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Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official Loyola LA Class of 2009 Thread
« on: May 07, 2006, 12:45:18 AM »
I missed the open house. was it good? I went to one of the student host days and think that I got enough of a feel for the place that another visit seemed redundant.

Yeah, it was fun and pretty informative (and yummy food ;)). We came late, made it in time to catch the tail-end of a mock crim law class with a very engaging professor, and heard 5 students speak (one evening student, one 1L, the SBA president, and 2 others), then walked around the campus with another student who talked about exams (they're changing from open book to closed, implementing more midterms), how much the parking structure cost, random general stuff. I was glad I got a chance to go. I felt better about my decision afterwards (even though I still think the campus is ugly as hell :P)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official Loyola LA Class of 2009 Thread
« on: May 04, 2006, 06:39:43 PM »
I made it to the open house for admitted students and was surprised to hear that you can actually park on the streets surrounding the law school. The president of the SBA (student bar association) stated that he actually parked on the streets to save a nice chunk of change. Who’s planning to commute? …Public transportation, anyone? 

I can’t wait to get the Loyola coffee mug with the Loyola Marymount University coat of arms. I plan on making use of the mug on my commutes. ;)

I was at the open house also... I looked at the streets surrounding the campus - I wouldn't feel safe parking it anywhere but the parking structure. (It's a new car... and I'll be arriving/leaving there late... plus I didn't see that much street parking - though in the daytime it's most likely different)

I'm going to try to move somewhere inbetween Century City and Loyola - maybe somewhere on Olympic Blvd. (Right now I live off Wilshire, in Santa Monica)

No kids for me... and a flexible job that pays well and may eventually hire me as an attorney, so evening program is perfect lets me have my cake and eat it too (or however that saying goes).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Ok, Now what?
« on: May 03, 2006, 06:24:10 PM »
I've been finished with UG since December... I've been working full time at a law firm, in addition to playing video games, doing tons and tons of reading, watching movies, and just trying to relax. Will be doing more of the same come summer... except maybe spending the weekends at the beach. :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official Loyola LA Class of 2009 Thread
« on: May 02, 2006, 11:05:23 PM »
I'll be there... except class of 2010 (doing evening division while working full time) :)

I'm considering environmental law...

I am probably going to move into a two bedroom in August in the Century City area (8 mi from Loyola, 1-2 mi from Westwood), and I may need someone to take the other room... I was originally going to move with my friend, but that may not end up happening and I'm looking for alternatives. (Or, if she still tags along, I may want to get a 3 bedroom) What is everyone doing in terms of housing for the LA schools? Right now I live in Santa Monica, and work in Century City - I decided it would make more sense to live right next to work... then I can quickly make it home before I head off to school (I'm doing the evening program).

Feel free to PM me! :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: love or excitement
« on: April 25, 2006, 11:16:50 PM »
I could care less about an "exciting new city." Maybe its because some of you are in such amazingly boring cities right now (or in amazingly boring relationships?) - I'm in LA, will go to school in LA, and will be living with my boyfriend in LA. Being near my family, friends and the guy I love has always been on the top of my priority list (with financial security number 1 :p)... I guess I'm lucky that California offers so many choices in schools (and so many choices in "excitement"!)... makes it easier for me to have everything I want!

I think if the thought of moving to a new city excites you more than being able to see the person you love... then I would question if that love actually exists... or if romantic love is actually something that matters to you at this point in your life.

I only applied to 4 schools - Loyola, Southwestern, Whittier and UCLA. I was only interested in part time, as I have a full time job down here in LA, so that's why I didn't apply to Pepperdine... and I was only interested in staying in southern CA. (I live with my boyfriend in LA, my family and friends are all in the area, etc) I applied to UCLA just for fun (didn't think I would get in, but I had to try), and I applied to Whittier in case everyone hated me everywhere else (ended up getting a full scholarship, but not interested in going). Of the two left, Loyola has the better reputation... and many people at my law firm have good things to say about it. No one had anything bad to say about Southwestern, but definitely seemed like Loyola was more highly regarded.

I'm hoping after these 4 years are over to get hired as an associate at the firm I work at right now... :)

I'll be sending mine in tomorrow. :)

I work 37.5 hours per week, which is very nice (much nicer than at my previous job), 9-5:30 every day, though I'll probably adjust this to 8:30-5 once school starts (we have flexible starting and ending times). I work as a legal secretary, and I think they would be more than receptive to me bouncing questions/material off of them... plus I can study during my lunch break... and various other times, without looking like I'm slacking off (hey, it's a law firm - makes sense if I'm reading law related books ;))

Incoming 1Ls / Re: tuition and living expenses entirely out of loans??
« on: April 01, 2006, 01:24:33 PM »
I have a 50K/yr job right now (that I hope will creep up to 60-65K during the course of law school), will be taking out 30K in loans my first year of law school, and maybe 20K for the following 3 years. So, 90K in total. I hope to have about 30K saved up by the time I get out of law school (which I will use either to pay off my UG loans or buy a house), will have my car loan paid off, and can concentrate on getting the 125K - 145K/yr job and paying back the 90K (which will be about $1100 per month for 120 months - according to So, assuming maybe a 6K per month salary, I'd still have $4900 to live on! I think that'd be plenty for me. :)

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