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I am probably going to move into a two bedroom in August in the Century City area (8 mi from Loyola, 1-2 mi from Westwood), and I may need someone to take the other room... I was originally going to move with my friend, but that may not end up happening and I'm looking for alternatives. (Or, if she still tags along, I may want to get a 3 bedroom) What is everyone doing in terms of housing for the LA schools? Right now I live in Santa Monica, and work in Century City - I decided it would make more sense to live right next to work... then I can quickly make it home before I head off to school (I'm doing the evening program).

Feel free to PM me! :)

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Acceptances / Loyola Law School - LA
« on: March 01, 2006, 12:52:42 AM »
In at Loyola! :) Online status checker changed to "sent" on friday, letter was actually sent Monday, and received today!

Who will I be seeing there? :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Loyola LA Decision
« on: February 25, 2006, 03:11:17 AM »
Well, my status just changed to "letter has been sent" on the online status checker! Did anyone else get this message today? I'm assuming I'll get the letter by tomorrow since I'm so close... gulp.

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Where should I go next fall? / Dilemmas
« on: January 25, 2006, 02:29:19 AM »
Ok, I know there've been threads like this before... but I feel like I need some input on my specific situation.

I knew I would get accepted to Whittier Law School, it was more like a super safety... and I figured I would get some kind of scholarship, but it ultimately wouldn't matter, and I would still go to a school in Los Angeles. However, Whittier is paying for all 4 years (contingent upon me being in the top 20% - and I say 4 years because I'm going part time, so I can work full time) so I feel like this changes things a bit.

I realize that Whittier is on ABA probation for 2 years. I did a little bit of searching, and it looks like anyone who enters the school during that period will be regarded as having graduated from an ABA accredited school, regardless of the ABA's decision after those 2 years are up. But I'm wondering if this will still be some type of black mark on my resume.

I was also considering going to the school for a year, and then tranferring up to Loyola. Would another school look down upon Whittier considering its ABA status? I assume I would have to work my butt off, and be in the very top percent of my class, but I could do it, to spare 20K worth of debt.

I only applied to places in Southern CA that have part time programs, mainly because I want to work. I've been accepted so far to Southwestern, and am awaiting Loyola's decision... I really want to live in LA no matter what, because my boyfriend's going to school up there, and we'd like to finally move in together. However, I think I would be willing to make the commute from LA to Costa Mesa for free tuition...

Anyway, I'm torn. I guess I should've studied for the LSAT so that my numbers would've been high enough to get me a scholarship from one of the LA schools - then I wouldn't be having this dilemma. :P


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Where should I go next fall? / Loyola LA
« on: January 13, 2006, 09:35:01 PM »
Has anyone heard from Loyola yet? It's been a month since I went complete... Wondering when I'm going to hear something. Southwestern spoiled me in terms of turnaround... I only went complete around 12/21 and already got an acceptance on 1/6.

I'm also now wondering if perhaps I should have applied to Chapman... I stuck Whittier in there as an Orange County backup, but I've been hearing so many bad things about it that I don't know that I would go even if it was a last resort. I'm 95% sure that I'm going to be moving up to LA and going to Loyola or Southwestern... unless my bf and I decide we don't want to live together and/or I'm completely unable to find a job up there... in which case I'd want to stay in OC and go to school down here as well. It seems a little late to apply to another school though...


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Law School Applications / Transferring from Part time to Full time
« on: December 04, 2005, 11:54:49 PM »
Since I started applying to schools, I've been pretty much set on going part-time... however, recently my boyfriend decided that he would like to go to ucla to finish his degree. I know there's no chance in hell that I'm going to be admitted to ucla this cycle (though I did apply), but I've been considering a transfer... but does anyone know if it's possible to transfer from part time (maybe at Southwestern or Loyola) to full time at UCLA? My applications are already in (unfortunately with "part-time only" checkmarked) so I can't do anything from that standpoint. Maybe a year part-time and then a summer crammed with units would do it?

Anyway, any help would be appreciated :) Thanks!

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Law School Applications / Question about Units!
« on: November 11, 2005, 02:24:30 AM »
I've been working on applications and came upon a question asking for how many units I have... The amount of units that LSAC came up with is vastly different from what my actual units are (but we're on a quarter system, so it probably makes sense how they changed it). I think I went down from 207 to 107, 109? Anyway, my question is... what answer should I put on my application? The one reported by LSAC or the one on my actual transcript?

Hopefully this isn't a silly question to ask... it's late and my brain is in need of sleep!

:)

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Studying for the LSAT / Best Books for LSAT Studying...
« on: November 01, 2005, 07:33:39 PM »
After spending the summer agonizing about the LSAT (but not studying), I received a 156 from the October test date. (Unfortunately, I have a tendency to procrastinate, so I waited til the week before to finally look at a practice LSAT test - I never actually completed one)

So, 2 questions. How many of you actually felt you benefitted from LSAT studying? My friend took the Testmasters course and ended up not doing so well. On the other hand, I've heard from others that books, courses, etc. are absolutely essential.

Next question - what are the best books? I purchased Barron's "How to Prepare for the LSAT" and LSAC's "Next 10, Official LSAT PrepTests" but that's it. I have the most issues with the logic games (I'm sure this is pretty common). I missed 9 on this section (I ran out of time - I think I had 1 full problem plus 2 questions from the previous problem left). Are there any books which specifically address the logic games?

Any help would be much appreciated :)

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