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NorCalBruin
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Washington & Lee

Postby NorCalBruin » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:40 pm

So, I got into Washington & Lee the other day, and I was pretty stoked on it because it seems like a really interesting, totally different from my undergrad type school.

However, I noticed that their ranking has been dropping steadily for the last three or so years. What's up with that? Is this just a temporary slip? Is something larger going on? Not summoning enough good juju from Stonewall Jackson's grave these days?

Anyway, scholarship info won't come out for a few more months, so I'm not fully considering W&L yet, but if I do go there I want to make sure I'm not making a bad decision. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby ran12 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:21 am

NorCalBruin wrote:So, I got into Washington & Lee the other day, and I was pretty stoked on it because it seems like a really interesting, totally different from my undergrad type school.

However, I noticed that their ranking has been dropping steadily for the last three or so years. What's up with that? Is this just a temporary slip? Is something larger going on? Not summoning enough good juju from Stonewall Jackson's grave these days?

Anyway, scholarship info won't come out for a few more months, so I'm not fully considering W&L yet, but if I do go there I want to make sure I'm not making a bad decision. Any thoughts would be appreciated.


It might be more of a consequence of other schools upping their games than W&L doing something wrong. W&L still has a very solid rep and from everything I've seen and heard you'll get a good legal education. Job prospects seem to be pretty good too.

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby BlakcMajikc » Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:09 pm

NorCal, Im in at W&L too. Do you know when we get our scholarship $s?

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby queenlizzie13 » Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:00 pm

BlakcMajikc wrote:NorCal, Im in at W&L too. Do you know when we get our scholarship $s?


Scholarship information goes out in January. It was included in the admissions email, I believe.

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby Gatorbull84 » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:38 am

Can you guys tell me how long did it take from your application being completed to accepted?

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby pokerlaw » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:53 am

1 week for me.

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby dshirs32 » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:56 am

W&L is a very good school, obviously does best in VA. But, look into W&L's third year program, I have heard that it has struggled and been somewhat of a flop

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:01 am

Can you share some details about the third year program ?

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby BlakcMajikc » Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:10 pm

Story from the Washington Post about W&L 3rd Year
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... -education


Link from W&L website
http://law.wlu.edu/thirdyear

Press release from W&L
http://law.wlu.edu/news/storydetail.asp?id=614

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby snapdragon » Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:02 pm

Does anyone have any thoughts, anecdotal or otherwise, on how the 3rd year program is going so far? I don't really care if W&L moves up to 30 or drops to 36, but I do care how employers view this as opposed to a traditional third year curriculum.

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby WVUCelticFan » Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:20 am

I am curious about this as well. W&L is appealing to me for a variety of reasons, but I am a bit hesitant about the 3rd year idea.

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby megaTTTron » Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:27 pm

WVUCelticFan wrote:I am curious about this as well. W&L is appealing to me for a variety of reasons, but I am a bit hesitant about the 3rd year idea.


Pros: the traditional third year is basically worthless, why not spend it gaining true-esque experience? And, no finals, which is killer. It can be a small soft when applying to firms.

Cons: Hours can sometimes be brutal (i.e. get a big assignment last minute on friday due monday, much like real practice). The scope of classes has also narrowed as a result (bigger problem for some). Going against the grain can sometimes be looked poorly upon (see Berkeley, and the shit they got for going gradeless, and they're a fucking t10 school). The program is also new, which means they're still working out the kinks.

Next year (c/o 2012) is also the first year everyone is REQUIRED to do the third year program. So many 3Ls this year, and last year opted out. So employment wise it's still hard to tell.

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby Nailjohnj » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:29 pm

pokerlaw wrote:1 week for me.


So, does that mean I shouldn't be freaking out about getting a message saying that my decision would be rendered today, exactly 1 week after it went complete?

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby snapdragon » Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:12 pm

Nailjohnj wrote:
pokerlaw wrote:1 week for me.


So, does that mean I shouldn't be freaking out about getting a message saying that my decision would be rendered today, exactly 1 week after it went complete?


I wouldn't think so. W&L reviews and gives decisions quite regularly. Each batch seems to have admits, rejects and WLs, the quick time frame is not indicative of anything in particular. Good luck!

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby Rory1987 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:14 pm

I applied two days ago with somewhat competitive numbers and got an email this morning saying I'd have a decision by 5:00 today. Wow

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby Rory1987 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:14 pm

And the school is ballin' so I'm hoping they say yes!!!

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Re: Washington & Lee

Postby MrAnon » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:16 pm

I would worry more about what employers think about the school itself rather than its 3rd year program. Many won't have any inkling about the 3rd year program. Of course if you do not have classes on your transcript then yeah, they'll want some kind of explanation.




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