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General Off-Topic Board / Re: NBA playoffs thread
« on: June 02, 2006, 08:00:35 AM »
The Heat will lose tonight so long as the officiating is fair and unbiased. Whatever the outcome, I hope it is the players who decide and not the refs calling ticky tack bs.

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Financial Aid / Deferring Payment on Current Student Loans
« on: June 01, 2006, 02:50:30 PM »
I was wondering if anyone knew when one is able to begin deferring payments on existing student loans, per going back to law school? Also, what documentation do they need to verify that in fact one is going back to school?

Thanks!

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Villanova
« on: May 18, 2006, 07:37:53 AM »
I live in West Chester, and while nice, would not recommend the commute, especially during 1L when time is so valuable and scarce.  On a side note, a problem with living in West Chester is that there is a slumlord (Zukin Realty) that arguably has a monopoly on the rental units in the Downtown Proper. Dealing with them is miserable. I live in one of the nicest units (and one of few new construction units in the downtown area) and Zukin has made what would otherwise be an awesome experience, a less than favorable one.

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Financial Aid / Re: Grad PLUS
« on: May 01, 2006, 12:42:37 PM »
Sallie Mae Grad Plus vs. Wachovia Grad Plus? Is there a consensus on which is better?  Does interest begin accruing right away with all such programs? We know that the fed funds rate is set to pause at 5% according to latest remarks by Fed Chairman Bernanke. If growth still does not measurably slow, the fed funds rate might tick up to 5.25% to 5.5% but shouldn't go much higher. If interest rates retreat to the neutral rate (4.5%) and hover there through the medium term, are private loans going to be better for those with outstanding credit?  It seems as though after the benefits offered by Grad Plus providers (paying on time, etc.) that the diff. between Grad Plus and private is not much. Also, I don't exactly see how the Sallie Mae Grad Plus loan retreats to 7.00%.  Can anyone explain a little more?

Thanks,

Brent

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: The "Happiest" Law Firms: Rankings
« on: April 28, 2006, 08:29:22 AM »
While a different issue, it is worth noting that the highest paying jobs are not necessarily the ones will create wealth most quickly. One needs to adjust for differences in cost of living to make the list meaningful (e.g. median home price, regional tax structure, etc.). This helps to explain why an associate at an NYC firm who's making a high wage/hr. (although these hours seem deflated to me) will still likely be unhappy because cost of living is so exorbitantly high that you have nothing to show for your time (however well paid it is relative to other firms around the country).

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Incoming 1Ls / FSU Class of 2009
« on: April 27, 2006, 07:14:19 AM »
If there's anyone else out there, let's use this thread to touch base about things (when moving, where we'll be living, drinking, etc.)

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: FSU vs. U of Miami
« on: April 23, 2006, 12:42:06 AM »
Miami, no questions asked. Who wants to live in Tallahassee?
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Remove the w and add another o to your screen name because that's a more appropriate title for someone who would post this as though it were objective and authoritative without explanation.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: FSU vs. U of Miami
« on: April 21, 2006, 09:02:26 AM »
I agree that if money is not an option, you want to be in a cultural metropolis, and want to practice corporate law in S. Florida then Miami is the way to go.  However, if you look at the ABA data regarding bar passage, employment, among other variables FSU is a better law school. FSU definitely offers better employment prospects across the state of FL as a whole, while Miami does better in S. Florida. FSU places better for corporate positions in ATL, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa but a significant number of grads work in the public sector.  Also, the alumni contacts are very strong at FSU; I am not sure what the earlier post was basing that statement on. Finally, I agree that Miami's name generally will be viewed more highly in distant markets (e.g. NYC), but in reality neither school places well there.  I'd make sure to visit both and see where you're most comfortable and what you are willing to pay (cost of living is drastically different not to mention tuition if one is able to transfer residency which is in limbo).

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Psychological preparation for 1L
« on: April 20, 2006, 06:04:08 PM »
SSRI is an antidepressant/anxiety med. a lot of people who enter strenuous academic environments end up needing them and the crap side effects when you start taking them are better dealt with before school starts. i wouldnt pop ritalin--doesnt work for most people.

Heh...Ritalin actually is an SSRI...increases seratonin levels. Thank God I paid attention in Psyc 101  ;D

Actually Ritalin is a psychostimulant (methylphenidate) referred to here in table of pharmacologic treatments for adhd (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/437026_5).  It most certainly is not an SSRI although both SSRIs and psychostimulants are sometimes used in combination (or separately) to treat depression and adhd. I would opt for experimenting with the SSRIs personally because ritalin is a controlled substance and very addictive (in a lot of ways it's like legalized coke). Of course with SSRIs you always face the sexual side effects...

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: widener, really?
« on: April 19, 2006, 09:34:30 AM »
I would not attend Widener at that price unless you absolutely want to be in this area and can save $$ by living at home (even then, I would go with Drexel if they gave you $$).  I live with a current 2L and feel confident saying that Widener is definitely a T4 school with a chip on its shoulder. No doubt, some good attorneys come out of Widener and do well but if you have other options, I would exercise them.

My 2 cents

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