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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC v. Fordham
« on: August 13, 2008, 05:08:19 AM »
Some things to consider:

1) Money: What do your aid packages look like? Even if one is higher than another, how do things look when cost of living is factored in?  If your money is based in scholarships, what are the requirements for keeping them (i.e., does the school give out more money than the curve will allow for renewal)?

2) Portability of Degree: Though you're focused on the NYC (and maybe Philly) market now, life can throw many curves at you and might require you to enter other geographic regions in the future.  Though both schools are stronger within their home market, how do they do when you start going farther away?

3) Culture: Law schools can greatly vary in their day-to-day experience for students.  Will you feel more comfortable in an urban or greener setting? More collegial or more competitive environment? Do you want a law school community that goes to social events together, or one that is more independent?

4) Worst case scenario: Though folks don't like to think about it, what will you be able to do if you're in the bottom half at either school?  This is a good question for each school's career services since they'll know the ground truth.

Good luck with your decision!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn or BC
« on: July 11, 2008, 05:36:39 PM »
If you have any questions, feel free to PM me, but I think BC is a no-brainer, even for NYC if you're looking for a firm paying market. If you're interested in public interest and are committed to living in NYC for life, it's a different story. Be wary of your scholarship terms though and read the fine print.

As for BC kids, we're called the Disneyland of Law Schools for a reason. I'm happy there and so is everyone I know.

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Transferring / Re: BC
« on: July 05, 2008, 11:30:34 AM »
yesterday I went to visit the BC law school campus and I was very very disappointed...
the facilities are great but the campus is in the middle of nowhere and the main BC campus is too far....
I'm thinking about withdrawing my application, also considering that I already got into GW..

any thoughts?

I think it depends what you're looking for. Law school is an isolated existence for the most part unless you're doing clinics or during your summers.  If you think you'll be unhappy based on location alone, and that will affect your performance, then I'd suggest going somewhere else.  If you think you just want to be in a city environment because you didn't have one growing up or in undergrad, I'd say to hold off since you'll get that when you start working any way.

I'd also mention that you're exaggerating the location of the school by a bit. It may not be public transit friendly, but I can get downtown on the Mass Pike in 10 minutes by car or express bus.

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One or the other, not both obviously. I attend either BC or BU.

So what's my strategy folks??

Honestly, smaller and mid-sized firms probably won't hire you until after you pass the bar.

I'd do your best to raise the GPA a bit, try and excel in some other areas like moot court, and maybe even get published in a small journal at a lower tiered school. You should also try to get as much practical experience as possible, either through clinics or internships with big name government agencies in the area you want to practice.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC v. Chicago-Kent
« on: June 30, 2008, 04:34:09 PM »
Does anyone on this board have first-hand experience with or knowledge of BC's Moot Court and Mock Trial programs?

Drop me a PM and I'll tell you what I know. I'm on one of the national moot court teams.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC v. Chicago-Kent
« on: June 27, 2008, 04:52:53 PM »
Honestly, BC is probably even better for Chicago.  The difference between a school ranked 20 or 30 isn't that much, but 26 and 66 are in different worlds.

Ask for cash, but go to BC even if it means no aid.

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: BC WL
« on: June 17, 2008, 04:37:19 AM »
BC says they are over enrolled now so it doesn't sound good for WL movement.

It depends on how much above their goal they are. If there's a lot of movement on waitlists above them, it could trickle down.

Honestly, you won't know for sure until the week before (or even the first week of) classes.

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yikes - http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2008/05/overnight_derai.html

This actually was a pain in the ass to get around when I was coming back from the bars at Harvard and Comm. that night. Yet another reason to bring a car to Boston. Aside from the red line, public transit in Boston pretty much sucks.

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Career Services offers a grid to interested employers that correlates GPA with a rank percentile. Officially though, there are no ranks.

Percentile   Class of 2009   Class of 2008
95%              3.78              3.68
90%              3.63              3.61
85%              3.57              3.55
80%              3.51              3.51
75%              3.47              3.45
70%              3.39              3.42
65%              3.34              3.39
60%              3.30              3.36
55%              3.28              3.33
50%              3.24              3.29

But that's not given out to employers - or is it?  Do all the OCI employers have that chart?

Employers get it if they ask for it, and I'm pretty sure all of them do.

Additionally, student top 1/3 or above might choose to list the approximate rank next to their GPA on resumes.

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Career Services offers a grid to interested employers that correlates GPA with a rank percentile. Officially though, there are no ranks.

Percentile   Class of 2009   Class of 2008
95%              3.78              3.68
90%              3.63              3.61
85%              3.57              3.55
80%              3.51              3.51
75%              3.47              3.45
70%              3.39              3.42
65%              3.34              3.39
60%              3.30              3.36
55%              3.28              3.33
50%              3.24              3.29

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