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Here's Bill Maher's even more scathing response  ;D

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hello? Villanova? Where are you?
« on: April 29, 2007, 07:48:44 PM »
They wait listed me, but to be honest, I just really like Pittsburgh--the school and the city itself. I was really pleasantly surprised when I visited. Temple is a great school, but I don't think I'd change my mind now...especially after signing the lease. But yeah, the 7 hour drive is a definite downfall while the cost of living is a definite perk. It probably balances out somehow.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hello? Villanova? Where are you?
« on: April 29, 2007, 07:31:44 PM »
I had no trouble finding an apartment, especially in Shadyside. North Oakland was tougher, but after looking there I decided against it. I got mine through Mozart Management, which a Pitt student recommended to me. I think they sort of have a monopoly on the apts out there, and they don't charge a security deposit--just first month's rent. I heard that Franklin West is good too, but I didn't check out any of their apts. One problem you'll find is that parking is very hard to come by. I'm paying like $35/mo. but that's low based on everything else I looked at.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hello? Villanova? Where are you?
« on: April 29, 2007, 05:36:21 PM »
Oh yeah, I'm definitely going to Pitt. IMO it's a better school, and I was shocked at how much I love the city. I went back this weekend and it was a sealed deal, especially after the apartment search was over.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Pittsburgh
« on: April 29, 2007, 09:15:29 AM »
The cost of living there is awesome. I just got a 1 br. in Shadyside for 620 (all utilities included). Coming for NJ, that was a huge shock. Granted the place is small, and it's 1.5 miles from the school, but it's across from a beautiful neighborhood (and Walnut Street, in case I ever have money to shop with :-D ). It feels safe, and it's I'm happy.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hello? Villanova? Where are you?
« on: April 29, 2007, 05:50:04 AM »
I got an acceptance letter from Nova yesterday....and found out about it 1 hour after I signed an apt. lease in Pittsburgh. You've got to be kidding me.  >:(

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How far is everyone moving for LS?
« on: April 26, 2007, 11:27:12 AM »
375 miles-- NJ to Pittsburgh

Wear absolutely nothing, just to spice things up.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers-N vs. Seton Hall
« on: April 25, 2007, 08:12:19 AM »
Rutgers, for sure. Seton Hall is far too expensive for its current rank and average starting salary. Plus, it would be ideal to go FT as opposed to PT. Rutgers is admittedly in a worse part of Newark, but I think that while both schools are regional, it has a better overall reputation than Seton Hall.

I really am so sick of reading all of the nasty comments about Cooley on this site.  While I do realize that Cooley is not the choice of schools for many, I do realize that it is the ONLY chance for others.  In fact, I believe it is the only chance for me.  I earned my degree while on Active duty in the Air Force as an Intelligence Analsyt.  I was in the military for 10 years, and getting my degree was just a block I was trying to check.  I did not focus on grades so much because I was constantly deploying all over the world. 
When I separated from the Air Force, I really wanted to pursue my dream of becoming an attorney.  I knew I had to take the LSAT.  However, I had one last tour in Iraq to do, so I was not able to study and prepare for the LSAT and my score reflected it. 
My plan is to attend Cooley this fall, work my tail off and get the best grades I can,and then try to transfer to a school like Boston College, or University of St Louis after one year.  I will turn this so-called "negative" into a positive.  My dream is not to be a big time law firm attorney, but to serve the people working as a prosecutor somewhere. 
BOTTOM LINE: Before people make general statements about the kind of people that attend Cooley, realize that every person has a situation, and sometimes we have to take that situation and adapt. 
If there is anyone from Cooley out there, I would love to hear from you.  Please email or IM me. 

As someone who served our country for 10 years (thank you!), I dare say you deserve admittance into a better law school. Good luck retaking the LSAT, and best wishes, regardless.

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