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Current Law Students / Stupid question on casebooks.
« on: April 13, 2009, 09:44:05 PM »
Stupid question, I haven't actually looked into this but... are casebooks exactly as described? Books of case law?  If so, do they bring anything to the table, like the author's interpretation of those cases?  It'd seem you're better off just downloading the text of the cases from online and not waste your money lugging around 20lbs of paper that can be stored on the laptop.

This is something that's been bothering me for a while, I'm hoping one of you accounting/tax-nerds might have an answer.

Are there any tax-advantages given to schools that have religious foundations over those who do not?  Since churches are tax exempt, whereas private organizations are typically not unless given charitable tax-exempt status,  does this extend to private educational institutions? Or are secular private schools also given tax-exempt status?  For instance, Chicago has six law schools: Loyola, DePaul, NW, UofC, Kent, & JMLS.  The first two both have Roman Catholic affiliations, whereas the latter four have no religious affiliations.  Does this status provide DePaul/Loyola any sort of tax advantage over the other four? Or is it the case that although the latter (and even former) schools are private, they are also given non-profit charitable status due to their educational objective so that they have the same tax status regardless of any religious affiliations.

And I'm not referring to tax-advantages to the consumer/students, but rather to the organization itself in terms of having to pay taxes on property owned, monies received, or 'profits' earned. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Real-estate law
« on: February 26, 2009, 08:12:42 PM »
Present economic conditions aside...

I'm looking at the schools that I'm closely considering, and notice that they offer only a few courses in real-estate law when the entire field seems rich for course content.  Real-estate transactions, litigation, zoning, environmental, issues with common-ownership owned real-estate (condo's and townhouse associations), leasing, etc. 

One of the schools I'm considering (JMLS) is one of two in the country that have specialized programs for real-estate.  While looking at the breadth of courses available at the three other Chicago part-time schools their real-estate focused courses seems rather sparse. 

Your thoughts?

... please be kind enough to return the favor.

At least have the heart to shoot me a message that their writing sucks and they should give up now before wasting $500 on applications.

Just saying.

Law School Admissions / "Will you be applying for financial aid?"
« on: November 12, 2008, 05:20:47 PM »
Why is this question asked? Is it any of their business?  Does 'financial aid' include any sort of aid in the form of loans, or scholarship aid only? What if it's a loan from a relative?  Does it affect their decision on admittance or merit scholarship allocation? How does this also factor into the current economy and the drying up of credit? What if I check 'No' but later decide I do need some extra assistance?

Am I over thinking this? 

Personal statement that is. 

PM me if interested.

Current Law Students / Law in a flash - stupid question
« on: April 06, 2008, 01:30:18 PM »
While I'm not in school yet, I picked up a set of cards to quiz myself and learn the topics now so as to make it a little easier when I start.

Some of them refer to specific entries in the UCC, which I've been able to find online for cross referencing.  However some have citations such as CP [section symbol] ##.##.  What's the CP referring to?

To those who know and answer, thanks in advance.

Current Law Students / 0L - Suggested pre-study ?
« on: December 02, 2007, 08:41:32 AM »
Two questions: Did anyone read/study content before starting as a 1L (assuming not coming from a pre-law undergrad)? Along those lines, is there content I can put onto my video iPod to watch while working out?

I don't want to buy the textbooks and read them, but I'd like to review some of the content (like course outlines) so that way I walk into class already knowledgeable about some of the stuff I need to know so that it'll be a little easier to take it all in then.  Perhaps listening to podcasts while I work out or have a book like one of the Kaplan 1L study guides.

What did you use and what did you find useful?

I got a 162 on the last LSAT (taken it twice, so I have one more shot before I hit that trifecta).    I've got one acceptance to a T3 that's a full scholarship which I'm leaning towards.  I have some T2 acceptances but little or no money, and I'm hesitant to spend 100k at a T2.

I have a gut feeling that if I really took the effort the next 4 months to prepare for the June LSAT (unlike the half-ass preparation I did for the previous two), that I can score in the upper 160s and possibly break 170.  If I was accepted at a T14, I'd be able to find the 100k tuition.   

I'm 39 this fall, and would start law school at 40 if I wait. 

What would you do?

(Course, you'd probably make up your own mind and stop asking other people what they would do)

Choosing the Right Law School / UNLV - Any thoughts?
« on: February 12, 2008, 11:47:34 PM »
Anyone been there or have first hand accounts?

I am waiting to hear from them.  I've got some other offers from closer schools, and this is the only one I sent that was out of state.  There's a strong part of me that wants to pick up and move, and of the other major metro areas I have a strong proclivity towards Vegas. 

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