(1)(a)Be ware of scholarship section breakers. For example: this past year they stuck all the people who have GPA stips in one section. This means that by virtue of having a scholarship and the curve, a good chunk of people will be unable to keep their scholarships, no matter how smart you are.
(1)(b) This past year, more than half of the top 10 students in our year are all in once section (6/10). Go figure.
(2) Make sure you talk to the financial aid office and tell em to take away your stips on your scholarship. People do this, they respond. No guarantees but they do what they can to keep their LSAT median so play your cards.
(3) Only 10% of you will be top 10%. I promise, there are smart people who don't make it, on no account of their intelligence.
(4) Re Employment: IF you are serious about getting a decent job your first summer, DO NOT RELY ON CSO. You need to have cover letters, resume, writing sample for LRW (probably your open memo) good to go on December 1st. Don't worry about grades here, send them in later. Please please do make sure you don't miss any opportunity here.
(5) Not to give you advice on academics, do not come here if you are planning on transferring. Here is why: (a) you won't get ranked until mid summer. (b) They really return grades late. (c) The registrars office folks are slow. (d) While some people pull it off it is generally a bad idea to come to a school if all you plan on doing is transferring out.
(6) IF YOU LISTEN TO NOTHING ELSE THAT I SAY, for Gods sake do not move to Tailor Lofts. The school recommends it but honestly, what they do over there is unconscionable. I won't get specific but you'll have to take my word for how bad it really is. Don't pay more than 1000 for a place, best bet, live somewhere close to the L and commute, PT is over priced and management sucks there as well.
(7) The library is not open all night, and closes early saturday. This matters!
(8) IF you are 22 years old, have a good GPA, can find something worthwhile resume wise to do for a year (anything legal) and can retake the LSAT to get you a strong score, please seriously consider this. I'm not harping on people for scores or trying to make anyone feel bad. Law school in general is a trade school. You are going to be paying out of your nose to come here. IF you are going to spend 200,000 anyway, one year off is not going to hurt you if you can get yourself into a stronger school.
(9) Be advised, this school is being sued among others for allegedly misrepresenting its employment numbers. When Villanova's Dean admitted that they fudged numbers a few years ago, they slipped into tier 3. This is drastic and can have a devastating effect on your ability to get a job at a law firm.
(10) Find out what your casebooks are a couple weeks before class and order them used on amazon.com and save a couple hundred dollars. This is up to you, if you feel strongly about having a book with no writing in it, go for it. But seriously, you'll realize pretty quickly that reading for class is overrated (not that you shouldn't do it.)
(11) I just want you to consider these points. I'm not trying to get anyone down. You can succeed by coming to Kent. My SOLE PURPOSE in posting this is to enhance transparency. Always remember, if you go to a T2, it IS going to be an uphill battle and percentages have it that the majority doesn't win the way they intended to win when they came in.
Good luck. I mean absolutely no offense to anyone.
PS. I am not responding to PM's. This will by my only post