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Financial Aid / Re: T.H.E. Premier Rate
« on: June 23, 2006, 09:21:34 PM »
I think you have to pay to get the actual credit score, and it's about $15/agency. but if someone finds out otherwise, please let us know.  They might have a trial (one month free) for a subscription service.  THE does tell you what bureau they will most likely use based on your location. 

Financial Aid / Re: T.H.E. Premier Rate
« on: June 23, 2006, 01:31:58 PM »
I've got the same question--anyone know? Even roughly?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Going to George Washington (GW GWU)
« on: June 13, 2006, 09:45:35 AM »
I'm planning on living on the Metro, walking distance (that is less than 10 min) blue or orange line.  Take the bus to the Metro might work for some people, but not for me.   I'm not a morning person, so making a 9am class needs to be as painless as possible. Waiting for a bus, esp in the winter, and then the Metro is not something I'm very keen on.  However, rents do drop dramatically if you aren't walking distance to the Metro.

Sure, having an apartment right by campus might make things easier, but when I did my first round of grad school, it was nice not being right on top of campus, it made me feel like I could leave!   And in someways not having a place to nap a few minutes from class can be a good thing for productivity.  Also, if everything is online, you might  not need a law library right down the street. (I'm not sure how much research we can do online now, anyone know?)

I will have a roommate, but a non-law student, and we'll have our own bathrooms.  

How many people are bringing a car?  I'm planning on bringing mine, but just using it to run errands on the weekend.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Let the June 06 Post Mortem Begin
« on: June 12, 2006, 01:12:25 PM »
Oh my, that does look like the Hoff.

When is expected to be out on the East Coast?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Mixed thoughts on DC
« on: April 28, 2006, 07:05:50 PM »
I'm still in sticker shock over apartments.  What are people generally paying (or planning on paying) for living out in NoVA on the Metro line?

Incoming 1Ls / roommates or not?
« on: April 23, 2006, 07:55:07 AM »
I'm not sure if I want to live alone during 1L or find a roommate.

Financially, it makes a lot of sense. I'd either be able to spend less or get a better apartment for what I'd spend for a crappy studio not directly on the Metro. However, I've gotten used to living on my own, I like my own space. And taking out a little more in loans for a nicer living space might not be a bad idea, esp for my first year.  (I just don't know how easy it is to get loans beyond the school's budget.)

I think a good roommate and separate bathrooms would be great, but a bad roommate situation could be awful.  Then again, I wonder how likely I am to get a seriously bad roommate ala Single White Female, and as long as someone is (most) mature, employed or in school, and not totally dysfunctional, it won't be bad.

I'm going to GW, older than your average student, thinking about NoVA because I want to bring my car. I've found a few places that are reasonable, but not directly on the Metro line.

What are y'all planning on doing?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GW vs. GULC
« on: April 20, 2006, 08:53:25 AM »
interesting to hear

my buddy is a 3L at GW and he specifically chose the school to do IP - i've never heard him complain

i think he turned down cornell, SC, and maybe others to be there, which might explain why i've never heard him gripe about this inferiority complex

though makes perfect sense that if GT was your dream school and you ended up at GW you'd be permanently resentful for the aforementioned reasons

Yep, maybe because I did get into higher ranked schools, or that I don't feel like I have to prove anything about my intelligence anymore, I'm not resentful of G'town.

However, I think that attitude is even present at G'town, and probably to some extent at any school save Yale, as a previous poster said.

One of the great things about getting older is realizing that there is probably always going to be someone who is better at something than you are, but not to let that bother you.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GW vs. GULC
« on: April 19, 2006, 01:58:28 PM »
Then, by all means, go to GULC. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GW vs. GULC
« on: April 19, 2006, 12:10:28 PM »
I just decided to go with GW over GULC, and a few other higher ranked (but not NYSCCN) schools.  Why? I want to do IP (I have a PhD in the hard sciences), and GW gave me a nice scholarship package.

After talking to a few IP attys who all said GW placed nationally for IP, I felt it was a better option for me considering the $$$ (vs GULC and NU) and the course offerings and location (vs UT, which would have been the same cost).  Plus, I liked GW better than G'town when I visited.

I know there's the 'but what if I change my mind about IP?' factor, which yes, might happen, but I have a feeling that if I find IP boring or distasteful, I'm not going to like any 'big law', so I'm better off coming out with less debt. And if I do go into big law (IP or otherwise), the money I don't have to pay back is money I can invest, and being 30 and not having any investments of my own kinda freaks me out).

However, if I wasn't sure about what I wanted to do, didn't have a PhD, and there was no price difference, G'town has the draw of the more national name, and I'd probably go with that. 


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Going to George Washington (GW GWU)
« on: April 19, 2006, 11:58:21 AM »
Just checked, it's official. Now I just need to find a place to live.

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