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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: lots of $$$ vs lots of debt
« on: April 08, 2006, 07:18:15 PM »
ND and W&L, even with sholarships, are not cheap schools.  I don't know how the total price differs in these three school, but it seems that if it is similar, you would really only be saving 50k or so at the most by going to ND or W & L - which sounds like a lot, but in reality is about 150k v. 200k - it is not like a completely free ride v. 200k.  I would go with where you love and will be happy.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Vehicles in law school
« on: April 07, 2006, 01:02:09 PM »
No doubt new cars depreciate in value very quickly.  But if you are living on a tight budget (like someone who is living off of student loans/scholarships might be) having something under warranty is PRICELESS!  There is the possibility that a 1982 honda will run for 10 more years without problems, but there is also the possibility that your 2000 corolla will need a new transmission three weeks after you get in - and welcome to thousands of dollars worth of repains that you didn't account for!

Lily, I def. won't argue with you about what is and is not an investment as you obviously have a MUCH better education in business that I do, but I was just pointing out that for some people, a cheap new car would be worth it.  It just depends on what situation the buyer is in - for someone who will be living on campus/using public transportation to get to school and only drives once a week to Whole Foods and back, a very cheap used car might be the better deal.  For someone commuting 20 minutes each way to school with no other way to get to class, a new car or something under warranty might be the better deal.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Blind Relocation
« on: April 07, 2006, 12:50:16 PM »
I am guessing you are looking at Seattle and Lewis & Clark?  You can't go wrong with Seattle or Portland (especially Portland!), they are both fantastic places!  I would be more worried about living with someone you have never met or spent any time with.  Is is possible to go out there a month or so before school and sublet a place for a month while you look for a apt/roomie?  Craigslist is great for finding temp. summer sublets.  That would give you a chance to check out the area and make sure you get along with whoever you will be living with!

Stay in Texas.  If you have the numbers to get into Loyola Chi-town, they you probably also have a good shot at some well-respected Texas schools if you want to stay away from south texas.  Have you considered TTU, Houston, SMU (PT), St. Mary's (also a t4 I think but pretty well-respected in the area)?

You are only stuck at a certain school after the Xth day of classes when you can no longer get a tuition refund.

As long as you didn't get in binding-ED anywhere, you should be fine - all schools know that some students are going to withdraw after they have put down a deposit, this is what the wating list is for.  Some schools even let you check the option of their committment form that says that you are waiting on another school and might go there if accepted, even after you have put down a deposit at the first school.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Vehicles in law school
« on: April 07, 2006, 11:15:39 AM »
Ha ha "A car is an investment."  Darling, only if it is a antique Rolls that you plan on garaging for the next twenty years.

A car is a daily necessity in most parts of the country.  To those looking to spend 5-6K on a used car with 50,000+ miles - think about getting a new Hyundai Accent or Kia.  If you shop around, you can pick up a new one for well under 10k - my friend got a new Accent for 7k even, including tax, tags, the whole bit, and while not the nicest car in the world, it has a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty.  That is peace of mind thoughout law school and beyond!  And the extra money that you spend on the car is easily what you would put into a 10-year-old car over the next 3 years.

Something to think about.  Best of luck to all of you looking for cars!

You are making the right decision ;)

Can you get in-state at UNC after the first year?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Learning the practice of practicing law
« on: April 06, 2006, 09:30:52 PM »
Probably won't help you with your grads during 1L, but it might help you find a clerkship during the summer after your first year, especially if they attorney you are working for likes you and is well-connected.

It is one of those things that, while it def. won't hurt you, it prolly won't help you too much either.  Just do something you will enjoy for a few months; once you get into law school, those opportunities will be few and far between!

Tulane is obviously underrated.

GMU, Maryland, and Emory are obviously overrated.

Just saying :D

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Macbook Pro running Windows
« on: April 06, 2006, 08:58:53 PM »
Oooh, I don't have to give up my beloved apple!

I was so upset about having to buy a PC, when now I can upgrade to a new mac instead.

But seriously, any word on if they will be offically accepted by schools?   I know the school that I will be going to has said, only PCs for exams...nothing about machines that run windows natively but are not PCs.  Apparently they are sticking with their old rules for the time beings, hopefully by next semester they will change their minds!

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