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Choosing the Right Law School / UCLA or USC?
« on: April 25, 2006, 05:24:23 PM »
Cost for me is equal, USC might be like 10k cheaper.. Is there any reason to take USC over UCLA? like, given the amount people discuss USC's alumni network, are UCLAW grads put to death once they turn 30?

Financial Aid / UCLA
« on: April 15, 2006, 09:40:05 PM »
Has anyone had any luck in getting UCLA to match scholarship offers from USC?

Incoming 1Ls / Panic Moment
« on: April 01, 2006, 01:01:31 PM »
My grandmother asked one my aunts, who is an enviro lawyer out of UConn (It didn't suck so much then...) what to get me for   a graduation present. Her response: a rolly backpack!!11

Does that mean i'm genetically predisposed to be a gunner?

General Off-Topic Board / I HATE California
« on: March 30, 2006, 05:02:24 PM »
It's like 80 out and sunny and I could be at the pool, and instead i'm editing my senior thesis and can barely concentrate. And yet somehow, I can handle law school and biglaw hours. How does ANYONE cope with a complete eradication of their freedom during daylight hours?

Financial Aid / University of Southern California
« on: March 25, 2006, 04:33:44 PM »
Two questions (I get the feeling shae and themoose are going to be answering them...)
1) With my acceptance letter/scholarship, I was told that estimated COA is 55,000. Has anyone seen an itemized one? I'm using UCLA's in the meantime, but am curious to see if they put anything out themselves.

2) Anyone get loan information yet?

Choosing the Right Law School / USC vs. Hastings Part Deux
« on: March 18, 2006, 03:36:35 AM »
So...I got 20k a year at USC. I expect to get some cash at hastings and can live at home, so I will probably incur about 30,000 in debt over the three years. Whereas I would have about 100,000 at USC. Is it a rational choice to go with USC? I know the excel sheet has an opinion, but it makes a lot of assumptions about how much you make. From a maximally risk-averse position, what makes more sense?
In the worst case from either school, I bottom out the class and have to do legal aid at 40k a year instead of a more interesting PI or renumerative private option. So it seems then the real decision in that case is to evaluate their LRAPs. Do people agree?

The salary information is dodgy, too, but performance is so based on context..i.e. will it be be easier to perform well at USC or Hastings? Hastings is less friendly and more competitive goes the conventional wisdom, but with a less-impressive numbers pool, I would probably be better positioned to do well, just in terms of prior credentials. But is USC more supporitve? Has anyone actually got information on what their campus life is like? Do people really believe USC grads make more, or is it just a reporting fudge?

Choosing the Right Law School / UCLA: Finished with Admitting?
« on: March 02, 2006, 11:21:45 AM »
Looking at the LSN patterns, it looks like a very small fraction of seats are left open. Is the only thing left to receive from UCLA a ding?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Calculations
« on: February 28, 2006, 02:46:08 AM »
Hey everybody,
So, plenty of USC or Hastings threads go up, and there's never much of a conclusive answer in terms of 'all things being equal.' But for me, all things aren't equal. I am a really poor student, so it's conceivable that I'll get grants and scholarships from UC Hastings that will cover maybe 50-60% of tuition. I can live at home and commute on BART, so my total costs in loans and cash from a year at school wouldn't exceed 15K.

I'd probably end up living at USC's campus my 1L. Assuming the best from LSN, I might get 10-15K from USC. That puts my cost, optimistically, at 35k/year in loans.
So coming out of school, I'm owing about 45-60K from Hastings, or 90-120K from USC.

If I choose to believe the $ figures coming out of USnews, I see that Hasting's 25th percentile is 66,000 to 125,000 at the top 75th, and the median is about 100. It's 90-125 reported at USC, with the median at 125.

So if i'm at the worst-case 25th percentile of Hastings, i'm earning about 100-120% of debt my first year, or possibly 200% if I do well. If I'm at USC, i'm earning anywhere from 80-110% of my debt. So some questions:

1) How seriously do I take those $ numbers?
2) At what price differential do I choose Hastings over USC? Or visa versa?

I understand that there's an lovely excel sheet out, but i'm more curious as to people's attempt to quantify 'opportunity' and 'prestige' when there is a price differential between schools.
Your input welcome..

Financial Aid / FAFSA and Parents
« on: February 19, 2006, 05:25:41 PM »
OK. Everything official i've read states that you don't give your 'rents info out on the FAFSA if you're applying for a JD, including the FAFSA. I figure almost everyone coming right out of UG is going to have a zero EFC by themselves. I want to make sure my schools know my entire family is poor, so should I submit their tax returns to the schools as well?

Choosing the Right Law School / Five College Pride
« on: February 19, 2006, 05:08:08 PM »
Anyone else here from sunny Claremont, CA? What schools are you considering?

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