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Current Law Students / Re: Questions for law students
« on: October 19, 2004, 02:09:25 PM »
At my school all first year courses, with the exception of legal practice, are one semester long and have only one final exam.  One of my profs will lower your grade if you are unprepared in class, the rest will only raise it in the case of exceptional class participation.

As for what's on the exams - I'll let you know after I've actually taken one.

We are graded on a strict curve, From A+ to C.  So your exam grade completely depends on the performance of you classmates.  From what I've heard only one ot two people in each class get the A+ or the C, with B and B- being the avereage grades.

DO NOT wear a suit - trust me, I'm at a T14.  Jeans are fine - whatever you feel comfortable in.  There's no need to dress up unless you want to.  All of the students will be in jeans, so if you wear a suit you are bound to stand out, and not in a good way.

I interviewed at a couple of DE firms for summer jobs (which I didn't get) and I got a very positive impression of practice in DE.  Cost of living is low and starting salaries are still around $125,000.  There are some great corporate and IP opportunities in Wilmington, if that's something you're interested in.  The drawback is, of course, you would have to live in Delaware.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In @ Widener
« on: January 16, 2005, 01:30:53 PM »
Downtown Wilmington's not that bad.  I lived and worked downtown for 2 years - there are several new bars and restaurants - and it's a short walk to Trolley Square - where you will find all of the 20 and 30 somethings.  It was a big adjustment moving there from Chicago - but I wouldn't describe it as desolate.  And I never felt unsafe - especially compared to living in Chicago.  Wilmington grows on you - I'm in law school in the midwest, but I plan on working in Wilmington this summer (assuming I get an offer).

Law School Admissions / Re: Columbia & NYU waivers?
« on: December 16, 2004, 11:54:55 PM »
I got one from NYU last year in mid Jan. - after the application deadline (which they extended).  No idea why it came so late...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Michigan Campus Question
« on: November 30, 2004, 12:18:04 PM »
Is family housing your only option?  You should be able to find an apartment/house to rent for approximately the same price, and that would give you far more options as to location.  I know that for what I pay to live on the law quad I could find a reasonably nice apartment - it would just be a little further away.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Michigan Campus Question
« on: November 30, 2004, 07:50:15 AM »
It's a bit of a hike, but I know the bus runs every 10-20 minutes.  I don't know the mileage, but e-mail housing and ask:

Law School Admissions / Re: Cost of living loan
« on: October 23, 2004, 11:15:24 PM »
What exactly is your situation?  I'm older than the average student and have acquired a lot of debt.  I put off law school for several years because of financial reasons, but I'm a 1L now.  It was hard to give up a decent salary to go into debt, and it's even harder to make the credit card payments every month since I'm living on loans.  But don't give up - it is possible.  Can your wife contribute?

Law School Admissions / Re: Cost of living loan
« on: October 23, 2004, 11:00:58 PM »
It's extremely difficult to get a paid internship for 1L summer - even at the top schools.  If you do snag one, however, normally you are paid a pro-rated version of a first year associate's salary.  So - if new associates get paid $125,000 you would get 125,000 divided by 12 x number of months of internship.  Sorry - I hate math.  But that sort of salary is normally reserved for 2L's.

Law School Admissions / Re: Cost of living loan
« on: October 23, 2004, 07:55:37 PM »
Each school places a cap on the total amount of money that you are allowed to borrow - and this cap covers both private and gov't loans.  The budget that they give you includes a (modest) amount for cost of living - but not anywhere near $40,000.
Your best bet is to contact schools that you are applying to and ask them what their estimated student budget will be for next year.  Of course, you can also work during law school to supplement your income, although the ABA only allows you to work 20 hours per week for full time programs.

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