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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Withdrawing after deposit
« on: June 09, 2006, 09:42:14 AM »
in by "written" i meant e-mail so it looks like you're fine. that's really sketchy though and doesn't make them look good at all. just to give them the benefit of doubt, i would say the person you spoke with and/or the individual that wrote you the e-mail flaked out in relaying the check cashing agreement to the proper people so it could just be bad communication in the admissions department. hopefully everything works out.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Withdrawing after deposit
« on: June 09, 2006, 08:44:16 AM »
wow :o that's nuts. hopefully you kept a copy of the e-mail and have the name of the person to whom you spoke with regarding their agreement not to cash the check. I would think those two are enough to dispute the matter. hopefully they won't be pr!cks about it and report it to the credit bureau cuz as law students in need of loans, credit is a MAJOR deal. definitely call the school and ask, if you remember (and hopefully you do), to speak with the person who initially gave you the ok and go from there. btw, did you actually get a written response back stating they wouldn't cash the check?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New Haven
« on: June 08, 2006, 10:14:00 PM »
Spent my undergrad years in Ithaca...I can definitely say that Ithaca isn't for everyone. Coming from NYC, it was hard for me to adjust to the rural environment but eventually I did (it only took 2 years  :P). Ithaca is definitely the hot spot for hippie vegans so if you're a very very far leaning lefty liberal that hates meat, you'll be fine. Cost of living isn't dirt cheap but it isn't outrageous either- depending on where you live (Cayuga Heights (northern section of campus), Collegetown, West Campus, Downtown) you'll be spending anywhere from $550-$1500 for a one bedroom apartment. The 800 acre campus is absolutely gorgeous so definitely pull yourself out of the law school from time to time to explore it. Ithaca is SAFE- yes I know they had that peeping tom/stalker dude at large for a while but he's been caught. They even had a bout of muggings last fall but those have since disappeared (now that I think about it, they just had a stabbing (hate crime) on campus but the accused wasn't even a student, he was just visiting a friend from another school). Even then I still thought the campus was safe. There were times where I would walk home from a friends house at 4am and I would just stroll and have a good ol' time instead of opting for walking with a hurried paranoia. In fact I went running at 2am everynight/morning because it was the only time I was free. So when I say the place is safe, it's SAFE. One of the biggest downfalls for me was the lack of things to do. As an undergrad we had about 3 or 4 bars to go to so you pretty much saw the same ol' fools every weekend- got boring fast. As I got older I grew tired of the Collegetown bar scene and so I ventured into the downtown area to see the night life there. It's pretty bad. So if going out to bars is not a huge concern to you, you should be fine. The culture scene is OK. Not much variety so you'll be hearing about the same artists/bands/poets/etc. If you're an outdoors person, you'll have tons to do. Many friends went swimming, hiking, skiin, rock climbing, cycling, horse riding all the time. For your shopping needs, you're good to go. They have a Wegmans which is open 24/7 and many other food stores fitting everyone dietary needs (as I said before, if you're an organic vegan, you'll be in heaven). They have plenty of clothing stores including many big retail names (Abercrombie, Old Navy, Gap, etc). They've got a Walmart, K-mart, Best Buy, 2 Radio Shacks, Staples, Sears, Target, Barnes and Nobles, Borders, etc. Like I said, you're covered for all of your shopping needs. For transportation, the bus system is ok- not great but not terrible. Very few buses run on the weekends and you can count on waiting an hour in between stops. It's a little better during the week. If you're going to be using a car parking will be a biatch on campus up until 5pm (after that cars tend to clear out and parking becomes free in certain spots so it's a lot easier). Parking spots for your home will cost an arm and a leg if you live on West Campus or in Collegetown. Everywhere else, street parking is abundant so no probe there. Lastly, regarding a car, be sure to have one that can blast through the snow. I've seen many people, including myself, slipping and sliding on the roads and get stuck (I got stuck one morning on the way to the gym and needed 5 or 6 guys to help move my car- it was very annoying to say the least). Cornell/Ithaca is ok sometimes at clearing the roads but sometimes they just get sloppy and don't do a great job of clearing. Winters last for like 6 months so be prepared with a dependable car. Seeing as how you're married, I've got to say that employment is a tad limited in the area. If your S.O. wants to work in retail or in the new hotel downtown, he/she will be fine. Otherwise, you're definitely going to have to do some heavy duty work WAY in advance to secure something decent. The economy just isn't where it's supposed to be in Ithaca so those looking for employment are SOL. Sorry if the post was scattered but it's 1am and my brain is fried so I just typed things as they popped into my head. Good luck if you end up heading to Cornell.

I now have a non-sexual crush on red and I'm not even a lesbian  :P. Great thread red- I don't think I've ever come across a post on LSD that was as thought out and researched as this one. Kudos!

I'm all for that. In undergrad, I never got any work done in the library. Two of our major libraries on campus were pretty much considered hangout spots instead of places of study. I can't, for the life of me, concentrate on work when I see a lot of other people around me- too many distractions. I'm sure the same will hold true for me while in law school. The competitiveness/stress in law school libraries is extremely intense and not something I want to subject myself to.For the most part, I plan on either studying in my apartment or finding a quiet spot in town to do so.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How much are you spending an apartment next year?
« on: June 08, 2006, 08:10:12 PM »
$499 + gas/electric/cable/internet for my share of a 1250sq ft 2 bedroom 2 bathroom luxury apartment. Looks pretty cheap compared to everyone else that posted. Gotta love 'da burgh' ;D.

I definitely agree. Thanks greengrl :)

I'm actually going to go against the grain and tell you to wait a year and apply to some lower T2 schools very early in the next application cycle. With your numbers, you can get into some decent T2s and manage some scholarship money out of them. Just from the rumblings on this board, it seems to me that GG isn't a very good school on the west coast and your opportunities would be very limited graduating from there. Check out LSN, believe me, you can get into some better schools. Good luck.

And you get the Dumbass Award of the day, Hopeful... Look, this obsession with getting in at a higher school at all cost is garbage! Yes, it's nice, but chances are that with applicants every year, we're lucky we get in when we do, especially when it involves free tuition! Don't be prideful! Take GG
Look dude, shut the f*ck up. I've read your posts and at first I was actually happy for you since you've been ecstatic as all hell at the prospect of going to Appalachian in the middle of f'ing nowhere. But now that you've attacked me and actually started posting on other threads that a JD is a JD no matter what school it's from, I'm gonna have to sh*t on you and wish you good luck if you think you'll be getting the same jobs Harvard grads would be getting. Even NYLS grads have a leg up on you. In a perfect world, the "JD is a JD no matter where it comes from" argument would fly, but buddy, we don't live in a perfect world and you'll find it damn near hard to find a decent job coming from that T4 craphole. You know what, yes, I'm not better in that I'll be going to a T3 school, but at least I know better than to come on here and delude people by saying they'll be fine going to a school where many many people in the area have no respect for it. By the people I've seen on LSD and on LSN, it's not a stretch of the imagination that the OP can get into a higher ranked school with his numbers which will open up many many more doors for him. I've always said when it comes to T3/T4 schools you would just go where you'll be happy and where you want to work after graduation, but that advice is for those of us that don't have the stats to get in anywhere better and should just make good with what we have. This guy CAN get in somewhere better. Plus, it doesn't even sound like the OP is overtly happy about going to GG since he's already looking at other options. It's not about being prideful, it's about doing the smart thing for your career...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Help!!! In at Penn off WL!!!
« on: June 05, 2006, 08:57:00 PM »
as436, nice to see someone else who detested that place :D and yea i was an aggie.

i guess i'm just biased as i have friends who attended penn and absolutely loved it. i can only speak to my experiences in interviews therefore i guess i can't really talk about the ivy edge with regards to law school. i was just making the assumption that the same held true on the LS level- maybe i'm right, maybe i'm wrong. in the end, as i agreed to earlier in the thread, the OP should just visit Penn and decide based on his visit.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Help!!! In at Penn off WL!!!
« on: June 05, 2006, 08:36:33 PM »
as436, yes i went to cornhell. and junetesttaker, i'm really not a prestige whore- i've stated such in my past postings- however, i'm not going to ignore personal experiences in the job hunt where it was made very clear that the employer loved the fact that i went to an ivy league- they acted like i created fire...

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