GMU or American?

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daagermy1
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GMU or American?

Postby daagermy1 » Tue May 18, 2010 5:18 pm

Anyone else stuck between these two? Some observations below. Would love to hear other thoughts/concerns/loves/fears.

American
Focus on international law and public interest law
More liberal student body
Campus located quieter part of DC
More established reputation in DC as a low-top 50 school

George Mason
Focus on IP, regulatory law
More conservative/federalist student body
Campus located in more bustling part of Arlington
Less established reputation (only ABA-approved since 1986), but seen as "up-and-coming"

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby JOThompson » Tue May 18, 2010 5:23 pm

I applied to both schools. Cost being a hangup for me, I would've probably chosen George Mason. I felt the facilities at American were superior though.

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby deadpanic » Tue May 18, 2010 5:25 pm

GMU, easily.

Unless you have lots of scholarship $ with little strings at American.

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby 3 Stripes » Tue May 18, 2010 5:33 pm

If you want DC, go to American. It has a better, more established reputation and a stronger alumni network and presence in DC. And its clinical offerings completely shit on GMU's.

The only issue is the price.

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby daagermy1 » Tue May 18, 2010 5:46 pm

deadpanic wrote:GMU, easily.

Unless you have lots of scholarship $ with little strings at American.


Got $10K for first year only at AU. Doing the PT-program, so AU ends up cheaper by about $2K after four years.

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby JOThompson » Tue May 18, 2010 6:03 pm

I would've taken Washington and Lee with $$$.

Why don't you battle the GWU and GULC waitlists? Write some LOCIs, visit again, and retake the June LSAT.

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby gdane » Tue May 18, 2010 7:04 pm

Take GMU. Living in Arlington is much more pleasant than NW DC. If you dont plan on living in NW DC, the commute to NW DC will be killer. Go with GMU!

Good luck!

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby sk08 » Tue May 18, 2010 8:17 pm

thought you should know that gdane is on the AU waitlist.

Are you doing GMU part-time and do you have a job in DC? They are in complete opposite directions so I do think location is important in your case if you have to get to class by 6.

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby roofles » Tue May 18, 2010 8:29 pm

If you are a VA resident, GMU should be the clear choice. Otherwise, it comes down to personal preference I suppose (DC vs. NOVA).

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby gdane » Tue May 18, 2010 8:44 pm

thought you should know that gdane is on the AU waitlist.




Hahaha. Yes I am. Although, what I said was true. GMU was my first choice. However, they werent kind enough to WL me.

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby Not-A-Teabagger » Tue May 18, 2010 10:40 pm

Who would you have voted for tonight? Joe Sestak or Rand Paul? I think that should answer your question.

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby Not-A-Teabagger » Tue May 18, 2010 10:42 pm

gdane5 wrote:thought you should know that gdane is on the AU waitlist.




Hahaha. Yes I am. Although, what I said was true. GMU was my first choice. However, they werent kind enough to WL me.


Gdane, you rankings whore! I thought your allegiances were with American from the start. You have just been bumped down 50 spots on the waitlist in my eyes.

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby gdane » Wed May 19, 2010 12:27 am

Hahaha. Actually, GMU was my first choice because of its location. It had absolutely nothing to do with rankings. I think GMU is ranked some 6 or 7 spots ahead of AU, hardly a significant gap. I visited DC for new years and I was really impressed with Arlington. It was easy to get around in the Metro and the living situation seemed better.

I will say that I learned a lot more about AU since then and I now prefer AU to GMU. Trust me, if I get off the WL I will jump for joy and I will be loyal to AU forever.

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby Sias » Wed May 19, 2010 10:14 am

3 Stripes wrote:If you want DC, go to American. It has a better, more established reputation and a stronger alumni network and presence in DC. And its clinical offerings completely shit on GMU's.

The only issue is the price.


+1

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Re: GMU or American?

Postby tfc7x » Wed May 19, 2010 3:59 pm

I had to make the same decision. I chose AU b/c...

- More liberal student body
- Larger course selection, particularly courses in Human Rights Law, LGBT law, and Family Law
- Location in DC - I really don't like NOVA (just lacks character, IMHO)
- Love living in the NW residential area in DC (been here for 5+ years)
- Cost - not much different with out-of-state cost for GMU and the possibility of IBR with gov/public interest work
- More graduates - 400 alumni for every class - lots of connections to be made there...
- Clinics - 10+ options, GMU only had 5
- International Law - sure, it's an ambiguous field but I appreciate programs and courses designed to give students a perspective on legal issues affecting other countries
- Larger minority population - gotta love diversity :)

So, I hope that helps. Good luck with your decision!
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Re: GMU or American?

Postby tarp » Thu May 20, 2010 8:22 am

What the last poster said...

NOVA lacks character, AU has amazing clinical opportunities and wide course selection, and if AU works out actually CHEAPER for you since you're not a VA resident, I would take AU. I turned them down when they called me off the wait list solely because of cost (they offered me no scholarship funds).

Do keep in mind the cost of living in NW DC is rather high, but then again Arlington is right up there too.




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