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post #286 of 418
Thanks for the congrats guys. I applied to a ton of schools (fee waivers).

I've taken into account the chance of losing a scholarship. Luckily, the schools that have offered them have very, very lax stipulations (good standing) or simply none at all.

The employment numbers are from lawschooltransparency, a pretty reputable source. I'm sure schools game as much as they can, but the FT, unemployed, etc. numbers are tough to skew. I keep in mind "unknowns" and look up other ways they might cheat. IE BU offers part-time fellows to their unemployed grads, so I keep a careful eye on PT numbers as well as unemployed. Don't take much stock in the 25th/median salary ranges.

Looking through WUSTL's numbers again, they actually beat GW in terms of PT/FT employment. I don't care much for Big Law so that's not much of a factor. That said, I'm not very interested in living in the mid west. It's only on my list because of the big scholarship of ~$20k/year. I've tried to leverage that against other schools. They aren't biting because of my low GPA. I'm prepared to place multiple deposits if necessary to increase my offers elsewhere but that looks like a money sink. Going to try to limit it to 2-3 schools at most.

I'm partial to the Bay Area/ West Coast.
In order of COA it's something like this:

WUSTL
UCH
UCI
UW
BU


GW all by itself.

Lastly, I'm on the UCLA wait list. If I can get in there, that might trump everything else. Deposits due soon, not all scholarship offers are in. This is frustrating.
post #287 of 418
skitlets, do you mind sharing your gpa and lsat score? a couple of years ago I was accepted into UCLA but not GW.
post #288 of 418
How much do you guys know about how law school/ getting into a law firm in the UK works? I have to say I'm always astonished at the lengths you guys stateside have to go through...
post #289 of 418
if any of you end up at GW hit me up when you get to dc icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #290 of 418
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if any of you end up at GW hit me up when you get to dc icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Are you back in DC already? I may visit if they offer some scholarship money.
post #291 of 418
new law rankings came out today.
post #292 of 418
im leaving LA on thursday
post #293 of 418
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new law rankings came out today.

a fuller article for anyone who's interested.

http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com/?p=775
post #294 of 418
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Very interesting to see that - thanks for posting the link.
post #295 of 418
Thanks for the update. Holy cow, UW went from 30 to 20! Rankings obviously aren't as important as placement but that's a big jump. I'm about ready to cross GW off the list barring some unforeseen scholarship offer.

Hastings versus UW, UCI, or BU for all approximately the same cost? I wish Hastings weren't so highly regarded in Bay Area while having terrible employment numbers at the same time.
post #296 of 418
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Thanks for the update. Holy cow, UW went from 30 to 20! Rankings obviously aren't as important as placement but that's a big jump. I'm about ready to cross GW off the list barring some unforeseen scholarship offer.
Hastings versus UW, UCI, or BU for all approximately the same cost? I wish Hastings weren't so highly regarded in Bay Area while having terrible employment numbers at the same time.

lol... how does that happen?
but if you want to stay in the bay area, you don't have too many choices, do you? at least if you want to stay within first tier schools


and yes, i noticed some schools made HUGE jumps (and drops) in the most recent law school rankings
kinda wild
post #297 of 418
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lol... how does that happen?
but if you want to stay in the bay area, you don't have too many choices, do you? at least if you want to stay within first tier schools
and yes, i noticed some schools made HUGE jumps (and drops) in the most recent law school rankings
kinda wild

Right? I feel like it's both a good and terrible choice.
post #298 of 418
I haven't looked at the rankings in a long time, but IIRC the difference between a lot of schools is just one or two points on US News' scale. So increasing two or three points can lead to a fairly large jump in the rankings, especially if a couple of other schools take a one or two-point loss.
post #299 of 418
A lot of "movement" in the T14 which is typically really stable
post #300 of 418
When you consider the manipulation of self-reported statistics and the fact that some deans arrange quid pro quo peer rank boosting with their buddies, the USNWR rankings make the BCS look objective.
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