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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Brooklyn Law
« on: February 16, 2006, 08:40:17 AM »
Thanks  :)
I applied early December of 2005 - and just heard yesterday.  Seems like BLS is rolling out their decisions pretty slowly.  I've yet to hear from some of the places where you got in, like Northeastern, so I don't know if there is any rhyme or reason to it all.

Good luck!

Anyone know of BLS' ability to place in the job market in NYC?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Brooklyn Law
« on: February 16, 2006, 05:44:05 AM »
Hey LSD,

I just found out I got into Brooklyn yesterday!  Really excited at the prospect of being in NYC...

I was wondering if anyone knows anything about the school.  Right now, I think it's at the top of my list.  Any thoughts on rep in NYC?  Location?  School experience?  Living in NYC?


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Kent v. Loyola
« on: February 15, 2006, 12:03:04 PM »
They are both great schools and I'm facing the same decision.

Though Kent seems to be up and coming with solid faculty, I would pick Loyola for a few reasons:

1.) Rep in Chicago - seems like Loyola still has a more solid reputation overall in the city, though Kent is closing in.  Thinking about jobs, Loyola has a higher starting salary and better bar passage rate.

2.) Health Law - This is where my main interest is for law school.  Their health law program is ranked 4th in the nation, and I heard the school just got a $5 million gift to the health law institute in particular, which is exciting for me.  Maybe not as much for others.  Kent I think is stronger as a technical school, being affiliated with IIT, and thus in the areas of IP, etc. is strong.

3.) New facilities - Loyola just moved into a new building recently, are opening a brand new 25-floor student residence hall across from the law school this fall, etc.  Though I do hear Kent has a nice building as well.

4.) Word of mouth - everyone whom I've spoken to about Loyola or who has gone there or knows someone who went there, no negative comments at all.  In fact, everyone seems to have loved it.  Haven't heard as positive reviews about Kent.

I think basically what I hear from people is that both are solid schools, but they are both quite different, so it depends on what you are looking for.

Would love to hear more thoughts.

Incoming 1Ls / Apple iBook
« on: February 12, 2006, 06:59:15 PM »
Hey everyone,

I've had an Apple iBook for about 1.5 years now, and I was wondering if it would be fine for law school, or if I need to look into getting a windows-based laptop.

Is there anything beyond web research, word-processing, email, and IM (ahem) that is necessary for law school?  I don't think there are any special software needs, right?

I'd rather not drop $$$ into getting a whole new laptop if I don't need to.  It would be a lot cheaper for me to update my software and memory, etc.

Any advice is welcomed.

Thanks!  :)

On PA, here's something directly from the Admissions office of Temple:

"Dear Mr. Dizn,

Congratulations on your acceptance to Temple Law School.  We have you
classified as a resident of (Not PA). You can apply for PA
residency status, however it is somewhat difficult to have your
residency status re-classified. The general rule is that you must
live in PA for at least one year before going to law school to be
considered as a PA resident.  Otherwise, it is presumed that you came
here to go to school and will return to your home state upon
graduation.  This is a rebuttable presumption if you can prove that
you will remain in the state after you graduate.  As you can imagine,
it is difficult to prove what you will do three years in the
future.  Many of the students who do gain PA residency status, and
who have had no other connections to the state, do so in their third
year of law school, after they have accepted an offer of employment in PA.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions."

Financial Aid / Bush and Student Loans
« on: February 09, 2006, 11:21:47 AM »
Hey folks,

Any idea how the new student loan cuts are going to affect FinAid for us poor law-students-to-be over the next 3 years, if at all?

I can't imagine it's going to be helpful.

"After returning to the White House from New Hampshire, the president signed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, which makes $39 billion in cuts to student loan subsidies, Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies and other programs."


Incoming 1Ls / Transfers in same city - does it matter?
« on: February 09, 2006, 11:13:41 AM »
Hey LSD,

Just as a general question:  I am guessing that a percentage of people who will be attending T2-T4 schools may be thinking of transferring to a higher ranked school after 1L.

Question is, does it make a big difference what the location of your T2-4 school is and where you have a better chance for gaining admission?

For example, If I want to go to UChicago, would it make sense to go to Loyola Chicago over Case or Temple?  Or if someone wanted to transfer to Penn - Temple or 'Nova over Chicago-Kent?

Just curious... This is, of course, assuming that you have the numbers after 1L to even consider it, which I'm sure is no guarantee!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rank v. Location?
« on: February 07, 2006, 01:43:16 PM »
Thanks for the response Kruddler... the friends whom I've spoken with who are in law school are about 50/50 on this.

This may take the thread off of its original purpose, but anyone have thoughts on Kent v. Loyola Chicago?

Kent I know is up-and-coming, but Loyola Chicago just moved to a new building within the last year or two and they are also building a new student facility across the street from the law school that should be open this coming fall.  The sense I get is that Loyola still has a stronger rep in Chicago, though Kent is catching up.

I know the Kent v. Loyola debate has gone on forever here, but I haven't seen anything recently about it, especially in light of the constantly changing faces of both schools.

I also got into DePaul, but I think I would rather go to Loyola Chicago or Kent over it, at least in terms of rep and opportunities in Chicago.

Thoughts?  Thanks again!

Choosing the Right Law School / Rank v. Location?
« on: February 07, 2006, 01:23:09 PM »
Hey there everyone,

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on rank versus location?

Some of the schools I've gotten into include Loyola Chicago, Kent (IIT), Case Western, and Temple.  I'm interested in health law in particular.

I've been trying to balance rank v. location v. health law program in my head, and it would be great to hear some thoughts.  Case is the highest ranked school I've gotten into, but I'd much rather be in Chicago and don't plan on practicing in Cleveland at all.

I know Loyola Chicago is lower ranked (for whatever the USNWR is worth), but I feel like if I wanted to practice in Chicago, I would be better off going to a Chicago school, especially with their strong alumni base (even if I'm competing with UC and NW folks).  Also, Loyola Chicago's health law program is ranked higher than Case's.

Would love any feedback or thoughts.  Which school would you pick?

Thanks for helping a n00b out.  ;)

Law School Admissions / Grad School Impact
« on: October 26, 2005, 01:41:42 PM »
Hey everyone,

Newbie here, but I appreciate your input... LSD has been awesome!

I'm applying this fall, and have been out of UG for 4.5 years now.  Over the course of the past few years, I've worked, but also got a Masters degree in Public Health, where I concentrated in Health Law.

I did well in my program (better than my UG), and I'm wondering how much law schools take into account grad school grades in their decisions.  I get a feeling that it really varies by school... some will just look at UG GPA and LSAT, while others take different factors more heavily into account.

I'm interested in schools mostly with health law concentrations/institutes/programs, and hopefully my Masters and work experience will help me.

Any thoughts on the impact of grad school GPA and work experience?


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