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Financial Aid / Has everyone already applied for Stafford loans?
« on: June 02, 2006, 11:08:07 AM »
I'm just wondering if most of you have already. I did last week, but am worried that I'm "late"!

Financial Aid / Financial wizards, your advice is needed!
« on: May 17, 2006, 01:13:28 PM »
... OK, at the risk of sounding crazy...

If a person has significant cash reserves before starting law school, is there any reason to hold that cash and still take the max Stafford loan ($18,500) each year?

I guess I was thinking, what if I want to buy a house right out of law school and mortgage interest rates are higher than the Stafford interest rates?

Or will the interest I'm paying on my Stafford loans during law school cancel any possible savings from decreasing a (possible) higher interest mortgage loan after graduation?

I'd appreciate opinions on this from anyone with financial know-how.

Financial Aid / Stafford Loans
« on: May 03, 2006, 12:45:16 PM »
I was just looking into these and I'm a bit lost.

My school (GW) has suggested 4 lenders, one of which is the school itself, and the website link they provide doesn't work. The other, Sallie Maw (should this be Mae?) has no web link. So, I checked the websites for the other two lenders (Access Group & T.H.E. Loans through

The interest rates for Stafford Loans (not the PLUS loans, just the subsidized and unsubsidized Staffords) seem to differ greatly from last year to this year. Someone else said this is because Congress raised the interest rate for next year. Is this correct?

The interest rates also seem to be the same for each organization. Are Federal Stafford rates set by the gov't, and if so, then it really doesn't matter which lender I pick, b.c. all will offer the federally-mandated rate?

Anyone who knows, I'd appreciate your wisdom!

General Off-Topic Board / A Day Without Immigrants?
« on: May 01, 2006, 01:01:23 PM »
Just wondering how people feel about this. I thought it wouldn't really happen (I mean, I thought everyone would go to work as usual, then some would march in the afternoon or evening) but when I woke up this morning the 3 construction sites on my block were quiet. And then I heard that Tyson's Chicken and other large employers who use a lot of immigrant labor had pre-emptively closed today. Wow.

I'm working and going to school, but I don't plan on buying anything today.

Anyone else participating? Why/why not?

General Off-Topic Board / Career & Motherhood/Parenting
« on: September 20, 2005, 11:42:31 AM »
Reading this article, it looks like most young women accept that childcare will be a higher priority for them than career. And they accept that for their husbands, it career will be a higher priority. Which are the traditional gender roles, and that's what makes me sad. I guess I thought more women were excited to leave behind these traditional roles. I know I am.

 I think motherhood was my mom's main career goal when she was in college. I know she loved/loves being a mom, and gets/got satisfaction from it. But I also know she felt frustrated and trapped at times, especially about being financially dependent on my dad and being kind of unseen, unappreciated power-behind-the-throne in the household.

 I'm interested to hear what other would-be lawyers think about the traditional parenting roles and how you plan to handle it in the future. Here's the article:

General Off-Topic Board / The Wall Street Journal?
« on: August 18, 2005, 12:19:18 PM »
I am still getting the WSJ free because of my LSAT class, I imagine many of you are too. Anyone like it? Thinking about paying for a subscription?

I try to skim it every day because I feel guilty just dumping it straight into the recycling. And I like the info about the housing market, and sometimes the articles in the Personal Journal section. I also like it when they have stipple drawings of pop culture figures, like Bono, Jay Z or Paula Abdul. Or unflattering stipples of politicians I hate.

But the comics and the Balevine (sp?) cartoons make my skin crawl. I'm just bored and wondering what others think...

Incoming 1Ls / Ethics questions when you sit for the bar?
« on: May 17, 2005, 03:21:48 PM »
I've seen some mentions of this on LSD, implying that when you sit for the bar there might be questions about cases in which you've lied or broken laws. Does anyone know what kind of questions are asked? Is it like the traffic tickets you need to report when applying to certain law schools? Or do they ask you some vague question about breaking any laws? Not that I break that many laws, but... well, I'm considering taking a trip to Cuba. Is this the kind of thing that could prevent me from being a lawyer down the road? Or does it fall under civil disobedience?

I just heard about this situation questioning Ward Churchill's Native American-ness today. (I know I'm late... looks like the whole thing came up over 2 mos ago, but...)

Here's a link to one reporter's take on the issue.

I was just wondering if anyone else had any thoughts on Churchill's  Native/Non Native-ness, or on self-definition of identity.

The idea of anyone having to "prove" racial identity is a bit disturbing to me -- since race is a social construction and classification, I guess it seems to me like no one can really "prove" anything, other than how many ancestors were classified one way or the other. So I would err on the side of asking people to self define. Doesn't it seem arbitrary that Churchill could join a tribe if he could prove he was 1/4 "pure" Native American but not if he could only prove 3/16? Or 1/16? It seems to me more important that he identifies consistently as Native, not only in situations where it is to his advantage to do so. But if anyone is interested in discussing this, I'd love to hear other opinions. I wonder why  prominent Native leaders are so concerned about standardizing and policing the perceived racial purity of other self-identified Native activists.   

Choosing the Right Law School / American Univ. PIPS Scholarship
« on: March 28, 2005, 12:49:35 PM »
Just FYI, I called last week and asked when decisions would be made. They told me that I would be informed before seat deposits were due. Then today I got this email below. So I guess they are still making the decision, although they may have narrowed the pool and cut some people already. It would be helpful to know this week, though!

Dear angmill08:
Thank you for your application to the Public Interest/Public Service Scholarship (PIPS) Program at Washington College of Law.  Your application has been forwarded to the PIPS Selection Committee for review.  Although applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, scholarship offers may not be finalized until early- to mid-April. 
Any questions regarding the status of your application should be emailed to Charlene Gomes, Public Interest Coordinator at  No phone calls, please.
Best regards,
PIPS Scholarship Selection Committee

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / American PIPS Scholarship?
« on: March 22, 2005, 01:07:13 PM »
Has anyone heard about this? I got an email from American saying I'm accepted to the JD program and info packet will follow, but the email did not mention the PIPS, which I applied for. I'm anxious because $$ is a big concern right now, so the PIPS will make or break my American decision. Anyone know more? TIA!

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