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Current Law Students / Re: Anyone buying instead of renting?
« on: July 06, 2005, 03:35:53 PM »
yes - we plan to buy a place.  The payment will be lower than my current rent.  It is a long story, but I rent and my hubby lives 1600 miles away where we have a house.  We are calling my law school house a "2nd Home" and if we sell it in 3 years for what we buy it for the tax advantages will be worth it.  If we can't sell it we may rent it or keep it as a vacation home, and it is in an area we like.

Before law school I worked in mortgage banking/real estate, so I think we have a good idea of the risks involved.

Current Law Students / Re: Seattle Living
« on: June 27, 2005, 11:28:30 PM »
Congrats!  I am on the waitlist at Seattle U and can wait about a month longer...

I am trying to decide between U of Montana and Willamette in Salem, OR.

I've been in Seattle for 2+ yerars and I LOVE it.  I'll be so sad if I have to leave.

I live in Lower Queen Anne/Uptown and think it is the best place ever.  I work downtown, so I can walk.  It is a short bus ride to Seattle U.  I walk to baseball games at Safeco.  I'm close to Seattle Center and everything.  :)

I also really like Ballard - if I were buying a house I'd look there, buying a condo I'd look in Queen Anne.

Interbay is between QA and Ballard and is less expensive - but it has more "industry/warehouse" and not as much as a view.

Belltown is close to everything but yuppie, trendy and expensive.  I'm not coool enough to live there.

You might want to check out Greenlake/Phinney Ridge.

There is lots of stuff near Seattle U on Capital Hill, but for me it is too busy, and I want to be away from school when I am away from school.

It seems like the North/West areas are better than the South/East.

Current Law Students / Re: Gonzaga vs other law schools
« on: March 27, 2005, 08:57:58 PM »
Thanks stangjunky77!

I did apply at Seattle U - they are my 1st choice.  I am deferred there.  I have to make seat deposits soon, that's why my choice (at the moment is U of MT and Gonzaga).  I don't expect I'll hear anything from Seattle U until at least June and I am guessing there will be no $ there either.  :-[

The wrench in the works is Hamline in St. Paul.  They have offered me 1/2 tuition and I have a free place to live in Minneapolis.  I guess I am trying to decide the value of going to a school in the region I know I want to live/work.  I have some $ saved so I won't have to borrow everything, but if I go anywhere other than Hamline I will have to have some loans.

I really appreciate the advice and comments.

Current Law Students / Re: Gonzaga vs other law schools
« on: March 27, 2005, 05:10:17 PM »
Thank you for all this information.

I want to live and work in the Puget Sound area when law school is complete. 

I really got inspired by the Gonzaga catalog.  I have been admitted but with no $.  I have sent a letter requesting that they look at the possibility of some assistance.

I have been accepted to U of Montana, also with no $, but the costs to attend is almost $9K less.  I believe U of MT is ranked higher than Gonzaga.

Between the two schools, what are your thoughts?  I am interested in Real Estate & Property and Taxation.  I don't want to work for a huge firm, and don't anticipate making huge $.   

I am a non-traditional, older student.

Just wondering - the last information I had from them said that we could hear "as late as the 1st week of August".

I need to choose between schools #2 and #3 if Seattle U doesn't work out.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: When will you stop Waiting?
« on: June 30, 2005, 11:05:41 PM »
I can wait 2-3 more weeks.  I plan to buy a condo/townhouse, so I have to allow enough time for that.

School #2 starts 8/22 (8 hours drive away)
School #3 starts 8/18 (4 hours drive away)
I am trying to decide between these 2 back-up schools.

School #1 is in my current city so I don't have to move, and there is no hurry for a house purchase in this current location.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Waitlists
« on: June 30, 2005, 11:02:21 PM »
12 Applications Total

3 Rejections
7 Acceptances
2 Waitlists - 1 still waiting and 1 acceptance

The remaining waitlist is my #1 choice.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: So what went wrong
« on: June 27, 2005, 01:24:34 PM »
Hi - your story is like mine.

I took Testmasters and my first diag. test was 148.  Throughout the course I got my score to 158.  I had initially thoughht I'd have to get a 165 to do what I wanted to do, but altered my goal to 160.

I took the test Oct. 2004 and got a 149.  I was so disappointed.  I talked to my TM teacher, and he told me to keep at it.  I did all the homewaork I hadn't finished and did the LG over and over again.  I really improved my score on the games.  The Powerscore Logic Games Bible was a big help.  I re-took the test in Dec. and got a 160! :)  I really think I was over-prepared for the Oct. test.  

I am a non-trad (also blonde :) ) student and I am happy to report that I will be going to scchool this fall.  I applied at 12 schools, have been accepted at 8 and am wait-listed at my #1 choice.  I am not in this for big $ or T14 school or BIGlaw.

I would never give up - you can do it!

I've been doing the long-distance thing for 2 years already and it is fine.  We don't have any kids, so I think it is much easier for us.  With kids I don't think our arrangement could ever work.  I love in Seattle and he lives in Minnesota.  He's been looking for jobs here - but got promoted (dream job, big raise etc...), so he stayed in MN.  I'll be in law school in MT, OR, or WA.  He's still in MN.  The current goal is that by 5/2008 when I am done with school, he'll have a job in Seattle.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Willamette vs Gonzaga
« on: June 12, 2005, 10:43:34 AM »
Hi - good luck with you decision.  I think it depends on where you want to practice when finished with law school.  I've been accepted at Willamette and Gonzaga.  I told Gonzaga "no thanks", and am trying to decide between Willamette and Montana.  I am also on the wiat list for Seattle U.

I think Willamette is higher ranked than Gonzaga,. (US News and World Report)  Willamette has a beautiful campus and I really was impressed with the professors I met there during an open house.  The law school is right across the street from the Oregon State Capitol, so there would be lots of oportunities for internships.  Willamette is an hour from Portland and about 4 hours from Seattle.

For me, if Gonzaga and Willamette were my only oprtions I'd pick Willamette.

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