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Current Law Students / Re: Loyola Los Angeles
« on: January 26, 2008, 07:32:37 PM »
so what are some good places to live near LLS? I was readin a thread about loyola for the class of 09 and they were talkin about livin in santa monica, playa del rey, manhattan beach.  Arent these places like 20+ miles from the school? Wouldnt that take like 2 hours during most hours of the day?  :o What are some good areas around campus?

Current Law Students / Re: Loyola Los Angeles
« on: January 18, 2008, 01:29:28 PM »

Current Law Students / Re: Loyola Los Angeles
« on: January 16, 2008, 07:41:38 AM »
Hi, I'm currently a second year at LLS, and in my opinion, I don't think the fact that the "parent" university and LLS are physically separated by a distance of 16 miles has any disadvantages at all.  For the most part, LLS is its own universe.  We have no "Fitness Center," but there is a basketball court and a ping pong table (lol).  There's a tiny little dining hall, which to be honest, I've never ate at. 

But all that notwithstanding, LLS is a wonderful school that provides a great legal education from awesome professors.  Also, it's location near downtown puts it nearer to the heart of the legal center of Los Angeles.  I'd also like to point out that in a city like Los Angeles, there is no where that has "nothing around it." 

One caveat however:  Keep in mind that LLS is a Tier 2 school, and despite what the employment statistics say, the job search can be extremely difficult if you aren't in the top 10-20% of your class.  Realistically, you'd be looking at a starting salary of around $50,000 at some small firm.  This is something that wasn't clear to me when I decided to go to law school.  I, like many others, was blinded by "BIGLAW" aspirations, thinking that a mere JD would be sufficient. 
thanks for the help man.  And yea, I do know about the career prospects.  I am assuming that being in the top 15-20% would get me a BIGLAW/6 fig job.  Is that true?  I also got a 80k scholarship, so I think I got a pretty good cushion for myself, in case I don't get that biglaw job.  Honestly, tho, Im really hopin i get into SC, but its a reach for me.

But in terms of the school, do you feel that theres a sense of "community" there?  I ask b/c im sure that since its downtown, theres probably people that live all over LA that go there.  So basically, Im askin if students there hang out, study together, go out to clubs/bars together, etc, like other schools.  This is important to me since if I go there, Ill be in a city where I know literally nobody  :o

Current Law Students / Re: Loyola Los Angeles
« on: January 15, 2008, 07:55:23 AM »

Current Law Students / Loyola Los Angeles
« on: January 12, 2008, 06:43:58 PM »
Im considerin goin here but am concerned for one reason. I know that it's separated from its undergraduate school. Does this have any disadvantages? To me, this would make it hard to have a sense of community. For example, at other schools, everything is right there on campus, the fitness center, undergrad library, dining halls, sports facilities, etc and there is lots of interaction between grads and undergrads. Lookin @ LLS, it just seems disconnected to me, just some random building with classrooms in the middle of LA with nothin around it. But I really do hope its not like that, since the academics and career prospects seem pretty good. Also logistically, what do you guys do in terms of classes? Do you just stay at LLS the whole day and attend class whenever needed, hangin out around the campus the rest of the time, or do you go back and forth b/w home and school? Any current students or others w/ knowledge got any thoughts?

If i wanted to work as counsel for a corporation rather than working for a law firm, how would I go about doing that? would it help it get a joint JD/MBA if I don't have a business background? Also, does anybody know of any articles/books/other websites I can check out to find our for info about in house counsel jobs? Thanks

Incoming 1Ls / So What if I Need More $$$ Than the Cost of Attendance (COA)
« on: February 08, 2008, 07:22:12 AM »
Im lookin at some of these COA's (Loyola LA specifically) and they don't seem like they'd be enough to cover me.  I mean LLS allocated like 10,500 or so for room and board, for 9 months Im assuming.  How the fucc am I gonna be able to make that work when its at least 1200-1500 a month for rent alone for a 1/1? Thats even takin food into acount.  Ive heard you can take out private loans, but I went to a couple bank sites that offer private loans and they all say that the total amt. of loans you take out can't be more than the COA?  So how does that work? Where do I get that extra $$$?

Financial Aid / Question About Student Aid Report (SAR)
« on: January 14, 2008, 01:29:13 PM »
So I filled out the FAFSA yesterday and got my SAR today in my email.  But Im confused.  All the SAR says is a summary of all my answers and it tells me that my EFC is 0.  When/how do I find out the specific aid package for each school I sent my FAFSA results to (i.e. the 2 types of stafford loans, PLUS loans, etc)? Does that come separately from each school?

o, i have no problem with that, all mine say transmitted in green. im asking how i know when i am complete at the school, meaning that my app is done and just has to be reviewed by the school

when i check under my application status it says that for this school (Univ. of San Diego) a law school report has been requested and also that the report has been processed.  Does this mean I am complete at USD? I have not received any emails or anything like that.  On a side note, how long does it take for most schools to request the reports? 

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