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I'm Chris. applied to (T-100) University of Pacific McGeorge, West Virginia University, University of Maryland and University of Arkansas. I was accepted to all except Maryland. There I was wait listed where I currently sit. During the accepted students visit to University of Baltimore (127 in latest rankings) the new dean assured us that before we graduate U of Balt's law program WILL BE T-100 or T-80 even. I am from Maryland and plan on taking the Maryland Bar Exam as well as practicing exclusively in Maryland and DC. I decided to attend University of Baltimore based on the dean's promise (and I mean PROMISE, not probability, he promised!).
My reasoning being McGeorge is locally ok, but strictly within Sacramento where I do not plan to practice. Arkansas is the same story, except I believe Bill Clinton does still give lectures from time to time as a guest. I loved my visit to WVU, they are currently T-100, and rising I believe. The town was awesome, but I have a fiance` here in Maryland who would be 3 hours away, and we've lived together for the last 6 years so that would be an adjustment to my life if not a total shock.
So I decided on Baltimore because if I do get accepted from Maryalnd's wait list then there are no adjustments I have to make to my life other than those I would make to attend Baltimore. That means if I am accepted to Maryland I don't have to make last second plans for habitation, commute or the other unforeseen circumstances. It is literally 1.5 miles from U Balt. I plan on moving from just outside DC (Bethesda) to a town between DC and Baltimore called Savage-Guilford so that my fiance`s commute and mine will be about 25 minutes each. This way I can plan on graduating from a T-100 school (if the dean isn't lying) and not adjust my life that much while still keeping open the possibility of going to a T-1 (T-50) school if a seat opens up!
Please weigh in and tell me what you think.
Are you in similar position? What action did you take?
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That being said, UMd is much better school than UBalt and if I were you I would readily consider retaking the LSAT and reapplying to get into UMd since you want to work in Maryland. Take look at their stats here:
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Born4CrimDefense wrote: During the accepted students visit to University of Baltimore (127 in latest rankings) the new dean assured us that before we graduate U of Balt's law program WILL BE T-100 or T-80 even.
I'm from MD and I know plenty of people that attend UBalt. Trust me when I say that I wouldn't bank on it, at least as it stands right now. Most grads can't find too much in the way of hiring outside Baltimore and the large class size is making it more and more competitive each year. If you like UBalt and wanna be in Baltimore, then it isn't a bad decision if you aren't paying sticker. I wouldn't attend just because the Dean made a guarantee, though.
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OP:"But he PROMISED!!!!!!1111one"
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P.S. I too can promise that the Univ. of Baltimore will be among the top 100 law schools in Maryland.
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Born4CrimDefense wrote:I loved my visit to WVU, they are currently T-100, and rising I believe.
WVU is 93rd this year.
/alma mater white knighting
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http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/ne ... f-law.html
But he was a great Dean. Fired for questioning tuition hikes. sad
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