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Wait List / In off Cornell WL
« on: July 14, 2006, 12:23:44 PM »
So I got in off the WL and have to respond ASAP, looking for advice. 

-No word on financial aid, but I'm assuming it won't be much (assume 150k debt).
-I was set on Fordham part-time (financial + family reasons).
-If I attend Fordham, I would continue working at my current firm (small, modest pay, but very relevant to my legal interests and would permit me to graduate with minimal (maybe 50k?) debt). 
-I'm 100% sure I want to practice in NY, and both schools are great for placement in the city, but Fordham would allow me to network with more people in my area of interest.

I already passed on Michigan, would I be crazy to even consider Cornell?

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Financial Aid / private loans
« on: March 12, 2006, 05:00:20 PM »
so i received my financial aid package and realized I need to borrow $$$ in private loans.  Can I apply before deciding where to attend, just to see if I qualify? Would the resulting credit inquiry hurt my credit score and make it harder to reapply later if I needed to?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / UMich student preview weekends
« on: January 30, 2006, 09:42:28 AM »
Anyone else thinking about going?

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Law School Applications / transferring and law review?
« on: January 13, 2006, 12:13:44 PM »
Is it possible to make law review or journal after transferring?

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Financial Aid / Another EFC question
« on: January 09, 2006, 06:13:05 PM »
So based on the EFC calculator I found, I qualify under the simplified needs test because my income is below a certain level. Therefore, assets (bank accounts, homes, etc) are ignored. My question is, if this is true, could I theoretically own a $1M home and have another $1M in the bank and not be expected to use any of it to pay for tuition as long as I make less than a certain amount each year?   

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Financial Aid / Need Access Signature Required?
« on: January 08, 2006, 12:18:50 AM »
Those of you who've completed the Need Access form online, is there anything to print out and sign (either yourself or your parents) or can everything be submitted online without signatures? I remember that for the FAFSA, I used to use an electronic PIN and then print out a form for my parents to sign and was wondering if this was similar.

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Financial Aid / When to file Need Access?
« on: January 03, 2006, 01:47:23 PM »
Many schools have a mid-march deadline for financial aid applications.  Do I need to have tax returns for myself and my parents on hand in order to fill out the Need Access application, or can I estimate using last year's numbers?

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Law School Applications / Laughable fee waiver
« on: December 28, 2005, 12:15:26 AM »
Finally got a fee waiver (CRS) from Brooklyn today. I was planning on applying if I got one, but now that I have a few acceptances I probably won't. Anyway, the letter says that "as a holiday present" they are prepared to waive the application fee - totally lame and unconvincing. With the rotten luck I've had so far this cycle, this waiver makes me feel better in knowing that I can turn the tables on at least one school by saying no to them rather than vice versa.  Geez, I sound so bitter, and it's barely halfway into the cycle!  ;D

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Wait List / Submitting additional materials, how much is too much?
« on: December 28, 2005, 12:03:37 AM »
I'm thinking of writing a targeted letter of interest and submitting one or two additional essays to each school, is this going overboard?  Also, is it ok to submit essays that were not listed as topics in the application itself? Additional material is so vague, and I'd hate to send out unsolicited/unwanted stuff.

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Law School Applications / Splitters, applying early = Bad???
« on: December 16, 2005, 03:25:20 PM »
Based on the rejections/deferrals on LSN seen so far for those applying early, it seems like a lot of the schools have strict LSAT/GPA cutoffs.  That is, regardless of your index no., if you don't meet both cutoffs, that means an auto-reject or at least a deferral.  This has led me to believe that splitters may benefit from applying for regular decision rather than EA/ED since adcoms may revise their admissions standards based on # of applicants, withdraws, etc. Thus, regular decision applicants might not be subjected to the same cutoffs.  I think this might help those borderline applicants who would otherwise be rejected early on.  Any thoughts on this theory?   

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