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Pittsburgh / Class Schedule Now Available on
« on: July 21, 2005, 05:37:11 AM »
I just checked this morning and you can now access your personal class schedule through the Pitt portal.  In case anyone is wondering how to do this, you need to go to and log in with your webmail name and password.  Then click on the student services tab at the top of the window.  From the student services page click on the PeopleSoft link in the middle of the page labeled "View 2061 Courses and Classes".  This will pop up a new window into the PeopleSoft system which should have one link on the left labled "SA Self Service".  Click on that link, then click on "Learner Services" and then "Academics".  Finally, click on "View My Class Schedule" and your schedule should pop up.

FYI, from the original Student Services page there is a link to a PDF that has the above directions as well as other directions on using the PeopleSoft course system.

Pittsburgh / Cost of Computer Increase to Student Loan
« on: June 07, 2005, 05:27:39 PM »
Howdy folks,

I just sent in my paperwork (receipts and all) for an increase to my student budget to accomodate the one-time cost of a computer (laptop) system for school.  I had received some inquiries as to how this process went/is going and thought I'd place it here.

First, according to (bottom of page) you can spend up to $3K on a computer for school and have it added to your student budget.  In talking with Charmaine McCall at the Pitt Law Fin Aid office, she confirmed this applies to law students.  You need to complete the form here and send it to Charmaine with all relevant receipts attached.  She will then forward this on to the main financial aid office.

And that should be all that's needed.  I haven't received my student budget yet, or  my exact approved loan amount, so I don't know if it worked in practice.  However, as soon as I hear I will post it here.  Hope this helps.

Current Law Students / What do you use your laptop for?
« on: April 20, 2005, 06:47:19 PM »
I'm sitting here agonizing over which laptop to buy primarily because I'm not sure what I'll need to do with it during 1L, 2L and 3L.  Any of you vets want to chime in on what you use your laptop for during school so that some of us might be better informed when we drop some cash on a shiny new one?

Pittsburgh / Married and going to Pitt?
« on: April 07, 2005, 05:54:40 AM »
Hey there - my name is Stu and I'm going to Pitt starting in the fall.  I also happen to be married to a lovely woman named Alison.

One of the things we are both looking forward to is meeting new people and making some good friends during our time in Pittsburgh.  To that end, I was a little disappointed not to see a "Married Students" club listed in the Pitt directory online.  Does anyone know if one exists at the law school?

If there isn't one, I think Alison and I are very interested in starting something up.  It doesn't have to be a formal club (and I don't think I'll have time as a 1L to organize a formal club) but we'd definitely like to meet other married couples to share our agonies, insights and support with.  I was in the Army for three years and had an opportunity to work directly with the Family Support Group for my unit when we were in Iraq.  I'm not saying going to law school will be like going to war, but for the families of the students there are some real similarites, like long-term separation from your spouse, high stress at home and at school/work, and a feeling of isolation.

We'd like to get through all that by banding together a little "support group", which could consist entirely of going to a bar, going to a Pirates game, or doing a potluck at someone's house.  Obviously, all of that would be up for ideas.  The general thing is just to have a group of people sharing a common experience together to provide an outlet for married students and their spouses to go to should they need.  Also, for us, moving to Pittsburgh will be a new experience.  We have family there, but don't know anyone else.  So we'd like to get to know some of you :-)

If you are interested, drop me a line at  Even if you aren't interested in doing anything formalized, drop me a line anyway and maybe we'll get together during orientation or something.

Oh, and one last thing - this might be obvious but we're also excited about meeting single people... really, anyone.  But we figure that being married during law school has it's own challenges and rewards, and we'd like to meet others going through the same experience.

Pittsburgh / Getting state residency while in school
« on: April 05, 2005, 05:22:16 PM »
I've heard this is exceedingly difficult in Pennsylvania.  However, I was wondering if anyone knew for sure whether owning a house and having your wife work in Pittsburgh, in addition to being registered to vote, having your car registered in PA, your license in PA, filing taxes in PA and other little things, will guarantee residency by 2L assuming these were in place for a year by then.  Anyone?

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