Southwestern 2011

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lalalawya
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Southwestern 2011

Postby lalalawya » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:04 pm

In review as of 11/16..dun dun dunnnnnn!

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby samfii » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:15 pm

i'm " Pending LSDAS report" :roll:

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby gokickrocks » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:01 pm

"CAS Report" received on 10/15 :roll:

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby lalalawya » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:01 pm

No way? I submitted my app on Oct. 19 and am already in review....i can't remember if it went to complete before it went to "in review" though...
gokickrocks wrote:"CAS Report" received on 10/15 :roll:

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby MrMisiu » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:00 pm

Did anyone happen to receive a phone call from them?

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby lalalawya » Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:02 am

Nope. Did they call you? If so, mind me asking what they called about?

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby MrMisiu » Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:36 am

Yeah, I got a call. I'm not sure what it was about thought since they called my house while I was at school. I'm gonna give them a call back today and check. I'm not sure if it was a mistake or not, since they didn't leave a message. But if it's anything interesting I'll update.

Update: It turned out not to be anything interesting or note-worthy.

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby chango » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:52 pm

I'm currently at Southwestern and I love it. Had a tough time deciding between Loyola at sticker and SWL with $$, but I don't regret my decision at all.

Anyway, if you have any questions that I could answer, feel free...at least, until I get swamped by finals in a couple weeks.

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby lalalawya » Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:43 pm

Awesome!
If, by chance, you are interested in entertainment law could you tell me how southwestern compares to Loyola in terms of job placement in the field?

Does the school offer scholarships to current students who meet a certain, set class rank or criteria? (i.e top 10% gets a $10,000 scholly) or something of the sort?

Thank you!

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby chango » Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:55 am

lalalawya wrote:Awesome!
If, by chance, you are interested in entertainment law could you tell me how southwestern compares to Loyola in terms of job placement in the field?

Does the school offer scholarships to current students who meet a certain, set class rank or criteria? (i.e top 10% gets a $10,000 scholly) or something of the sort?

Thank you!


Southwestern has a fantastic entertainment law externship program. My hunch is that it certainly rivals Loyola, but I don't have any data off hand to support the hunch. I'd email them for the specifics: externoffice@swlaw.edu and/or look at this:

http://www.swlaw.edu/academics/extern/generalinfo

http://www.swlaw.edu/academics/extern/externresources


As for job placement AFTER graduation, the conventional wisdom is that Entertainment Law is a very, very difficult field to break into. Again, just spitballing here, but my hunch is that the higher ranked the school, the better your odds of placement. But for specific information on Soutwestern's Entertainment Law program, go here:

http://www.swlaw.edu/academics/entertainmentlaw and/or email them at institute@swlaw.edu


As for scholarships for current students, there are many writing competitions I see advertised on campus, generally in the range of $1,000 to $2,000.

But in terms of something more substantial, this is what they awarded last year, on top of whatever scholarship people already had going in (up to full tuition)

1%: Full tuition
2-5%: $22,500
6-10%: $18,000
11-15%: $12,500
16-20%: $9,000
20-30%: $4,500

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby gokickrocks » Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:42 am

chango wrote:I'm currently at Southwestern and I love it. Had a tough time deciding between Loyola at sticker and SWL with $$, but I don't regret my decision at all.

Anyway, if you have any questions that I could answer, feel free...at least, until I get swamped by finals in a couple weeks.


How's the overall feel of the student body? Is everyone looking out for themselves or are students willing to help each other out?

Also, with the other law schools in LA, how do Southwestern students feel about job prospects upon graduation?

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby chango » Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:00 am

gokickrocks wrote:
chango wrote:I'm currently at Southwestern and I love it. Had a tough time deciding between Loyola at sticker and SWL with $$, but I don't regret my decision at all.

Anyway, if you have any questions that I could answer, feel free...at least, until I get swamped by finals in a couple weeks.


How's the overall feel of the student body? Is everyone looking out for themselves or are students willing to help each other out?

Also, with the other law schools in LA, how do Southwestern students feel about job prospects upon graduation?


I have friends at UCLA, USC and Loyola and I can safely say that there's lots more camaraderie among Southwestern students than at the other LA schools. Part of the advantage of being at a Third Tier school, I imagine. The desire to compete is there, of course, but it's not the pressure cooker environment that's part and parcel of a top tier school.

How do we feel about our job prospects? Probably better than the higher ranked schools, because we (should) know that we really don't have a realistic shot at big law. Sure, there are some misguided folks who think they'll land the 160K job right out of school. But for the most part, SWL students realize that we'll be lucky to land a 60-80K government or public interest job, and we're fine with that.

Given that, should you take sticker at SWL? No. There's very little chance that you'll land a job that will warrant your debt load. But if you're looking at a half ride at SWL vs. sticker at Loyola or Pepperdine, then I think the cost/benefit analysis would indicate that you should take the half ride at SWL.

If you want biglaw but can only get into SWL, retake the LSAT and aim for UCLA or USC, otherwise I think SWL is a great choice.

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby adbabe » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:36 am

"CAS report has been recieved" 12/1 how long did it take to go in review for anyone else with that status?

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby MrMisiu » Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:04 pm

I went into review like a week after that status, stayed in review for two weeks, got pulled out of it a few days ago, now I'm back at CAS received...

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby swilson215 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:54 pm

MrMisiu wrote:I went into review like a week after that status, stayed in review for two weeks, got pulled out of it a few days ago, now I'm back at CAS received...


I was at CAS Received, went into review today.

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby adbabe » Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:15 pm

in review as of today! anyone hear back yet?

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby adonai » Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:24 pm

In review as well. If last year is a good indication, we should hear of some decisions by the end of this week or next week.

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby adbabe » Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:42 pm

adonai wrote:In review as well. If last year is a good indication, we should hear of some decisions by the end of this week or next week.


o_O that soon?! yikes!

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby meh3884 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:21 pm

I'm sure there's other threads about this, but I have to ask....even if you pull a half ride to Southwestern...how does everyone plan to pay the cost of living out there?

I wouldn't mind going third-tier at all to a California school where I'd be plenty comfortable starting a career, I just don't know how I'd pay rent while in school. (already in 40k undergrad debt).

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby adonai » Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:38 pm

meh3884 wrote:I'm sure there's other threads about this, but I have to ask....even if you pull a half ride to Southwestern...how does everyone plan to pay the cost of living out there?

I wouldn't mind going third-tier at all to a California school where I'd be plenty comfortable starting a career, I just don't know how I'd pay rent while in school. (already in 40k undergrad debt).

Loans also cover estimated cost of living. LA rent has gotten significantly cheaper compared to other places like Santa Clara where a run down studio would easily run you over 1k per month. Some of the new apartment buildings around Koreatown go for about $800 for a nice studio. It would be cheaper if you were willing to compromise quality and/or live with a roommate. Living anywhere in California is just plain expensive so I wouldn't expect cheap living costs, especially in LA.

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby justright157 » Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:01 am

You are going to have to take out another 24k to cover rent and living expenses.
I live in LA and split a 2 bedroom for 1600 in west la which is a safe area. U can
Definitely find a decent place to share with someone for 700-800
Or get a nice studio for 1000. I think LA is a decent priced major city.


meh3884 wrote:I'm sure there's other threads about this, but I have to ask....even if you pull a half ride to Southwestern...how does everyone plan to pay the cost of living out there?

I wouldn't mind going third-tier at all to a California school where I'd be plenty comfortable starting a career, I just don't know how I'd pay rent while in school. (already in 40k undergrad debt).

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby gokickrocks » Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:26 pm

Finally in review! Hopefully some good news will follow, I'd love to go back to LA for school.

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby meh3884 » Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:48 pm

Anyone have any luck getting a fee waiver from Southwestern? I gave them a call and she just said they give out LSAC fee waivers, otherwise the admissions director takes 5-7 days to respond to email requests.

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby swilson215 » Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:00 pm

meh3884 wrote:Anyone have any luck getting a fee waiver from Southwestern? I gave them a call and she just said they give out LSAC fee waivers, otherwise the admissions director takes 5-7 days to respond to email requests.


I got one. Asked on 11/5 via email, received one on 11/8 via email.

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Re: Southwestern 2011

Postby surfparks6 » Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:46 pm

I went into "Review" yesterday, crossing my fingers.




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