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If you get a J.D. from a school with the word "Tech" in its name, you're sort of screwed for life.

Well played.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: UTK - Tennessee
« on: March 20, 2007, 02:30:01 PM »
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Are you considering UTK?

They rate very highly on my list, since I am still in debt from UG and don't want to take out $180k more to go somewhere like WashU.  There's very little talk of UT on these boards, though, so anybody else considering it is a very nice find...heh.

Yeah, I'm 99% sure I'll be going there. We're going to the law preview day next weekend. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone there.

I'll be there as well.  It turns out Knoxville is EXACTLY midway between my house and Lexington, VA, so I'll be hitting up UTK and W&L's ASDs this weekend.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: W&L ASW - March 24th Weekend
« on: March 20, 2007, 12:11:02 AM »
To be honest, I think seeing the lighter side of a place like Lexington could be a factor. I mean, let's face it, its not NYC or DC, so I would like to see what the "life outside of the library" feels like there.

JM, I'm leaving it up to you to start a similar thread next week for us March 31st-ers  :)

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: UTK - Tennessee
« on: March 20, 2007, 12:08:35 AM »
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No I'm not a TN resident, but my boyfriend is, too bad they don't consider that.  Its really looking more like the PNW every day, which is pretty exciting. I got the official fin aid offer from them yesterday and they aren't giving me anything.  Oh well, life goes on.  TN is probably too far from my family for me anyway.

I got my financial aid letter last week, too, which just had my award eligibility for stafford loans. Then today I got a separate letter stating they were giving me a $3K/year scholarship. I was very surprised by this as it wasn't mentioned in last week's letter.

If your boyfriend is a TN resident, and you have some ties to the state that you think you could use to make a strong case for yourself, why not apply for consideration for in-state residency? You have to print it and fill it out separately (it's one of the supplementary forms in UTK's LSAC application packet). It's four pages long and basically gives you an opportunity to talk about why you think they should consider you in-state. I did it, and I got approved for it. It's worth a shot if you do have ties to the state!

Are you considering UTK?

They rate very highly on my list, since I am still in debt from UG and don't want to take out $180k more to go somewhere like WashU.  There's very little talk of UT on these boards, though, so anybody else considering it is a very nice find...heh.

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Law School Applications / Re: WUSTL
« on: March 14, 2007, 03:26:24 PM »
My aid package had the scholarship info on it as well as the loans.

Doesn't bode well, i'm afraid.

Had you already been awarded a scholarship?

My aid package didn't include any sort of scholarship, but it was also sent out the day before the scholarship committee was due to meet again, so I'm not sure that's the end-all.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Follow the money or the prestige?
« on: March 14, 2007, 03:23:00 PM »
Visit all three schools before you decide. If you prefer one over the others very strongly you should go there.

Also, what are the requirements to keep the full scholarship?

I plan on visiting the other two at the end of this month.

The full ride is mine so long as a stay a student in good standing.

So basically don't fail out?

I'm hesitant to give you too much advice because I'm partial to W&L and I don't know much/anything about the other two schools. My impression is that if you want to stay in Tennessee you should go there but otherwise go to W&L; with your scholarship your debt will be manageable and they place well in the South Atlantic region.

Where are you from?

I'm from Tennessee.  I don't necessarily want to stay here the rest of my life, though.
I'm in a huge bind.

I absolutely fell in love with WashU when I visited last week.  However, of my 3 remaining options, it is by far the most expensive.  I haven't heard anthing about scholarship money from them, nor do I expect to hear about anything huge.

The other options I'm weighing are Tennessee with a full ride and W&L with $9k/year.

I've gotten especially skiddish of debt lately...I just don't like the idea of taking out loans in the 6 figures and not living in what I used the money to buy.  But I'm a realist, and I know my opportunities will be much greater if I go to WashU or W&L. 

As far as my goals, I'm pretty open-minded about what I'll do after law school.  I would hate to HAVE to do biglaw just to pay off my loans if I go to WashU or W&L.  So, I might have more options (in a roundabout way) by going with the money.

I know this is long and rambling, but I'm just trying to get more advice about this thing.  Everyone around me (family, friends) think I'm crazy for even thinking about anywhere else after getting a full tuition offer.

Any thoughts?

Don't freak out till you visit the other two. The 9k from W&L is pocket change in the long run. You can make that in a summer.

I am suprised that you loved WashU. Just judging by how bad their admissions office is, I would have expected the school to be a disaster. The building is nice though.

Actually, the admissions office was one of the parts that really impressed me.  I know they send out seemingly endless lines of junk mailings, and the left hand doesn't seem to know what the right hand is doing, but I found the staff knowledgable, friendly, and eager to answer any and all questions I had.

I loved the campus, I love St. Louis and that area, it just all seemed to gel.  I got a good vibe from the place, if you know what I mean.

I'm a little short of freaking out just yet.  It's just such a huge decision.  I think my hand will shake when I make out the deposit check, wherever that will end up being.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Follow the money or the prestige?
« on: March 14, 2007, 02:39:22 PM »
Visit all three schools before you decide. If you prefer one over the others very strongly you should go there.

Also, what are the requirements to keep the full scholarship?

I plan on visiting the other two at the end of this month.

The full ride is mine so long as a stay a student in good standing.

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Law School Applications / Re: WUSTL
« on: March 14, 2007, 01:50:18 PM »
Just a quick update re: $$$...

I spoke to the Admissions office today, and they are sending out a batch of scholarship award letters TODAY. The person on the phone was hesitant to comment on anything before I gave her my name ("it's late in the cycle, scholarship committee still meeting, etc.), but when she looked up my file, she said I should be receiving something tomorrow.

Hope this helps anyone still holding out for $$$ from Wash U.  :)

Hopefully they'l send something this-a way.

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Where should I go next fall? / Follow the money or the prestige?
« on: March 14, 2007, 01:35:16 PM »
I'm in a huge bind.

I absolutely fell in love with WashU when I visited last week.  However, of my 3 remaining options, it is by far the most expensive.  I haven't heard anthing about scholarship money from them, nor do I expect to hear about anything huge.

The other options I'm weighing are Tennessee with a full ride and W&L with $9k/year.

I've gotten especially skiddish of debt lately...I just don't like the idea of taking out loans in the 6 figures and not living in what I used the money to buy.  But I'm a realist, and I know my opportunities will be much greater if I go to WashU or W&L. 

As far as my goals, I'm pretty open-minded about what I'll do after law school.  I would hate to HAVE to do biglaw just to pay off my loans if I go to WashU or W&L.  So, I might have more options (in a roundabout way) by going with the money.

I know this is long and rambling, but I'm just trying to get more advice about this thing.  Everyone around me (family, friends) think I'm crazy for even thinking about anywhere else after getting a full tuition offer.

Any thoughts?

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Law School Applications / Re: extended time on the LSATs??
« on: March 11, 2007, 08:03:01 PM »
these are just tests, does not completely measure your ability to be a great doctor or lawyer

but i can see more problems with the medical field than the legal field.

e.g. a deaf doctor who needs a sign languge interpreter, valuable time might be lost through the communication delay in surgery.

then again, there have been successful deaf surgeons, successful blind lawyers, so who are we to say who can't or can be a doctor/lawyer?

What do you call the guy who finished last in his med school class?




Doctor.



But are we to let a little thing like grades determine whether we think the guy is a good doctor or not?

It is only a test, for sure, and for that matter it's a test taken before they even study medicine.

Remember high school, when so many kids got extra time on the SAT for having ADD?  LSAC and AAMC specifically make the standards for accommodated testing more stringent, so it's rare that people qualify anyway.  If someone needs accommodation for these tests, it's very possible they may be unable to actually perform the duties incumbant upon a doctor or lawyer.

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