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Law School Applications / Re: Toby Stock Call Thread
« on: June 27, 2008, 03:55:14 PM »
I'm going to throw my congrats in as well! Good job!

I received the binder about a week and a half after the call (Mountain West.)

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Tim Russert Dead
« on: June 13, 2008, 05:07:44 PM »
Wow. Just wow. At first I thought this was some kind of a joke.

On Sunday, there are two shows I look forward to watching. Meet the Press and This Week. Because of where I live, I have to get up fairly early to watch MTP. It was always worth it, however, because of the often tough but generally fair work done by Mr. Russert. He will be sorely missed. 

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Hey all! I was just wondering if any of you had any success getting Harvard to up their financial aid offer, in light of Stanford or Yale financial offers.

I'm freaking out right now, because I just got a massive aid package from Stanford (its $10,000 more than HLS).

QOTC: I'm afraid I can't be of much help but congrats on getting into Stanford! I actually ended up getting pennies less than Stanford that I was not going to quibble about. Obviously, though, 10k is nothing to sneeze about.

Email Cassandra or whoever you feel comfortable speaking with in admissions. Just be honest with them about Stanford's offer and ask for an increase.

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Law School Applications / Re: Do visits help?
« on: June 05, 2008, 02:48:27 PM »
Depends on the school, but from what I understand one factor for the law school rankings is the percentage of accepted students who actually attend. Therefore if a school thinks that you will attend if accepted it may be slightly more willing to accept you and if it does not think you will attend it will be slightly less willing to accept. I think this would apply more to school lloking to make a bump up in rankings, especially a T3 or T4. In the end, I don't think it is a hufe difference maker, but if there is a reach school you really want to attend I would make it a point to visit at least once of possible, or at least call to to Admissions on the phone to let them know how seriously you are interested. 

Calling or visiting to make that point is unnecessary and honestly counter-productive. Your application should state everything that the review committee ought to know about you. That includes how interested you are. If anything, it would be more advantageous to submit an addendum (especially where called for ala Michigan) stating your specific interests in the school and why you would absolutely attend if granted admission. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Do visits help?
« on: June 03, 2008, 06:34:01 PM »
Honestly, in my experience, they are not that helpful. I did both: visited a school immediately before I applied and shortly after I went "complete" at another school. I don't think visiting did much in terms of helping my application at either school. If that is the reason you want to visit, I would recommend keeping that card in your hand until you really need to use it (i.e. in the case of a waitlist.)

What I can tell you is that visiting schools will be tremendously helpful for you in determining which one you ultimately want to attend.

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You're not the only one and no, I am not nervous. I think meeting with people of the caliber who go to Penn or any of the top schools helps to alleviate that feeling. Having gone to quite a few preview events, my impressions were 1. yes, everyone is smart, 2. everyone has done something interesting, and 3. most of your fellow students are laid back, decent people.

Trust me: you should not feel intimidated. This is an opportunity to learn not only in the classroom but from all the amazing people you are going to be surrounded by.

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The locker sign-up sheet can be found at the following link:

http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/dean/lockers.php

Good luck!

Thank you for sharing that information and the link!

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A piece of advice to anyone who got a bad number in the HRES lottery; monitoring the 'currently available' section at the right time can be GOLDEN. By the right time I mean around 10AM CST on Thursdays through the afternoon. Its a few hours before they send out the email about new availabilities, and they add about 10-20 good options every week. I just got an awesome apartment well before my viewing time.

A question for everyone: are you keeping your cell numbers or getting new ones for the Boston area?

Keeping mine for now. We'll see if that becomes a hassle.

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I used a bunch of different realtors but ended up getting a place through the HRES website - so it was just through communication with the owner that I got the place.  I highly recommend Tory Row Real Estate (dealt with Andrew, who was great) and Oxford Street Realty (dealt with Jackie).

Apartment Rental Experts was all right, but I think their realtors are new, seasonal, and aren't super responsive. The other places I listed are smaller places with people with YEARS of experience.

Apartment PhD I think it was called was ok - I dealt with Ying Ying.  She was kind and has great units, but she isn't the most responsive all the time.

I was not impressed with Apartment Hub, Metro Realty (or Metro Real Estate maybe?), or Inman Realty.

Good luck to all of you!

Thanks for the info and congrats on finding your new home :)

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If we haven't already chased the OP away I am offering to help. I wrote a PS and DS and can forward those to you if you want.


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