« on: November 28, 2004, 11:47:04 AM »
I'm a 1L at NSL and I commute approximately 115 miles each way. Knoxville is 75 miles past where I live so you'd have a total commute of almost 200 miles. There are quite a few students who make this commute (from Knoxville). I personally know of about 6 students in my class who come from there.
I looked at UT prior to coming to NSL and would have loved to have gone there. However my LSAT was weak and if I remember correctly freshman were required to go full time days (I'm not positive but I believe that's how it is). While I don't have a full time job, I do have a family and that wouldn't work.
There is also a substantial tuition difference. UT used to be around $10k a year....NSL is around $4k NSL DOES NOT have financial aid, so student loans from the federal government are not available. However, there are private agencies that make loans to students and most students take advantage of the monthly tuition plan.....($390 a month).
Major financial expenses in addition tuition to plan for are gas (it takes me about a tank a week and will take you more), wear and tear on the car (I bought a new small car with great gas mileage to save my "good car"............and it'll not have any value by the time I get finished!). Overall it cost me about $200 more a month for the extras (not counting the car payment).
There are carpools available and I hoped to have found one this year. Unfortunately when you register as a 1L they don't group the people together geographically. By the time I found the people from my area they'd already registered for classes on different days than I go on. I hope next year to be part one if I can arrange it.
Speaking of class schedules. Pick that according to your needs and personality. You have to pick two days. One must be Monday or Wednesday and one must be Tuesday or Thursday. Classes run from approximately 6:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. (Remember we're CST up here and you're EST in Knoxville). Some people with long commutes prefer to get it over with and take Monday/Tuesday classes. They usually stay overnight in a hotel in Nashville. I on the other hand prefer to give myself a break between classes. I take a Monday/Thursday combination.
I think NSL fits your needs, your commute is possible. I have classmates from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and all over Tennessee. They all make the commute because NSL fits their needs.
Good luck to you.