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San Diego / Re: Let's make introductions
« on: August 01, 2007, 05:31:59 AM »
Hi, my name is Steve.  I decided last minute to jump ship from USD to Cal Western, because USD gets Scalia and Cal Western gets Kennedy.  But I went to USD for the paralegal program there and have fond memories of the library.

That's a big mistake in my opinion. I've heard too many bad stories about Cal Western and Thomas Jefferson to justify going there, even on a full ride. If you're worried about the cost of attending, try requesting money from USD. I went from nothing to 16K per year after showing them two other scholarship offers. At least Cal Western is better than Thomas Jefferson and is located in a good spot. I wish you well. I'm sure we'll all hang out during bar review since all the law students from the San Diego schools will likely flock together.

I also noticed that Justice Scalia has visited Thomas Jefferson so it's not like USD is special. Former Justice O'Connor is coming to USD this August as well. I don't think that politics should play a role in choosing a law school. I'm a moderate who leans to the left and will be attending USD nevertheless. Here's some pictures of Scalia at Thomas Jefferson and some information about O'Connor's upcoming visit. I'm sure you were kidding, to some degree, about choosing Cal Western for the reasons stated above but I have pictures of Scalia at TJ and would like to use this fact to point out that USD is no more connected to the political right than TJ.  ;D

http://www.tjsl.edu/scalia_photo_gallery

http://www.sandiego.edu/usdlaw/about/news/calendars/event/2007_0824_OConnor.php

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: July 12, 2007, 04:14:58 AM »
95% sure Im going to USD this fall.  Cant wait.

Hope to see you there!  :)

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: June 23, 2007, 07:58:36 AM »
it's Pirates you silly gooses.

You've been added on myspace but I won't be in SD until early August.

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 05, 2007, 09:43:11 PM »
That a baby, Roman! USD was able to help me out too and I remember the feeling when I got their revised offer. Congrats. I guess we'll be seeing you in the fall then. Hopefully, more people will get money and that won't be a factor in anyone turning USD (37k is completely ridiculous).

I think 37k is crazy as well but most law schools in California cost about the same although USD is always one of the most expensive. Yes, I will be going to USD and I'm feeling much better about passing up McGeorge now. How much did they offer you? What are your numbers?

Wholly crap! Roman that is awesome!!!!

I just opend my mailbox and found a scholarship offer for $14,000/yr renewable. That totally helps me out. I was completely surprised that it would be so much, especially since I am going part time. The stipulation is that I have to continue to show financial need every year, and since I will be working full time I probably wont be able to prove that. At least I get it for the first year! It pays to ask USD for some money.
Again, congrats Roman!

Edit: It is actually not a scholarhsip, it is a poor person's grant. Woohoo just the same!

Congrats on your grant! I received the USD School of Law Honor Scholarship so it's not based on being poor even though I am. It's too bad that it's not renewable but I'm sure that if I do well then I won't have any problems getting more aid. Are you going to be able to work full time and still do well in law school? I'm not taking the work study USD offered because I want to focus exclusively on law school but I'm going full time so there is going to be more schoolwork. Was your offer dated April 26th?

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 05, 2007, 06:28:03 AM »
I live in San Diego right now.  Most of the locator services are bunk.  You'd probably have an easier time finding something off of Craigslist.

The only places that have those services are the beach areas for luxury rentals.  probably a bit out of reach with no scholarship money!

Speaking of scholarship money, I just got a $16,000 nonrenewable scholarship from USD! I'm so excited. I guess my problems are over now. I won't be renting anything expensive though, still going for a room in a house so that I can keep my dog. I'm thrilled to be able to afford USD. That work study wasn't going to happen since I'm not about to kill my law school grades. I didn't even know I was being considered for money but I'm glad that they gave me some. I sent USD an e-mail asking them to match my McGeorge offer but they never responded. I then called and visited twice only to receive my financial aid offer with only loans and work study. So it was weird to receive a large scholarship out of the blue because I thought that I had no chance. Maybe someone else will receive a late scholarship as well.

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 04, 2007, 06:34:35 AM »
I sense you don't like craigs?

CL should only be used for free sex. So I have been told.

Not true, I found my last place using Craigslist. It may take a while but with enough effort, you can find what you're looking for. Although I can't really say what your roommates will be like, that's always a crapshoot.

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 03, 2007, 06:09:59 PM »
could you either tell in this thread or PM me which complex you stay in.. I am trying to get a list of apartments that are decent, and in decent areas.

I might not be able to afford to fly me and my fiancee out to san diego before we move.. so I need to know where to look.  Also, does your complex allow large dogs?

thanks!

I am having the same issue.

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 03, 2007, 06:13:59 AM »
And Roman, let me get this straight. Your options as of right now include USD w/no $ or no law school at all?

hahaha

Roman, you're analyzing way too much.  And I thought I was bad...

USD is a great school in an amazing city.  You'll make back the money you spend as a lawyer.  Nothing to lose sleep over.

I know that it's my only option at the moment but I could get off the Loyola waitlist and then I'd be in a *&^% storm with my family. I'm also thinking of not doing the work study my first year and turning that money into a loan. I don't want to have any distractions and most law students seem to agree with that. I'm going to USD full time so it's not really realistic to work 10-15 hours a week. Thanks for that Yanks, I'm really trying to look at the positives. Luckily, I got a letter from USD that boosted my battered ego. It said that although they had 4,800 applicants this year for 320 seats, I was admitted and others weren't. That makes me feel better.  :D

coughwithdrawcough

I want to withdraw so badly but I can't do so until I get accepted. I would never hear the end of it if I withdrew without a final decision from Loyola. In the meantime, I withdrew from 5 schools so that should tide me over for a bit. Goodbye Lewis and Clark, Santa Clara, McGeorge, American, and Iowa. I withdrew from L&C, American, and Iowa in the same day and it felt very good, especially with L&C. Those bastards had been stringing me along every since I received their fee waiver. Note to self; be wary of free lunch.  ;)

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 02, 2007, 06:15:05 PM »
And Roman, let me get this straight. Your options as of right now include USD w/no $ or no law school at all?

hahaha

Roman, you're analyzing way too much.  And I thought I was bad...

USD is a great school in an amazing city.  You'll make back the money you spend as a lawyer.  Nothing to lose sleep over.

I know that it's my only option at the moment but I could get off the Loyola waitlist and then I'd be in a *&^% storm with my family. I'm also thinking of not doing the work study my first year and turning that money into a loan. I don't want to have any distractions and most law students seem to agree with that. I'm going to USD full time so it's not really realistic to work 10-15 hours a week. Thanks for that Yanks, I'm really trying to look at the positives. Luckily, I got a letter from USD that boosted my battered ego. It said that although they had 4,800 applicants this year for 320 seats, I was admitted and others weren't. That makes me feel better.  :D

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 02, 2007, 04:55:27 PM »
I think one of the factors in determining where to go if you've got no scholarship is where else can you go with scholarship money.... and, honestly, how smart do you really think you are?

If you graduate towards the bottom of your class, that debt load is going to look pretty ominous.  If you graduate towards the top, it'll be a mere pittance once you start working.

If your option is all-loans at USD, and only 50% ride at say, Cal Western or Thomas Jefferson, then really, you'll make more off the reputation of USD than you'll spend.

On the other hand, if it's all loans at USD and 100% scholarship at Cal Western, and you think that you'll finish middle of the pack at USD, but top of the heap at Cal Western....  Well, you might just wanna pass up on the 85th best law school in the nation.

Thanks for that analysis. My options were no money at USD versus 20K in tuition at Pacific-McGeorge if I stayed in the top third of my class, or going to Lewis and Clark who's tuition is 28K rather than the 37K at USD. The other two schools also had a lower cost of living but I guess there isn't a point in going over this again since I already withdrew from both of them. Lewis and Clark sent me a fee waiver, deferred me, and then waitlisted me on Monday. I keep wondering if I should have taken the money at McGeorge because my stepfather insists that it was the better choice. Nevertheless he thinks that if it was a choice between Loyola and McGeorge, with 15K a year, then I would be smart to choose Loyola but if it's McGeorge versus USD then I should attend McGeorge. I know that everyone says to go with your gut feeling so I did. I think going to USD is the right choice but I keep hearing crap about it from my stepdad. He wanted us to sit down and discuss all of the options available but all of my decisions did not come in at the same time. Additionally, a waitlist at Loyola isn't something to take seriously, especially since I prefer USD. I created a poll at the following link to see if Loyola or USD would be better. Thanks for the input.

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,87701.0.html

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