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Choosing the Right Law School / Extremely torn (NYU v. Michigan)
« on: April 12, 2006, 06:16:07 PM »
So if I'm going to Michigan, I need to accept by Friday (financial aid deadline for a joint degree).  And when I went and visited, I liked it, but then I went to NYU and now I have no idea what to do. 

I'm interested in affordable housing and land use law.  Both schools have good clinics for this. But at NYU, there are several professors who specialize in these areas, and there's a Real Estate and Urban Policy research center and a study abroad program in a place I'd really like to go.  UMich doesn't have these advantages--in fact, their only land use/housing professor in the law school is going to NYU next year--but I've been accepted for a joint degree in their (highly-regarded) school of urban planning, so in an extra year (with the tuition for the masters covered) I could have a JD and an MUP.  This would give me more courses in housing and urban planning, including studio classes, and would allow me to TA (I don't know if I'm interested in teaching but this seems like a good way to find out, and the dual degree could help if I went on the academic job market).  But, of course, it's one more year in school and one less year at work.  I don't know whether that's a good or a bad thing for me! 

Location: Again, a tossup--I like being able to walk and ride my bike, I like safety and afforable housing within walking distance of school and it would be cool to go to football games.  And I like friendly people who are easy to get to know.  But I'm not averse to living in a city, and most of my friends and relatives are on the east coast.  I have no idea where I'd like to practice after graduating. 

Cost-wise they're about equal: the additional interest accruing on loans while doing the MUP, the slightly lower summer public interest stipends, the increased cost of moving halfway across the country, and the loss of summer income since I'd be doing summer-start at michigan (which is also a pro/con thing...starting law school 10 days after commencement sounds like a drag, but a lighter course load at first sounds nice) mean that NYU isn't really any pricier. 

I also think rankings are a wash...yeah, NYU's a bit higher, but the judges and hiring partners and such I've talked to seem to respect Michigan just as much if not more. 

ANY advice would be really helpful...

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Michigan--2nd Preview Days
« on: February 11, 2006, 08:47:01 AM »
I just registered for the 2nd of the two UMich preview weekends...anyone else planning to go then?  If yes, we should definitely figure out a LSD meetup.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / For Berkeley admits
« on: February 04, 2006, 08:00:27 AM »
I've been hoping to plan a spring break trip to Boalt and UMich, but I haven't heard back from Berkeley yet. 

Can anyone tell me when Berkeley's having admitted students' weekends?  I'd rather make the reservation and cancel it if I get rejected, than get in and not be able to afford the ticket. 

Thanks so much!

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Visit to NYU
« on: January 09, 2006, 07:39:21 PM »
thought i'd put down some of my impressions...

buildings are nice, clean, quiet except right around lunchtime.

i didn't sit in on any classes since it was their first day.  i'd called to see when the list of spring 2006 classes open to visitors would be made available, and the person who answered the phone had no idea except that it definitely wouldn't be this week.  i expect it's hardly their top priority now, with so many apps to read. 

students were dressed more casually than i'd expected, mostly in jeans and sneakers (a relief--i'm nervous about making the change from a very laid-back undergrad to professional school!)

the bookstore was crowded, as expected on the first day of class, and books are pricey (also no surprise--but does anyone know whether some law school bookstores sell used textbooks?  my current school does, but i'm not sure if that's just an undergrad thing).

students seemed happy to be back and definitely dove right into work--the library was packed on the first day of class and people were studying HARD.  the library is nice--not a stunner like the pictures i've seen of other schools, but definitely a place I could work in. 

the security guards don't seem to be on the same page as the admissions office about where prospective students can go and what ID they need (hint--bringing your letter of admission would probably make things easier--i didn't)

it was my first visit to a law school, excepting some wandering around Minnesota two summers ago when nobody was really there, and so I can't compare it to anywhere else...feel free to post questions if there's something I didn't address!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Michigan Summer Start
« on: December 12, 2005, 06:52:39 AM »
So I applied RD and got in for Summer Start.  Anyone else?

I know the pros, but there are definite cons as well (it begins the week after commencement, precluding a summer job and relaxation, and royally screwing up family responsibilities I'd already agreed to take on). 

frankly i'm feeling a bit silly for applying to both and letting them pick, but it seemed--and still seems--like the option that gave me the best chance of getting in with slightly weak LSATs.  I'm going to wait and see what responses I get from other schools, and if it looks like UMich is one of my top choices at that point, see if they'll give a one-year deferral.  Does anyone know how likely that is (I know the odds are probably pretty bad)?

There are a lot of things about the school that I prefer to Georgetown, like the opportunity to do a joint urban-planning degree, the better loan repayment and clinical options, smaller class size, etc.  But the location and summer start thing definitely give me pause.  Any advice?

Law School Admissions / Complete at Minnesota
« on: November 13, 2005, 07:53:50 AM »
So I know their EA deadline isn't til Tuesday, but has anyone been notified that they're complete at MN? 

At least we know there's only 6 weeks (at maximum!) til we hear a decision from them...

Law School Admissions / waiver after applying
« on: October 08, 2005, 12:51:04 PM »
I transmitted my application to UMich last week, and today I got a fee waiver in the mail. 

This was a pleasant surprise, but I'm not sure if it will do me any good...has anyone had experience with getting their admission fee refunded if they got a waiver after they paid?

Law School Admissions / Minnesota
« on: October 07, 2005, 05:35:48 AM »
has anyone applying to UMN had their report requested?  I applied to 5 schools at the same time, and Minnesota's the only one that doesn't have a paper application or a report yet.

Choosing the Right Law School / urban planning joint degrees
« on: August 18, 2005, 03:26:49 PM »
does anyone have experience with JD/MUP or JD/MCP programs for urban/city planning? 

i'd like to one day start an affordable housing development company, and it seems like this might be a good option

the places i'm looking that have this option are umich, berkeley, nyu, minnesota, and upenn (i'm also planning to apply to gw and georgetown but they don't have an mup program).

thanks for any advice...

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