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ks1127
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need advice on ranking

Postby ks1127 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:06 am

Up until US News came out, I was dead set on Villanova. Full ride, live in the area, great campus, etc. But they dipped to 101. I am also in with money at Temple and GMU. GMU has a top 25% stipulation and Temple is a 3.0, but they low balled me and I'm negotiating.

My overall question: How heavily should I focus on rank? I can still go for free to Nova, and GMU and Temple will be comparable in price. Any advice would be appreciated.

Also, anyone attending Nova, how are the jobs prospects?

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Doorkeeper
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Re: need advice on ranking

Postby Doorkeeper » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:11 am

Considering all the schools in question, you only option here should be the full-ride.

Unless you think you can do better on your LSAT, then it's retake.

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Re: need advice on ranking

Postby superbloom » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:12 am

From what I hear (I'm a 0L so I don't know anything) the rankings don't really matter in Philly and Temple and Nova are seen as peer schools. I have no idea what the future implications are for rankings but for now a full ride seems like a solid idea, especially considering Temple isn't giving out anything this year.

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Re: need advice on ranking

Postby Justathought » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:23 am

Just an fyi, median GPA at temple is a 3.05, so your scholarship wouldn't be totally safe. If you do just slightly below average you could be paying full instate rate. That is very possible here, since people are savvy, smart, and motivated. Lots of folks come here because its such a great value for PA residents, and they know they have to do relatively well to get what they want out of the school.

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Re: need advice on ranking

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:42 am

If you want to work in the Philadelphia area after law school, the offer from Villanova seems attractive.

Are you willing to share your numbers ? 163/(?) ?

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Re: need advice on ranking

Postby ks1127 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:46 am

163/3.78.. And yes, I do plan on working around philly.

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Re: need advice on ranking

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:48 am

Then just think of the #101 ranking as "just below median" with three years to improve. :D

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Re: need advice on ranking

Postby ks1127 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:55 am

haha i'll keep that in mind.

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Re: need advice on ranking

Postby SCOTUS40 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:06 pm

Are you going to both of the accepted students days? That's what I am doing for Temple and Villanova. After that I am hoping that I will feel some assurance from one of the two schools.

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Re: need advice on ranking

Postby ks1127 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:30 pm

i'm going to villanova. i can't make the temple one unfortunately. i will be going to one of their open houses the following week.

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Re: need advice on ranking

Postby romothesavior » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:31 pm

ks1127 wrote:My overall question: How heavily should I focus on rank?

Not at all.




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