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Anyone with scholarships to LSU or Loyola New Orleans???

calliemae

Re: Anyone with scholarships to LSU or Loyola New Orleans???
« Reply #50 on: February 26, 2005, 09:55:03 PM »
Benjamin Franklin is very competitive and only a high school so you will still have to worry about elementary and middle school (not sure how old your child is). The schools are better in Metairie and Kenner but I'm not sure if you want that commute with both of you going to school uptown. The schools are very good across the lake but that's an even longer commute. Not as big of a worry once you're out practicing, but definitely a concern while you're in school.

My friend actually moved to Kansas City from New Orleans because of the schools (his kid is still in elementary school) and he seems to like it. You've done more research than me regarding St. Louis.

And yes, NOLA firms do require a lot more billables than other places. Not sure about MO.

Thanks for all the helpful info, everyone.

Yes, we have considered attending diff. schools in New Orleans (it would probably be the smartest thing to do, actually), but we thought it may be beneficial if we went to the same school (since we have to juggle law school w/ our child and we could study together/help each other).

I have no idea why they raised my scholarship offer from last year, except maybe because I applied again?

I definitely am concerned about the schools -- both St. Louis and New Orleans have terrible public school systems. However, New Orleans at least has Benjamin Franklin High (whereas I couldn't find a single public school in St. Louis, even Clayton High, with a decent state test passage rate). I'm not a NOLA native, so I don't know how hard it is to get into Franklin...

I went to Tulane for undergrad as a transfer student (spent the last two years there). I thought the people were much nicer than at my previous college, actually (I went to college on the east coast), and most of the law students were pretty nice. However, I've heard from my friends at the law school that it is a bit on the competitive side (no book-stealing or anything, but lots of annoying gunners). I liked the law building a lot better than Loyola's, but I was a bit intimidated by some of the faculty and administration I met at Tulane (whereas everyone I met at Loyola were very down to earth).

Ok, I know that biglaw in st. louis requires less hours than new orleans (according to NALP directory), but I am wondering what the average salary of medium sized law firms are in St. Louis / New Orleans. SLU and MIZZOU's average starting salary is only 54K or 55K whereas Loyola's is 20k more.





Harrahs

Re: Anyone with scholarships to LSU or Loyola New Orleans???
« Reply #51 on: February 27, 2005, 07:39:42 AM »
you could always try lusher elementary school, just a few blocks away from tulane and loyola.  they have a elementary and middle, i believe, and are regarded as among the best schools -- public or private -- in the city.  i am a public school teacher in new orleans and would ditto all that calliemae has said.

truthfully, jefferson parish is not that far away.  even with traffic, you would never have a commute over 18 minutes to get to the law school from there, and vice versa.  a friend of mine has her children in the public schools in metairie, and both seem to be doing very well.  plus, the rent would be cheaper for both of you:  for you guys and your children, you are going to pay at least a G uptown, whereas for that amount of money in metairie you could get something substantially larger, plus better schools for free. 

good luck, either way.

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Benjamin Franklin is very competitive and only a high school so you will still have to worry about elementary and middle school (not sure how old your child is). The schools are better in Metairie and Kenner but I'm not sure if you want that commute with both of you going to school uptown. The schools are very good across the lake but that's an even longer commute. Not as big of a worry once you're out practicing, but definitely a concern while you're in school.

My friend actually moved to Kansas City from New Orleans because of the schools (his kid is still in elementary school) and he seems to like it. You've done more research than me regarding St. Louis.

And yes, NOLA firms do require a lot more billables than other places. Not sure about MO.

Thanks for all the helpful info, everyone.

Yes, we have considered attending diff. schools in New Orleans (it would probably be the smartest thing to do, actually), but we thought it may be beneficial if we went to the same school (since we have to juggle law school w/ our child and we could study together/help each other).

I have no idea why they raised my scholarship offer from last year, except maybe because I applied again?

I definitely am concerned about the schools -- both St. Louis and New Orleans have terrible public school systems. However, New Orleans at least has Benjamin Franklin High (whereas I couldn't find a single public school in St. Louis, even Clayton High, with a decent state test passage rate). I'm not a NOLA native, so I don't know how hard it is to get into Franklin...

I went to Tulane for undergrad as a transfer student (spent the last two years there). I thought the people were much nicer than at my previous college, actually (I went to college on the east coast), and most of the law students were pretty nice. However, I've heard from my friends at the law school that it is a bit on the competitive side (no book-stealing or anything, but lots of annoying gunners). I liked the law building a lot better than Loyola's, but I was a bit intimidated by some of the faculty and administration I met at Tulane (whereas everyone I met at Loyola were very down to earth).

Ok, I know that biglaw in st. louis requires less hours than new orleans (according to NALP directory), but I am wondering what the average salary of medium sized law firms are in St. Louis / New Orleans. SLU and MIZZOU's average starting salary is only 54K or 55K whereas Loyola's is 20k more.





jhusser

Re: Anyone with scholarships to LSU or Loyola New Orleans???
« Reply #52 on: February 27, 2005, 08:45:00 PM »
I think Loyola-NO is having an admitted students thing in April too. Can anyone confirm this?


They'd be wise to sell themselves to the out-of-towners before the humidity and termite insanity that comes in May.



termite insanity ?  What are talking about?

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Re: Anyone with scholarships to LSU or Loyola New Orleans???
« Reply #53 on: February 28, 2005, 07:16:13 AM »
dal79--i just did a rough search of the accepted people on LSN and it appears that scholarships were given to URMs with indices below a 3.1 but they werent given to any nonURMs. 

also, looking at the data, it appears that most of the people who have been accepted with scholarships are leaning towards other places.  what happens with that money then? if anyone can shed some light, i would be very appreciative!

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Re: Anyone with scholarships to LSU or Loyola New Orleans???
« Reply #54 on: February 28, 2005, 08:14:56 AM »
I think Loyola-NO is having an admitted students thing in April too. Can anyone confirm this?


They'd be wise to sell themselves to the out-of-towners before the humidity and termite insanity that comes in May.

termite insanity ?  What are talking about?

See above/previous posts.

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Re: Anyone with scholarships to LSU or Loyola New Orleans???
« Reply #55 on: February 28, 2005, 03:50:22 PM »
dal79--i just did a rough search of the accepted people on LSN and it appears that scholarships were given to URMs with indices below a 3.1 but they werent given to any nonURMs. 

also, looking at the data, it appears that most of the people who have been accepted with scholarships are leaning towards other places.  what happens with that money then? if anyone can shed some light, i would be very appreciative!

Exactly...

All of us poor souls with an index of 3 w/ no scholarship get F*cked because we have seat deposits due at other schools before Loyola will ever know who is commin and who aint.

I'm gonna call this week and speak w/ the asst. director of admissions about this, and i'm gonna tell her that without a scholarship to Loyno, I have to go with the in-state tuition at LSU...

I'll keep ya updated.

Harrahs

Re: Anyone with scholarships to LSU or Loyola New Orleans???
« Reply #56 on: February 28, 2005, 05:09:39 PM »
i would agree with this.  those of us with an index of 3 are going to be accepted at lsu as well.  it is hard to believe that loyola could compete with in-staters who are also accepted to lsu without forking over a few bucks.  that being said, i am sure that loyola is not going to have to give a bunch of extra scholarships in order to fill their incoming class.

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dal79--i just did a rough search of the accepted people on LSN and it appears that scholarships were given to URMs with indices below a 3.1 but they werent given to any nonURMs. 

also, looking at the data, it appears that most of the people who have been accepted with scholarships are leaning towards other places.  what happens with that money then? if anyone can shed some light, i would be very appreciative!

Exactly...

All of us poor souls with an index of 3 w/ no scholarship get F*cked because we have seat deposits due at other schools before Loyola will ever know who is commin and who aint.

I'm gonna call this week and speak w/ the asst. director of admissions about this, and i'm gonna tell her that without a scholarship to Loyno, I have to go with the in-state tuition at LSU...

I'll keep ya updated.

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Re: Anyone with scholarships to LSU or Loyola New Orleans???
« Reply #57 on: February 28, 2005, 05:15:17 PM »
i would agree with this.  those of us with an index of 3 are going to be accepted at lsu as well.  it is hard to believe that loyola could compete with in-staters who are also accepted to lsu without forking over a few bucks.  that being said, i am sure that loyola is not going to have to give a bunch of extra scholarships in order to fill their incoming class.

casino

dal79--i just did a rough search of the accepted people on LSN and it appears that scholarships were given to URMs with indices below a 3.1 but they werent given to any nonURMs. 

also, looking at the data, it appears that most of the people who have been accepted with scholarships are leaning towards other places.  what happens with that money then? if anyone can shed some light, i would be very appreciative!

Exactly...

All of us poor souls with an index of 3 w/ no scholarship get F*cked because we have seat deposits due at other schools before Loyola will ever know who is commin and who aint.

I'm gonna call this week and speak w/ the asst. director of admissions about this, and i'm gonna tell her that without a scholarship to Loyno, I have to go with the in-state tuition at LSU...

I'll keep ya updated.

one can always hope...

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Re: Anyone with scholarships to LSU or Loyola New Orleans???
« Reply #58 on: March 01, 2005, 07:57:57 AM »
Here's to hoping.... :P

I wonder what the percentage of in-staters is for Loyola.  Anyone know? 


leoladybug

Re: Anyone with scholarships to LSU or Loyola New Orleans???
« Reply #59 on: March 01, 2005, 11:53:47 AM »
I have a 2.9 index and Loyola NO and haven't heard anything.  I sent my app on 12/30.  I am keeping my fingers crossed  :)