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thechoson

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Boyd- UNLV?
« on: April 11, 2004, 11:05:01 PM »
Anybody going there or applied there?  I am pending at UNLV.  Wondering if any people had any info on this school, they seem to be pretty solid (debuted in top 100), and for some strange reason I am attracted to living in Vegas.   ;D

Anybody have some insight to share on UNLV?

Thanks!

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Re: Boyd- UNLV?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2004, 11:16:18 PM »
All I know is that Vegas rocks, food is cheap, drinks are free, and the hotels are really really impressive.  It'd be a great downt o burn off law school stress in.  And I've heard from several people that they hire TONS of lawyers in vegas, but I've also heard they mostly go for BIGLAW type candidates, so I'm really not sure what your job prospects would be like.  Sorry if this was no help at all. . .
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Re: Boyd- UNLV?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2004, 11:43:59 PM »
Zpops,
I remember when I was younger, I'd go to the arcade.  (I am having a Christopher Walken moment..) Anyways, I'd walk into the arcade, and maybe start playing Street Fighter II, NBA Jam, something.  I'd kick some ass, play well, get to the end, kick M Bison's ass.  Then comes the time to post my score, put my initials next to it.  My scores will be decent, I'll post my initials.  But then , when all the scores come up, there would always be that AWESOME score, by some dude with the initials I'd recognize at every game I'd play.  He'd have scores so high nobody could touch them, and everybody could only wish to be top dog like him.  Whenever I see your stats under your Batman, I have that feeling.  It's like looking at a video game score, so very surreal.
Hmm.. anyways, thanks for the tip on Vegas, hehe  ;D

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Re: Boyd- UNLV?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2004, 09:35:11 AM »
Oh man...I think you and me just had the same flashback...hahaha

Before I moved to the damn East Coast 11 years ago, my dad and I used to drive from San Jose, CA to Vegas as he loved to go out there and relax.  He would give me 20 bucks to play in the arcade for 3 hours and he owuld go off and gamble.  What would I do?  I would rock those shotgun shooting games and be in awe of the first ever Street Fighter game where you could only be Ryu.  I applied to UNLV too and am hpoing that I get in only for the reason it seems to be the hottest law school now and close enough to CA that I wouldn't mind transferring from there or even staying and learning some gaming law.

Good luck to you.

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Re: Boyd- UNLV?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2004, 03:48:27 PM »
The best part about UNLV is that the casinos comp tuition :)

I've been accepted to UNLV but have decided not to attend and I did do a little research on UNLV.  First, I understand (this is mostly coming from UNLV and people in the area) that the school is getting great support from local law firms. Second, Nevada law is very different from other parts of the country so if you want to practice in Nevada then UNLV is a great choice.  Third, Las Vegas is growing crazy fast so you probably will have a lot of opportunities in the area.  Also, UNLV is giving out a lot of money to attract good people; I got good money despite the fact that I'm not a stellar candidate (LSAT 164, UGPA 3.45). 

Finally, the idea of living is Las-Vegas may seem a little crazy.. like the depictions on TV.  But I belive that you can get any life-style you want there.  I have an uncle living in LV (a radiologist who could practice anywhere) who is a very conservative LDS (Mormon).  He has raised all of his kids in LV and loves the area, and will probably stay there forever. 

Anyway, I think UNLV is a great option, primarily if you want to practice in Nevada.

Good Luck,
Joe

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Re: Boyd- UNLV?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2004, 06:44:12 PM »
The best part about UNLV is that the casinos comp tuition :)

I've been accepted to UNLV but have decided not to attend and I did do a little research on UNLV.  First, I understand (this is mostly coming from UNLV and people in the area) that the school is getting great support from local law firms. Second, Nevada law is very different from other parts of the country so if you want to practice in Nevada then UNLV is a great choice.  Third, Las Vegas is growing crazy fast so you probably will have a lot of opportunities in the area.  Also, UNLV is giving out a lot of money to attract good people; I got good money despite the fact that I'm not a stellar candidate (LSAT 164, UGPA 3.45). 

Finally, the idea of living is Las-Vegas may seem a little crazy.. like the depictions on TV.  But I belive that you can get any life-style you want there.  I have an uncle living in LV (a radiologist who could practice anywhere) who is a very conservative LDS (Mormon).  He has raised all of his kids in LV and loves the area, and will probably stay there forever. 

Anyway, I think UNLV is a great option, primarily if you want to practice in Nevada.

Good Luck,
Joe

Well considering all the money I lost in Vegas last time I was there, I'd hope they'd comp my tuition.  Viva Las Vegas!

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Re: Boyd- UNLV?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2004, 06:51:04 PM »
I spent all of my high school living in Las Vegas (Henderson to be exact). I also applied to UNLV and was admitted w/ a full tuition scholarship. Right now I am planning on going there unless I get into USC.

What I can tell the greatest thing about LV is that you meet the most fascinating ppl there. While living and working as a lifeguard in the hotels I have met Shaq, Carmen Electra, Bill Clinton (he loves it there), many important businessmen, restauranteers, entrepreneurs, a former Israeli intelligence officer, even my boyfriend's ex-roommate was friends w/ the 9/11 hijacker, Atta. (Now she dates the FBI agent that interrogated her). That's what I miss most of all. It is normal, however, just a diff kind of normal.

The cost of living in LV is extremely low. In fact, my boyfriend and I are considering buying a small starter house, which we wouldn't be able to do in any other large cities. Plus, if you live in apts they are new, nice, and well kept.

About the law school: I've read that UNLV is buying several of the top professors to teach there and they are doing an amazing job. I've talked to students that have said that they are totally satisfied w/ their choice. The only downer is that the career services office is underdeveloped. Hopefully it will be up to speed soon.

The legal community in LV is very supportive of UNLV and are willing to hire fresh lawyers out of UNLV. How it be looked outside of the area, I don't know. Like mentioned earlier, LV is growing w/ a net of 4,000 new residents per month. Demand is high for all sorts of jobs, including lawyers, so the salaries from lawyers is rising very rapidly.

Well...I've been saying too much probably. Check out this site to see what others had to say about it.

http://www.4law.net/rating/censura.php?tsid=1&csid=0a4388b1f847c40b05a7f8c6ecba380d&cmd=details&itemid=203

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Re: Boyd- UNLV?
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2004, 02:29:29 PM »
Well, I got into Boyd today, with Money.  Considering their already cheap ass tution (14k for out of state), I am looking at about 60k total in debt by graduation.  The other schools I am considering- ASU and USD, will both cost me almost twice that.  So what do you guys think?  Do I take the money at Boyd, or do I remain on the ASU or USD bandwagon?

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Re: Boyd- UNLV?
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2004, 03:23:44 PM »
Well, I got into Boyd today, with Money.  Considering their already cheap ass tution (14k for out of state), I am looking at about 60k total in debt by graduation.  The other schools I am considering- ASU and USD, will both cost me almost twice that.  So what do you guys think?  Do I take the money at Boyd, or do I remain on the ASU or USD bandwagon?

Congrats on the accept and money.  I think that it really comes down to where you want to work.  If you want to work in Nevada then UNVL seems like an excellent choice.  It is the only law school in Nevada, the school is getting better every year, Nevada and LV in particular is growing like crazy, and students there seem to love it.  Checkout http://www.4law.net/rating/index.php to look at student reviews, of course you have to take these with a grain of salt..  Also, It appears that UNLV and the local LV law firms are really serious about their law school are (this info is coming from UNLV itself so take it with yet more salt).  But any city/state with the financial resources Nevada has is not going to go half-a$$ed on their school.  This is pure speculation but - I would expect UNLV to continue improving their ranking (possibly rapidly) over the coming years.

Also, when you compare it to SD you also need to consider the cost of living, I would imagine that the cost of living in LV would be little as 1/2 or less of what it would cost to live in San Diego.  Furthermore USD's tuition is 30k/year.  Furthermore, depending upon how strict their regents are, you may be able to get in-state tuition at some point during your three years.  That said, if you want to stay in San Diego then maybe the extra debt is worth it.  I have a friend attending USD now, class of 2006, and she loves it (of course she isn't paying for it either, thats daddy's job).  She raves about the campus and the qualitiy of the teaching; some of the ratings systems have been very favorable of the quality of USD's professors.  One minor problem she has with USD is their curve which is centered on a 'C'.. this means that most of the first year's get all 'C' grades (she did despite claiming to work really hard).  She mentioned that USD was considering upping their curve given their improved ranking and student body.  Of course, many people don't really care about their grades just their position in the class, I suppose that it is a minor thing that may or may not be important to you.

I really don't know anything about ASU, but I'm sure other people on the board do.

Anyway, In my opinion you can't go wrong with UNVL or USD congrats and good luck deciding.
Joe

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Re: Boyd- UNLV?
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2004, 06:13:55 PM »
I think UNLV is a pretty up and coming school due to the rapid growth of the area and the new facilities.  I've been accepted there and think it would be a good choice, however my main hang up has been with the real estate market. My wife and I are looking to buy a starter home in the area and we are having little luck finding anything decent(900-1000 sq ft,2 bdrm 1 bath home) under 200K.  Supposedly people line up to buy new houses and even bid above the builder's base price.  Another poster mentioned that they are thinking of buying a starter home and going to UNLV, but I question where they will find one and for how much.  Anyone else who has applied there and looking at homes seen this?