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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Microsoft OneNote - yay or nay?
« on: September 03, 2007, 09:09:56 PM »
Does anyone know how to program One Note to insert standard symbols (like a Pi, Delta or the "section" symbol) without having to go to the menu bar to "Insert" ---> "Symbol" every time? 

I programed Word to put a delta every time i press "Alt +D", etc, but there doesn't seem to be a function allowing this in One Note...
Another trick similar to piggy bank's is Windows Character Map, which should work in any application (I don't think Alt-X does). The code for section, for example, is Alt-0167 (press and hold Alt, type 0 1 6 7 on the numeric keypad, release Alt). The caveat to this method is that it only works if you have a numeric keypad... so probably a no on a laptop.

Start Menu -> Accessories -> System Tool -> Character Map.


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Financial Aid / Re: CitiBank: horrible customer service
« on: July 06, 2007, 10:36:49 PM »
To the OP -- why would you go with private loans in the first place?

Current rate for private = 6.75%, while GradPLUS is 8.5% + 3% origination. You also have 9 months to start paying back the private loans as opposed to 30 days with the GradPLUS.
Is that a fixed rate? And why are the private consolidation rates you stated significantly higher than the original loan rate, whereas federal loan consolidation rates are the weighted average of your existing rates? And wouldn't the paying back timeframe on the original loan be negated by consolidation repayment terms?

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Financial Aid / Re: CitiBank: horrible customer service
« on: July 06, 2007, 09:55:59 PM »
To the OP -- why would you go with private loans in the first place?

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Lots of people have mentioned that as an option, to either make money on the deferred interest or lessen the impact of charged interest. Can't tell you whether or not it's il/legal un/ethical.

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teh google.

All Staffords are 6.8 fixed at the moment, it's just whether or not that interest is accrued during school (it isn't, on subsidized ones). So effectively, it's 0% while in school, 6.8% when you get out.

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Hopefully, H.B 916 passes so that working at a public defender's office is feasible. I have a family to feed!

Oingo
I suppose every little bit helps, but it still seems like it'll barely make a dent. What's $60,000 against loans that over 30 years of interest amount to $500,000, when a firm job could pay them off in 5 years. Wish it had been for more.

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Law School Applications / Re: Transferring from PT programs.
« on: July 02, 2007, 09:50:28 PM »
I'd think that question 1 would actually be quite facilitated. I mean think about it -- transferring only works when someone gives up a seat. A ton of PTers are just in it to get their foot in the door and switch to the FT side ASAP. It seems to me the ability to transfer PT->PT -- vs. PT->FT(different school) or FT->FT -- would be MUCH MUCH easier.

That said, my gut feeling may not equal reality. It regrettably has happened on more than one occasion. The curriculums might also be too different. FT 1L here pretty much always equals FT 1L there, right? Not so with PT 1L.

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Law School Applications / Re: HELP...BU v. GW
« on: July 01, 2007, 02:38:35 PM »
Everything I said just went right over your head. "Quantitatively," having more firms interview does not mean greater opportunities, and "qualitatively" your point is well-taken but it misses the overall fact - in D.C., at GWU, you're competing against 500+ people just like you in a market where there are many better schools' graduates attempting to get a job. You've totally neglected this fact, that it is difficult for GW grads outside of the top 1/3 to get a job in D.C. You instead pass off the fact that the school is in D.C. as if they have "considerably better options," when "quantitatively" and "qualitatively," the advantage you gain by going to a D.C. area school can be totally outweighed by the level of competition you're facing.
Do you have any evidence for either of your contentions -- the first being that simply graduating from a different school (BU) makes you so compellingly different from every other GW student that it'll be a leg up, just because of the different name -- and the second being that it is difficult outside of the top 1/3 to get a job in DC?

I honestly don't know if what you're saying is at all true, and my gut tells me the opposite on both points, which is why I'm asking for any evidence.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: My update box is filled!
« on: June 29, 2007, 10:46:09 PM »
I last took the Dec 2003 test.  Results game out on Wed Dec. 31 instead of the published date Monday 1/5/2004.  The update box says 1/5/2004.

FWIW I just double checked my LSAC.... for anyone who still cares I took the Sep 06 LSAT.  The score release date box gives a date of 10/20/06, the friday before, but the "update" box still has the original published date of 10/23/06.
Remember, though, that the "score email date" didn't actually say 10/20 until the day of 10/20. It said 10/23 the whole time previously.

This was a cruel trick for this round of test-takers :(

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Law School Applications / Re: HELP...BU v. GW
« on: June 29, 2007, 09:07:11 AM »
You'd be nuts to go to GW.

BU and GW are and will likely continue to be similarly ranked. Don't pay attention to year to year changes. They're both currently T25 schools.

But GW is not worth the extra money. Boston has been a top law school for a long time...GW only recently came on the scene. That's something to consider.

This whole if you want to work in DC then go to GW thing is silly. Remember that DC jobs are difficult to get and, most importantly, they go to the best students. This doesn't imply that being at a DC school makes it easier to get. In fact, it is often more difficult because of the sheer number in the job market.

Go where you feel more comfortable. GW is a gunnerish, large law school. BU is neither. You already have a lease in Boston and seem to be quite comfortable in the NE. Go there, seriously.
Uh, what?... the schools are almost identical with each offering a few benefits the other doesn't. Choosing either over the other doesn't strike me as particularly notable and certainly not "nuts".

"Extra money" is said as if it's a lot. As far as I can see on LSAC, tuition differs by less than a grand. When talking about a six-figure cost for education nitpicking a three-figure number seems a little silly.

As for GW recently coming on the scene... not sure how I could interpret that to make sense. Both BU and GW have been around for about 150 years... not really new. And as for top law school status, year to year rankings, etc... the rankings are here if you want to see them. I don't see much difference b/w the two there either.

On school size, it's no comparison if you look at total students; but it's worth noting that the 1L section sizes are almost identical, and the total size of GW takes into account 100+ part-time students who likely aren't on campus during the day.

I'm not going to try and speak to job opportunities or gunners as I have between 0 and anecdotal evidence there... and to be honest I'm betting that's true for pretty much everyone else on the pre-law boards. DCB's argument strictly to the location, though, is definitely one of the benefits GW offers that BU doesn't. BU in turn offers things that GW doesn't.

I dunno. I always saw the schools pretty much equally. Equal schools + preference for one over the other = no brainer.

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