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ITT a BU 1L and a BC 1L answer questions with civility

Re: ITT a BU 1L and a BC 1L answer questions with civility
« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2007, 08:26:04 AM »
Looking to hear more about BU as well. At my firm, BU is trashtalked a lot (whether it deserves it or not). People seem to  respect the rigor at the school, but they say that the academic and social environment is uniquely cut-throat. Is this true?

I wonder how the rumor about BU being cut-throat got started.  From my experience, as well as of many on this board, it is far from "cut-throat."  You have more type A personalities than the undergrad environment, but people are friendly and easy-going generally.  Is it more intense than undergrad?  Of course, which is both expected and wanted of an engaging legal training ground.  Are people "cut-throat" or otherwise mean or nasty?  Absolutely not.  Of course BU is my only experience as far as law school is concerned, but I can't imagine that it's much different than any comparable school for various reasons:  (i) similar caliber of students, and with that similar personalities and drives; (ii) similar class size and placement; and (iii) similar demographics.  Princeton review is not worth much because it's based on students' opinion, but there is a category on academic/classroom experience, and apparently the students here think every well of their own experience (#5).  That should mean something when the issue is about the environment.    

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Re: ITT a BU 1L and a BC 1L answer questions with civility
« Reply #31 on: November 27, 2007, 08:28:35 AM »
Looking to hear more about BU as well. At my firm, BU is trashtalked a lot (whether it deserves it or not). People seem to  respect the rigor at the school, but they say that the academic and social environment is uniquely cut-throat. Is this true?

I wonder how the rumor about BU being cut-throat got started.  From my experience, as well as of many on this board, it is far from "cut-throat."  You have more type A personalities than the undergrad environment, but people are friendly and easy-going generally.  Is it more intense than undergrad?  Of course, which is both expected and wanted of an engaging legal training ground.  Are people "cut-throat" or otherwise mean or nasty?  Absolutely not.  Of course BU is my only experience as far as law school is concerned, but I can't imagine that it's much different than any comparable school for various reasons:  (i) similar caliber of students, and with that similar personalities and drives; (ii) similar class size and placement; and (iii) similar demographics.  Princeton review is not worth much because it's based on students' opinion, but there is a category on academic/classroom experience, and apparently the students here think every well of their own experience (#5).  That should mean something when the issue is about the environment.   
How do you feel about placement options? Do people in the bottom 50% get jobs?

Re: ITT a BU 1L and a BC 1L answer questions with civility
« Reply #32 on: November 27, 2007, 08:51:19 AM »
 
 How do you feel about placement options? Do people in the bottom 50% get jobs?

As mentioned in a previous post, even if I end up in the bottom half, I feel comfortable with my career prospect based on my research. I probably woudl be pro-active and won't sit back and wait for on-campus firms to hand out offers to me, but I have talked to countless young alumni, and the general consensus is that it is not uncommon to see lower 50% grads in big laws in major cities.  If you don't care about big law or clerkship, and are happy with mid-law or other opportunities, then class rank apparently does not matter much.  So, to answer your question, yes, most, probably virtually all, people in the bottom 50% get jobs.  Some get big laws, most get "other laws", and some work for DA or AG offices, etc.

Re: ITT a BU 1L and a BC 1L answer questions with civility
« Reply #33 on: November 27, 2007, 09:02:23 AM »
Is it snowing in Boston? (she said wistfully)

its actually low 60s today.  which is my kind of thing ... I hate snow.

Wow, and it's only 46 degrees here in southern PA.  All is not well with the world...

It's really unseasonably warm today - the next week we'll be in the 30's-40's

Yeah, I know!  Enjoy it while it lasts!

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Re: ITT a BU 1L and a BC 1L answer questions with civility
« Reply #34 on: November 27, 2007, 09:03:19 AM »
 
 How do you feel about placement options? Do people in the bottom 50% get jobs?

As mentioned in a previous post, even if I end up in the bottom half, I feel comfortable with my career prospect based on my research. I probably woudl be pro-active and won't sit back and wait for on-campus firms to hand out offers to me, but I have talked to countless young alumni, and the general consensus is that it is not uncommon to see lower 50% grads in big laws in major cities.  If you don't care about big law or clerkship, and are happy with mid-law or other opportunities, then class rank apparently does not matter much.  So, to answer your question, yes, most, probably virtually all, people in the bottom 50% get jobs.  Some get big laws, most get "other laws", and some work for DA or AG offices, etc.
Thanks man. Very informative! Now if only they would give me that acceptance... ;)

Re: ITT a BU 1L and a BC 1L answer questions with civility
« Reply #35 on: November 27, 2007, 09:04:45 AM »
 
 How do you feel about placement options? Do people in the bottom 50% get jobs?

As mentioned in a previous post, even if I end up in the bottom half, I feel comfortable with my career prospect based on my research. I probably woudl be pro-active and won't sit back and wait for on-campus firms to hand out offers to me, but I have talked to countless young alumni, and the general consensus is that it is not uncommon to see lower 50% grads in big laws in major cities.  If you don't care about big law or clerkship, and are happy with mid-law or other opportunities, then class rank apparently does not matter much.  So, to answer your question, yes, most, probably virtually all, people in the bottom 50% get jobs.  Some get big laws, most get "other laws", and some work for DA or AG offices, etc.
Thanks man. Very informative! Now if only they would give me that acceptance... ;)

Bamf and dullashell are making me glad that I applied to both these schools!


Re: ITT a BU 1L and a BC 1L answer questions with civility
« Reply #36 on: November 27, 2007, 09:05:40 AM »
I know that neither of you may know this, but how is the debt for the average student coming out of these schools?  Anecdotal evidence is also fine by me...I'll take what I can get.   :P

Re: ITT a BU 1L and a BC 1L answer questions with civility
« Reply #37 on: November 27, 2007, 09:28:07 AM »
I know that neither of you may know this, but how is the debt for the average student coming out of these schools?  Anecdotal evidence is also fine by me...I'll take what I can get.   :P

I might be off on this, but I think it's in the range of $85K.  On that note, there seems to be a lot of people here from $$ background ... judging merely from their apts and cars and toys.  This is by no mean empirical.

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Re: ITT a BU 1L and a BC 1L answer questions with civility
« Reply #38 on: November 27, 2007, 10:24:22 AM »
i got a 15k scholarship for all three years, and I'm an RA this year (free food/free housing) and will be next year (90% sure) - but i will still have approximately 85k in dept.

thats depressing.

Re: ITT a BU 1L and a BC 1L answer questions with civility
« Reply #39 on: November 27, 2007, 11:18:53 AM »
i got a 15k scholarship for all three years, and I'm an RA this year (free food/free housing) and will be next year (90% sure) - but i will still have approximately 85k in dept.

thats depressing.

35K tuition + 15K housing and minimal expenses = mininum of 50K/year

So, with scholarship and free housing for 2 years, in your case, it's 35K (1L) + 25K (2L) + 25K(3L) = 85K in loans, and that is if you're not a big spender on clothes and traveling.  Makes sense.  It could be a bit less if you use some of the extra money from 1L/2L summer to pay back loans.