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Financial Aid / Re: Grad Plus VS Private, let's discuss
« on: May 13, 2008, 03:51:11 PM »
I think most outside companies have stopped issuing private loans for the time being (e.g. Bank of America, Access Group), since the economy is in the toilet.  See their websites. You can't even pull up interest rate info on their private loans.

I've heard similar to what Bulldog said.  That private loans are riskier, because the interest rate can change every quarter and you can't do anything about it.

8.5% is hard to swallow though (does anyone know if it's dropping on July 1?)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC v WCL(AU) for international law
« on: April 11, 2008, 12:45:21 PM »
Hmmm.  Thanks to those who replied.  Definitely echoed some of my thoughts and concerns. 

So specialty rankings (a la the U.S. News) don't carry any weight? 

Choosing the Right Law School / BC v WCL(AU) for international law
« on: April 11, 2008, 10:22:42 AM »
In a last act of desperation, I'm seeking advice on LSD. 

I want to work in DC after law school.  I'm interested in public international law (have worked overseas for a human rights org), but could also go for solid litigation experience at a big or midlaw firm - especially to pay off loans.

I'm waitlisted at GW (my top choice) and for personal reasons I'm deciding between Boston and DC. 

Anyone here have some advice, or insight into either of these schools in terms of international law?  It's kind of the rankings/job prospects v. curriculum/location issue that has me torn. 

Big law in SF will hire out of Hastings (I currently work as a paralegal in a big law firm in SF).  I know for a fact we don't hire out of WCL...sadly, WCL is also on my list of possibilities. 

If I were you, I would go to Hastings (and fall in love with SF), get a job in a SF big law  firm, then transfer offices or transfer laterally to a NYC firm. I believe numerous firms have offices in both SF and NYC - at least the firm I work at does.

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