Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

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swots90
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby swots90 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:47 pm

ashen wrote:
crv8623 wrote:
ashen wrote:So what does everyone think of the new employment stats for 2011...



Link?

http://placementsummary.abaquestionnaire.org/home.aspx
I only took a quick glance so I may be wrong, but in terms of employment percentages and number of students in 101+ sized firms, it seems to me that Chicago-Kent did the best of the "Chicago Trio" this year.


I can't find the Chicago-Kent option on that website. I just find University of Chicago.

ashen
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby ashen » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:02 pm

swots90 wrote:
ashen wrote:
crv8623 wrote:
ashen wrote:So what does everyone think of the new employment stats for 2011...



Link?

http://placementsummary.abaquestionnaire.org/home.aspx
I only took a quick glance so I may be wrong, but in terms of employment percentages and number of students in 101+ sized firms, it seems to me that Chicago-Kent did the best of the "Chicago Trio" this year.


I can't find the Chicago-Kent option on that website. I just find University of Chicago.

It's under Illinois Institute of Technology.

JG7773
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby JG7773 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:27 pm

I now have a more difficult decision to make after getting my scholarship bumped from 8k to 20k today.

ashen
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby ashen » Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:42 pm

JG7773 wrote:I now have a more difficult decision to make after getting my scholarship bumped from 8k to 20k today.

How did they notify you?

JG7773
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby JG7773 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:38 am

ashen wrote:
JG7773 wrote:I now have a more difficult decision to make after getting my scholarship bumped from 8k to 20k today.

How did they notify you?


e-mail yesterday around 6pm EDT.

helfer snooterbagon
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby helfer snooterbagon » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:27 am

Thought I might chime in here. I am a 2011 graduate of Chicago Kent. I did my first year in the day program and then switched to the night program for the next three years. This is kind of an unusual move, but I got offered an in-house position at the end of my first year and decided that it was in my best interest and my family's to make the move.

I was a nontrad student. I had been out of college for about 7 years when I came to Kent. I feel very strongly that my pre-law background helped get me my first job. My undergrad and graduate degrees are in engineering and I originally came to Kent to pursue Patent Law.

I graded onto Law Review at the end of my first year. I did not have time to take on any leadership roles on Law Review. While it is a time suck, it is not unmanageable, even while working full time.

I chose Kent because of the full ride they offered me. Like many others, I was afraid of losing that scholarship. It worked out for me, but I know a few people it did not work out for. I cannot confirm or deny whether Kent stacks the sections. My hunch is that they do not. We had a meeting for all those who graded onto Law Review and it seemed like the sections were fairly represented.

I did not participate in OCI, but the previous poster is correct that to even bid on the big firms you generally have to be in the top 10% with some requiring top 5%. Some of my good friends are working at large law firms, they were generally at the top of the class though. The one known exception is the EIC of Law Review who was profiled on Above the Law awhile back. He is now at Kirkland, but is certainly the exception. IIRC, his grades were somewhere around top-third. Many of my friends landed firm jobs only after receiving bar results. If you do have a technical background and are interested in Patent Law, it is a bit easier going. However, it is still tough, more and more people with technical degrees are coming to law school.

The faculty at Kent are extremely talented. One thing I particularly enjoyed is that some of the technical classes (Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions, Construction Law, Patent Law etc.) are taught by well known practicing attorneys, particularly the evening sections.

Once I graduated, I went Navy JAG. Looking back on it, I am happy I went to Kent. However, I have zero debt. I would agree with the general sentiment that it is a risky decision to attend Kent without a substantial scholarship. I have heard the same bad things about Tailor Lofts and even Presidential Towers. There are much cheaper places to live. Remember that $10k may not seem like a big deal when you are talking about the difference between $130k and $140k, but it is $10k. Anything you can do to keep the debt load down will pay off.

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby artorres » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:41 am

helfer snooterbagon wrote:Thought I might chime in here. I am a 2011 graduate of Chicago Kent. I did my first year in the day program and then switched to the night program for the next three years. This is kind of an unusual move, but I got offered an in-house position at the end of my first year and decided that it was in my best interest and my family's to make the move.

I was a nontrad student. I had been out of college for about 7 years when I came to Kent. I feel very strongly that my pre-law background helped get me my first job. My undergrad and graduate degrees are in engineering and I originally came to Kent to pursue Patent Law.

I graded onto Law Review at the end of my first year. I did not have time to take on any leadership roles on Law Review. While it is a time suck, it is not unmanageable, even while working full time.

I chose Kent because of the full ride they offered me. Like many others, I was afraid of losing that scholarship. It worked out for me, but I know a few people it did not work out for. I cannot confirm or deny whether Kent stacks the sections. My hunch is that they do not. We had a meeting for all those who graded onto Law Review and it seemed like the sections were fairly represented.

I did not participate in OCI, but the previous poster is correct that to even bid on the big firms you generally have to be in the top 10% with some requiring top 5%. Some of my good friends are working at large law firms, they were generally at the top of the class though. The one known exception is the EIC of Law Review who was profiled on Above the Law awhile back. He is now at Kirkland, but is certainly the exception. IIRC, his grades were somewhere around top-third. Many of my friends landed firm jobs only after receiving bar results. If you do have a technical background and are interested in Patent Law, it is a bit easier going. However, it is still tough, more and more people with technical degrees are coming to law school.

The faculty at Kent are extremely talented. One thing I particularly enjoyed is that some of the technical classes (Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions, Construction Law, Patent Law etc.) are taught by well known practicing attorneys, particularly the evening sections.

Once I graduated, I went Navy JAG. Looking back on it, I am happy I went to Kent. However, I have zero debt. I would agree with the general sentiment that it is a risky decision to attend Kent without a substantial scholarship. I have heard the same bad things about Tailor Lofts and even Presidential Towers. There are much cheaper places to live. Remember that $10k may not seem like a big deal when you are talking about the difference between $130k and $140k, but it is $10k. Anything you can do to keep the debt load down will pay off.


Thank you for posting about your experience. You have no idea how much it is appreciated!!!

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby ashen » Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:15 pm

JG7773 wrote:
ashen wrote:
JG7773 wrote:I now have a more difficult decision to make after getting my scholarship bumped from 8k to 20k today.

How did they notify you?


e-mail yesterday around 6pm EDT.

I wonder if I can negotiate for an increase if I had to negotiate for a scholarship to begin with...
We're you deposited when you got the increase?

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby ValerOn1820 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:27 pm

maybe anyone knows - does Kent have a final date when all decisions have to be made?

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby JG7773 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:56 pm

ashen wrote:
JG7773 wrote:
ashen wrote:
JG7773 wrote:I now have a more difficult decision to make after getting my scholarship bumped from 8k to 20k today.

How did they notify you?


e-mail yesterday around 6pm EDT.

I wonder if I can negotiate for an increase if I had to negotiate for a scholarship to begin with...
We're you deposited when you got the increase?


I had not deposited when I asked for the increase, but I pitted them against DePaul (15,000 w/ a 3.2 Stip) and LUC (3k w/ no Stip)

ashen
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby ashen » Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:32 pm

JG7773 wrote:
ashen wrote:
JG7773 wrote:
ashen wrote:How did they notify you?


e-mail yesterday around 6pm EDT.

I wonder if I can negotiate for an increase if I had to negotiate for a scholarship to begin with...
We're you deposited when you got the increase?


I had not deposited when I asked for the increase, but I pitted them against DePaul (15,000 w/ a 3.2 Stip) and LUC (3k w/ no Stip)

I weighed my negotiation with the exact same scholly from DePaul and only got 4k. Maybe I can try to ask for more...

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby sammyk » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:40 pm

anyone still waiting on an initial decision? I have been complete since Early Feb!

colleenj87
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby colleenj87 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:44 pm

Waiting to hear back and I've been complete since January. I called admissions last week and they said they would look into it. Still nothing!

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby sammyk » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:47 pm

colleenj87 wrote:Waiting to hear back and I've been complete since January. I called admissions last week and they said they would look into it. Still nothing!


look into it? LOL. did they misplace our applications?

colleenj87
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby colleenj87 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:51 pm

The person seemed really confused that I hadn't heard anything. It seems there are a group of us though (at least according to this board and LSN).

sammyk
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby sammyk » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:01 pm

I just called as well. The guy looked me up and he said that I am still in review and the admissions committee has been really busy and hard at work. I was just polite and expressed some interest over the phone. He said that I will hopefully will be hearing back from them soon.

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby rma » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:28 pm

sammyk wrote:I just called as well. The guy looked me up and he said that I am still in review and the admissions committee has been really busy and hard at work. I was just polite and expressed some interest over the phone. He said that I will hopefully will be hearing back from them soon.


Wow. I feel for you guys. I got in a couple of weeks ago, and I thought that was a long time!

I withdrew a few days ago. Best of luck to you all! It's completely ridiculous that you haven't heard from them yet, especially since a lot of schools' seat deposit deadline have already passed.

sammyk
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby sammyk » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:36 pm

rma wrote:
sammyk wrote:I just called as well. The guy looked me up and he said that I am still in review and the admissions committee has been really busy and hard at work. I was just polite and expressed some interest over the phone. He said that I will hopefully will be hearing back from them soon.


Wow. I feel for you guys. I got in a couple of weeks ago, and I thought that was a long time!

I withdrew a few days ago. Best of luck to you all! It's completely ridiculous that you haven't heard from them yet, especially since a lot of schools' seat deposit deadline have already passed.



Really? When did you go complete? I think I have been complete since Feb 13th or 15th and in review since. According to their initial e-mail it says 2 weeks to 2 months. its just a little past two months, so ill cut them some slack haha.

I hope I do get in though, it would really brighten up the wait list hell hole I'm currently in.

rma
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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby rma » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:49 pm

I went complete on 1/13 and I heard back about 2 weeks ago. So I went about 3 months of not hearing anything. It took me 10 days to hear from Loyola, and no more than 5 weeks to hear from any of the T2s I applied to.

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby sammyk » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:44 pm

wow. i hope i hear back. once they send me a decision my cycle ends..

an acceptance would be nice haha

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby Denver0211 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:56 pm

For the my buddies on the deferred list...any word yet from Kent?

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby arae13 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:00 pm

Denver0211 wrote:For the my buddies on the deferred list...any word yet from Kent?


Negative :(

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby sammyk » Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:08 pm

I wish I had a decision. i feel so left out on here.

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby JG7773 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:11 pm

sammyk wrote:I wish I had a decision. i feel so left out on here.


Hang in there. . . it certainly does take them longer than others.

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Re: Chicago-Kent Class of 2015 (2011-2012 Cycle)

Postby artorres » Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:29 pm

JG7773 wrote:
sammyk wrote:I wish I had a decision. i feel so left out on here.


Hang in there. . . it certainly does take them longer than others.


I'm not sure if it's longer than others. I sent my application to Loyola back in October and they just sent me an email that I shouldn't expect a decision before June 15. Ouch!




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