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Law School Admissions / Re: Got questions? 1L Rutgers
« on: January 21, 2009, 10:17:06 AM »
Rutgers is pretty good in terms of classmates.  It really seems like people enjoy each others input and company.  Of course there are those that you want to kill but thats the same anywhere.  Outside of the school we hang out, but in order to do so you really have to make an effort to make friends.  They're not just gonna come to you.  Once again, thats the same anywhere.  Rutgers doesn't really have a college environment because the Newark campus is so small. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Got questions? 1L Rutgers
« on: January 21, 2009, 09:45:30 AM »
jpasqu, I'm at the Newark Campus. and no, the neighborhood is not as bad as people say it is.

BurtBees, good question.  I'm taking law school to be a time of investment, not of happiness.  I have to say that I enjoyed undergrad life a lot more than I do in law school but I enjoy what I am learning a lot more here than I did in undergrad.  I came straight to law school from undergrad so I haven't had much time off in between. 

Law School Admissions / Got questions? 1L Rutgers
« on: January 20, 2009, 08:13:10 PM »
I have some free time and thought I'd answer any questions any of you may have about law school, misconceptions of 0L's etc...  ask away--

Law School Admissions / Re: BU vs. BC
« on: January 20, 2009, 06:09:44 PM »
you should visit.  BU is a dump.  BC's campus is amazing.  Don't focus on the rankings, last time I checked a couple cycles ago I think BU was on top by a bit.  USNews rankings are good to get an idea of where to go but is not the bible.

BC has a HUGE alumni.  All over america, you'll find more BC grads then BU grads.  Employers in the MA, D.C., NY, NJ, PA, area consider BU and BC the same. 

If you go to BU you'll hate your 3 years.  If you go to BC you'll love it.  Simple huh.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.4, 163 non-traditional
« on: January 20, 2009, 06:02:00 PM »
Ragsd with those grades you can do a top 45-50 school.  forget about the t3's.

After really getting to know how the legal field is like, i have to say that this is a no-brainer.  U of Illinois Urbana.  The amount you invest now will reap its rewards.

Canadian Law Students / Re: Life after Amerrcan Law School for a Canadian
« on: January 20, 2009, 05:55:18 PM »
I have spoken to my career services office and international students office and simply put, if you have to be an international student--- canadian is the way to be. 

TN-visa's are awesome.  As a lawyer you're almost a shoo-in for them.  Just follow due process and you'll be fine.

My uncle's a canadian and he's been living in the states for 8 years now on a TN visa.  only crap thing about it is that you have to get it renewed yearly.

Thanks for everyone's input.

I'm an international student so in state tuition is out of the question wherever I go. 
I just wanted to know what the reputation difference was with respect to the law schools.

I've visited both PSU at UP and Newark for Rutgers and I came to the conclusion that Penn State's campus was 10x nicer than that of Rutgers, felt a lot safer, and nothing seemed depressing.  However, the law school at the moment seems very disorganized and according to USNews the starting salaries of PSU graduates are almsot half that of Rutgers grads.

Rutgers on the other hand has a nice law building but the surround city and campus are gloomy at best.  If you haven't been there, the law building is the only building on the whole campus that isn't gray and mental institution looking.  Although the campus isn't as nice as PSU, the law school seemed much more organized and the starting salaries like I said before are really a lot higher.   

I'm leaning towards Rutgers now--  but I already sent my visa info to PSU... damn.  anyone know how to get them to redirect it to another school?

That.... doesn't really help, but thanks for your opinion :)

Hello everyone.  After a long hiatus from the forums i'm back.

As an international student I would really value all of your opinions.

I was admitted to Penn State with 8k/year and Rutgers-N with 6k/year.  Assuming I am able to keep the scholarships throughout law school (PS requires top 1/2, RN requires 3.0) which do you think I should choose? 

I was also waitlisted at Temple University and should I be accepted there I would go there even without a scholarship because of their trial advocacy program which is what I want to get into. 

Assuming I don't make it into Temple, which of the two schools above should I choose?  Please give me at least some reason why you made your choice :)



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