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I think U.S. news is far worse for undergrads than for law schools. It's pretty absurd to try to rank the U.S. Air Force Academy against Reed College.

At least with law schools, they are teaching the same basic curriculum.

Law School Admissions / Re: 178/3.69 CHANCE ME!
« on: September 28, 2011, 05:55:41 PM »
That guide doesn't work that well on the margins. It gives someone with a 180/4.0 slightly better than a 50/50 chance at penn. Someone like that is an autoadmit at Penn- probably with big scolarship money.

Law School Admissions / Re: chances
« on: September 25, 2011, 09:25:59 AM »
Whatever you do, don't go into significant debt for any of those schools. But keep in mind that many scholarship offers are intended to be revoked. They set GPA conditions that 2/3 of the scholarship offerees won't meet.

Law School Admissions / Re: 178/3.69 CHANCE ME!
« on: September 25, 2011, 09:24:30 AM »
You will get in everywhere except Yale and Stanford. Maybe in off the waitlist at one of those two.

Law School Admissions / Re: Combined degree programs? (and other questions)
« on: September 20, 2011, 05:53:37 PM »
If you want to pursue these degrees then I suggest you do it.  It is always good to bring in as much knowledge as you can.

Only if those degrees are free with no opportunity cost.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Chapman Law School
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:39:46 PM »
As a general rule, planing on practicing entertainment law from any law school (save perhaps Harvard/Yale/Stanford) without any contacts in the industry is a fool's errand. The quality of the educational program is irrelevant if it does not lead to a job in the field.

Do you want to be a lawyer or an entertainment lawyer? If only the latter, I would reconsider. 

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: visit to New York Law School
« on: September 02, 2011, 01:56:52 PM »
I have talked to a few students who go there. Ones a 2L and the others a 3L and the both like it a lot. They said that the Professors are terrific and that there are a lot of opportunities for jobs and paid internships. The 2L student was telling me he got a paid internship this summer going into his second year.

Just about every law school has terrific professors. That is not the problem.

It's not students you should be talking to - it's recent graduates.

Houston biglaw is at 160.
A few national biglaw firms pay 160 in Denver.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: visit to New York Law School
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:24:01 PM »
If you haven't read the article already, this should be taken into consideration:

Personally, I would rate NYLS as one of the worst values in legal education. CUNY will get you a similar education and similar job prospects for less than half the price (and it's no harder to get into). Even then, I would avoid the NYC market unless you have burning personal reasons to live in NYC. It's an extremely oversaturated market.

Really, only people who go to T14 (and do well there) are likely to come out making 160k. The valedictorian at CUNY would be lucky to get a 160k job.

At a T3/T4, most graduates are lucky to get any job as a lawyer. That said, a small handful get really lucky and do very well starting their own firms. 

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