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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: quick thoughts on u of minn
« on: February 24, 2006, 08:46:00 PM »
The law school is in one big building which would be nice in the winter.  It is located on the "West Bank" which is part of the University of Minnesota campus that is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River.  The main undergrad campus is located on the "East Bank" which is obviously on the east bank of the Mississippi River.  There is a bridge connecting the two and its probably a 10 minute walk.  There are some other programs/buildings on the West Bank but I'm not exactly sure which ones.  The law school is right on the edge of the University campus and is located in an area called Seven Corners which has quite a few bars/restaurants/shops in a couple block area bordered by the River and I-94 which is the main highway through the Twin Cities.

Other thingsd on the West Bank include the school of music, arts/theater, the (gigantic) wilson library, and many social sciences buildings - everything is connected via underground tunnels, which really comes in handy.  Oh, there's a dorm there, too, so basically, "yes" it is intermixed with the undergrads.  The East Bank has a much nicer "campus" feel to it.

I'll be in Madison for the 4th!  (can't make the 3rd)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Rejections 05-06 Cycle
« on: February 22, 2006, 10:09:47 PM »
Out at Urbana, letter dated the 15th

That ain't right.  They've been giving scholarships out to applicants with your index.  Yield protect, The WhiteMaleHistory quota is filled, or you didn't give them a compelling application?  Just curious.

Well the same app got me into W&L .. I suspect they are trying to up their lsat average, but I thought I would at least get on a wait list.

I think this is a case where going to the best-ranked school may not apply.  Based on what you want to do, I would say choose Marquette, even if Madison offered some money.

- You want to work in Milwaukee - Marquette has great reputation there and you have first-hand networking opportunities (it's 2 blocks from the courthouse!)
- You already live in Milwaukee, so that's a huge pain already taken care of, plus your fiance won't have to worry about looking for a new job - that income will remain constant.
- Your numbers indicate a high possibility of graduating near the top of your class, making employment in Milwaukee even easier.
- Marquette has some great clinical opportunities, including public defender clinic - which is what you want to do anyways.
- Free tuition!
- Your chances of working in Milwaukee may actually go down by going to Madison.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Google Maps
« on: February 22, 2006, 01:33:20 PM »
Damn, Bass beat me to it...

It's very true though, Google Earth is the BOMB!! You do have to downlaod/install it, but its free and is pretty much as good as an expensive geographic infomation system (at least from the user end).

I work in part of NOAA where we do alot of GIS maping and data development, and we have just started using Google Earth professional for some of our projects. Not only is it a great way to chack out an area... but there is also a really motivated user community coming up with crazy good extensions and applications. The Hi-Res imagery is so good, I could (no joke) see my mother-in-law's dog in her backyard (she's all white and was outside when the satellite image was shot).

Check it out, you'll get hooked

<---- downloading right now!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Rejections 05-06 Cycle
« on: February 21, 2006, 03:32:44 PM »
Out at Urbana, letter dated the 15th

Choosing the Right Law School / Google Maps
« on: February 21, 2006, 06:57:21 AM »
I was shocked to learn how many people don't know about these!

For those heading to completely new areas, or house-shopping from afar, try out the google maps to get a sense of a location without physically being there.
Simply type in the name of a city (Chicago, IL) or an address (123 Main St, Chicago, IL), hit [enter] and click "satellite." You'll get a great satellite image of the area so you can see first hand if there are parks, golf courses, lakes, etc.
**Smaller cities will not have the satellite feature.

Wow .. 123 main St, Chicago, IL really exists  :o

Are you talking 15 minutes between the two law schools, or between WM and St. Thomas undergrad? I've been out in that area plenty of times but not since I started looking at schools so I never really paid much attention, but for for some reason I thought William Mitchell and the St. Thomas undergrad campus were on the same street very near each other in St. Paul.

Yes they are very close, but as a law student you won't need to go to the main St.Paul campus.

If I'm not mistaken, William Mitchell and the St. Thomas undergrad campus are within like 2-3 miles of one another? So I assume that places that one would suggest for St. Thomas off-campus housing would be good for William Mitchell, right?

You can make anything work as it's maybe 15 minutes between the two schools, but generally speaking, for St.T you'd want Minnneapolis/suburb, WM a St.P/suburb.

Law School Admissions / Re: Schools that have impressed you
« on: February 20, 2006, 12:18:36 PM »
Wisconsin - Though I've yet to visit, I've spoken to several people that LOVE Madison and U of Wisc.  They've got great clinics, they're right in the capitol, and students love the school.  And there is no bar exam for Wisconsin grads!

I think that the bar privilege has been eliminated for UW grads.

What makes you say this?

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