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If in the coming years, the number of applicant continues to decline, can we expect rising tuition rates to slow? Or does the number of applicants have no correlation to tuition fees?

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It seems inevitable that it will be repealed. After all, it is the ONLY state that allows this. What makes Wisconsin so different? I plan on attending Marquette next fall, and I am hoping that this diploma privilege will still be around by the time I graduate.

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According to Wikipedia:

"In April 2007, Christopher L. Wiesmueller, a Wisconsin native attending law school (May 2007 Graduate) at Oklahoma City University School of Law filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison), challenging the constitutionality of the diploma privilege."

Apparently, Steven Levine, State Bar of Wisconsin President, doesn't like the diploma privilege either.

http://www.abanet.org/journal/ereport/m30nbar.html

What do you think the odds are of Wisconsin law graduates losing their diploma privilege? They are currently the only state that allows this. Several others: Montana, Mississippi, and Virginia did away with their diploma privilege in the 80s.

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Very few people at lawschoolnumbers.com have been awarded a scholarship from UW-Madison. I am just wondering if those are typical numbers or does the UW-M wait to award some of its scholarships?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: 60k LRAP
« on: June 01, 2007, 05:09:18 PM »
Even if they pay 10k a year for six years, a public defender is probably only making 40k a year. How helpful is this bill really going to be? You could easily make 50k+ in private practice.

Not to mention that many schools already offer similar repayment assistance plans if you are a public defender.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Residency
« on: June 01, 2007, 03:37:26 AM »
The school has a say in whether or not a student is granted residency in Ohio. Yes, all schools are subject to the same residency requirements, but if you read Ohio's there is a certain section of criterion which allow for interpretation.

Toledo is one of the harder schools to obtain residency in Ohio. I have heard that in addition to getting a license in ohio, registering your car, living their a year, etc, that you must also make a certain amount of money. It is a case by case basis, and it is more difficult at Toledo than other Ohio schools. At least thats what ive heard.

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As for the "basic software" thats included, who knows what that includes. You could save hundreds by just using OpenOffice and downloading anything else you need off bit torrent :P

I endorse OpenOffice.  Also, I believe UMN has blanket licenses for most software so you can just kinda download and use it for free as a student.

Does that still exist Gopherit?

Many universities offer their students free software. At the very least anti-virus protection. I don't like having my software pre-selected for me, especially anti-virus software.

*edit, i just noticed this on the umn laptop page:

"* Microsoft Office 2007 will be provided to you at orientation.  For licensing reasons, it is not included on the basic laptop image."

Provided at orientation? Would they provide office 2007 even if a student didnt purchase a laptop? There are some exceptions to this program, i dont think transfer students have to buy a laptop. Do they get office 07?

Also, there is a note below that mentions symantec AV. Yuck.

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We don't know what the UMN is going to charge for these laptops. My point is that it probably wont be that much of a deal. The price for these specs will be cheaper 3-4 months from now.

As for the "basic software" thats included, who knows what that includes. You could save hundreds by just using OpenOffice and downloading anything else you need off bit torrent :P

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I just customized a d630 to the specs listed on the UMN laptop page and it was under 1300 (including the 204$ upgrade for ram). Dell makes a killing on ram upgrades, cost about half that to do it yourself.

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