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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Notre Dame vs. Loyola U Chicago
« on: February 20, 2006, 03:10:22 PM »
Prestige is only worth so much. If your quality of life is going to suffer to accomodate a "better" name, it's just not worth it.  Loyola isn't that bad a school that you should wreck your life to avoid it.  If prestige is really that important to you, you could always work your butt off and transfer to Northwestern.

That said, is there a suburb an hour and a half into the middle?

Yeah.  It's called Gary.  Tell Tito hi for me.

Yeah my title makes no sense...

Anyways, suppose a person was interested in doing investment banking. I've got investment experience/designations, etc. If I did the Law & Business certificate program at Vandy, would that open up any possibility of doing investment banking? Not necessarily in NY, but maybe in Charlotte?

I would guess that if you know right now you're interested in I-banking, your best bet would be the JD/MBA.  That would probably give you options even in NYC, as Vandy seems to usually place pretty well there.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at BYU
« on: February 17, 2006, 11:07:00 AM »
In via email this morning.  Yesterday I emailed a small note letting them know that I was still very interested in the school.  Later in the afternoon I received a response thanking me for my patience along with a promise that I would learn of their decision "soon."
Maybe I should send a similar email to UCLA?? 

It's about time.  They certainly would have had no business turning down someone like you.  Where are you leaning to right now?  I visited ND last week and absolutely loved it.  In some ways I'm thinking that I'd be surprised not to end up there.  UCLA is still high on the list, but they'll have to make me a decent money offer and make tuition comparable to what I would have at ND.

WUStL--March 24
UCLA--April 9

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Unhappy Young Lawyers?
« on: February 13, 2006, 04:11:26 PM »
Does anybody else around here feel like maybe a lot of this talk about the hours at Big Law is a little exaggerated?  For example, say that your firms annual billable requirement is 2,000 hours.  Say that you get the equivalent of two weeks of holidays throughout the year and that you're lucky enough to get four weeks of vacation.  That means that per week, you've got to bill 2,000/46=43.5 hours per week.  Now say that you bill 75% of your time (not at all unreasonable).  This means that you're actually working 43.5/.75=58 hours per week.  Still a lot, sure.  But it's by no means the 80+ hour weeks that people always talk about.  I bet there are a lot of people around here that would be willing to work 55-60 hours a week (as opposed to 80+) to make 125K.

Just curious what schools you're also considering?  I'm currently deciding between Cornell, ND and Wash U.  I'll be at the ND admitted student day on Feb. 24th.

I've got my LSN page linked in my sig.  I'm still waiting to hear on financial aid from most of the schools I applied to, and that will make a big difference in the end.  Right now, ND is my favorite.  I liked WUStL and UCLA could still surprise me with some money, but if I had to pick today it would definitely be ND. 

Can you describe the building a little bit more?

On the exterior, it's got that classic Collegiate Gothic architecture prevalent throughout much of the rest of campus.  On the inside, it looks old, and there's no two ways around that.  Still, even though it looks old, it's not in bad condition, and the library (featuring the incredibly high vaulted ceiling) is very cool.

i'm going to the 3/10 admitted students day, i was just wondering how people dressed for it, was it casual or did people dress up a bit?

I think somewhere I saw that they recommended business casual, but our group kind of ran the gamut.

Thanks for the update.  How is the town, traffic and off campus housing situation?

The town is OK.  It's a little bigger than I thought it would be.  I'm married and I'm not exactly the kind that likes to drink or party a lot (although there are definitely enough drinking options in town) so I don't know if other people think that the social scene is sufficient.  Most of the students seemed OK with it.  Traffic is nearly nonexistent (except for when there's a home football game) and parking for the law students is easy and cheap.  There is a lot of good, cheap off-campus housing and the students were very knowledgable about the living situations at all of the major apartment complexes.  You can get a 2-bed, 2-bath around 1,000 sf for $750 or less.

I just visited WUStL and ND last week.  Anheuser-Busch hall is AWESOME, and I didn't get to see much of the rest of campus but it looked great too.  ND's law building is old, which isn't great on the inside but definitely looks cool on the outside (and they're about to start construction on a new building, I just found out).

But this basically means two things if you go to ND:
1.) The building probably won't be finished while you're still attending and so you'll never use it.
2.) You'll be surrounded by construction the entire time.

1. True.  They've already said that it won't be done until fall '09.
2. Possibly.  The new building will go directly south of the old one so it's hard to tell how much of an effect it will have.

That being said, I still loved my visit there and would be very happy to end up there come August.

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