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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: WL at Pittsburgh
« on: March 22, 2006, 08:08:25 AM »
I was waitlisted as well. Honestly, I have not at all been impressed with their administration.  I have visited and sat in on a class, which was pretty good. I liked the student body too, but at this point I could not see myself going there even if accepted.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: How are you spending your time until 1L starts?
« on: March 21, 2006, 12:16:31 PM »
I have definitely decided to take 2-3 weeks between job and law school and take a motorcycle trip out West. I've been to San Fran once at 17 (nowhere else west of Chicago) and have wanted to take such a trip all of my life.  I have places to stay within a day's drive the whole way and just think it would be the best way to see some of the most beautiful parts of our country.

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Syracuse or Case or...?
« on: March 21, 2006, 09:40:57 AM »
Laurrk,

Unless being close to family is of utmost importance, with that negligible difference in debt (I understand how previous credit card debt makes one weary -- but that is nothing) I advise you to choose Case. It's programs are far superior, Cleveland actually has a big legal market (your b/f will find job), and Cleveland really is a different city than it was 10 years ago. What are the requirements for keeping scholarship at cuse? I believe Case's are easier. Go where you are most comfortable, but I really think you should go with Case.

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Suburban location of school is definitely picturesque; please drive down lancaster ave. a bit. Also, lawnecon, in your position do you believe the Syracuse surroundings are better? I am sure the facilities are, but can't imagine Syracuse is nicer than Philly's mainline. Congrats on scholarship though, that's a tough decision.  I have a fraternity brother at Syracuse who loves it.  If you want his name PM me.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: FSU Law Visit HELP!!!
« on: March 21, 2006, 08:00:18 AM »
Geoff,

You are hysterical, you remind me of my fraternity brothers; I truly hope we both end up at FSU.  From the picture you've painted, I want nothing else.  Other people who visit FSU, please update with your thoughts.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 20, 2006, 09:14:40 PM »
KC Law,

Great question. You cannot use pre-tax dollars, persay.  All I know is that there are educational savings accounts that you can setup -- the federal government offers tax advantages and there are state tax advantages as well (varies state by state).  I am not sure if these are tax deffered or what, but earnings grow tax-free and withdrawals are free when used for qualified educational expenses. Of course, this would most likely apply if you've saved before attending school. Also, you are able to write-off the interest on your personal income taxes (I do not recall the limit), which helps.

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I am yet to hear, but am not optimistic whatsoever as they will average my LSAT. They like Emory grads, which might give me a shot but I doubt it. I went complete late Jan. and it still says I'm with Committee. Congrats on George Mason, awesome school.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 20, 2006, 05:38:41 PM »
people are seriously underestimating the sociopsychological effects of say a 55-60 hour work week and a 75-80 hour work week. I would argue working this long and hard pretty much requires one to eat out, go on a lavish vacation to get away, buy nice clothes, etc. to make the experience feel worth it (one will not have time to cook, buy in bulk, and count their pennies).  Also, to equivocate between being 22 and right of college and 25-26 (later for most) and right of law school is a mistake. Unless you are living with a significant other and/or planning to start a family (which in and of itself will require more expense-- although if both are working that will offset) or you are extremely introverted and do not want to let loose/live the few hours you have to socialize in a given week, I think it is extremely unreasonable to think that one will be able to live that frugally especially in the markets that pay the big bucks.  If you already have a trust fund and/or don't mind the tradeoffs aforementioned, go for the debt! Otherwise, carefully consider what you're getting yourself into when you decide to borrow $100,000+ instead of $40,000 or less.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 20, 2006, 03:55:36 PM »
Do not forget to account for taxation (federal, state, and local).  With $125,000 in New York you'd be surpised how little one takes home.  You need to do your best to asses this take home number per month and really look at your budget.  Also, when your debt/income ratio is high it severely limits one's ability to borrow (i.e. buying a home -- especially in a very expensive market) which he/she would otherwise be able to utilize to take advantage of tax shelters.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Sports Law
« on: March 20, 2006, 02:02:21 PM »
I know Tulane has a reputable program in this area.  Also, Villanova does have a notable sports and entertainment law society and journal.  They have some big name alum who's been quite influential (not sure of name). Also, this is probably not the right section to post this question (try deciding where to go).

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