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I'm just curious about this... my second semester grades aren't going to be great, though in the whole scheme my overall GPA probably won't go below a 3.4.  But, has anyone ever heard of a law school revoking an offer of admission based on senior year grades?  (Not "senior year grades so bad that the person doesn't even graduate," just somebody who had a 2.5 or so.)

Financial Aid / What's a realistic amount to expect to spend on food?
« on: March 27, 2006, 01:29:45 PM »
I got my financial aid award offer from Vandy today, and included in it are $46,000 in loans.  Only $26,000 is going toward tuition, so I'm trying to figure out how to save money and not have to take out as much in loans.  My question is, how much can I realistically expect to be spending on food each month?  I'll certainly be eating out sometimes but not all the time, but since my only experience living away from home has been four years of college (and eating on a meal plan all four years) I don't really know how much I should be budgeting for food.  Any thoughts?

Choosing the Right Law School / Anonymous posters on LSN
« on: March 22, 2006, 01:28:11 PM »
Anybody else having anonymous posters on LSN giving them problems?  Or is it just me?

Incoming 1Ls / Alabama
« on: March 19, 2006, 10:46:16 PM »
Thought I'd start a thread for anyone who's heading to Tuscaloosa this fall.  Any thoughts on housing?  I've heard of some apartments to avoid (i.e. ones with undergrads who love to party) but haven't heard a lot about specific apartments to consider.  Anybody else going?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / University of Alabama
« on: March 14, 2006, 06:58:49 PM »
I visited Alabama today and LOVED it!!!  I'm definitely going there.  I was early for the lunch/tour, so I chatted with Claude Reeves (Dean of Admissions) for about 45 minutes before my student tour guide showed up.  I had all sorts of questions, some concerning salary (Alabama's average starting salary is deflated because of the number of students taking clerkships, plus the low cost of living in Alabama where most of them take jobs, plus the low amount of debt that most of them have upon graduation), some concerning football.  Then I went to lunch with a couple of 3L's (paid for the law school of course) and got some more of my questions answered, went on a tour of the law school, sat in on a class (really interesting... I couldn't tell if the students just weren't into it or if they were just waiting for the professor to call on them, which he did pretty often.)  Then I chatted with another dean for half an hour.  All in all, I had a really good time, found out a lot about the law school and made my decision about during the middle of lunch.

The law building, I guess leaves something to be desired, but it was up to par and was at least comparable to all the other ones I've seen.  There's a new add-on being built with some new courtrooms as well; it's adequate for a building that was built in 1978.  Parking is not a problem since the law school is adjacent to the basketball and baseball stadiums; the law school shares the parking lot with them.  I guess that could be a problem on nights when there's a basketball game, but since those don't normally start until around 7 PM I doubt that would ever be a huge problem.

The university as a whole was much better than I expected, and Tuscaloosa is easy to fall in love with.  It's a classic Southern college town, with the university's main campus situated next to a pretty cool shopping area (the Strip) with restaurants, etc. for students.  Oh yeah, and there's that really big football stadium that's home to what's usually a pretty darn good football team.

The students I met were all cheerful and seemed happy to be there.  That was different from Vanderbilt, where I caught a certain inferiority complex from many of the students (who immediately asked where else I had been accepted, as though they just knew that Michigan was better than Vanderbilt.)  Essentially, it seemed like Alabama was the first choice for many of its students, and they wouldn't want to be anywhere else; the Vanderbilt students seemed like they wanted to go t14 and couldn't get in, and Vanderbilt was no better than their third choice.  Maybe it was just the weather; it was 65 degrees and sunny in mid-March.  The admissions staff was also very upbeat, and they made the experience even more enjoyable.

While it's possible that I was just getting "star treatment" from everywhere around the school (after all, according to my numbers Alabama ought to be a safety for me) overall I had a great time there, and I'll definitely be going there in the fall.  All I wanna know is... who's coming with me?  (So far I'm the only person on LSN who's attending Alabama.)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Admitted students days?
« on: March 05, 2006, 08:34:18 PM »
Hey everybody... I've got a bunch of invitations for admitted students days, most of which are sometime around the same date.  So I'm wondering... are these days for people who are strongly considering the law school/have already made up their minds?  Should I go to just one or try to go to more than one?  Any thoughts?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Duke, anyone?
« on: March 03, 2006, 01:13:51 AM »
Getting pretty late in the admissions process and I haven't heard back from Duke (got deferred in late December but since then haven't heard anything.)  Is now a time to start worrying, or are they just really slow?

Choosing the Right Law School / Vandy vs. WashU vs. Colorado
« on: March 02, 2006, 09:56:47 PM »
Hey everybody, new poster, trying to make up my mind about where to go.  Right now I still haven't heard from Duke or Michigan, but other than those I've narrowed it down to three and was wondering about an opinion.  Notes:

-From Memphis, TN, but have no desire to stay in Tennessee to practice law.  Would much prefer somewhere out west.
-171 LSAT, so I'm probably overqualified for all three.
-$26,000 scholarship from WUSTL, guaranteed for all three years.  $15,000 first-year scholarship from CU, with possibilities of second- and third-year scholarships and likelihood that I will qualify for in-state tuition after year 1.  No scholarship offer (yet) from Vandy.
-Don't really have any interest in specializing.  If I do specialize, it would probably be in environmental law.
-Visited all three.  Of the three, I was most impressed with WashU's facilities, followed by Vandy and then CU -- but CU has the promise of a brand-new law building, so the law building I saw won't be where I would be taking classes.  I liked the area around Boulder the best, followed by Vandy and then WashU.
-Vandy and WashU are about the same distance from home, but I can't decide if that's a good thing or not.  CU is much farther.

Right now I'm leaning toward CU but would like some thoughts.  My undergrad advisor, BTW, wants me to attend Alabama, which offered me a full ride and of which he just happens to be an alum.

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