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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / No longer StanDING in the way
« on: September 01, 2005, 03:12:34 PM »
I know this is way late and nobody cares, but I just got my 'release from the waitlist' from Stanford today, dated 8/26/05.  They're cutting their waitlist to a 'very small number', which means there are still people out there in the lurch.

I received it just as I got home from my second day of classes at UT. ;). No condolonces needed; this is just informational and because I really wanted to use that subject line....

General Off-Topic Board / Flying with only a student ID?
« on: May 23, 2005, 02:44:07 PM »
Hey all,

I'm in a bit of a bind. The details are complicated; I won't bore you with them. The upshot is that my Arizona drivers license is missing, and I have no way to get a replacement in the near future. I've ordered one off Arizona's webpage, but it won't be here for several days.

That wasn't really a problem, until now. Due to breathtakingly inconvenient timing, I need to get back to Tucson in the near future. The only ID I have is a University of Arizona student ID, a University of Texas ID, and a social security card. Has anybody ever flown using a student ID as their method of photo identification? Or, alternatively, has anybody tried it and found out it's not good enough to fly with? In either case, mention whether your school id was public or private.....

Choosing the Right Law School / Going without health insurance
« on: May 11, 2005, 10:18:19 AM »
I just found out that the University of Texas doesn't require students to have health insurance.
I checked their student plan, and it's about $835 a year. That's a significant expense.

I'm contemplating whether it's worth it. I've been insured for the last four years, and I've literally never used it. I don't have any regular prescriptions, I haven't had an illness more serious than the flu in at least six years, and I'm an all around healthy person.

In other words, I'm the proverbial sucker left holding the bag; while other people get great benefits from their insurance, I'm left holding the bag and getting screwed.

There's a chance I'll get sick over the three years, but I'm thinking not having it might be a reasonable gamble. I'll have insurance again once I actually have a law job (which is, as I understand it, a standard benefit). Until then, however, I think I can live without it, and proudly join 41 million other uninsured Americans.

Is anybody else considering just going without insurance? Do I really need it?

Incoming 1Ls / NYU has money to burn, ships random things via UPS
« on: May 03, 2005, 07:41:18 PM »
If you're an admitted student to NYU and receive a UPS package from them, don't get too excited; it's just 11 brochures about the law school. The letter isn't even personalized. Inexplicably, the letter implies that the same brochures go to all admitted students (even ones who, like me, have withdrawn!). 

My mind is boggling at this. How many students does NYU admit in a year? Is anybody really swayed to a school by 11 generic brochures in early May? Couldn't they have just pooled all the money they spent on this and given one student a cool $10K or so (it costs them at least a few bucks to send all this, and they must admit several thousand students)?

Anyway, just a heads-up so nobody gets false hope for a last minute miracle scholarship or anything......

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Stanford Wait-even-more-list
« on: April 30, 2005, 04:40:15 PM »
For stats, sig goes to LSN.

This *sucks*. I had a really good subject line for a Stanford rejection, and now I won't get to use it for a while. Curses.

Financial Aid / Does the lender really matter?
« on: April 21, 2005, 02:02:25 PM »
I was going through my UTexas financial aid maze, and it suddenly gave me a list of lenders to choose from (Wells Fargo, Compass, Access Group, etc., etc., etc.), or the option to select one of my own.

I clicked a few, and they all look about the same, really. My suspicion is that it doesn't make much difference, and all the 'special offers' are about the same. However, I thought I'd check with the people on this board first...

I'm doing some Excel work to see how much debt I'll have after I have my JD from Texas. Their budget pegs me at $31k/year or so. However, is that just what I need to live during the school year, or does that include all 12 months? The question never occured to me before, but it's kind of vital.....

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Reserve at Columbia
« on: April 18, 2005, 02:07:55 PM »
I got the letter today. I'm going to go ahead and withdrawal my candidacy.

That just leaves Stanford and Yale. My future at Texas is looking like a sure thing.  ;D

I know a few people here got the Tom C. Clark Fellows Scholarship from Texas ($5k/year, in-state tuition; there are other formulations, as I understand it). Anyway, just excerpting from the letter:

We require a definite written decision regarding your acceptance of this award on or before APril 15, 2005. Please submit a letter of acceptance to the Scholarships Committee at the address on this letter, or by email at

Just a heads-up! :). Iím sure most people are on top of this, but if it saves one person from losing their scholarship, I donít feel guilty about wasting bandwidth. ;).

UPDATE: Texas is fast! I got a response confirming my acceptance within four minutes of me sending my email.

It looks like I won't be getting into Stanford (class is full, application still pending, etc., etc., etc.), and Yale was always a long-shot. That means it's a Longhorn Life for me (which I'm thrilled about, btw; Texas is a great opportunity for me).

I have several questions, and I'm hoping y'all will be good enough to enlighten me.

-- Do I need my car in Austin? Insuring it probably wouldn't be that expensive, but if I end up never using it, what's the point? I haven't been able to find much on this point, however.
-- Like 95% of law students, I intend to live off campus. In the name of all that is holy, I'm determined not to live in a co-op. That leaves the most prominent off-campus apartments:

The Castillian     2323 San Antonio     (512) 478-9811
Dobie Center    2021 Guadalupe    (512) 505-1000
Goodall-Wooten    2112 Guadalupe St.    (512) 472-1343
Hardin House    2206 Rio Grande    (512) 472-6717
University Towers    801 W. 24th St.    (512) 472-5846
Texana    2819 Rio Grande St.    (512) 476-5657

Anybody have any insight on those? Their webpages are remarkably unhelpful. I do plan to fly or drive out to determine housing before I actually move (Austin is close enough to Tucson for me to get away with that), but I was hoping somebody might have the heads-up.

Thanks in advance!

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