The deadline at L&C was the 1st. They extend me until the 10th because I did not respond. You may want to contact them and let them know you are still interested and trying to make a careful decision. They will probably extend you.
Okay, need some serious help here. I was recently taken off of both IU and L & C's waitlists and have until Thursday to let Lewis and Clark know. I am interested in environmental law, and Lewis and Clark has the best program. However, I have also been admitted into IU's SPEA Master of Public Affairs program, which is the best for environmental policy in the country and would complete the joint degree program.As far as location is concerned, Oregon would be a kickass place to be for the next three years. I have lots of family and friends out there, Portland is only a drive away from the coast and I wouldn't mind living out there long term.Indiana does not seem like quite as cool of a place (I'm a fan of corn, but it has its limitations), but I visited Bloomington and liked it. The law school as a whole is without a doubt a giant step ahead of Lewis and Clark, but will I be that far ahead in environmental law at Indiana? Should I even be basing my decision on the type of law I want to practice (I hear most people who go for env. law don't end up doing it). I'm also not confident that Indiana is where I want to be permanently located. I'm from Minnesota so Indiana would be closer to home, but is still a good 16 hour drive away. Please help!
EDITED: A 16-hour drive away...that's like a country apart. i don't know what to say. they gave me until the 10th to email them back. if they've extended you until thursday, i say you got a lot out of them because they made it clear in that email that after the 10th, that was it.what is the SPEA program? so that would mean you would go to law school and get a Masters as well? i normally say go to the school that you like the most and that serves your purpose the most. however, i think you got a lot of issues going on here. is money a factor in all of this? was l&c giving you more? let us know how you've decided.costa rica--now, that's a vacation. i heard it's beautiful. any tips on what to do while there?
I worked very closely with the public policy professors at my university and thus know that Indiana's program is top of the top tier. Good choice!!!
What's funny is many people at IU don't understand that. I know masters programs and undergrad programs differ wildly in their rankings, but most of the IU community, particularly the B-School, sees SPEA as the B-School's bastard stepchild. As a matter of fact, I thought I knew all the great programs at IU that no one knew about. I had no idea SPEA's graduate programs were as highly ranked.