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Saint Louis U / Re: SLU, anyone?
« on: April 16, 2006, 12:21:15 PM »
The Coronado / Lindell is directly across the street from the School of Law, but when I was visiting, I was expressly warned by law students to avoid living there.  While they had a long list of complaints as to why it was a bad choice, the foremost was that it's not a law school building, meaning that you have students from all other disciplines who are not going to be sympathetic to the need for quiet, etc.  Another big complaint was that the building was run down and that the management took their time to repair things.  One couple I spoke to told me about how they spent their Christmas break with no heat.

The good news is that St. Louis has any number of options in the outlying areas.  University City is a great bet, as is Soulard.  Clayton can be a bit on the expensive side, but there are great deals for some amazing apartments and houses in the area if you keep your eyes peeled.  I am in the process of closing on a house in the Webster Groves area, which is no more than a 15-minute drive to downtown, and which boasts a cute little community that's quiet and close to all the action.

Saint Louis U / Re: SLU, anyone?
« on: April 03, 2006, 02:46:42 PM »
I was there March 24-26 for the 1843 Scholars weekend, and had a lot of the same impressions that you did.  I wasn't terribly impressed with the downtown area in general, but it does look like they're working hard to built it back up.  The SLU campus was nice, and I really liked the School of Law facilities.  Most impressive, though, was the way that the faculty and the students seemed so connected.  One of the highlights of the weekend was the Public Interest Law Group auction, where I couldn't help but notice how friendly everyone was with one another.

Saint Louis U / SLU, anyone?
« on: February 15, 2006, 03:33:53 PM »
I'll be starting at SLU this fall, and I'm looking to talk to people who know a thing or two about the school!  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the school, and any other words of wisdom you may have for a soon-to-be 1L.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Using leverage any way you can
« on: March 02, 2006, 12:00:10 PM »
I think that simply calling admissions staff would suffice, although it probably depends upon the university.  I know that when both my brother and his wife applied to different schools in the same university, she heard back much earlier than he did.  He simply called the law school and explained to them the situation, and his acceptance followed almost immediately.  You certainly won't have marks placed against you for calling and having a matter-of-fact conversation.  After all, the person on the other end of the line is human, and will most likely be sympathetic to your particular situation.

Choosing the Right Law School / SLU 1843 Scholarship Finalists
« on: February 24, 2006, 07:50:15 PM »
So, how many of you got the call today?  I'm interested in seeing who I can look forward to meeting during the Finalist Weekend in March!

Law School Admissions / Re: Annoying law schools....
« on: February 23, 2006, 12:53:11 AM »
Denver, Quinnipiac and Case


And they don't seem to care one bit that I told LSAC to stop the insanity.

I'm looking for a couple of people to look over a scholarship essay that I've written!  It's a short, 500-word read, and I'd really appreciate the extra sets of eyes.

Anyone interested in critiquing my PS?  It primarily covers the 8-year break I took during undergrad, and what I learned in the professional world, yadda yadda.

Dining space, hands down!

Here goes:

30-year-old college senior, born and raised in rural Alaska (as if all of it isn't rural!), came out in a small town at the age of 17, began college in 1994, did terribly, and withdrew to enter the work force while I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Fell by accident into corporate and non-profit communications and development.  Became the executive director for Alaska's largest arts organization dedicated to children, where I served for two years.  I made the decision to return to school in 2003, and have since then maintained a 4.0 GPA every semester.  Miraculously, I've raised my cumulative GPA to 3.7, and have a degree GPA of 4.0.  Extensive history in local theatre and performing arts.

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