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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: best place to live.
« on: February 01, 2007, 08:55:17 AM »
I *heart* the east coast, especially the mid-atlantic region and the southeast. This is, of course, all a matter of taste, and I don't know your tastes. The Baltimore area is pretty nice if you wanna get away from the mainstream urban places like DC, Philly, and NYC.

Financial Aid / Re: high EFC, am I screwed?
« on: February 01, 2007, 07:33:14 AM »
You guys need to stop freaking out. EVERYBODY finances law school through loans. Seriously, unless you're independently wealthy, you're going to borrow the money. Everybody does it. Your EFC means very little for law school. You don't need to pay anything out of pocket. You can borrow for living expenses too. It's all included. So for God's sake, calm down. (Unless of course your credit is awful - in which case, you probably are screwed. But that's probably your own fault.)

Financial Aid / Re: high EFC, am I screwed?
« on: January 29, 2007, 06:54:53 AM »
At least one of my schools told me that I should indicate on their institutional form that I will be forfeiting my income when I enroll in law school. Law schools have the power to adjust your EFC based on this information. If they don't have an institutional form, I would call them and ask how to officially give them this information.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn State
« on: January 29, 2007, 06:47:42 AM »
Great post, cviggy. I'm interested as to why someone who has absolutely no interest in attending PSU-DSL is posting on the Penn State board....

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn State
« on: January 28, 2007, 01:12:30 PM »
I would caution against PSU-DSL unless you want to practice in central PA, or are living close to one of the campuses.

Like I've been saying, there's a huge difference between transient name recognition, and actual respect from lawyers/firms.  PSU has a name, but do they have real lawyers in Philadephia and Pittsburgh, not many.  Don't go to a school simply because you recognize their name.  That's virtualy meaningless in your job search.

That being said, PSU-DSL is trying to expand their reach with the new campus at University Park.  How the school does from here on out remains to be seen.  They could move up, start developing an alumni network, place in Philly and Pitt, and become a good law school.  But they're just beginning.  The law school itself is very young, and that sort of campaign takes a lot of time.  I doubt anyone who goes there now will see the fruits of that.  It's a risk.  If I were you, I would stick with areas where I want to practice. 

More importantly, though, don't buy hype.  Respect means 100% more than hype. 

Hmmm....actually, Dickinson's the oldest law school in PA. Do you mind if I ask a little about your background? Do you go to school somewhere in PA currently?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn State
« on: January 28, 2007, 06:56:45 AM »

To add to the housing conversation, here's a list that DSL provides.

I would say the average rent for a 2-3 bedroom house in Carlisle is probably about $800/month, depending on the area (kilroy, would you agree with this?). You can find an apartment for $500-600. There's a complex called Carlwynne Manor that's pretty convenient to both locations. It's very easy to get to the transitional building from there.

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: January 24, 2007, 12:27:44 PM »
Hmm I didn't apply to PSU, primarily because it was in Carlisle. My parents live near there, but across the Maryland line. It's no place for a law school- I'm not sure they even have a Walmart. I couldn't believe their law school was in Carlisle. If not in State College, fine, and there's a lot of law schools in the Philly area, but why not Harrisburg? Pittsburg? I think moving the law campus is a good decision- but you said splitting... are they making 2 law campuses a la Rutgers?

Haha oh, goodness - yes, there is a Wal-Mart - in fact, there's even a TARGET! But as a lawyer, you hopefully won't be working at those places  ;) jk...seriously though, Carlisle is close to Harrisburg for state government options and other kinds of externships, and there really are things to do in Carlisle. I live in the area and would be happy to tell you all about Carlisle if you're interested. In my opinion, State College seems like a much worse place for a law student due to the lack of nearby externship opportunities, but that's just me.

Congratulations to both of you!

Haven't heard anything either - you're in good company  :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn State
« on: January 23, 2007, 08:35:33 AM »
That was very helpful, Kilroy - thanks! Nickeldime, I'm actually from the south-central PA region, so I can tell you a lot about the campus and the Carlisle area. What do you want to know? I'm a bit biased I guess, but I think Carlisle is an adorable historic town. The transitional building for DSL is pretty nice, except it's right along a major road (called the "miracle mile" - it's the stretch between 1-81 and 1-76 where all the truck stops are...) The actual campus is really pretty though.

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