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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How many of you
« on: January 25, 2007, 05:41:04 PM »
This may seem harsh, but I would question if law is really for you.

Even at schools that require a 150, you have a worse than a 50/50 chance of ever practicing law after you matriculate.

Now, if you can really study up and things start clicking, go for it.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: U of Denver
« on: January 25, 2007, 11:49:18 AM »
I took my LSAT there as well.

Building is quite nice & modern. Campus overall is in kind of a crappy part of town.

It is currently my last ditch backup (as the only school I have heard back from), but I wasnt under the impression it was as bad as the previous poster said. Care to elaborate on what those problems are?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Reaches for a 165/3.6
« on: January 24, 2007, 05:01:10 PM »
Hi numbers twin  ;D

I guess it depends on what you want to do with your law degree. If its just rankings you are after, I would say vandy, gulc PT, cornell, USC are all good bets- or at least thats what I think in my deluded mind.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law School Debt-Important Facts
« on: January 22, 2007, 04:40:23 PM »
Be smart, don't live beyond your means.. save your money and invest in something that will create income for you, so you don't have to work your whole life.. This is called passive income, this is the ultimate in prestige IMO.  While your associate friends are toiling away in their law firm, you will be sitting on a beach somewhere living off of your business/real estate/whatever investment checks... Just remember that possibility every time you pay for a $12 lunch or a $25 dinner.  Work hard, and remember that there is more to life than big houses and fast cars, cause I guarantee once you get these things you will realize that it really isn't all that it is cracked up to be.  Not having to go to work everyday, now that's a different story


I agree that law school debt can be a big problem for those who either cannot get a biglaw job or would rather do something else.
I'm just saying that nobody should be complaining about school debt if they are raking in 6 figures. All it would take to pay debt from the most expensive law school at biglaw wages would be for me to simply live for the first 2-3 years like I am now. 2-3 years after that and I could buy a house with cash.
Probably a lot of it is just expectations. People think that the second they start at a big firm they should be living like donald trump.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law School Debt-Important Facts
« on: January 22, 2007, 02:10:51 PM »
  WILL be eating out 2-3 meals a day. $7 for starbucks and bagel, $12 for lunch, $25 for dinner.

Ever heard of a sandwich?
or 75 cent coffee from 7/11?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law School Debt-Important Facts
« on: January 21, 2007, 05:08:23 PM »
As a law student who's about to be buying an apartment in NYC after graduation, I've been apartment shopping for the past few months now and plese let the record reflect that I would kill for a $1200/month apartment.  The sad thing is, your $325/month apartment is probably 3 times as much space as your average NYC $1200/month apartment.  You're basically paying $1200/month for a dorm room out here. Tongue

Maybe its just me, but I am of the opinion that anybody who wants to live in NYC is just crazy  ;D Denver biglaw firms are still paying in the 120-130k range with 1/2 the cost of living. However, one thing to consider is that you dont need a car in NYC. You could subtract the car payment calculation.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law School Debt-Important Facts
« on: January 20, 2007, 04:00:23 PM »
4K-$900 student loan payment- $1200 rent/mortgage - $500 car payment -$1000 food and incidentals=broke.

You are not broke if you have $1000/month to spend on food and incidentals  ::) I don't make all that much more than that TOTAL per month and I am still getting money saved for law school (entirely supporting myself). Plus, 1200/month rent? Maybe in NYC or something. I am perfectly happy with my apartment thats $325 a month. I dont know what I would do with the space of a larger place.

Honestly, all these people who say that 100k starting salaries at law firms really aren't that great are just spoiled. If you are supporting a large family, thats different- but those types appear to be the minority.

The more important question- do you have a job at all after law school? There are many who dont.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: to those who have had scores held before...
« on: January 19, 2007, 10:30:01 PM »
Got my score last week.

Misbubble was corrected  ;D

If they have a minumum GPA associated with the scholarship- run like hell.

Many times the mimium scholarship GPA is well above the curve.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Denver
« on: January 18, 2007, 06:15:03 PM »
In at DU as well  ;D

My $$ offer came about 2 weeks later in a thin envelope. Based on LSN they have been handing out 1/2 tuition offers only thus far.

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