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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Tutor
« on: February 16, 2006, 12:39:43 PM »
For those of you who are tutoring, how did you get around the licensing issues in most prep materials?  Did you have the student purchase the books and teach from there?  Or did you use materials from a class? Or did you come up with your own?

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: February 16, 2006, 11:49:25 AM »
Oh, I didn't get a viewbook either.

Perfect LSAT, great undergrad Institute, pretty good grad school, but such a sad, sad, sad undergrad GPA from said 'tute, however. Complete in early Jan, I think. Waiting to get the rejection stamp anyday.  Yet I keep reading here. I should know better.

And I'm paranoid now that the adcoms will recognize me.  *waves*

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I think Georgetown said the same thing, but not quite as emphatically as NU.  Gtown's forms aren't up yet (or weren't as of yesterday), however.

I haven't heard back from Columbia yet, and didn't apply to the others.

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For some schools, yes.  Northwestern repeatedly says that the finaid forms are needed even for merit based scholarships.  (How true this is I dunno, I submitted my forms last week, a few days after I heard back from them, but haven't heard anything regarding money yet.)

George Washington gave me a scholarship without any finaid forms, but said the award was merit only and didn't include need at all.


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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Patent bar anybody?
« on: February 15, 2006, 09:24:22 AM »
I was planning on doing it in the hopes of improving my chances for a 1L summer job.

I'm leaning towards patbar.com.  I know I won't do it on my own, since I haven't yet in the last month.  The way I figure, I can get it new, try it out, and if I don't like it, sell it on ebay and upgrade to PLI or Kayton.  Plus if I start now and don't feel ready with patbar, I have enough time to get Kayton and study before the fall.

It's just hard to get reliable reviews of the courses.  There's this: http://www.intelproplaw.com/Forum/Forum.cgi , but it's an internet forum, so who knows how legit reviews are.  A few of the people in the know that I've talked to have recommended Kayton, but they had a wee bit more disposable income than I do.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Patent bar anybody?
« on: February 14, 2006, 10:16:56 PM »
I've been meaning to start on this. But avoiding it because I haven't decided on a study method. I've heard great things about Kayton, but at $2700, it's certainly an investment.  I was thinking of trying http://www.patbar.com/ it's $800, and they usually sell on ebay for about $500. 

Anyone know the difference between patbar, Kayton, and PLI?  Will wanting to save two grand screw me over?

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Non-Traditional Financial Decision
« on: February 14, 2006, 07:49:53 PM »
Rings can be resized.

I'd be very upset if my boyfriend bought me a ring he couldn't afford and had to go into debt for. Then again, I'm atypical, in that I don't want a diamond engagement ring because of the issues involving conflict diamonds, the DeBeers cartel keeping the cost of diamonds artificially high, etc.  It's a marketing scam that DeBeers came up with in early 1900s to sell diamonds.   Which is too bad, cause they are pretty.  Ah well. 


Oh, or you could go with a wedding ring with diamonds on it, rather than an engagement ring/wedding ring combo.

Have you talked about this?

And congrats and best of luck!

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Law School Applications / Visiting Schools, admit days or on your own?
« on: February 14, 2006, 01:33:03 AM »
Are most people visiting prospective schools?  Do you plan on going during the scheduled admit day(s), or on your own schedule?

The admit days have the advantage of being able to meet a lot of people, since it sounds like there will be organized activities, etc.  But I wonder how accurate the representation of the schools will be.  Would stopping in and sitting in on classes give a better picture?  Then again, one or two classes  might not be a good indicator of what that school  is like. 

And some schools have admit days that are scheduled close to each other (NU, Gtown, I'm looking at you two...)

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Law School Applications / Re: Vigil: Big Four in California
« on: February 08, 2006, 10:31:52 PM »
In at UCLA, dinged at Stanford, waiting to hear back from Boalt, but since I'm a high LSAT/low GPA splitter, it's probably going towards DING!
Didn't apply to USC.

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Financial Aid / Re: EFC seems really high... any thoughts?
« on: February 06, 2006, 01:55:53 AM »
I *think* it's about half your taxable salary (after deductions etc) and a third of your assets.  So in theory, next year's EFC should be a lot less, since you won't have as much of a salary.

It kinda feels like they are double 'charging' you for any money you saved from your 2005 salary. Once as salary and then again as assets. 

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