chrisbru wrote:kingsfield69 wrote:Under review for a few weeks now. 164/3.89.
Good luck to all.
Sorry for the consecutive posts, I'm catching up here. I applied in early November, and didn't hear until mid December (171, 2.9 were my stats for full disclosure here). I'm pretty sure Iowa doesn't really start to make decisions until December. Scholarships will be offered to the top candidates within a few weeks of acceptance, and they'll trickle down to the more fringe applicants when they start to turn those down, likely February, March, and April. Iowans get a boost both for admission and for scholarships, since Iowa has a mandatory 50% Iowa resident quota to reach for the law school.
Also, class sizes have been going down. 3L class was 205 or so, ours was 180, and the 1L class is only 160. I'd imagine they don't go much below that, so you're probably looking at a class of 150-170 depending on the strength of applications. Admissions is busting their ass to make sure they maintain medians and hopefully even bring them up a bit with each incoming class, and smaller class sizes is the way to do that in the current market. That's also better for everyone coming in, because the job market is on the rise with less people in your class to compete for those jobs.
Keep in mind that ties have a LOT to do with legal hiring. If you're from Milwaukee and want to work in Des Moines, going to Iowa probably isn't going to help that much and going to Drake would be a better option. That situation generally applies for other smaller markets too, such as Minnesota, Omaha, etc.
I don't know if I see the class being any larger than last years again.. I think the school would struggle to place all 170 not to mention LSAT test takers fell off a cliff this last year.
One thing that a lot of students don't look at is that rural areas are hiring students. Salaries in these areas range from 50k - 300k (I've met a few who make 400+ but these are legacy exceptions whose family practices go back to the 1910's/20's doing medical / insurance defense). If you can stomach living in a town with 1k-10k people this is a good option. Also people going this route should probably attend whatever school gives them the most money and rack up clinic time.
In my home state there are a lot of veteran attorneys in rural towns getting out of the game with no succession plans and I know the same can be said for a lot of towns / cities in Western Iowa. No one wants to go to these places despite the fact that working with agricultural estates is actually quite lucrative and there are quite a few product liability cases filed against farming equipment manufacturers each year for injuries sustained in the field (a lot of attorneys have become millionaires suing the likes of John Deere for farming accidents).
The problem is convincing students to go to these areas instead of trying to break into the metro areas where there is an absolute glut and there are scores of laid off attorneys with 10+ years of experience. Which is really strange because cost of living is dirt cheap, the economies are stable, you can live pretty large, be home at 5, and hardly ever work 40 hours a week. Granted you don't have the entertainment or shopping options as a big city, but you have the internet.
Just my 2 cents.