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Rutgers-Camden.  One of the profs searched down my work email address and sent me an email there.  He said the one I gave them didn't go through (except that it worked fine for the admissions office) and he hoped I didn't mind him emailing me at work.  Luckily, my boss knew all along that I was applying to schools and is cool with it, but he had no way of knowing that.

Then, when I withdrew, the confirmation they sent me was a single, crookedly photocopied sheet of paper with an address label slapped on haphazardly so it didn't even show completely through the window.  No salutation or anything, there was a single line saying they had withdrawn my application for the following reason, with a checkmark in the box next to "You have notified us that you will not be attending."  It was about as impersonal a letter as I have ever seen in my life.  At least the other schools I withdrew from said they wished me well, whether or not they actually meant it...

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Law School Applications / Re: Temple/Villanova $$ with 169/3.9
« on: May 10, 2007, 12:09:39 PM »
I don't remember seeing any full scholarships when I looked at Villanova's list -- they all seemed to be partial ones.  But I think that on the LSAC school data page, it said that 2 people got full scholarships (I'm not certain and can't be bothered to check, though) so it could be possible.

Temple seemed to be throwing around a lot of money this year and last.  I'm not really sure what that implies, but I was awarded (and am taking) a Beasley with 3.55/167.  Villanova gave me close to nothing.

I completely understand having these two as fallback schools -- they were for me, too, and I'm perfectly happy to be going to Temple next year since Penn didn't work out.

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Manayunk may be your best option, although it is kinda costly there too.  The main line (R5) area is good transportation wise, but more costly. 

Not that costly.  My roommate and I live on the Main Line and pay $1150 including heat/water/trash removal, and a zone 2 train pass is $106/month.  $680 including off-street parking isn't so bad, and is worth the half-hour commute to me (I'm not including electricity/cable/internet/phone in these numbers because I'd be paying for those regardless of where I live).  Our apartment is a pretty good deal, but most places aren't too much more expensive than that -- $1200 seems to be around the median for a 2-bedroom, 1-bath.

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Pretty much the going rate.  When I lived in the city (just off Rittenhouse) two years ago, my roommate and I paid $1260 for a 2-bedroom that had been rent-controlled for about a decade, otherwise it would have been at least $1500-1600.  My SO pays $750 for his studio but has been in it for several years now.  Anything with a new lease is going to be more expensive -- unfortunately, rents went up quite a bit this past year.

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I don't know, but I think if you were to call your top-choice schools and explain the situation, they would definitely help you as best they can.  At least they'd be able to give you real answers.  And if they aren't willing to work with you on this, would you really want to go to school there anyway?

Best of luck with everything, I know how much you've been struggling with choosing a school and I'm really sorry that your mom is ill.  But I'm sure that you will be able to work something out.

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They gave me $4K in law school funds based on financial need, not merit.  I can't remember whether it was a loan or a grant but even the grants there are "moral obligation funds," which means they'll make you feel guilty as hell if you don't give back at least that much to the fund when you're out and earning (not that I'd have a problem with doing so, I'm loyal to my alma maters).  So it's basically a loan without a stated interest rate or repayment schedule.

Other than that, they expected me to take out $55K+/year in real loans.  Compared to living expenses only at Temple (or worst case scenario, in-state tuition for 2L and/or 3L), it just didn't measure up.

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I'm going to Villanova and I am a decent person.

Lots of decent people go to Villanova.  I know a few girls from undergrad who ended up there (including one who might be in next year's class) and they were very nice people.  One is the WASP-iest person I've ever met in my life, the rest were pretty chill.  I also know several older lawyers who did their JDs there (in the 45-60 age range) and they're very nice, very successful people.

It might very well be different with the law school, but I've noticed that a lot of friends/acquaintances who have done grad degrees at Villanova chose it because it resembled their undergrad student body, which made them feel comfortable.  These people tend to have gone to Catholic universities with "J. Crew or Banana model" student bodies.  I'm sure the law school attracts a somewhat more diverse group, but the larger student body on campus just isn't what I was looking for, so coupled with the lack of financial incentive, those were my big reasons for withdrawing.

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I wasn't planning on moving at all, but I'm having maintenance issues with my apartment and might need to find a different place, hopefully just down the road.  Which really annoys me.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Villanova Class of 2010
« on: April 24, 2007, 01:09:09 PM »
Link to list of scholarships available:
http://www.law.villanova.edu/studentservices/financialaid/2007-2008/scholarshipinfo.asp

A large chunk of them are awarded "on the basis of merit and financial need."  That doesn't seem like particularly stringent criteria...

Also, I'm not convinced that Villanova Law doesn't have much money -- half the lawyers in Philadelphia went there, many are doing very well for themselves, and you can't tell me none of them give back to the school.  I think the administration just chooses to do other things with it, unless it's specifically given to set up a scholarship fund and leaves them no choice in the matter.  Just my suspicions, though.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Most Influential Books.
« on: April 19, 2007, 04:56:28 PM »
You all lie, anyway!  The most influential books are the ones you read when you were a kid or a teenager.  They're not academic -- they're aesthetic, poetic, prosaic, and extremely intimate.

And they're also a ton of fun.

I was actually going to put Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on my list because it still makes me smile when I'm having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But I'm not sure it had a profound influence on me as a person.

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