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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Go Gators!!!!
« on: June 19, 2007, 04:30:44 PM »
800 / mo is doable.  Might have to go a little farther out, but my roomies and I grabbed a house close by for just a little over that. 



For 800 a month, you can live like a king in Gainesville. I would recommend living in a house close to the law school. If it is too late for that, there are dozens of apartment complexes around that will not cost close to $800. The one I saw mentioned that I would NOT recommend for a law student is the Courtyards. It is very loud/rowdy, and is a better place for undergrads...

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Alex Pinelas, the former Mayor of greater Miami who killed his bright political future by refusing to cooperate with the feds during the Elian Gonzalez fiasco, is an alumnus.

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aumale, you are way off. Like the other poster said, your observasions and conclusion don't mesh. Law school rankings are far more insightful and important than undergrad rankings.

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Law School Admissions / Re: UCLA VERSUS GTOWN
« on: May 01, 2007, 03:30:03 PM »
I'm going to Georgetown over UCLA, but I have never even been to California and all of my family is on the east coast, so it really isn't close for me. Obviously, it depends on what you want to do afterward. All else equal, though, I would think Georgetown wins.

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So what did you decide? (deposit's due today, right?)

I'm making a squinty face and writing the cheque.  To UCLA.  I just can't bring myself to write a cheque to Georgetown on faith that my bad experience was an isolated incident and that I'll likely be totally happy there.  It's not logical, maybe, but there's only so much obsessing I can do over this.  (And trust me, it's been a lot.)  Locking myself out of an LRAP is difficult, but ultimately I'll have to pick between living somewhere where PI is sustainable and living where I want to live (greater San Francisco area) but working in private practice. 

I've also been away from my family for six years, and living within a 5.5 hour drive/very short plane ride of my entire family is really enticing.  I'm hoping LA works out (I'll visit in a couple weeks when airfare isn't $500) just as I'm hoping law school works out.  All of it is sort of blind faith anyway, I guess.

good luck. And I hope you're in my class.

Thanks :)  Do you know where you're going?  LA still in the running?

Northwestern unless I get off a waitlist (and LA's my first choice)

Northwestern's a great school but I'm pulling for your waitlist.  We need more dogs in party hats.

It is scary to me that my experience at GULC was so different from everyone else on the board. I found the current students to be very friendly and helpful with me when I asked them questions about the law school. It seemed like a place where the students were happy to be, unlike some of the other schools that I visited. Perhaps I just want to be in DC and I am not being objective, but I really liked the school and the city.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Georgetown Law Class of 2010
« on: May 01, 2007, 09:36:38 AM »
I will be doing curriculum A. From what I have heard from current students, curriculum B is more work, and I am not trying to make the first year any harder than it already is.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Georgetown Law Class of 2010
« on: April 30, 2007, 10:35:27 AM »
Sent in my deposit last week. Still might go to Cornell because I am being "considered for a merit scholarship", but if nothing changes there, I will be at GULC and, hopefully, the on-campus housing.

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Law School Admissions / Re: FINALLY decisioned at Cornell
« on: April 30, 2007, 10:02:31 AM »
I don't want to be harsh, but if you have not gotten an e-mail telling you that "they just couldn't wait to tell you", then I doubt you are in.

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Law School Admissions / Re: UMiami might move to downtown Miami
« on: April 25, 2007, 08:47:59 PM »
Bad move IMO. I have no interest other than being a native Miamian, but it is not a good idea. Just thinking about parking, traffic, the cost of housing, the idea of going to school in a single tower, and just the fact that downtown, while improving, just isn't that great.

If this happens, it will be a good 5-7 years, and downtown will be even more vastly improved. It already resembles nothing what it looked like five years ago. Right now in the central business district there is a movie theatre going up, and a Whole Foods, while Macy's is going to entirely rennovate their department store. Not to mention dozens of condos and office buildings. Also, from a cost of living stand-point, it would be more expensive to live downtown, but it is very centrally located, so it would allow you to live just about anywhere in the city, including cheaper areas such as North Miami Beach, with less of a hassle.

Many schools, like Northwestern, GW, Fordham, Loyola LA, Georgetown, and Loyola Chicago, benefit greatly from centralized downtown locations.

I also imagine it would allow them to better offer a PT program, something that most schools of it's size offer. UM is one of the country's largest law schools in terms of enrollment, and typically law schools of its size offer part-time programs, such as GW, GULC, and Fordham.



No question downtown is improving. Everytime I go back I am astounded by the development. Ypu are correct about the central location, but since I always lived so far south, Coral Gables was centrally located. I am sure if they are making a move, they have thought it out and it is the right thing to do, but my preference, as a student, would be to be in Coral Gables.

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Law School Admissions / Re: UMiami might move to downtown Miami
« on: April 25, 2007, 08:28:03 PM »
Bad move IMO. I have no interest other than being a native Miamian, but it is not a good idea. Just thinking about parking, traffic, the cost of housing, the idea of going to school in a single tower, and just the fact that downtown, while improving, just isn't that great.

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