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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Southwestern vs. Chapman
« on: February 03, 2012, 03:59:53 PM »
I agree with taxman, but if you're dead set on one of the two then visit the campuses.  Southwestern is strictly a law school and is much smaller and more intimate.  Chapman law is part of a much larger campus and has a better college feel.  Neither have particularly good job placement nor are they terribly far apart from each other in terms of ranking.  Southwestern's building is really beautiful but I've heard bad things about the impossibility of trying to network out from it.

Financial Aid / Re: Beyond GradPlus
« on: February 03, 2012, 08:31:25 AM »
Living expenses, travel expenses, book expenses, and even the one time expense of a $2000 laptop computer are included in the cost assessment that GradPlus covers.  You are getting yourself in serious *&^% if you try to take out a loan even bigger than the maximum amount GradPlus allows for and I really doubt any lender will be willing to take on that kind of risk and they certainly wouldn't be willing to do a deferment because it is obviously not for school.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAC GPA Q
« on: January 16, 2012, 10:34:14 AM »
I have credit/no credit gym courses I took while I was in high school where I did not have the minimum number of hours in the gym to receive credit for the courses.  I was only taking them so that I could use the gym on the cheap and I never even bothered to log in for credit.  Even these courses were counted into my overall gpa by LSAC as F's.  I am almost positive you are stuck with whatever you got.  If it is really something you are worried about, include an addendum about them in your application.  The reports that are sent in by LSAC have breakdowns in them and they can see your grade trends.  It's different for every school of course but I got a 45%ish scholarship to Lewis & Clark with a 163 lsat score because they could see my last two years of my undergrad were a 4.0 even though my overall gpa only broke down to a 3.3 (huge slacker at community college).

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