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... my first year?  Any estimates?  Also, any other law school costs I'm not thinking about?  Right now, I'm considering tuition, health coverage, activity fee, and books.  Of course, there will be the bills, rent, and gas, but that's more on the personal side of things.  Anyone wanna lay this all out for me? 

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To me, the Midwest seems like a sad, dreary place.  The weather, the accents, etc...

However, Washington University seems like a good school, with a good law program, and St. Louis seems like it could maybe be okay.  Plus, you have to consider the kicker-- they offered me a fantastic scholarship. 

Should I be considering WUSTL, even if I have no interest in living in the Midwest at all? 

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Where should I go next fall? / UNC is screwing themselves!
« on: March 14, 2006, 04:36:14 PM »
UNC remains, more or less, the only school I haven't heard from (at this point, I have only been notified of my Duke rejection via cosmic mindwaves).

I probably won't go to UNC no matter what, but it's not totally off of my list, so I decided to call just to see where my application was at.  The lady on the phone told me that they haven't even looked at it!  Jeez.  I sent it to them in early December.  Seems to me like they are going to be losing plenty of good candidates simply because of their slowness. 

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Driving to Vandy Admit Days?
« on: March 10, 2006, 12:06:27 PM »
I am currently living outside of Asheville, North Carolina, which is in the western part of the state.  I'd love to hitch a ride if you're driving to one of the Vandy Admit Days... either one can work.  I don't think my car can make it all the way to Nashville.  I'll help with gas and can drive too.  Let me know.

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Acceptances / UVa Timeline
« on: March 09, 2006, 01:21:30 PM »
I received an email last night from Virginia saying that a decision has been made on my file... how long should I plan on waiting until I get the letter?  Anyone remember?

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Acceptances / Did UVA forget...
« on: March 04, 2006, 12:03:51 PM »
... that they're in the middle of an admissions cycle?  According to LSN, no acceptance, denial, or waitlist since 2/18.  Is it all over now, baby blue?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Ave Maria in the news
« on: March 03, 2006, 08:31:34 AM »
For those considering Ave Maria... be afraid!  From cnn.com....



New Florida town would restrict abortion

Domino's founder building community around Catholic university

NAPLES, Florida (AP) -- If Domino's Pizza founder Thomas S. Monaghan has his way, a new town being built in Florida will be governed according to strict Roman Catholic principles, with no place to get an abortion, pornography or birth control.

The pizza magnate is bankrolling the project with at least $250 million and calls it "God's will."

Civil libertarians say the plan is unconstitutional and are threatening to sue.

The town of Ave Maria is being constructed around Ave Maria University, the first Catholic university to be built in the United States in about 40 years. Both are set to open next year about 25 miles east of Naples in southwestern Florida.

The town and the university, developed in partnership with the Barron Collier Co., an agricultural and real estate business, will be set on 5,000 acres with a European-inspired town center, a massive church and what planners call the largest crucifix in the nation, at nearly 65 feet tall. Monaghan envisions 11,000 homes and 20,000 residents.

During a speech last year at a Catholic men's gathering in Boston, Monaghan said that in his community, stores will not sell pornographic magazines, pharmacies will not carry condoms or birth control pills, and cable television will have no X-rated channels.

Homebuyers in Ave Maria will own their property outright. But Monaghan and Barron Collier will control all commercial real estate in the town, meaning they could insert provisions in leases to restrict the sale of certain items.

"I believe all of history is just one big battle between good and evil. I don't want to be on the sidelines," Monaghan, who sold Domino's Pizza in 1998 to devote himself to doing good works, said in a recent Newsweek interview.

Robert Falls, a spokesman for the project, said Tuesday that attorneys are still reviewing the legal issues and that Monaghan had no comment in the meantime.

"If they attempt to do what he apparently wants to do, the people of Naples and Collier County, Florida, are in for a whole series of legal and constitutional problems and a lot of litigation indefinitely into the future," warned Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist said it will be up to the courts to decide the legalities of the plan. "The community has the right to provide a wholesome environment," he said. "If someone disagrees, they have the right to go to court and present facts before a judge."

Gov. Jeb Bush, at the site's groundbreaking earlier this month, lauded the development as a new kind of town where faith and freedom will merge to create a community of like-minded citizens. Bush, a convert to Catholicism, did not speak specifically to the proposed restrictions.

"While the governor does not personally believe in abortion or pornography, the town, and any restrictions they may place on businesses choosing to locate there, must comply with the laws and constitution of the state and federal governments," Russell Schweiss, a spokesman for the governor, said Tuesday.

Frances Kissling, president of the liberal Washington-based Catholics for a Free Choice, likened Monaghan's concept to Islamic fundamentalism.

"This is un-American," Kissling said. "I don't think in a democratic society you can have a legally organized township that will seek to have any kind of public service whatsoever and try to restrict the constitutional rights of citizens."


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Acceptances / Has anyone been accepted to Georgtown...
« on: February 27, 2006, 04:20:04 PM »
... via US Mail BEFORE the online status checker said "Decision"?  I've seen a couple of posts on this board that have noted that their status checker is all screwed up.  I hope so-- it would make going to the post office a bit more exciting...

And on that note, am I the only person on this board that has to drive to the post office to get my mail?  The mail man doesn't deliver to my house....

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Denials / U of Washington!
« on: February 22, 2006, 10:55:05 AM »
My first ding!

It was a completely random choice...

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Acceptances / I've been accepted... is a scholarship offer coming?
« on: February 21, 2006, 09:35:53 AM »
I have a question about scholarships.  Basically, some of the schools I have been accepted to (W&M, WUSTL, UGA) gave me a scholarship offer within the week of my acceptance.  For many of the others, however, I have heard nothing about any scholarship money (Vandy, GWU, BU).  I understand that it takes some schools longer than others to get scholarship info out to the acceptees... but when can I assume that these schools simply aren't giving me any scholarship money?  Will they actually send me a letter saying that I haven't been offered any scholarship money?

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