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Anyone ever hear of a school increasing a student's scholarship after his or her first year?  My dad seems to think I could use the 4.0 and potential transfer as a bargaining chip for more money.  Any thoughts?

I should have added this to my previous post: You need to also decide whether you would be happy staying at DePaul if you graduate at #3,5,10,15 (I don't know how many students are in your class), basically top 10% good, but not #1. It's very likely that you won't be #1 when you graduate. You may have a bad headache on a test day and get a B+. Who knows, there are so many things that could happen during your exams, and remember you have 20 more to take.

Certainly something to keep in mind and I'm aware that this is a highly probably scenario, but seeing as OCI is this fall (before any more grades come out), I just assumed it won't be a huge catastrophe if I slip a few spots.

I did have a quick question though.  I also had a professor let admissions know he was interested in my file.  How much do you think that makes a difference?  Does it make you a sure thing assuming you can reasonably be seen as getting in? DO you think it overcomes many obstacles that may otherwise prevent you from getting in?

According to the recommender, it should definitely help, but he's not sure now much.  We all know how much of a crap-chute admissions can be, so his feeling is anything to separate you from the rest of the candidates will be a nice added bonus.  But as for a "sure thing," I certainly can't imagine it would be.

How did you already get waitlisted when they haven't started with decisions yet? (at least according to the office)

I was waitlisted when I first applied last year.  I am now reapplying as a transfer.

Transferring / Re: <<How Hard is it to Transfer from T2 to T3?>>
« on: July 01, 2010, 01:55:07 PM »

I'd like to caveat this by saying that I believe that below a certain range of school ranking, USNWR rankings don't have a direct relationship to employment opportunities.  No first-hand knowledge; that's just what I've heard.

Yeah, that's pretty much true.  After the top-14 (or whatever) an employer pretty much just recruits from the regional schools.  If you plan on working in a certain area for sure after graduation, I would say going to school there (at the best possible law school you can transfer to, of course), is the best decision.  For example, going to Loyola or DePaul in Chicago is better than say going to American in D.C. if you want to work in Chicago, despite the differences in rank.  At that point, you're better off going to a school where the lawyers there actually have some connection to the university.

Transferring / Stay at DePaul as #1 in class or move to Northwestern?
« on: July 01, 2010, 01:43:13 PM »
Just finished a very successful 1L at DePaul.  I have a scholarship, won 2 CALI awards in legal writing, made Law Review, and most importantly still have a 4.0/4.0, which should rank me at the top of the class (or at least tied for #1).  I really like it at DePaul and honestly have no interest in leaving.  However, the current state of the job market has people pushing me to transfer. 

That being said, I only applied to Northwestern, where I was waitlisted and know a professor there who said he would make a phone call to the head of admissions.  Adding to that, I qualify as a minority (Puerto Rican), so my chances are good.

Assuming I get in though, I still don't know if it is the right move.  The only reasons I have for transferring are (1) job prospects and (2) prestige.  Honestly, I don't know if being an "anybody" at NU gives me such vastly improved jobs prospects and prestige than being #1 at DePaul, at least as to warrant the ENORMOUS difference in cost.

Any thoughts?  Is the added 70+K in loans really worth it?  Should even the top student at a "lesser institution" fear being employed after 3 years in this market? (I should note that I plan on staying in Chicago)

Thanks for any advice or comments.  This decision has been driving me crazy for the past two weeks...

Many employers (unfairly, I think) tend to view RA positions as reserved for underachieving students

I am well aware of the economy, but that seems really odd to me.  The ONLY students who have RA positions (that I know of) are all top students/on law review; I myself have a 4.0.  In fact, you would think that because the position is one in which a professor hand selects a student after having daily contact over an entire semester to judge his/her competence, it would be viewed as prestigious and not a cop-out.

I'll be working this summer as a research asst for my Crim Law prof.  Seeing as that won't take up all of my time, should I be dead set on supplementing that with other legal work?  To be honest with you, I have no interest in taking on other work this summer beyond that (at least work that doesn't pay or particularly interest me), but my fear is that future employers might see it as a cop out since most research asst jobs are part-time. 

In short, is there any reason to take on part-time work this summer other than to supplement my income?

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