LS-boundNYC wrote:This has been an incredibly helpful thread - thanks Gatriel et al!
How's the atmosphere on campus with the announcement of the new dean? Are people excited?
And on a different note - any sense on how 1Ls are doing in a summer job search? There's been a good focus on 2L's and grads, but this question always interests me.
The atmosphere is optimistic. There was some hesitancy among some members of the student body at first because she is from "Fly over" zone, but it now appears she is exactly what the school needs at this moment. I look forward to she what she does with the school and its ranking.
The CDO will help 1Ls out to a limited extent. They of course are doing their best to get grads and 3L's real jobs, and 2Ls summer jobs, and 1Ls do get worked in there, but per ABA rules, they are not allowed to talk to us until November 1st. I got a paid firm job this summer, you have to do most of your own due diligence. The CDO is an excellent resource but not the end all.
waiting7 wrote:New to this site but was curious about some admissions info... 3.39 at a school with serious grade deflation/162... my app was complete mid January, what are the odds of admission? I know you already answered this but what are the advantages of Pepperdine/Loyola/USD? Pepperdine is my first choice but I got into Loyola with a good scholarship and I feel like USD and Pepperdine are very similar.
I would say get ready to ride the W/L. You have good numbers, and I know 1Ls in my current class that got in with both lower LSAT and GPA, so I know its possible. If you want to help your chances, set up an on campus visit, and shoot off a couple emails to the deans, and the AdComm chair while you visit the campus. Tell them Pepperdine is your first choice, and tell them if they admit you, you will definitely matriculate and its one less seat for them to worry about going to USC or UCLA.
USD and Pepperdine aesthetically are similar, both have beautiful campuses. I would assert that Pepperdine is substantially better in preparing graduates to pass the Cali Bar.