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Incoming 1Ls / Re: 2006 University of Pittsburgh Law Students
« on: April 19, 2006, 06:21:30 PM »
Hey, just curious as to what you hope to do with your law degree? Also, about Pittsburgh, are there any areas around where one could say, blow off some steam and go mountain biking? As I mentioned I am from New England and am hoping that there are some woods or parks that I can get lost in when the studying gets to be too much! Also, do you happen to know if many people ride their bikes to school, is this a good or bad idea? Thanks.

There is some singletrack in the Schenley Park area, but I am not sure how it would compare with what you expect. Also, I would say biking is a definite possibility if you live relatively close. I started walking home from work last week (loooonnnggg walk), and I was surprised by the amount of bike riders in and around Oakland now that it is warm. If you are smart and don't take Fifth/Forbes, the traffic is definitely manageable on a bike (if you can handle the cold and rain :)).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 2006 University of Pittsburgh Law Students
« on: April 19, 2006, 06:13:27 PM »
If any prospective Pitt students needs an apartment, mine will be up for grabs on 7/31. I love it and I am sad to leave it for Temple. It's a 1BR for $475/month, and you only pay electric. It's on the north edge of Shadyside, about 2 miles from the Pitt campus. The location is pretty nice for people who like public transportation - the bus to Pitt stops at the end of the block, and you can also ride to Pittsburgh on the east busway (my commute to downtown is 20 minutes each way, including walking to/from the bus.) There's also a Giant Eagle and a Whole Foods within about a half-mile.

I don't get anything for recommending it...I just want to help out (I don't know how I am going to find a good apartment in Philly without making a million trips...) PM me if you want more info.

I am worried. When I was in undergrad, I worked two jobs and went to school full time. I only had like 8 hours to myself in a week, but I made my goal of having undergrad paid off by the time I graduated. I then promptly quit one job, kept the full-time job aannndd...(dramatic pause)... I now sit at home for 7 hours a day surfing the web, watching TV and playing video games. I love my job, but it only fills 9 hours a day, and I don't seem to have the drive anymore to pick up another job (or the desire to start any kind of social life considering I am going to move out of the city in a few months.)

I'm hoping the brain-shock of starting law school will jar me back to reality, and I will be able to pick up right where I left off. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: DEBT
« on: April 06, 2006, 02:18:30 AM »
I think 60k is the most that I would like to have. I am hoping to keep my debt in the 50k range, but it will be close.

I just don't like having things hanging over me. Hopefully, depending on my job, I could pay off 60k in two to three years. Even in my current job, I could pay off 60k in three years easily (or two if I scrimped), so unless law school actually hurts my job prospects (unlikely), I will be OK.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Temple vs. Villanova
« on: March 28, 2006, 02:50:18 PM »
I went to Temple's open house last weekend, and I was very impressed. My gut tells me this school's rankings are going to increase. The school seems like it is very focused on improving quality.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Screw it...I'm going Tier 3...
« on: March 16, 2006, 03:03:20 PM »
Good job, now you will never get a good job and you are screwed for life.

Just kidding, I think you made the right choice. I don't think the increased risk from extra debt is likely to be worth it in most cases. I don't know why it is so popular to take on tons of debt if you don't really have to.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: U of Pitt
« on: March 15, 2006, 08:37:10 PM »
So do we really like Pitt, I'm in but not convinced, someone tell me why we all love Pitt?

I too am in (with $$$) but Temple seems more attractive.

I visited Temple recently and was surprised to learn that they require professors to allow laptop use for tests. They use a program they bought that facilitates centralized, anonymous grading of electronic exams. How common is this? Do most schools require that you be allowed to use a laptop to take exams?

It is very important to me because writing out huge tests was one of my biggest problems in undergrad.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: temple v. pacific w/ money
« on: March 15, 2006, 04:32:23 PM »
I was very impressed with Temple's campus and admissions staff when I visited last Friday. Based on the low tuition, I expected the law facilities to be bare-bones and utilitarian. I was wrong. They seemed exceptionally tech-aware: their rooms all have network connections, wireless, and power outlets for laptops, as well as lots of screens/projectors. According to the admissions lady I spoke with, they require all tests to have the option of being taken on a laptop. I don't know how uncommon this is...but as a super-fast typist, I really like the idea :). I also liked some of their academic policies (which also may be common, I don't know) - for example, they require first-year research to be done the old fashioned way rather than electronically.

I visited Rutgers-Camden the same day, and was let down by the campus in general...The facilities had a 60's elementary-style look, and the area around the campus looked barren but dangerous (as opposed to Temple, where the area seemed crowded and dangerous :)). Unfortunately I picked the day before spring break at both Rutgers and Temple, so I didn't get to see them while they were active.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Anyone else who just might not go?
« on: March 14, 2006, 08:56:32 PM »
Not bad options, really.  That's why I'm tempted to take the scholarship $$$.

Right. I am in at Temple w/ $$$. I am also in a Fordham and Boston College w/o $$$. It seems like such a simple choice, risk-wise, to take the money and go to Temple. It has all the benefits of Fordham and Boston College from my point of view, with less-severe risks. Getting in at Biglaw, or even income in general, is not my biggest concern.

I still have a niggling little doubt about that decision, too, though - it also seems a bit too clear.

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