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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Finding hypos
« on: October 13, 2009, 07:30:31 PM »
Try Cali.org. I've used it for Contracts, and thought it was pretty helpful.


Hope all's well, Netopolis! Haven't talked to you since we traded personal statements long long ago!

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There is going to be a lot of reading which will require a lot of time. If you struggle with focus on one topic, don't worry, there will be plenty to read for each class almost every night. Generally, I found the formula pretty simple. Read everything before you go to class. Take detailed notes on your reading. Go to class. Take abridged notes in class focusing on things that the professor emphasizes. After class, review your notes in the areas that the professor seemed to pay most attention to as well as any areas you still don't fully understand.

If you are able to dedicate yourself to this process for the better part of 6 days a week, you will be more than fine.

Thank you MPK. I just got my Orientation assignments, so this is getting real for this soon-to-be 1L. Your directions seem simple--not easy, but better than the complicated map in my imagination.

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Financial Aid / Re: crap credit score, but I got that PLUS loan
« on: July 02, 2009, 05:51:12 PM »
the fed regulates gplus,but the lenders are sometimes private (discover, access, et al).

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Financial Aid / Re: crap credit score, but I got that PLUS loan
« on: June 29, 2009, 11:58:12 AM »
yeh, the staffords have no credit check, but the GradPLUS do. They don't check your score, just the rest of your credit report, but I was (unduly) afraid a bad credit score meant my credit report wasn't up to par either. After all, I needed a co-signer for a (tiny) moving loan. But the GradPLUS check is easier to pass than private ones. :)

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"You wrote:  I am now extremely nervous and having second thoughts. How can I leave my family behind? I don't want my son to have psychological issues for the rest of his life. I worked as a social worker for several years and have seen the grim consequences of children from broken homes as well as those with negligent parents. A 15 year old girl I once worked with took her own life; as a child, she had to live with her aunts for three years while her parents were in law school (and I guess never got past the trauma).

I don't know what to do."


Sounds like you do know what to do. Or are you waiting for someone else to make a bad decision sound OK? Here's how that would go: Ignore your own personal experience! That's just cherry picking! You go to law school THIS YEAR ONLY dammit! You have been patient and studious and dreaming of it all for ten years. Eleven years is asking too much.


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Financial Aid / crap credit score, but I got that PLUS loan
« on: June 18, 2009, 04:41:46 PM »
I have read so many posts about 700+ credit scores and oh gosh will I get the PLUS loan approval?? so I wanted to share a...less than stellar....credit check/GradPLUS story:

My credit score is poor (595), but I got approved for my Grad PLUS loan yesterday! I have been hard at work improving my report for the past year, but the score itself did not budge and there were records of "more than 90 days past due" within the past three years (just none that were current). Good enough, skated thru and got that loan approval!

 

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Advice Welcome
« on: June 18, 2009, 04:29:35 PM »
My two cents:

Just because it's accredited does not mean it is ABA approved. From what I've read, without that ABA approval, you cannot practice, even with a JD. I do not know of an ABA approved online school, but you can see for yourself online at LSAC.

You get living expenses paid by loans while in law school. You'll even get your cost of attendance changed to reflect dependant care costs. If you really really can't quit your job opt for a four year program.

Good luck to you!


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Financial Aid / Re: So confused...so stressed. blah. please help
« on: April 23, 2009, 10:12:04 PM »
After your Stafford (and for some Perkins) you can take out GradPlus loans, which are not private. They cover cost of living expenses, up to the amount your school says the COA is. Check this board for lots of helpful info on GradPlus.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Calling all mommies
« on: April 23, 2009, 09:32:06 PM »
I have two young kids and will be heading to law school in the Fall as well. Right now, my biggest concern is moving into the right neighborhood. My daughter will be going to public school, and only two of the public schools in the area have solid numbers (No Child Left Behind data). Good luck to all the parents!

NCLB is a joke. Don't use that to judge the school. Talk to parents, teachers...Best of luck to you!

We do not live there, so it's difficult to talk to parents and teachers. I have also heard that NCLB is a joke (from teachers), but it is the only data available. It publishes data such as percentage of kids who can pass an English and math test, percentage of kids graduating, racial makeup/diversity or lack of diversity percentages, percentages of kids who get free or reduced lunch. All these factors help paint a picture of the schools. I do indeed use the data to judge them.

   

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Calling all mommies
« on: April 21, 2009, 11:03:13 AM »
I have two young kids and will be heading to law school in the Fall as well. Right now, my biggest concern is moving into the right neighborhood. My daughter will be going to public school, and only two of the public schools in the area have solid numbers (No Child Left Behind data). Good luck to all the parents!

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