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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Syracuse or UCONN?
« on: April 11, 2006, 06:22:46 PM »
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You're 27!

Yup, I'm old. :)

So I drove down to UCONN (finally!) today after work and drove around the campus. And by drove around the campus, I mean I drove a square around the block that the law school is on. It was a little disappointing to me. The buildings look gorgeous from the outside, but kind of imposing. From my short drive I determined two things: (1) there may be a serious shortage of parking, judging by the number of cars parked on the streets around the school; and (2) there isn't much there in terms of places to eat lunch, have coffee, etc. I think that I'd feel trapped on campus all day. So I think I can let the UCONN deadline pass without sending them a deposit.

Back to the age thing, though. If I were, say, five years younger then I don't think the debt would be such a big deal. But I would like to have kids, and I don't want to be struggling with the cost of raising kids, a mortgage, and over $100K of debt all at the same time. So it's off to Syracuse for me. It's kind of like FSUGeoff's situation - in the end, it would just cost too much to go to UCONN.

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As for me, I'll be sending my SOLE deposit tomorrow, dont know where yet, though...ugh

Good luck with your decision, Chonralda - they are both great schools with their own advantages and disadvantages.


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Where should I go next fall? / Syracuse or UCONN?
« on: April 11, 2006, 12:49:59 PM »
I sent my deposit to Syracuse, but now I am wondering if I should go to UCONN instead, and I only have a few days left before the UCONN deposit is due - please help!!

Here is my situation: I have no financial aid from UCONN. I had a situation with my taxes and didn't get to file until March because I was waiting for some forms. Long story. So I will not be getting any aid from UCONN or Syracuse. I do live in Mass, so I would get the New England compact state rate at UCONN for the first year, and after that in-state tuition. So based on UCONN's estimates, I'll neet to borrow $110K over three years to go there. I have a $27,800 a year scholarship at Syracuse, so if I keep that for all three years I'd need to borrow about $65K over three years. So UCONN would definitely cost a lot more.

I don't want to do BigLaw, so paying back the debt won't be very easy and is a big concern. I am 27, and I'd like to be able to buy a house shortly after getting out of school, so the less debt the better.

Please help!

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: UConn Open House Notes
« on: April 11, 2006, 12:36:37 PM »
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why is that so important for you l? is it to have other things to do, more ppl around??

I think it would be nice to be able to meet some people who aren't law students. But maybe that wouldn't happen anyway.

Also, since the UCONN law school is all by its lonesome, it would be a pain to have to drive around if you were doing a double degree thing.


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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Reasons for going to Law School
« on: April 11, 2006, 12:33:01 PM »
Wow, Hippie, that's a great story. Your boss sounds amazing, and you obviously worked very hard in school. Congrats on law school.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: UConn Open House Notes
« on: April 10, 2006, 11:02:30 PM »
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laurrk - dont you live close to uconn? Really, really, go look at the place!

Yeah, I live in Springfield, so UCONN is probably 25 minutes away. I might go drive by the campus tomorrow night. I can't get as excited about going to a law school that's not part of a larger college campus, I guess. I don't know what to do.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: UConn Open House Notes
« on: April 10, 2006, 07:34:02 PM »
Thanks for all the info. I had thought about sending UCONN a seat deposit, but I think I'll be happy at Syracuse. UCONN sounds like a great place, though - good luck with your decision. :)


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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: UConn Open House Notes
« on: April 10, 2006, 07:27:17 PM »
How did you like the campus itself?

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: For the older students...
« on: April 09, 2006, 10:25:34 PM »
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And to bring it back to the debate, I would much rather disclose treatment for depression than treatment for a drinking problem.

me too

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: For the older students...
« on: April 09, 2006, 10:06:55 PM »
These are questions from New Jersey's bar application.
www.njbarexams.org/app/application.pdf

Have you, within the past twelve months, been admitted to a hospital or other facility for the treatment of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, paranoia, or and other psychotic disease?

Are you currently suffering from an emotional, mental, or nervous disorder that impairs your judgment or what would otherwise adversely affect your ability to practice law in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, the Rules of Court, and applicable case law?

If your answer to either of the foregoing questions is yes, provide the details on a separate attachment, including the names of treating physicians, and dates and places of inpatient treatment.


I guess if you haven't been treated as an inpatient then you're okay on the first one. But I worry that if you fail to disclose something seemingly minor, they could hold it against you for the second question. Or maybe I'm just afraid that I'll spend three years of my time in law school, after working hard to be admitted in the first place, and then have a difficult time gaining admission to the bar. I haven't looked at the applications for many other states, so I don't know what the other states ask.

I also checked out Maine. They have mental health questions on pages 21 & 22.
www.mainebarexaminers.org/PDF%20Files/MBBE-NA%2010.05.pdf

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: For the older students...
« on: April 09, 2006, 09:33:06 PM »
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I thought they only ask if you have been committed to an institution, not if you sought help or counseling.

I am going to look into this.  Any idea of which states ask, and whether they can refuse bar admission for it?  I have a close friend who sought help for depression in college.  If she couldn't get admitted over that, I would sue the sh*t out of the bar for discrimination.  They don't ban you for having a heart condition, and shouldn't over you getting treatment for this medical condition.

Hippie, you should check out this link:
http://www.abanet.org/irr/hr/winter97/welobob.html

The article is from 1997, so I'm not sure exactly how current it is, but it certainly scares me. Like your friend, I also have been treated for depression (that would be the reason for my messed up undergrad career, which involved me transferring three times before finally graduating). It really pisses me off that I might be penalized for seeking treatment for an illness that runs in my family, just like diabetes or heart disease runs in families. And certainly I will be a much better law student, and then a much better lawyer, if I continue to seek the treatment that I need to stay depression-free.

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