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Law School Applications / Re: Columbia 1Ls taking questions
« on: February 19, 2009, 12:49:38 PM »
the gym does have a few good classes, but i imagine most places have that now. i took yoga and pilates, both had a fee but much cheaper than paying for the class at a studio. i liked my yoga teacher and thought the class was pretty good. there are also cardio classes, martial arts, etc.

overall the gym is old and poorly designed, but it gets the job done. and other schools do not have central park to run in, so there's that.

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Law School Applications / Re: COLUMBIA RD ACCEPTANCE!
« on: February 16, 2009, 11:08:14 PM »
mine was underlined too. 

another question: i didn't receive a hamilton or butler--do i still have a chance of getting merit money from cu?

I can speak to this. I did not receive a scholarship from Columbia but got scholarships from every other school I got in at (this always puzzled me a little). What I did was compile a packet of copies of all the letters showing what awards I had received, and then I wrote a cover letter requesting that Columbia consider my situation. They ended up matching scholarships from peer schools (for example, Michigan) and even gave me more than NYU, which ended up solidifying my gut feeling to go to Columbia over NYU. However, my award is NOT considered a scholarship in the sense that I can put it on my resume, as a Hamilton or Butler could. But it is much appreciated money and so you cannot complain one bit.

I would recommend waiting and seeing what you get from other schools to see if you are in the market for a "scholarship." If it seems like you are, then contact both the financial aid and admissions office with your information. I think it helps to really be honest. If Columbia truly is your top school choice, then your letter will be earnest and hopefully you can convey how much a grant would mean to you.

Also, there certainly have been other opps for scholarships since coming to law school, particularly if you are a minority and can also get a job through those programs that gives you summer employment plus a chunk of money for school. There are also some more general scholarships, like one for a 1L where half goes to the student org of your choice and half (like $3500) to tuition.

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Law School Applications / Re: Columbia 1Ls taking questions
« on: February 16, 2009, 10:47:32 PM »
haha i have no clue who anyone else is on here, that's so funny that you know others.

also i am thinking i really should have signed up to show off our apt b/c it is looking like a real home now....we even have a brand new couch!!! and pictures nailed to the walls! yayyy extra loan money :) i signed up for hosting admitted students but no one took me up on it yet.

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Law School Applications / Re: Columbia 1Ls taking questions
« on: February 16, 2009, 04:32:45 PM »
oh and Lovebutton...we are totally friends!! so amusing to me to think back during the decision process haha. I complimented you on your gavel today on your bookbag lol

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Law School Applications / Re: Columbia 1Ls taking questions
« on: February 16, 2009, 04:31:36 PM »
ahhh all the admitted students on campus today amuse me, and it reminded me of these boards. It is funny how when you are in the process of deciding where to go to school, everything seems like it will be a huge, life-altering decision. I know that's how I felt. And while your choice of school certainly does project you onto a certain course over others, it is funny how you really can't judge what that path will be until you simply live it and MAKE your own path. Ultimately for me, as much as a tried to reason it out and weigh different factors, coming to Columbia was a gut feeling. And my experience here has largely been what I have made of it.

That said, I couldn't be happier with Columbia and would certainly answer questions because I know it makes you feel better during the process :)

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Before coming to law school, my now fiance and I got engaged. He was moving across the country as a transfer law student to be with me as I started law school, so it felt like the right time to take that step. I go to Columbia so in NYC living by yourself is not very economical or practical, so we wanted to live together. I think it's really a decision you need to make on your own, but the biggest thing I thought about was how much time you spend together now - so do you guys spend the night at each other's every single night, do you help each other clean each other's places, do you cook for each other, do you share money/would you be comfortable doing so, etc. We were doing all of these things already so moving in together didn't even feel much different for us. Think about how close you are to actually living together now, and that may be a good judge of how it will work or if you should give it another year.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Crim Law Supplements
« on: February 06, 2009, 11:42:11 AM »
hey - is Dressler good for a MPC-focused course? thx.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: September 08, 2008, 03:35:09 PM »
do any of you know what the deal is with monthly rent in univ. apts? some people seem to have gotten bills, others not. i moved in during early aug. the uah accounting office wasn't really sure, but they thought that i wouldn't get a bill for rent until oct, and then i would have to pay both sept and oct. does this sound right to anyone??

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: August 05, 2008, 01:49:30 PM »
thanks! WOW elizabeth grainger is amazing! as soon as i read your situation, i just typed out a request to her about my situation, and she literally responded to me right away (3 minutes after i sent her my email) and said that she would take care of it and i wouldn't have to worry!

thanks for letting me know about your situation or i wouldn't have known to take care of this and i might have ended up homeless with my luggage in the middle of NY!  ;D

I'm glad it worked out for you!! like i'm doing, you might want to bring a copy of the email she sent back to you just to make the process easier. also you need to bring passport sized photos of both you and your partner but i guess that you (the student) is the only person who actually has to be there to sign the lease. i asked b/c my fiance is still finishing up his job and will be moving next week.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: August 05, 2008, 10:10:37 AM »
i don't know exactly, because i checked before we were even assigned housing to ask for an exception. at that point, they were make exceptions in law school only housing (like lenfest), so hopefully you will be OK! i had a similar situation with my fiance and had a lengthy discussion with elizabeth grainger, and she was extremely helpful and ended up coordinating with UAH and granting us the exception. this was before we were assigned housing. we still have to bring our bank statements, and i'm bringing copies of elizabeth's emails that grant the exception.

hope this helps...

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