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Law School Admissions / Re: Toby Stock Calls - Today
« on: February 05, 2006, 10:09:15 PM »
Ah, well then...that explains why I couldn't find any dates for ED/EA on LSN.  So much for that theory. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Toby Stock Calls - Today
« on: February 05, 2006, 09:38:52 PM »
Maybe the OP was deferred from EA/ED? And this is the first phone call he got?  Somehow that gives me a little hope, since I was thinking that if someone hasn't gotten a call yet, fergitaboutit...

Financial Aid / Re: EFCs, CDs, and loans, oh my
« on: February 05, 2006, 10:09:03 AM »
Thanks.  I did finally find something that seemed to suggest that the 18.5K was regardless of EFC.

I've gotten a nice offer from GW, which was strictly merit, but I've heard rumors that merit-based money from the t7-14s also take into account need. Maybe it's just that they combine the two. Or they could just be internet rumors.  Eh, regardless, there's nothing I can really do about that (other than express interest in the school) or my CD, and it could be a lot worse.  Private loans for me. Whee!

Law School Admissions / Re: Did anyone get admission from UT Austin today?
« on: February 04, 2006, 12:11:59 PM »
Has anyone heard recently?  How do you hear? On the online status check, via email, or snail mail?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Stanford DING!
« on: February 02, 2006, 02:45:47 PM »
Eh, we'll see, no love from Toby yet, and I didn't bother with Yale.  My undergrad GPA is, well, sad to say the least, but it was a while and ago and a few degrees ago.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Stanford DING!
« on: February 02, 2006, 02:01:43 PM »
Bah! I didn't want to go to Palo Alto anyway!
So much for that perfect LSAT. Oh well. 

Financial Aid / EFCs, CDs, and loans, oh my
« on: January 30, 2006, 12:39:01 PM »
I'd so rather take the LSAT again than deal with this...but I've avoided it long enough.

My situation.  I'm 30, haven't been declared on my parent's taxes in several years (I do have to check), but I'm back at home to save on rent until law school, have some of my own saving (not much, cause I was a poor grad student for quite a while), AND a very pretty chunk of change sitting in a CD in my name, thanks to my folks, but it matures in about three years, so it's not really liquid. As far as I understand it, this CD is considered in the assets. (I could be wrong, and kinda hope I am).

I used this to calculate my EFC, and my EFC is very close to the cost of a year of law school.

Now, this CD isn't something I'm planning on using to pay for law school. One, I can't get the money out without a penalty, two, I don't really think of it as *my* money, and three, even aside from the penalty, I think it might be wiser to let it keep getting interest rather than pay tutition outright.

So what I am wondering is what kind of loans does this leave  me open for? Can I still get the 18.5K in Unsubsidized Stafford loans, making the rest up with private loans?  Or does that 18.5K max only after EFCs?

Will this screw me out of any grant aid I might get from a school, which seems to be both merit and need based? (which I still have no idea if I have a chance for, since my GPA is low). 

Thanks...I hope this makes sense.

Law School Admissions / Re: Recent Boston University Decisions
« on: January 29, 2006, 09:21:26 PM »
I sent my app in thru LSAC the first week of December.  And meant to send in labels, but on the paper app that was in their viewbook, thay said you didn't need to send them in with electronic apps.  Or that might have been on their website.  I can't remember.

But, regardless, sent in and requested that first week of Dec, and my complete postcard came about a week, week and a half ago. So it took at least a month to get the card, and you don't need to send in the labels. 

Haven't heard a yes or a no or a maybe from them yet, and I'm in Florida.

With the exception of one free diagnostic at Kaplan, I always did my practice tests alone in my apartment, so there was incidental noise, but nothing major. However on test day, it did take me a few minutes to adjust to the presense of other people.  Not that they were making a lot of noise, but they were there, and the tension in the room was pretty high.  However, I did blow all of my practice scores out of the water on test day.

So take a few in the library, maybe one now, then another a week or so before the test.  Don't make it your last practice before the exam, but close enough.

Another thing that I think makes a BIG difference is taking practice tests at the same time of day that  you will be taking the LSAT.  I had a friend who was doing reasonably well on her practice tests in the evening, but the early morning Dec test threw her off.  I think I did better because I was feeling fresher the morning of the test.  Which brings me to another suggestion, take the day or two before the LSATs off of work and studying.  Maybe that Thursday morning do a little bit of review, say from a practice test on Wednesday.  Then relax as best as you can.  Have a mellow Friday, maybe catch a movie, clean your room, eat well, read a book etc.  Don't burn yourself out the week before. 

Good Luck!

IMO, the only way a class will help is if you review the concepts taught in class and do all your homework an.  I don't know what the homework is like for PS, for Kaplan it was usually practice problems and some exercises that were related to the concepts.

If you are going to take the class, you should stop using LSAT material, because you will be biased when you see familar questions when you're in class/doing homework and might end up with a inaccurate idea of how you'll do on the real thing.   Instead, read a varity of subjects (try The Economist and Scientific American) and hone your logic skills.  Get some of those Dell Logic Games Books (near the crossword puzzles), differnt types of games, but the practice will keep you sharp.

My only concern with the classes is that they usually end so close to the test date, I wonder if the students don't have enough time to let the ideas marinate.  What do those of you who have taken the courses think? (I haven't I've just taught them).

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