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Incoming 1Ls / roommates or not?
« on: April 23, 2006, 07:55:07 AM »
I'm not sure if I want to live alone during 1L or find a roommate.

Financially, it makes a lot of sense. I'd either be able to spend less or get a better apartment for what I'd spend for a crappy studio not directly on the Metro. However, I've gotten used to living on my own, I like my own space. And taking out a little more in loans for a nicer living space might not be a bad idea, esp for my first year.  (I just don't know how easy it is to get loans beyond the school's budget.)

I think a good roommate and separate bathrooms would be great, but a bad roommate situation could be awful.  Then again, I wonder how likely I am to get a seriously bad roommate ala Single White Female, and as long as someone is (most) mature, employed or in school, and not totally dysfunctional, it won't be bad.

I'm going to GW, older than your average student, thinking about NoVA because I want to bring my car. I've found a few places that are reasonable, but not directly on the Metro line.

What are y'all planning on doing?

Choosing the Right Law School / UTAustin for patent law
« on: April 05, 2006, 06:47:05 PM »
Anyone have any feedback for how well UT places in patent law, particularly of a biotech or chemical bent?

I think I'd be thrilled to be in Austin, it's a good school, and a great deal for an instater.  But I wonder if I'd be better off going to a slightly lesser ranked school (George Washington, with a significant scholarship) if I want to go into patent law. 

I've also been admitted to Northwestern and Georgetown, but I don't really feel like living in Chicago, and with the scholarship and interest in patent law, GW seems like a better choice for me.

Law School Admissions / Visiting Schools, admit days or on your own?
« on: February 13, 2006, 10:33:03 PM »
Are most people visiting prospective schools?  Do you plan on going during the scheduled admit day(s), or on your own schedule?

The admit days have the advantage of being able to meet a lot of people, since it sounds like there will be organized activities, etc.  But I wonder how accurate the representation of the schools will be.  Would stopping in and sitting in on classes give a better picture?  Then again, one or two classes  might not be a good indicator of what that school  is like. 

And some schools have admit days that are scheduled close to each other (NU, Gtown, I'm looking at you two...)

Financial Aid / EFCs, CDs, and loans, oh my
« on: January 30, 2006, 12:39:01 PM »
I'd so rather take the LSAT again than deal with this...but I've avoided it long enough.

My situation.  I'm 30, haven't been declared on my parent's taxes in several years (I do have to check), but I'm back at home to save on rent until law school, have some of my own saving (not much, cause I was a poor grad student for quite a while), AND a very pretty chunk of change sitting in a CD in my name, thanks to my folks, but it matures in about three years, so it's not really liquid. As far as I understand it, this CD is considered in the assets. (I could be wrong, and kinda hope I am).

I used this to calculate my EFC, and my EFC is very close to the cost of a year of law school.

Now, this CD isn't something I'm planning on using to pay for law school. One, I can't get the money out without a penalty, two, I don't really think of it as *my* money, and three, even aside from the penalty, I think it might be wiser to let it keep getting interest rather than pay tutition outright.

So what I am wondering is what kind of loans does this leave  me open for? Can I still get the 18.5K in Unsubsidized Stafford loans, making the rest up with private loans?  Or does that 18.5K max only after EFCs?

Will this screw me out of any grant aid I might get from a school, which seems to be both merit and need based? (which I still have no idea if I have a chance for, since my GPA is low). 

Thanks...I hope this makes sense.

I'm well on my way to becoming a neurotic law student. Go me. 

My best rec letter (from my grad advisor who thinks I'm great, hah!) was just faxed and mailed out, but I submitted apps this past week, and most schools have requested reports and they've been sent.

Any idea of how long it will take for LoR to be processed if they are faxed to LSDAS? Anyone not have a faxed letter go through? 

Also, should I email the schools to let them know? Since I have three letters, I'm concerned they will think the app is complete and not wait for that letter.

Or should I  just pop a few vValium and start reading the paper so I can discuss something OTHER than law school with my friends.  ;)

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Non-trad social life
« on: November 07, 2005, 02:40:48 PM »
Are any of you other non-trad students worried about your social life during law school?

Single, no kids, will be early 30s in LS, already have a graduate degree.  I'm wondering if I'm going to be in no-man's-land between the single youngins and the older, married with family types.

I know I should be concerned about my apps and paying for the darn thing first, but I like to spread the worry around.  I have no idea where I'm going yet, but I'm only looking at schools in bigger cities. 

Studying for the LSAT / How many 180s
« on: October 21, 2005, 09:30:24 PM »
My father, being the perfectionist that he is  ::), asked me how many people get a 180.  I did a quick google search, but nothing came up other than this:

but only 98 over the last three years? that seems way too low. 

Anyone know?

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