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General Board / Re: Taxes on scholarships
« on: February 06, 2010, 09:28:08 PM »
1.  Ask your financial aid office financial aid questions.

2.  Loans are not income.  You do not report them on your taxes.

3.  Whether the scholarship is paid to you or merely reduces your tuition is of no importance.  


Here is a basic answer to your question: http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc421.html.

In other words:
If for tuition or required books = no tax.  If for anything else = tax.

Some schools have scholarships that include living stipends.  Most of the stipend portion would be taxable income (less the cost of books).

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General Board / Re: Starting a new law journal
« on: January 24, 2010, 01:55:04 PM »
Are you already on a journal at your school?  From talking casually with people who try to start new journals, I hear that it is helpful to have the support of the flagship law journal.

Plus, you might consider attending NCLR.  I went one year, and they had panels about starting new law journals.  You might also just be able to contact NCLR to get the names of the panelists.  (Here is the schedule of events for 2009: http://www.nclr2009.com/Panels_and_Speaker_Bios.html.  They had several panels that look like they would have been relevant to your interests.)  Search for NCLR online.  The next conference is in March in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: texas law schools
« on: January 24, 2010, 01:21:51 PM »
It's overlooked, but St. Mary's has consistently had one of the top 15 most cited law journals in the country.

Only if you look at citations in court opinions.  Looking at both court and journal citations, St. Mary's is closer to #130 out of about 200 student-edited, general content, English journals printed in the United States (i.e., "flagship" journals).  http://lawlib.wlu.edu/lj/index.aspx


That means it ranks among the very best and most influential journals.

Ranking for court citations does not greatly impact a journal's overall reputation.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: What is T2, T3, T4?
« on: January 01, 2010, 09:28:12 AM »
T14 = top 14 schools in USNWR (top 14)
T1 = 15-50 schools in USNWR (tier 1)
T2 = 50-100 schools in USNWR (tier 2)
T3/4 = tier 3 and tier 4 schools in USNWR (tier 3 / tier 4)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: TRICKY T1 vs. T2 Situation
« on: December 29, 2009, 07:27:59 PM »
Generally, I don't mean any disrespect to Minnesota--it is a great school that places better in Minnesota than any schools we're talking about place in California.

Both UMN and Davis place about 15% in NLJ 250 firms (in a good economy), http://www.law.com/img/nlj/charts/composite.pdf, so I'm not sure it's fair to say that UMN places better in MN than Davis places in CA.  I'm not really familiar with either of these schools.  I'd assume, like you, that UMN places better in MN compared to Davis in CA, but the NLJ 250 placement numbers seem to contradict that assumption (so long as we assume NLJ 250 placement is an adequate barometer for employment prospects generally).

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: TRICKY T1 vs. T2 Situation
« on: December 29, 2009, 03:33:20 PM »
If you are from southern California, you probably won't have a problem returning there if you go to UMinn.  But if you're in at UMin, can't you get a full ride to one of the southern California schools (USD, Loyola, etc.)?  That would be a better option, IMO.

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Law School Applications / Re: A URM ethical conundrum
« on: December 24, 2009, 11:25:42 PM »
Step 1:  Check the box. 
Step 2:  Go to Yale. 
Step 3:  Become a Supreme Court justice. 
Step 4:  Complain about how your Yale degree is nearly worthless.
Step 5:  Profit!

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P.S. and while visiting the commonwealth of VA I was fined and convicted of public intoxication, is this an immediate disqualifier?

It won't be an automatic disqualifier at most schools.  Get your GPA up as high as possible and do as best you can on the LSAT.  You can still get into law school.  Good luck.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: failureee
« on: December 23, 2009, 03:16:44 PM »
I failed an upper level Political Science class on political statistics and the empirical study of polisci my junior year....I won't go into the reasons why because it's irrelevant, but even with the grade of F I received a 3.0 GPA for that semester because every other grade I received was an A (I think I had like 4 other classes.)
 I retook the class my senior year and got a B. My undergraduate school said that retakes replace the old grade, but do you think law schools will be able to see the F? Do I need to explain the grade in a supplemental essay?

The F will be included in your LSAC GPA regardless of your school's policy; thus, your LSAC GPA will be lower than what your school says your GPA is.  (I'm not sure if this also means law schools will "see" the grade, but I assume so).  Without knowing more, I wouldn't submit a supplemental essay.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 153/3.65
« on: December 20, 2009, 08:11:54 PM »
No prob!  I probably should have also asked you if you are considering a retake on the LSAT.  If you get about 5 points higher, you would be a lock at Tech (maybe with scholarship), and you'd have a much better chance at full scholarships to other tier 2/3 schools.  South Texas is a good option if you want to work in Houston, but last time I checked they didn't give out a whole lot of scholarship money.

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