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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: June 17, 2008, 09:07:11 PM »
Not at Penn yet, will be applying this upcoming cycle. Just wanted to tag this topic and ask this question.

When you tell people you are going (or want) to go to Penn, how many think Penn State? How many know the difference? I live in Wilmington, DE which is practically a suburb of Philly and most of my friends are clueless that an Ivy is in our backyard. If I get in should I just grab a Nittany Lion hoodie and be done with it?

I don't know the answer to this, but I was under the impression that nobody LIVES in Wilmington, Delaware.  Once, I left work after 6:30, and I swear I saw a tumbleweed pass in front of my car.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 27, 2008, 06:30:51 AM »
its a mock class, don't worry about it.  I went to the Wagner mock class and exactly 0 questions came from the reading.

I'm not worried about it because I definitely didn't have time to read it.   :)

I do think it would have been nice to do a reading and have a class based on it.  Oh well!



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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 26, 2008, 11:26:58 PM »
They gave you a 100 page reading for a Mock Class?  Who is the professor? 

I can't remember what class I signed up for (for the ASW), so I don't know which passage to read. Does anyone know how to check this?

Referring to a 100+ page document as a "passage" is funny.

Crap.  I clearly made the wrong decision.  The criminal law reading for Morse is about 5 pages; the IP reading for Wagner is about 115.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 26, 2008, 08:25:38 PM »
I can't remember what class I signed up for (for the ASW), so I don't know which passage to read. Does anyone know how to check this?

Referring to a 100+ page document as a "passage" is funny.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 23, 2008, 08:28:11 PM »
I got my fin aid notification-- and I feel fortunate to have gotten the award they gave me.

Did any of the rest of you modify the suggested budget?  I know that the current students have mentioned that you can get increases on your budget for living expenses, etc., but I am wondering if this is the way to do it. 

I'd like to know this too.  My rent is expensive and, despite their thinking to the contrary, I don't have any money, so I need to modify my budget to get more coin.

I sent an email asking about this, among other things.  I'll report back when I get a response.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 21, 2008, 09:05:29 PM »
I got my fin aid notification-- and I feel fortunate to have gotten the award they gave me.

Did any of the rest of you modify the suggested budget?  I know that the current students have mentioned that you can get increases on your budget for living expenses, etc., but I am wondering if this is the way to do it. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 21, 2008, 12:33:11 PM »
I found an apartment in Philly today.  I'm so excited!  Historic brownstone in Rittenhouse, super charming and quiet and I want to move in NOW.   :)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 20, 2008, 07:51:31 PM »
Last year, I got an e-mail from Tony Henry on March 20 with the financial aid results (well, the username and password into the system to view the results).

i got this email today... i <3 Penn even more. ;D

I want one!  I wonder if there is a method to the financial aid madness-- like first to turn in paperwork, alphabetical by last name, first to apply...? 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 17, 2008, 06:39:17 PM »
Sweet. I hope it comes before the ASW. It would be nice to know where I stand before I go visit!

Ditto.  I have so-so credit so I want to apply for loans as early as possible, just to make sure I can get one.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: March 02, 2008, 11:03:45 AM »
[quote author="Legapp" Stands for "Legal Application" link=topic=98539.msg2628782#msg2628782 date=1204350057

If you want a highrise, you need to put yourself on the waiting lists now. Otherwise, most places won't even have listings until three months in advance, and often there's even less lead time than that. I think I found my place (via Craigslist) in June.


This is stressful.  My biggest fear is finding a place I think will work, moving in, starting classes and then realizing that I am going to miserable for the rest of the year but too busy to move.  (That's what happened to me this year...)  I just want a spacious, pet-friendly, inexpensive, safe place with easy access to the school yet nowhere near undergraduate hot spots that won't cost me a trillion dollars a month.  Is that so much to ask?!   ;)

Just come down and check out neighborhoods--the rest you can do remotely.  You're not going to want to move once you signed a lease regardless.

As far as money goes, it just depends what you plan to do after law school.  Most people--including me--will work at firms in order to pay down their loans.  If you're willing to do this, it's worth it to pay more for an apartment now if it will make you substantially happier. 



I'm just concerned about the small living expenses you can build in to the max. loan amt.  I am no stranger to debt and I'm not afraid of a little (or a lot) more, but how do you recommend getting by on what they allow you to borrow?  Are you paying your utilities on credit or something?  I just don't see how I could make it work with what they say you can have.  So for me, it's not about being particularly frugal-- it's more about not knowing how to get by otherwise.

You can apply to increase your loan cap; you don't really need a specific reason beyond "my rent is high."
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Interesting.  So, in your expert opinion  :), what kind of monthly rent do you think a 1L could swing, without outside help from parents/jobs/etc?  Actually, if anybody has input on this, I would love to hear it.

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