Is it worth the expense to get a vision plan? Or should I just pay the optomotrist out of pocket and go to 1800 contacts?
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So I'm shopping for GradPlus loans. After maxing out the staffords at $20500, I have about 5-8k to cover. I'm considering gradplus for the federal LRAP from the college cost reduction act, however, the gradplus loans are also much more expensive than the staffords with the 3% origination fee and the 8.5% interest rate.
This effectively makes the interest rate about 10% for the Gradplus, unless I find a lender with good terms.
Should I get the gradplus? If I make it to a big firm, I probably won't care about any extra interest that I take on, if I end up in low-paying gov't or non-profit work, the possibility of having a big chunk of the extra gradplus loans forgiven is a big plus. However, it is effectively a 10% interest rate.
General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / BLS: Competition for job openings should be keen because of the large number o« on: July 06, 2008, 08:27:04 PM »
Compared to most other professions, even ones that require PHD's such as post-secondary teachers, librarians, or city-planners, it appears that lawyers are one of the most cutthroat professions.
Thoughts on this? Reading the BLS is almost enough to make me want to chuck law school out the window.
« on: June 25, 2008, 05:08:47 PM »
So there's lots and lots of sob stories about lawyers who are crushed by debt and are miserable.
here are possible reasons that it may be overstated.
1. Lawyers are on a whole more eloquent than other professions. So an unhappy engineer won't broadcast his sob story over the net, he'll just drink
2. Many refuse to leave the big city. All of the sob stories I've heard are from lawyers in NYC and DC. Not many from say, Minnesota
3. immaturity. the cliche is that too many liberal arts kids go into law. From college, my experience was that the engineer kids knew what they wanted to do in life, the business/finance kids to a lessor extent, and the liberal arts kids were more wishy-washy. One of my friends who was an electrical engineer in college and is now at a T3 law school says that his engineering UG was by far more difficult than law school
thoughts on this? It is true that it's too easy to dig yourself into a big debt hole, but if you are astute in your planning things may not be as bad as they're made out to be.
« on: June 23, 2008, 10:09:18 PM »
this question is obviously directed towards people already in law school.
Looking at your class, for what sort of person is it obvious that law school is a mistake? There's the basic level of dedication and work, etc, but beyond that, some people are more naturally suited to law than others. What are those who are not suited, what are they like in person?
« on: May 19, 2008, 08:20:35 PM »
I'm happy with my current computer, although I'm considering buying a new laptop.
Do you really need a laptop to take notes in class? Or can you get by using the old-fashioned pen+paper?
I noticed that this school has a certificate program in health law
There's a huge "prestige" bias on all boards, but do certificates within 3 year JD's make any difference?