2011-2012 Tulane

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby ect88 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:21 pm

mattviphky wrote:overall is it a nice city? would you be happy settling there after law school and raising a family?


Definitely. What I love about New Orleans is the sheer amount of cultural diversity. The environment of the city changes in each neighborhood. If you want a more authentic New Orleans feel to your surroundings, there's the Bywater neighborhood. If you're a little less into the...grungy...feel, there's always Uptown or the suburb of Metairie. And then there's dozens of other neighborhoods all with their own feel. There's always something happening for entertainment and it's basically impossible to ever be bored.

As I've been repeatedly told, if you're aiming to stay in New Orleans and you aren't from here, then you better start making ties with the community once you arrive. Take some civil law courses, volunteer in the community, do your summer internships here -- really show employers that you aren't going to bail out of New Orleans the first chance you get.

And speaking of law school down here, the thing to keep in mind is that Louisiana is the only civil law jurisdiction in the country. Tulane offers both a civil law and common law track, the latter being the most popular. If you choose the civil route, you'll take some courses that are geared toward that specific type of law, but you'll still take loads of common law courses as well.

You make the civil/common choice toward the end of your first semester. It's apparently easier to hop from the civil route to the common route if you decide to leave the state, but it's a little rougher transition to go common to civil (a lot of classes to make up). I just signed up for the civil route. I figure it can only help me in the long run. If I decide to leave the state, then I still have a load of common law experience as well as an interesting comparative law perspective to put on my resume.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:33 pm

+1 to the above concerning the city. New Orleans is amazing, and everyone I know has fallen in love with it. The culture, the food, the diversity, the expanding industries (Federal City, Biomedical District, etc.), etc. come together brilliantly to form a unique place. Personally, I could definitely see myself staying here long term. However, I'm most likely going to leave the city for a few years and return to it later in my life.

The only notable quasi-issue here is the K-12 school system. While many of the public schools are above average (Benjamin Franklin in particular), many are not, and as such, private schools are popular here. New Orleans is on the way to creating the first 100% charter system for the public school system, and so generally, you will have to apply to public schools in almost the same way you would have to apply to private ones. Some people think of that as a bad thing. I don't.

Regardless of whether one would choose public or private K-12 education, there are many different schools to choose from and the charter system helps this by not forcing the children of residents to choose between not-so-good public schools and private schools simply because they happen to live near a not-so-good public school.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby mattviphky » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:04 pm

Thanks for all the feedback! I applied, and i am seriously considering attending...but not before seeing the city. I hear all sorts of things about it, both good and bad, and I'm trying to get as much info about the aspects of living in nola that people don't really talk about, such as family life. If 3 years from now my best (or only) job offer is in the area, I want to know that it is a nice place to live and one day raise a family. I hear great things from friends who lived there in college or went to mardi gras...but that's not really the insight i would like.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby ctm823 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:23 pm

If you are into the family aspect, check out the lakeview area and neighborhood. Stop at lakeview harbor a restaurant at Harrison avenue, sit at the bar and just talk to the locals that will be sitting there. They will give you an excellent feel for that its like to raise a family in the area and the awesome sense of community.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby stingray » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:40 pm

Have any accepted students received their packet yet? I'm in LA so I thought I might get it today, but no luck.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby mattviphky » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:51 pm

mattviphky wrote:Thanks for all the feedback! I applied, and i am seriously considering attending...but not before seeing the city. I hear all sorts of things about it, both good and bad, and I'm trying to get as much info about the aspects of living in nola that people don't really talk about, such as family life. If 3 years from now my best (or only) job offer is in the area, I want to know that it is a nice place to live and one day raise a family. I hear great things from friends who lived there in college or went to mardi gras...but that's not really the insight i would like.


Thanks, its comforting to know that nola is conducive for family life. Like I said, I am no where near having a family, but the odds of my degree taking me back to Illinois for a job that is comparable to one I might get in New Orleans are against me, so i just wanna prepare to live in the area for the long haul if need be.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby mlh1988 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:51 pm

stingray wrote:Have any accepted students received their packet yet? I'm in LA so I thought I might get it today, but no luck.


I'm in Texas and I haven't received mine yet. I'm eager to see what their offer is! I'm hoping they mailed out the packets on 11/18!

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby wolf » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:16 pm

Admitted this afternoon via email.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby mattviphky » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:00 am

nice!

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby troytrojan » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:53 am

First post here.

This message board has been an excellent source of information as I find myself in the midst of the application process for Fall 2012.

Anyway, congratulations to those accepted. I hadn't really given Tulane much of a thought, but they sent me a fee waiver today, so I'm definitely applying now. I think my current scores are a hovering around their 25th percent medians (not great, but I am retesting in December) but at least they've made a rejection affordable, if nothing else.

I'm really liking what I am hearing on here, and of course New Orleans is a heck of city. Perhaps the biggest thing I've learned from you all is that the emphasis on civil law is not nearly as heavy as I'd imagined it would be, and this is something that has largely scared me away from Louisiana schools. I currently work in banking, for a bank with a presence in LA, and I can tell you that it's always seemed like an entirely alien and inscrutable world over there when you compared a lot of the regulations.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby ADks » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:40 pm

Does anyone currently attending know anybody there at Tulane participating in the sports law program? I'm very interested in that particular program...as I currently work in sports (at the collegiate level) and want to continue to work in that specialty area after law school.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby PrincetonLaw » Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:49 pm

Just got in via status checker!! First admit of the cycle!

"Please see your acceptance letter and packet for more information"
I'll be sure to let you all know when it comes in.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby emkay625 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:30 am

Accepted 11/22/11

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby littleredlaw » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:44 pm

Accepted, 11/11/11 :D

Lucky Day I guess...

Anyone planning to visit this spring??

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby mattviphky » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:56 pm

ah i just want my acceptance!!!

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby tuco » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:38 pm

Really excited, I just got my scholarship for 20k a year. Can't wait to visit the school in person...

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby stingray » Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:57 pm

I got my admit packet on wednesday. It came with a nice tote bag. 30k/year scholly. Extremely excited!

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby wolf » Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:36 pm

Received my admit packet today. Tote bag and $25K a year scholarship. Pleased!

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby Gail » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:41 pm

I haven't gotten any acceptances yet. Although I only applied a little over two weeks ago. Still though...

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby PrincetonLaw » Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:06 pm

got my admit packet today too. 20k + an eco-friendly tote

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby mlh1988 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:29 pm

I received my tote and scholarship info. Today. 25k/year.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby Nobody » Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:25 pm

Anyone know how willing Tulane is to negotiate scholarship money?

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby tuco » Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:17 pm

Nobody wrote:Anyone know how willing Tulane is to negotiate scholarship money?


I'm curious about this as well, particularly about whether Tulane will match a slightly bigger scholarship from Alabama

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:56 pm

Historically, they haven't been into negotiating scholarships. However, that generally hasn't been necessary as their scholarships are usually competitive.

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Re: 2011-2012 Tulane

Postby tuco » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:47 pm

Any idea how Tulane stacks up compared to schools like Georgia and Alabama? I know it is lower ranked but it seems to carry more name recognition. I know that location is key among choosing which of these to attend, does anybody have any reasons aside from family connections (culture, job prospects) for choosing one over the others?




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