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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Pepperdine v George Mason
« on: July 17, 2008, 05:35:46 PM »
Darn it, wrong section...been a while since I posted on LSD.  Insight would be appreciated though.

Incoming 1Ls / Pepperdine v George Mason
« on: July 17, 2008, 04:51:12 PM »
Any thoughts on this?  I am posting for a friend (I am a rising 2L) who is trying to decide.  No money at either.

At this point, he hopes to practice in CA.  I told him that GMU has been rising in the rankings and making a bit of a name for itself (although, so has Pepperdine). 

Curious if you guys have any further insight.  Thanks.

Transferring / Re: LOR Question
« on: May 22, 2008, 12:46:33 PM »
I asked two, neither of which knew me well at all (I really don't speak up much in class and never felt the need to go to office hours).  Both were very cool about it.  The letters will probably be short but positive, which is fine with me.

Current Law Students / Re: What is the most difficult 1L subject ??
« on: May 21, 2008, 11:00:03 PM »
And that would be...Civ Pro.

Many of us felt like the Professor was speaking another language during lecture.  I mean this seriously; we had NO idea wtf he was talking about.

Current Law Students / Re: My law school screwed me!!!
« on: May 21, 2008, 10:58:53 PM »
That's ridiculous, having a retroactive grade requirement.  Do you not meet this requirement for quite a few classes?  If it's only a couple, seems worth it to retake them?

I assume you can't transfer your grades to say, Golden Gate?  What about a non-ABA school like Lincoln?


It personally seems to me that George Mason is kind of overrated anyway - its Biglaw placement is barely better than Catholic or American, from what I've seen.

Is this really the only or best measure of a school's quality?

I personally find it amazing that the ABA has went on this accrediting spree over the last 20 years, to the extent where now we probably have too many law schools, including a good number of schools where grads are going to have an impossible time finding a job that will justify their student loan debt when they are done.

On the other hand, GMU has done everything in the world to improve their academic reputation, hire well-qualified faculty, improve their facilities, raise their test scores, etc.  I'd also add that after visiting GMU, I give them a ton of credit for actually being honest with prospective students about what their career prospects will be when they graduate, instead of just falsely implying that everyone gets a BIGLAW job like too many law schools do. 

It just seems like the ABA would have more important things to worry about, instead of harrassing a school that's actually doing a very good job of educating its students.   

Agreed.  I am a 1L (Asian) at GMU.  The school is "conservative," but mostly in an economic, Chicago-ish way.

There are a fair number of minority students, although coming from California, it is less diverse than what I am used to.  I agree with your 2nd paragraph especially.  GMU has improved greatly, now has the highest bar passage rate in VA, is renovating, etc.  Their acceptance phone call was a nice touch.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Davis vs. Hastings
« on: March 19, 2008, 01:12:55 AM »
Hastings seems to have the stronger reputation (because of its age and historically higher ranking), but I agree with Krisace that you should choose where you will be happy and comfortable.

Some people may not enjoy living in SF and attending school in the Tenderloin.  Davis is a bit boring for my tastes, but it is a safe, quiet town. 

I think if you do well at either school you will have good job prospects, so why not spend 3 years somewhere you will enjoy living?  Law school is tough enough; it's not worth the slight differences in rankings or reputation to choose a school that doesn't fit your preferences.

Highly doubt you will be discriminated against, but I am not sure it's a great idea to make being a lesbian the focal point of your PS.  Then again, if it is THE reason you want to become an attorney, maybe you should make it the focal point.

You of course have to make the final decision...

But in your shoes, I would retake and wait a year.  A 3.91 from Stanford plus say, a 167-169 LSAT will get you into the bottom half of the T-14s.

CO is a very good school, and a scholarship is great.  But, it sounds like you are what, 21?  Why not wait a bit, get some work experience and enjoy life?  I am a 1L now, it is a lot of work...

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