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I'm considering applying to a couple of schools ranked significantly lower than others I will likely be accepted to.  The only reason I'm considering it is that I thought that I might be able to leverage a large financial aid package from the lower-ranked schools to get more aid from the higher-ranked ones.  Is that realistic?  Can you only leverage aid from say, a school in the low 20's or mid 30's with an offer of admission or aid from a higher-ranked school?  If a school in the 50's gave me a full ride, would the higher-ranked schools feel any need to compete with that?  If not, I'd rather just save myself $100 or so on the applications since I'm not going to attend them.

Incoming 1Ls / To commute (Atlanta to Athens), or not to commute...
« on: September 29, 2009, 10:24:08 PM »
Hey Guys,
It's a bit early to be worrying about this, but I am, so I thought I'd ask.  I'm more than likely going to be going to UGA next fall and am wondering whether I should commute to Athens daily or not.  I'd be commuting from Lawrenceville (probably an hour door to door), where my mother, who works in Atlanta, has offered to move if I go to UGA.  I'd be able to live with her for free and save all that money for three years.  I'd also have someone to help me with my dog, who might be a little neglected if it was just me taking care of her.  So that's my dillemma. 
I guess the big question is this: is the free rent/utilities and help with the dog worth losing opportunities to socialize, network, and run to the library at a moment's notice?  And also, am I going to end up needing to stay on campus all day anyway in my first year?  Seeing my dog is important to me and if I am not going to be able to leave school till late in the evening most nights anyway, I might as well just move there so I can go home for lunch and save those two hours of commuting time for studying and playing with the dog.
Thanks for all advice!

Studying for the LSAT / Asia/Seoul LSAT, Sept 2009
« on: September 27, 2009, 02:00:03 AM »
Any thoughts guys?  First reading was experimental, no?  3rd logic game (with origami...that's all I haven't repressed) screwed me up...guessed "E" on most of them.  Second reading section was not bad, but the comparative reading was kinda tough.  I heard people discussing the cortisone logic problem afterwards...I honestly can't remember it very well.  I don't remember it being very hard, which makes me think I screwed it up.

Law School Admissions / Can LSAT be too high?
« on: September 13, 2009, 11:27:22 AM »
Hi everyone, 

I'm about to take the LSAT in a couple of weeks and have a question that I've been curious about for a while.  A few facts about me:
-BA from second-tier state school, 3.3 GPA (would be higher except for several expired incompletes).
-MA from Harvard with 3.5ish GPA (stopped after five years of a PhD program and decided not to complete dissertation...on good terms with department, expect good recommendations...I just didn't see many job opportunities in my field and decided best to cut my losses and leave).  My GPA would be higher except that I took a bunch of non-required courses and took B's in them from not doing homework, etc.  I didn't really care about my GPA because at the time I assumed no one was ever going to see it.
-Several national conference presentations...a couple of articles being prepared for publication but nothing in print yet.
-I have $70-80K of debt (mainly from undergrad years but about $10 from grad school and a lot in interest from private loans)

Here's the question.  I'm practicing at about LSAT 174-177.  I expect to do quite well.  However, because my undergrad GPA is relatively low I know I won't get big scholarships at top 20 schools.  I'm applying to a private school ranked in the 20's and a public school ranked in the 30's.  I doubt I'll get enough aid to offset the enormous scholarship of the school in the 20's, though I'm sure I'll get in and get SOME scholarship.
The big question is about the public school in the 30's.  Since I can get into much higher-ranked schools, will they see me with a LSAT in the mid 170's as being a bad investment and not offer me a good aid package on the assumption that I wouldn't attend?

I really want to attend the state school in the 30's because I'd have in-state tuition and could live with my mother...and I just can't afford to go another $70-80K in debt.

Any advice, thoughts?  Perhaps I'm overrating my attractiveness as a candidate and they won't actually think I'm too good for them given my undergrad GPA...I'd actually prefer that but have no idea what to expect.  I'm sure they'll want me but I also want them to think that I'm a good investment for merit-based aid.


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