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Law School Applications / Re: I don't know what to think
« on: April 02, 2004, 03:27:57 PM »


You CAN get into law school with a 143. No it will not be a Tier 1 one or Tier 2, but you can certainly get into a Tier 4 with that LSAT especially if you have WE and good LOR's.

But to be fair, and honest, I don't think even many tier 4's are going to take a 143.  There are way too many applicants this year and even the tier 4's can stand to be choosy.

Something else you need to think about....your GPA is very high.  What undergad did you go to? I'm afraid adcomms are going to look at your numbers and think you went to a pud school in perhaps a less than challenging program. 

Karen W.

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It's still makes me smile, some 2 years later, to see mail coming for my husband with Dr. in front of it...

Karen W.

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Law School Applications / Re: Head Start
« on: March 28, 2004, 03:18:01 PM »
Studied harder for the LSAT.   :'(

I second that.

If you're looking to apply next year, your GPA is pretty well decided. You may be able to raise it fractionally, but not a lot.

You should start studying for the LSAT as soon as you can.  It will make a world of difference.

Karen W.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: havent heard yet
« on: March 28, 2004, 02:42:00 PM »
You may want to repost this in another area - it may get you more views and responses.  I'm not sure that the LSAT area is the best place to get you the kind of response you're looking for.

Just a suggestion...

Karen W.

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Law School Applications / Re: On Campus Vs. Off Campus
« on: March 27, 2004, 11:27:54 AM »
When my husband was in law school, we looked at both the graduate housing and an off campus apartment. I understand, my situation be different from yours in that I was married at the time (assuming you're not), but we definitely preferred living off campus.  We lived in a duplex that was close to campus, it almost boardered the campus property, but we were still far enough from campus.  The campus itself, by its nature, seemed to lend itself to a lot of traffic.

Graduate housing posed a couple of problems where we were.  First, there were a number of graduate programs at this college, business, pharmacy & law.  Therefore the graduate housing was open to all three programs. A number of the business students were fresh from their undergrad and still had substantial partying to do, or so we warned by the law school admissions staff.  Also, there were communal facilities, such as for laundry which is a personal issue with me.  Seems like I always have bad luck scheduling laundry time with a communal facility (again a personal issue).

The duplex that we found was larger than the graduate school housing and approximately the same price. We had a 2 bedroom (one converted to a den for my husband to study), with a large kitchen and family room, private parking, and washer/dryer hookup.

Living off campus though, there are a number of things to think about.  For example, depending on how close your apartment is to the campus, you may have to commute.  Then you have the added fees of parking, etc.  With any luck, you'd be able to find something close to school that you could still walk.

When my husband was accepted, we contacted the law school admissions office about housing. They provided us with a list of landlords/apartment communities that preferred to rent to graduate students.  Their monthly rents were very competitive and the units themselves seemed to be in better condition.  Most of these landlords also understood the graduate situation and the fact that most graduate students are financing their education and livelihood through student loans. Even though I was working, our landlord was very good about giving us until the student loan checks came through to pay our rent.

You may want to check with the school and see if they keep such a list.  Also, check with the school and see if they have a bulletin board or space in the law school newsletter/paper where *LAW* students can post that they need a roommate, etc. for sharing a house, duplex, etc.  This will provide you with a roommie on the same schedule as you who can also empathize with new challenges thrown at a first year student.

Karen W.

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Karen, the programs vary from school to school. 

So you're saying that the schools go back, retroactive from admission through graduation and, after you've successfully passed the bar and obtained a job in a qualifying public interest position, reduces your tuition that was covered by the loans you took out? How does that work with your lenders then? 

Karen W.

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From what I've heard, loan forgiveness is a joke.  They have a limit on how much you can make to be eligible, and it's something like 35k.  For those of us making 40k, which is still dirt little in NYC... yeah, you get the picture.

Forgiveness may be a joke, but I can tell you, they bend over backwards to forebear.  Doesn't help in the long run, but sure does in the short term.

Karen W.

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Law School Applications / Re: Chances and luck
« on: March 26, 2004, 04:29:04 AM »
I did not do very well on the LSAT (as a matter of fact, I did horrible),but I decided that I will apply to see what happens.

Can we ask what your LSAT numbers were?

Karen W.

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Law School Applications / Re: Work Experience after an Undergrad
« on: March 26, 2004, 04:27:26 AM »
So you're planning on finishing your CPA and then going to law school?  I would be hard pressed to think you could do both at the same time.

Karen W.

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It seems that there is a growing trend of law students using laptops in class (only for note taking I am sure  :P ).

Check your school as well...some schools REQUIRE that incoming students have laptops. 

Karen W.

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