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Where should I go next fall? / Re: I'm scared of UChicago
« on: March 09, 2007, 12:19:34 AM »
Yeah, I'm not saying Hyde Park and Manhattan are the same place--they are definitely worlds apart.  I just think that if you are paying as much as one does for law school--the price difference as far as living expenses is negotiable.

You might think living expenses are negotiable...until you find out the COL in Greenwich Village (2k/month minimum). Plus the NYU thread recently mentioned the NYU dorm prices rising another $200/month, like wtf, this honestly pisses me off, 1.5k/month for a tiny apartment share. My sublet this summer will be about 200/month, same quality, size, actually covers more costs. I wouldn't live in Greenwich even with 1st associate pay, especially with the crazy loans you'll owe after law school.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: NYU vs Chicago
« on: March 08, 2007, 09:43:44 PM »
Lol, make me the third person deciding between these two schools. Well actually, I also have to weight money offers from lower ranked schools, but money aside, these are my two top choices.

I second JuanTwoThree, except I think Chicago can be fun too, but NYU certainly presents itself as more sexy and hip.

Basically Chicago = better job ops (marginally), better clerkship/academia (noticeably), perhaps more academic environment (which I like), and cheaper assuming equal/no finaid(which I also like)
NYU = more fun (maybe), a better USNews rank, and hopefully an improving reputation (right now its academic rep. or "prestige" seems to be its achilles heel, at least in these types of online comparison threads)

Cant forget price differences between the two cities. NYU is easily 30k more over 3 years.

I didn't forget, and yeah its a considerable consideration

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: NYU vs Chicago
« on: March 08, 2007, 09:40:50 PM »
Lol, make me the third person deciding between these two schools. Well actually, I also have to weight money offers from lower ranked schools, but money aside, these are my two top choices.

I second JuanTwoThree, except I think Chicago can be fun too, but NYU certainly presents itself as more sexy and hip.

Basically Chicago = better job ops (marginally), better clerkship/academia (noticeably), perhaps more academic environment (which I like), and cheaper assuming equal/no finaid(which I also like)

NYU = more fun (maybe), a better USNews rank, and hopefully an improving reputation (right now its academic rep. or "prestige" seems to be its achilles heel, at least in these types of online comparison threads)

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Law School Applications / Re: Georgetown Dean's Scholarship
« on: March 08, 2007, 02:56:22 PM »
Just got the Dean's Scholarship today by mail (90k or 30k/year).

Really makes my decision all the more impossible since all my awards are in rough proportion to school rank.

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Acceptances / Re: The Official Scholarships Thread - 2005/2006
« on: March 08, 2007, 02:54:10 PM »
Dean's Scholar at GTown (90k or 30k/year).

This makes my decision all the more impossible. Seems like my money offers are perfectly proportional to school rank.

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Oh Canada! / Re: Canadian financial aid options
« on: March 06, 2007, 10:36:31 AM »
would it be possible to use multiple sources? you take a loan just in your name, your parents can co-sign on one with you, and then also do CanHelp?

Have you tried BMO and Scotia? I seriously wouldn't recommend TD.

Why not TD? My parents have a long and excellent history with TD, so when I was talking to them about taking out a loan, they seemed pretty confident they could negotiate something.

Also to ouch: Did you just do an online application or did you actually schedule an appointment, try to convince them of NYU's job placement and salary numbers, etc. Do you think with parents cosigning and putting up collateral, along with no previous student debts, the RBC would be more generous?

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Law School Applications / Re: NYU - Materials
« on: March 04, 2007, 10:40:31 AM »
They gave out some stuff at their ASW (T-Shirt, materials on clinics, tax law, PI, etc, a pen and an clear accordian portfolio, all w/ NYU on it)

Don't know why their not selling themselves via mail for people who can't come.  Gtown seems much the same.  I heard they gave out some stuff at their ASW but all I've gotten in the mail is a faculty catalogue and alumni magazine.

How was the ASW anyways? Impressions of students, faculty, programs, facilities, etc.? I'm considering going to a later date.

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Law School Applications / Re: NYU - Materials
« on: March 04, 2007, 10:38:12 AM »
i haven't actually received the newest mailing yet - bf did - but it's quite disappointing. i'm a bit put off by the lack of effort - what have we gotten? information on buying laptops, CD that looks the same as what was in the original info pamphlets. no binder! i like those big packages!

Why do you think NYU's acceptance rate is higher than its peers? Instead of managing its yield it just sends a ton of acceptances and takes the attitude of 'take it or leave it.' It's definitely starting to become off-putting. Currently Chicago > NYU in terms of material, and Chicago's only mailed me once.

I'm not sure that I buy this.  If I had to guess why their acceptance rate is higher I would guess it is because their size is above average and that a lot of people choose Columbia and Chicago over NYU because of the layman prestige factor.  That is just a guess, but I'm not sure what is so off putting about NYU so far.  Are you really gonna take one school over another because of a brochure or lack thereof?  I've already spoken to one of the faculty at NYU, who was incredibly helpful and responsive.  Maybe they aren't coddling us, but I guess I prefer that approach to the YP that some other top schools are accused of.  Also, have you checked out their website?  I think they assume that you don't need a shiny paper when you can find all of the information that you need online.

Not to say that choosing Chicago over NYU is a bad decision for you, but I don't think your hypothesis holds water.

NYU's website is lacking.

NYU's website isn't lacking in content or even appearance. What is really lacking in is organization. I've never been a site where you could get lost so easily after 2 links. They have several pages (with similar information that link to each other) that seem to fit under multiple subcategories and have very different sidebars/topbars, sidebars/topbars that are supposed to show some sense of hierarchy. I have to return to the NYU homepage pretty often to reorient myself.

As for their treatment of admits and prospectives, its been pretty poor in terms of paper materials and April 5th is kinda late for finaid decisions in my opinion. But they did hook me up with two current NYU students, turned out to be very informative and helpful, and the two students seem thrilled with life there, for what its worth.

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Law School Applications / Re: law school fashion
« on: March 03, 2007, 05:45:43 PM »
I know this topic does not really pertain to this board, but what do law students typically wear? 


i don't know. what do belgian super detectives usually wear?

I plan on growing a thin curly black moustache, and stroking it incessantly. A top hat and walking stick would work well too.

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Oh Canada! / Re: Canadian financial aid options
« on: March 02, 2007, 08:00:38 PM »
Ok so is there a consensus that if parents (who have good reliable income, good credit history, etc.) cosign the loan, the Canadian banks will be willing to raise the limits on the loan?

Also will the Canadian banks give you a loan or a student line of credit (the latter being typical if you go to a Canadian school)?

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