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« on: May 17, 2007, 01:43:09 PM »
I read this article the other day and had pretty much the same feelings as you guys. But I think the number of firms who pay this much represents a very, very small slice of the legal market in Philly, so I'm not taking it too much to heart. Honestly, I'd much prefer an $80K job with a life, so I hope the majority of the law firms here don't slavishly follow the trend of bigger dollars/unattainable billables.
$60K average debt seemed low to me, too, but when I think about my projected debt, it could be as little as about $45K if I keep my scholarship and my living situation changes next year, which would certainly average out, say, a PA resident paying full price. So while I think that the average debt for our class will be probably go up, maybe closer to $70K, it's not completely unrealistic.
« on: April 28, 2007, 03:47:17 PM »
I just turned 25, I graduated from college in '04. I think that 25 is usually the median age of entering Temple Law students, a little older for the PT program. When I first started working, though, I had no idea how old most of my co-workers were, whether they were 23 or 33, until I got to know them better. As long as everyone acts like normal adults, I don't anticipate being able to tell straight off with my classmates either, so I'm really not too worried about it.
« on: April 24, 2007, 02:01:54 PM »
Gator, the Temple name is recognized in upstate New York, in case you want to move up there after graduation. My parents live a little over an hour south of Albany, and my mom works for a lawyer. Everyone his office deals with is apparently pretty impressed with Temple and are telling her I made a good choice of schools. Keep in mind that this is in a small town, not actually in Albany, but there are lots and lots of small towns very close to Albany, and people place a lot more weight on the fact that you're a lawyer (especially if you have any family/friends there) than they do on where you went to school.
« on: April 21, 2007, 09:46:35 PM »
As far as I know, Elkins Park wouldn't be affected by reappraisals, since it's not in Philly. That doesn't mean that the town can't switch things up on you, but as far as this particular issue goes, you should be safe.
« on: April 19, 2007, 09:37:34 AM »
I don't know, but congratulations on getting the award!
Has anyone else received their OwlNet pin # but nothing else to tell us how to log on? I'm not sure if we're supposed to get a different mailing with our username, or if it's something we set up when we get to school, or what. I know that if I can't log in soon and change my pin to something I'll remember, though, I'm going to lose the paper...if I haven't already...
« on: April 18, 2007, 03:16:42 PM »
Danielle, the house you have your eye on could be in a nice area or it might not. Do you know the actual address? That would help. Part of Mt. Airy is lovely -- it's more affordable and quieter than Center City, there are more detached houses, and a lot of young professionals and families are moving there. But the section near Germantown is still kind of sketchy. I'm guessing that if it's closer to Manayunk, it would be pretty decent, though it could go either way.
Manayunk used to be really cool and funky but it's gotten too popular for its own good, IMO. Parking is generally a nightmare, there are more big-box stores than boutiques now, and the scene feels very "undergrad" to me. Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with this, but I liked the area better five years ago. It still has a fun vibe though.
There is a train line as well as a bus or two that go through Manayunk, so getting into Center City or to Temple is do-able but driving to campus might actually be easier/quicker if you have a car and a parking space.
One thing about Manayunk you might want to take into consideration, though, is that it takes as long to get into Center City from there as it does from some of the suburban areas, but since it's technically part of Philadelphia, your fiance (and you, when you start working) will be subject to the Philly Wage Tax (a little under 4% for Philly residents whether you work in the city or not). If you work in Philly but don't live there, the rate is about 3.72%. If you neither live nor work in Philly, you don't have to worry about the wage tax (some municipalities do have a local tax, but nothing like the city one). Property taxes tend to be lower in the city than in the 'burbs, though.
Anyway, I think the house you're considering is definitely worth looking at, I'm just not sure I'd buy it sight unseen. Are you coming to Philly anytime soon?
« on: April 16, 2007, 03:40:51 PM »
If anyone has questions about housing, feel free to PM me. I don't know the entire city like the back of my hand, but I could tell you generally whether it's a place you'd want to be living or not. I also posted a giant rundown of Philly neighborhoods on the "Tell Me Everything About Temple" thread over on one of the pre-law boards awhile ago (it might be the Reviews/Rankings one but I don't remember offhand). I think it's a few pages back now, though.
« on: April 15, 2007, 03:53:18 PM »
It's not too terrible to find housing in Philly. A lot of leases here start in June, so if you don't have any other obligations for the summer and can move here then, it's a good time. But you should be able to find July and August leases, too.
« on: April 04, 2007, 09:57:37 AM »
I am between Temple and Villanova at this point. I am having a really difficult time deciding between the two. I am from Philly and want to stay here so I know I really can't go wrong either way, but I would appreciate any thoughts people have on the matter.
My recommendation - whichever is cheaper for you, perhaps aided by your feelings about the atmosphere at each school. The quality of education and professional opportunities are very similar, and I don't think it's wise to pay significantly more to attend one over the other unless you have a specific reason for REALLY wanting to be at that school.
« on: April 02, 2007, 11:27:05 AM »
I'm also going to be there in the fall, I sent in my seat deposit last week. I'm very excited, I got a good feel from the Open House. I was already pretty sure I'd be going there, but I was glad it didn't feel wrong. The only thing I didn't like was the windowless classrooms...not that we should be looking out the window during class, but I like natural light. However, I think I can deal with it
how do you guys feel about the curve there (2.85)? I feel like its bad for grads, moreso for those looking to go out of philly after grad.
Honestly, I'm not overly concerned about the curve. Maybe I should be, but I wasn't deciding between a lot of different schools, anyway, so it wasn't a big factor in my decision. It is what it is. And why would you choose Temple if you're not willing to work in the Greater Phila area (or a town/small city in the mid-Atlantic/Northeast) for at least a couple years after law school? If the region doesn't appeal to you, it's just not a good choice.