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Incoming 1Ls / changing student loan rates?
« on: June 17, 2006, 10:55:44 AM »
Democratic leader lays out party agenda

"If they retake control of Congress, Democrats will act quickly to increase the minimum wage, lower prescription drug costs and slash interest rates on student loans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Saturday."

"A new direction means broadening opportunity by addressing the soaring costs of higher education. We will begin by making tuition tax-deductible and cutting the interest rates of student loans in half."

"the interest rate on student loans would be cut to 3.4 percent"

I wonder if it would be retroactive on stafford or apply to gradplus loans?

Incoming 1Ls / Buying a suit for law school, The Q and A thread.
« on: March 06, 2006, 10:35:50 AM »
1995 was the last year I bought a suit.  It is cuffed, pleated and makes me look a little like the pile of laundry in my closet.  I've worn it about ten times. That is not what I want interviewers to think of when they meet me.

I've gathered this so far:

A dark navy or dark charcoal gray suit is most appropriate.
No pleats
No cuffs
Double-breasted is a no-no


What about darted?  what does darted mean?

What about fused?  Again what does it mean?

Three buttons?  Two buttons?

Is texture in the cloth appropriate?  herringbone?

What about chalk/pin stripes?

Does the lapel width and gorge (is that even the right word?) height vary?  How does a person's body shape and coloring come into play here?

Any good books I can pick up?

So say you were 5'8", 145, moderately fit, blonde hair/blue eyes--what would you do?

Incoming 1Ls / Your fellow students
« on: January 10, 2006, 09:03:21 AM »
Okay so you know you are going to law school.  You've got all this stuff going on and to top it off, you have your newest friends to get to know.  What do you think?

I'm a grad student now and my experience here has left me hopeful for law school.  The self-selection process for an advanced degree results in very interesting, accomplished people that enrich my life.  Of course, we aren't competing for grades.

Financial Aid / Interesting article on managing student debt
« on: December 08, 2005, 03:31:46 PM »


"Borrowers may also sign up for graduated repayment plans that keep payments to a minimum in the first two or three years of the loan and increase in later years. For example, a borrower with $80,000 in debt at an interest rate of 2.87 percent would pay $192 in monthly loan payments in the first three years of the loan, under the graduated repayment plan. Those in the standard repayment program would pay $332 a month. Of course, the graduated plan costs you more ($122,018) over 30 years than the standard plan ($119,489)."

Doable, I wonder if there is a penalty for early repayment on consolidated, graduated loan repayments.

Also anyone know if loan repayment programs from law schools can be combined with federal government plans?

Man, I'm not even in law school yet...  I need to relax.

Incoming 1Ls / What now?
« on: October 24, 2005, 05:02:06 PM »
While I am not really too much a "soon-to-be" 1L, the LSAT score is in and my dreams are not crushed.  I'll get in somewhere.  What should I be doing now to prepare for 1L come next August?  Reading?  Buying anything?  Hiding assets through shady real estate deals? (just kidding adcoms and finaid people!)  Learn me something fierce people. 

Or if in law school, what did you do?

I think I'll take a nice long trip somewhere, probably a camping trip because I'm poor.  I'm thinking the trail around Rainier or maybe canoeing in Quetico.  Then I'll probably move to the city where I'll be starting school to get to know the area a little. 

General Off-Topic Board / Best comeback line - Ever
« on: October 04, 2005, 09:01:32 AM »
This was in the Washington Post... the title was "Best Comeback Line - Ever.

The police arrested Patrick Lawrence, a 22-year-old white male, resident of Dacula, GA, in a pumpkin patch at 11:38 p.m. on Friday. Lawrence will be charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, public indecency, and public intoxication at the Gwinnett County courthouse on Monday.

The suspect explained that as he was passing a pumpkin patch he decided to stop."You know, a pumpkin is soft and squishy inside, and there was no one around here for miles. At least I thought there wasn't," he stated in a phone interview. Lawrence went on to say that he pulled over, picked out a pumpkin, cut a hole in it, and proceeded to satisfy his need. "I guess I was just really into it, you know?" Patrol officer Brenda Taylor pulled over and approached him. "It was an unusual situation, that's for sure," said Officer Taylor. "I walked up to (Lawrence) and he's ... just working away at this pumpkin. I just went up and said ... 'Excuse me sir, but do you realize that you are screwing a pumpkin?' He froze and was clearly very surprised that I was there, and then looked me straight in the face and said, 'A pumpkin? Damn ... is it midnight already?' "

I'm still have paranoid feelings about the LSAT so any humor helps.  Okay, after a little googling this seems to be floating around the internet and is most likely not true.  Still funny.

Studying for the LSAT / October Writing Sample
« on: September 29, 2005, 09:23:17 AM »
While I know most people don't care about this because of its relative unimportance compared to THE SCORE, does anyone know which of the two types of writing prompts we might face on Saturday.  The June 05 test had both "make an argument for one side over another" and "discuss how well reasoned you find this argument".  I would prefer the second because it is much easier to tear down an argument than to build one up.  The test said that advance notice of the kinds of prompts that may appear at each lsat administation can be found at, and I looked but had no luck finding any information.

Thanks and good luck Saturday!

Law School Admissions / Confused by application process
« on: September 20, 2005, 04:19:34 PM »
Could someone help a newbie here.  I keep reading suggestions to submit my application before my LSAT score comes in (I'm taking it in October).  I'm confused though about whether they are referring to submitting it electronically through LSDAS or whether I have to send something in the mail to these universities.  I do have a list of the documents I need to submit a hard copy of (usually things like financial aid forms) but I thought I could submit the electronic application (and sign for it electronically) using LSDAS.  Am I going to fail out of law school?  (That last part is just a little emoting caused by the stress of the application process--don't mind it).

When I found myself writing "With a legal education, I hope to work on social issues that are important to me such as civil rights and environmental law." I knew I needed to start over.  What disgusting crap.  It isn't even true!  An advisor of mine recommended I follow the environmental law line (I have a degree in botany) and said he was going to put something in my recommendation about it.  Maybe I should drop him, but he does know me the best of all my writers.  Eh, I'm just free-thinking here. 

Anyone else start thinking in one direction and then the words seem to pull you to another area?

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