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Law School Admissions / HLS 1L taking questions
« on: October 23, 2007, 06:36:56 PM »
Whee! I've never got to do one of these before.

Harvard's giving 1Ls a fall break this year for the first time, so the pressure is completely off for a week. In the midst of some low-impact outlining, I thought I'd check in with LSD to see how y'all are doing. This board was good to me last year, so if I can repay that with some advice of my own, just ask away.

Announced today:

"The Wasserstein family donated $25 million to Harvard Law School for the construction of a major building that will include an academic center, student center, and space for clinics, the school announced yesterday. It is the second-largest donation ever received by the school."

It's going to open in 2011, though. And they're demolishing Wyeth Hall and a parking structure. Eh, we'll see how it shakes out.

Law School Admissions / Spotted in Ann Arbor:
« on: February 05, 2007, 02:20:19 PM »
A flyer in our biggest UG building:

"I got into HARVARD LAW and so can YOU!

[6" tall Harvard crest]

"Call __________ for LSAT tutoring!"

...  ::)

What's the verdict? Tacky? Tortious?

Law School Admissions / Need Access: household size on parents' form?
« on: January 16, 2007, 06:31:14 PM »
How did you all handle these questions?

32s. Number of Family Members
Enter the number of people that the parents will support between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008. Include AT LEAST the following (always INCLUDE the student applicant, even if the student applicant does not live with the parents): 3 = 2 parents (married) + student applicant 2 = 1 parent (single/divorced/sep/widowed) + student applicant Include other people only if they now live with and get more than half their support from the parents, and will continue to get this support between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008. Support includes money, gifts, loans, housing, food, clothes, vehicle, medical and dental care, payment of college costs, etc. If the student is completing this section for the parents, be sure not to include any dependents of the student. This question is for dependents of the parents only.

32t. Number in College
Enter the number of people in the parents' household, INCLUDING the STUDENT APPLICANT, who will be attending college, graduate/professional school, or other school beyond the high school level between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008. INCLUDE the STUDENT APPLICANT. Include other students if they are enrolled at least half time for at least one term. Include only students who are working toward a degree or certificate leading to a recognized education credential at a college that is eligible to participate in any of the federal student aid programs.

I put down just my two parents for the first one, and zero (they're not in college) for the second. To me, it looks like this set of questions is geared towards undergrads, but I'm not sure. I'm not going to be supported by them, but then again it does say "always include at least the student." Short of answering with a Zen mu, I'm not sure what the right answer is!

Law School Admissions / Harvard: financial aid site?
« on: January 14, 2007, 12:36:05 PM »
Hey HLS admits, anyone having the same problem I am?

I just got my binder in the mail yesterday (!!!), and today I'm going to sit down and finish my financial aid stuff. The instructions for that tell me to go to "My HLS Financial Aid" and log in. That page tells me to enter my SSN without dashes and, in lieu of entering a PIN, click on a link to have my PIN emailed to me. Clicking on that link, though, just says my account is not found.

The site is supposed to ask a few questions and determine what documents I need to submit. I'm certain they're going to want a Need Access from me at least, so I'll still do that, but it's frustrating sitting down and spreading out my tax docs only to be turned away at the gates.

So, have you been able to log in? I suppose I'll have to wait until Tuesday to call the FinAid office...

Alright, so I know I can estimate income and etc., and that's easy enough. But I'm at the point of the FAFSA now where it's asking me to "Enter the amount of the student's (and his/her spouse's) income tax for 2006 (question 36)."

I haven't received my W2, any of my 1099s, and I know I have to file a Schedule D for capital gains (so much for being a responsible little investor!  >:(). So is there a good way to estimate my taxes?

Should I just do [withholding on my W2 job] + [my income tax rate * income from 1099 jobs] + [my income tax rate * capital gains] and write that total in? Should I try to fudge my way through a 1040 now, just estimating values, and use that total? Help!

Law School Admissions / Choice: a minor or an internship?
« on: November 28, 2006, 09:57:22 AM »
For my schedule next semester, I can either finish up my minor or take an internship. Help me choose!

- Requires two classes that probably involve a lot of work.
- I'm a little interested in one of the classes, not at all in the other.
- Requires a 15-page paper.

- Probably legal/judicial.
- Probably not in the area of law I'm interested in.
- Probably 2-3 days/week.

Other info:
- I've got one internship under my belt already
- If I drop my minor, I'll have a single major (and no other minor)
- I'm working on a major research project, so the more time I have to myself next semester, the better.

Ugh. I don't know what to do. Which would you pick, and/or which do you think adcomms would prefer? ;)

Law School Admissions / Updating schools at the semester
« on: November 27, 2006, 04:18:59 PM »
Who's planning to do it? How?

Specifically about grades: is it as easy as submitting a new transcript and waiting for schools to automatically receive it, a la LORs? I seem to recall reading this somewhere, but I can't find the info on LSAC.

Law School Admissions / LSN $$$ figures: yearly or overall?
« on: September 26, 2006, 05:07:28 PM »
So I'm just curious: is there a standard for reporting the scholarships one's offered? I have to assume that all of the six-figure sums are overall (over three years), but I also see ones listed for something like $5000... which works out to, oh, some ugly number when you divide it in three parts. ;)

So, am I missing something, or do I just have to guess what I'm looking at? This issue plus attrition (many people don't stick around LSN long enough to list scholarships) makes the $$$ component of LSN pretty dubious, methinks.

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