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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American or Fordham
« on: April 13, 2006, 09:35:25 AM »
from your post, it seems like the only pro you have for fordham is that it's higher rated?  i personally don't think 32 vs. 43 is that significant.  you like american better and they have a better program in what you're interested in.  unless you want to stay close to home, it seems like american would be a better choice for you.

on the other hand, where do you eventually want to work?  if you want to settle in nyc, i think that would be a different story.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College or Minnesota???
« on: April 13, 2006, 09:17:02 AM »
i don't know much about minnesota, but i did undergrad at bc, and i just thought i'd throw in a few thoughts about bc.

i'm sure you've seen this already, but according to their career services website, about 10% of their graduates head out to west/southwest ( so i can't imagine there being a huge problem about finding a job in the region (plus, i'm sure their numbers are skewed lower b/c most students prefer to stay in the area).  i don't know though, maybe minnesota would be better on that end.

what i can tell you for sure is that quality of life at bc is amazing.  have you visited the school?  it's not actually in boston, it's in a suburb outside of it.  newton is very clean, very quiet, very safe, and is an ideal place for a family, esp. with a young child.  plus, the law school campus is separate from the main undergrad campus, so you can live close to the school and not have to deal with the drinking/partying on the weekends (the downside is that if you need anything on the main campus, you have to take a shuttle bus, unless you bring a car).  the city itself is like a 10 min. drive (but quite a lot longer by public transportation, maybe 30-40 min, depending on where you decide to live) and obviously, there's tons of culture/history/entertainment/etc.   it definitely is a cool place to live, and i think that since you'll be there for at least 3 years, that is an important factor (to me, anyway).

also, i've had only the best experiences when dealing with the schools admin/fin. aid/student services/etc. (although may be different with law school).

sorry i couldn't be more helpful on the law school itself, but let me know if you have any q's about the area.

Financial Aid / Re: Perkins Loan ?
« on: April 12, 2006, 10:17:24 AM »
perkins loan is sweeeet -- doesn't accrue interest while you're in school and fixed rate of 5% (as of now, i don't know if they'll change it in the future though).

do you know what your efc was on fafsa?  i think you get it if it's under a certain amount.

Financial Aid / Re: Grad PLUS
« on: April 11, 2006, 09:54:07 AM »
8.5% is really high, but i think the rates on private loans are pretty high now, as well. even with the best credit and co-signors, the best rate you can get now is like 6-7%.  also, the PLUS rate is fixed, and since interest rates are supposed to be going up, it might be a better deal than variable rates.

even the rates on stafford loans are disgusting now.  they changed the law so that the rates are fixed at 6.8%, no longer variable.

either way, no matter where we take out loans, i think we're all pretty much screwed on financial aid.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: New York Bank Suggestions?
« on: April 11, 2006, 09:31:19 AM »
i would suggest getting a bank that has locations around your school, but also around your hometown so you can get money without paying those fees for using other atm's.  i don't know where you're from, but b of a seems like a pretty safe bet, and if you want to move around after graduation, you can go anywhere and still have tons of branches/atm's

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UCLA Admit Day
« on: April 11, 2006, 09:26:03 AM »
i thought ucla was awesome -- i can't think of anything bad to say about the school.  the campus was gorgeous, all the students/profs seemed really nice (altho I actually skipped a lot of the speeches in the morning - did you go to the events on saturday? b/c after saturday, i didn't think I could listen to anything else), and i thought the lender fair/financial aid info session was really helpful.

i also loved westwood village.  the only thing i'm really dreading in la is the traffic  :(  i visited family in manhattan beach, which is like 20 miles away, and it took forever

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Notebooks (laptops) dilemma
« on: April 11, 2006, 09:06:16 AM »
i'm sure there are other places, but this is usually a good site to check out.  if you scroll down to the bottom, they have a summary of Dell Home Coupons, Dell Small Business Coupons, etc.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Notebooks (laptops) dilemma
« on: April 07, 2006, 07:24:28 AM »
no, just the standard 1 yr ltd. warranty.  i also didn't get any microsoft office programs installed in it which i think saved me a lot.  the price for me was actually exactly $1499, then i used one of those $450 off coupons (of course, the day after i bought it, the $725 coupon came out!  i was so mad!)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Notebooks (laptops) dilemma
« on: April 06, 2006, 02:32:09 PM »
i know that you can install windows xp into macs now, but there was a warning on the IT page of the ucla website that was like, do not buy macs b/c you can't install their exam-taking software on it.

so, just to be on the safe side, even though i originally wanted to get a powerbook, i ended up buying the dell 710m.  it came out to like $1100 for a 2ghz/1gb/40gb which was 300 bucks more than if i got the comparable system on the next size up (xps m140, i think).  i figured that since i'll be lugging it to class every day and to the library, i wanted something as light as possible.  

I went to one of those Dell Direct Kiosks to actually see the 710m before i bought it b/c i've heard that it sucks to have a small monitor and that it's cramped to type on it b/c the keyboard is so small.  For me, i think that it's fine, but I know a few people who hate it.  if you have a Dell Direct Kiosk near you, you should try to check it out to determine whether the size is ok for you or not.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What to give recommendors.....
« on: April 06, 2006, 02:04:22 PM »
so i did a search on older threads re this topic, and it seems like people are spending a lot on this!  is it really customary to spend like 50 bucks as a thank-you gift?  b/c i was originally just going to send a card  :-\

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