottom line"?
« on: July 19, 2005, 11:17:23 AM »
My bottom line will be Catholic University. Although I am going to apply to Ave Maria and they are provisional right now.

They got approval.  The official full accreditation is going to be granted at the ABA's conference in August.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: pagan law school
« on: July 16, 2005, 04:10:04 PM »
I notice that quite a few Law Schools are attached to traditionally christian universities such as Pepperdine, Vanderbilt, Harvard, etc. I am wondering if being non-christian will hurt my chances of getting in? Should I mention by beleifs in my personal statement? Will my uniqueness exclude me or make me a desireable commodity? I know that schools cannot discriminate on basis of religious beleif but I don't want to make law school harder than it will already be.


Schools can't discriminate because of religion because it really isn't relevant to a law school application.  Most professionals would agree to leave out details about your religious beliefs, especially if mentioning them is an effort to highlight your "uniqueness".  The exception to this would be if your religious beliefs led you to apply to a similarly relgious law school.

Law School Admissions / Re: Ave Maria Law School?
« on: July 11, 2005, 01:36:24 PM »

Is anybody here attending or applying there?

Hi.  I will be attending this fall as a 1L.  There are some other lurking around here- they should show up soon.   :)

The school was recommended for full accreditation by the ABA's committee in June.  It's just a formality now- they will be fully accredited this August during the ABA's annual meeting.  So no worries.  By the time classes start we'll be all official.

If incorporating morals and ethics into your study of the law is important to you, specifically from a Catholic perspective, then Ave Maria is DEFINATELY the place for you.  You'll get a top education from a well-respected faculty (you can read about their credentials on AMSOL's website), Catholic tradition will be integrated into your studies, and you'll be immersed in a rich, Catholic enviornment. 

I was on the fence between this school and a Tier 1 I was also accepted to.  My visit to Ave sealed the deal.  I think it's a wonderful opportunity.  Hope to see you there!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Dear Red States
« on: July 06, 2005, 11:29:02 AM »
This thread is "cute," but also extremely stupid and potentially dangerous.  Will the blue state nation embrace the democratic form of government of the current United States?  If so, how about you get your party to try to WIN an ELECTION every once in a while instead of inciting civil war, which would destroy both the red and blue states and hurt the world.

Win an election... you mean like get more votes than the Republican candidate?  Yeah, we did that in 2000.  Didn't help.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Ave Maria
« on: June 29, 2005, 01:08:56 PM »
Oh, I know.  I was just looking for some factual info about the Ave Maria town plan.

I'm going to the law school this fall too.   :)

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Ave Maria
« on: June 25, 2005, 08:15:23 PM »

Politics and Law-Related News / Ave Maria accreditation
« on: June 22, 2005, 05:37:40 PM »

On Friday, June 17, 2005, the American Bar Association (ABA) Council on Legal Education voted to grant full accreditation to Ave Maria School of Law.  In early August, the Council's decision will be submitted to the House of Delegates for ratification.  This submission occurs during the ABA's Annual Convention.

Congratulations Ave Maria!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Ave Maria
« on: June 17, 2005, 06:53:20 PM »
Where did you find this story?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: OFFICIAL "I am going to ______ in the Fall" Thread
« on: April 26, 2005, 12:59:13 PM »
I am going to American in the Fall

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