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Loyola Marymount U / Re: Loyola Law School
« on: August 15, 2006, 12:12:34 AM »
I've been posting in the "Soon to be 1L" board, but since orientation starts tomorrow morning, I guess I am officially a 1L.

So, what's up class of 2009? What sections did everyone land? I got 3, which I think is the best... Mon, Tues, Thur 1:30-4:30; Wed 10-4:30; Fri 10-3
No 5-unit, 1-semester classes.

It's the bomb!

What does everyone else think of their sections?

I went and bought my books today... a great move considering that the bookstore was empty and the guy who runs it says it will be crazy tomorrow. Of course, I wasn't able to buy me Legal Research & Writing books, since I don't know which prof. I will have. But, for the rest of the classes... $736 for all the required books...ouch! At least they are good for the entire year.

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I have Selmi for Torts and Lawrence for Contracts. (I'm evening division)

Which means you have Levinson for Crim Law...couldn't ask for anything more than that...she's practically a celebrity!

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I haven't heard anything about the section 3 profs other than what I've read on the website...they all seem pretty distinguished. A guy I work with has a daughter that is a 3L this year so I am going to ask if she has any impressions on any of the profs.

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Section 1 here...

I didn't really look at your schedule? How is it? You have Scheckter for Property, right? I've heard good things about him.

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Alright, who else is in Section 3 with me??? I think it is the best of the sections...no classes before noon three days out of the week, no 5-unit 1-semester classes, and we get the Dean for Con. Law. Not too shabby.


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Thinking about moving to the Glendale area, specifically Archstone Glendale on Fairview.  Anyone know what this area is like or what the traffic to LLS is like?  Moving from Northern California, so any advice or insight would be really appreciated.


I live in Glendale and I love the area... I live right off Brand on the south side of the freeway, which is a nice area. We regularly walk down Brand...there are a ton of stores and restaurants. Free parking is rough in that area though, but if you know you will spend money to get parking validated or don't mind paying, there are structures.

The traffic down to Loyola isn't great, but it's not horrible. You can take the 5 or the 2 down to the 110 and then exit 8th street. It can take up to 45 minutes in the morning if there is an accident, and you should always assume 30 minutes. In the afternoon, the 110 is worse and you might prefer to take the 10 east to the 5 north.

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My official financial aid letter was not correct! What's up with that? It didn't show my scholarship, nor did they include my estimated child-care expenses, even though I sent them a letter and a statement from the day care center showing my costs.

I am getting really sick of the financial aid office actually. They have not been very helpful. First I called to get a new copy of my estimated award letter and after a week, I still hadn't gotten it. I called again and they never sent it. Then, I emailed them a question and they never responded. Then, I sent them the letter and statement about day care and asked them to contact me to let me know that they had processed it. They never did. I called them to follow up and they said that they would process it when they sent out the official award letter. Obviously they didn't. Then, I called to say that my official award letter was wrong and they told me to email the necessary corrections. I emailed and asked them to either write back or call to let me know they had re-processed it. Still no call or email. If I haven't heard anything by next week I am going to raise hell. This is rediculous!

I hadn't heard that about the disbursments...that would be horrible. I was under the impression that disbursments come sometime around the beginning of the semester.

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Financial Aid / Re: Grad PLUS
« on: June 17, 2006, 12:20:36 AM »
alright, I called the financial aid office for the third time this week... I think I finally asked the right questions, cause now I understand the deal.

Need-based financial aid (Stafford, Perkins, etc.) is based on COA minues scholarships, minus EFC. So for me, 60k minus 20k scholarship, minus 17k EFC leaves me with 23k eligibility. Obviously, I can only take 18.5k in Stafford, so I will take that amount.

Non need-based aid (Grad Plus, private, etc.) is based on COA minus scholarships, minus need-based aid. They do not consider EFC. So for me, 60k minus 20k minus 18.5k, which leaves me with 21.5k eligibility for Grad Plus.

Obviously, the total aid package can't exceed the COA. So, 20k scholarship plus 18.5k Stafford plus 21.5k Grad Plus totals 60k. Easy-peasy-Japanesey... hope that doesn't offend anyone!  :)

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Financial Aid / Re: Grad PLUS
« on: June 16, 2006, 01:41:35 AM »
<it is COA-stafford/scholarship. you can only t ake out the difference between COA and your other $$>

OK, so just to make sure I understand...

The COA is $60,000 ($33,000 is tuition)
my scholarship is $20,000
my EFC is $17,000
and Stafford is $18,500

That means that I would be eligible for $5000 in need-based aid, right? But I need to borrow about $15,000 more than that. How do I do that? Would I not be able to do that with the Grad Plus and instead have to use a private loan?

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Haven't been on this site in a while, so glad to see some people who will be joining me this fall.

Anyone going to be taking out the Grad Plus loan? Does anyone know for sure if you can borrow more than the COA? I need to borrow a hell of a lot more than my need based aid says I am eligible for, so I can only do the Grad Plus if I can borrow above the COA. I have a wife and child, so the COA is way less than my actual expenses!

I have lived in SoCal my whole life and in Glendale for the past three years, so I'll certainly be staying here. I'll be quitting my full-time job with the AQMD to go to school full time. I plan on studying litigation and working for a big firm when I graduate to make it all worth it! :)

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