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Incoming 1Ls / Re: OFFICAL IOWA C/O 2010!
« on: February 04, 2007, 01:56:35 PM »
tag.  I received an acceptance in December but haven't heard anything back about scholarships.  Wondering if my LSAT is too low?  I am considering other schools but visiting Iowa this month...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Clerkship Info/Stats
« on: February 04, 2007, 01:47:59 PM »
Schools usually keep lists and will provide if you ask.

This blog ( has info about appellate court clerks. Recent updates include a breakdown by school of what percentage clerks in US COA and which judges hired students from which schools for this past year. 

If you have access to Westlaw you can search the WLD-Judges database by school name to get an idea of how many alumni are judges.  I think Lexis has a similar database.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Mercer or Wake Forest
« on: February 02, 2007, 06:44:11 PM »

Mine took several weeks. Close to three or four.

As far judicial externships, they are very competitive. McGeorge offers full time and part time externships with various judges in Sacramento (so you get either 12 or 6 units for your work). These take place during the school year, so you will be competing with Davis students (although there are some summer positions too, and for those you will compete with more than just Davis). These are tough to get, though. I just sent my apps out so hopefully I at least get a couple interviews.

Thanks! Very helpful information.  When will you find out?  Do you know if a certain number of McGeorge students get these internships every semester?

That bread smell comes from the bread factory next door (it's Sara Lee and Rainbow). Every once in a while you'll get a waft of fresh-baked bread smell, which I actually like. 

That explains it!  I couldn't quite put my finger on it, and I didn't see the factory in plain view.  I thought the smell was pretty rampant the whole time I was there - maybe the wind was just right.  It wasn't an offensive odor - I just wasn't used to it.  I didn't want to be rude and say to the tour guide "Hey, your school kind of smells." lol. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: What to wear when visiting schools
« on: January 30, 2007, 08:40:34 PM »
If you're on a tour and haven't been accepted or awarded any scholarships: business casual.

I haven't been to an admitted students day, so I'm not sure what the protocol is for that.  I'd probably wear business casual as well just to be safe.

My rule of thumb: better to be slightly overdressed.

It only costs $12 (to send your LSAC report) if you apply through UP's website.

Financial Aid / Re: More than 6 schools - Fafsa
« on: January 29, 2007, 01:46:41 PM »
Does anyone other than me think Financial Aid applications aresignificantly worse than actual law school applications? 

I just got my SAR -- how long should I wait before calling my schools to see if the got my infor so I can add another six schools?  A week?

According to the Federal Student Aid processing center, you don't even need to wait 5 minutes.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Investing your cash.
« on: January 29, 2007, 12:35:45 PM »
I've been lending on for the past six months and have had no defaults or late payments to date.  I'm earning between 8% and 29% per loan (my average APY is 13%).

One of the best things about lending is that you get your principal repaid in monthly installments (whereas the money you put in a stock/bond has to stay in that security until you sell it).

By hedging your loans in $50 increments across multiple credit score categories, you can ensure a pretty solid return.  Overall, though, this seems like a risky endeavor given that Peer-2-Peer lending is in its infancy.

Here's a summary from their website:

I am also a big fan of ROTH IRAs.  There are income limitations, though, so be careful.  Another benefit of the ROTH IRA is that you can withdraw your contributions without penalty at any time.  You can also withdraw your earnings tax and penalty free for the purchase of your first home (up to a certain amount) as long as you have had a ROTH IRA for 5 years (beginning on the first day of the year for which you contributed).  You have up until April 15 of this year to make your contribution for last year (contributions made between January 1 and April 15 can be applied retroactively).

Of course, always contribute to your company's retirement plan if they match contributions.  If you're young, you can transfer your company's plan to a ROTH IRA directly beginning in 2008.

I learned a lot about investing and financial planning from

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Add a word
« on: January 29, 2007, 11:49:14 AM »

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