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Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: March 13, 2008, 11:53:17 AM »
30K/year from Northwestern...first scholarship offer!  I was starting to get nervous.

BIG congrats, LB!   :)

General Off-Topic Board / Re: ITT we post our favorite recipes
« on: March 07, 2008, 07:54:08 AM »
I don't really cook with measurements so well, try it out, my favorite, super easy soup:

Roasted Red Pepper Jalapeno Soup

1 can broth (veggie or chicken)
1 small can sweet corn
1-2 big handfuls cilantro
2 large roasted red peppers (either roast them yourself or buy them at a nice grocery store)
1-2 jalapeno peppers
approx 1-2 teaspoons garlic
salt and pepper to taste

blend all ingredients in a blender
heat on the stove and let simmer for 10-15 minutes

definitely making this one.

RJ - do you have more than one crockpot??

Yes...three actually.  Two full-size ones and a smaller one for dips.  Does that seem excessive?  I get them all on sale, though, if that mitigates things at all.

It's great for parties, example: shredded chicken in one large crockpot, sweet and sour meatballs in the other and chile con queso in the small one.  Plus, the two large ones are different shapes - one round, the other oval...I like to have options and love to cook!   ;D

Hopefully I won't wind up in some <500 sqft apartment that would force me to leave behind all but one crockpot.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: ITT we post our favorite recipes
« on: March 06, 2008, 02:50:44 PM »

i just got a crockpot last week, and i've been cooking in it nonstop.  i need a killer chili recipe.  although this weekend i'm making 15 bean soup.

also, i made dot's strawberry cupcakes last night.  they are delicious, although they did NOT put my cupcake recipe to shame, as i was worried they would.

I L-O-V-E my crockpot(s)!  Thought it would be a good recipe for future law students.  I usually fix it up the night before, leave it in the fridge over night and set it to low on my way out the door.  Dinner's ready as soon as I get home!  ;D

I've got a BIGLAW job this summer, will probably focus on corporate/transactional work. About 30% of NU 1Ls get firm jobs, with about 8% more landing jobs in corporate offices (e.g. counsel's office for Boeing, OfficeMax, other large companies that have ties to the law school). Of the remaining 60% of so of the class, many work in judges or prosecutors' offices, for example in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals or Cook County DA, while others work in the Bluhm Legal Clinic at NU on specific projects (e.g. assist with development of new casebooks, work with the small business clinic, etc.) or work one on one with professors as research assistants. A complete breakdown is available online here:

What do you think contributed to your success in getting the summer BIGLAW gig?  High 1L grades?  Leveraged work experience?  Dogged determination? 

At this point, Northwestern is at the top of my list (along with riding UMich's waitlist) - and I'd love to stay in Chicago for my 1L summer.

Oh, and thanks for all the other good info so far!   :)

Law School Admissions / Re: Complete at Chicago
« on: March 06, 2008, 07:56:18 AM »
I never received a complete email from UChicago, but called earlier this week - just to make sure they had everything.  The gentleman I spoke with confirmed that my app was complete (but didn't say since when) and that I should have a decision either end of this week or the next.

FWIW, I did receive an "Application Received" email on 2/1.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: ITT we post our favorite recipes
« on: March 06, 2008, 06:12:15 AM »
Crockpot Chili  ;D


    * 1 pound ground turkey breast or very lean ground beef
    * 1 large onion - finely chopped
    * 5 oz pinto beans - rinsed and drained
    * 8.5 oz corn rinsed and drained
    * 15 oz tomato sauce
    * 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
    * 10 oz diced tomato and green chilies
    * 1 tbsp chili powder
    * 1 tsp ground cumin
    * 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    * 1/2 tsp salt


   1. cook beef in non stick skillet over medium heat until no longer pink. (I usually add the chopped onions to the skillet, as well)
   2. transfer meat to crockpot, add remaining ingredients and stir until combined. cook on high for 4 hours.  (Or, cook on low for 8 hours)

Makes 8 one cup servings (4 pts. each)

I am stuck with the problem of keeping our house and renting a place.  My husband cannot leave his job, and since I hope to come back to this area to work, we don't plan to sell our house.  So, we are trying to figure out how this is all going to work.  I will probably end up living in a closet during law school so that we can make ends meet.   :)

Anyway, I agree that buying, selling, or keeping a house right now is all stressful.  Best of luck to everyone with their housing plans for the fall.

I'm in a similar situation -- renting a place during law school and keeping the house back home.  Slight difference, we're not committed to staying in our hometown after law school...but during, the SO has to stay in-town for his job.  Our plan is for me to get an apartment in [whatever law school town I wind up in] and list the house while the fam continues living there until it sells.  So, even if it takes a while to sell, at least it won't be vacant or rented out to someone we don't know.

God willing, the market will recover during the first two years of law school!   :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Duke
« on: March 04, 2008, 07:25:00 AM »
Complete since Jan. decision yet.   :-\

Law School Admissions / Re: Money Advice
« on: March 04, 2008, 07:14:44 AM »
I have no advice, other than to say that I am in a similar dilemma. Duke (which hasn't sent out merit-based aid yet, here's hoping) vs. Vanderbilt at 30K a year. I haven't been able to get to sleep tonight thinking about it...

I'm in the same predicament as you, Martin.  30k/year at Vanderbilt and nada (so far) from Northwestern - my only t14 acceptance (again, so far).   ;)

Law School Admissions / Re: I applied to Duke and....
« on: March 03, 2008, 02:33:55 PM »
FWIW, I went complete 1-10 and was accepted yesterday with above-median numbers.  I did send a Why Duke Essay two weeks after going complete, which may have slowed the process.

Uh-oh...I went complete on 1/10, also.  Status checker still says decision complete.   :-\

How did you receive your acceptance?  Did your status checker ever change?

Did your status change to decision today?

Sorry...I meant to say status checker still says decision yet.  I guess that's a good thing, if an email accompanies the change for accepted/waitlisted applicants.

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