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Financial Aid / Re: FAFSA not working on windows vista
« on: April 27, 2007, 03:33:40 PM »
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Is there some way to emulate XP under Vista?  If there is, you could try that.  Otherwise, if clicking next doesn't work, I'd find a school/work/library/friend's computer that runs XP to borrow for 20 minutes tomorrow...

You can always use VM ware or similar. It basically runs an instance of windows XP (or any other OS for that matter) on top of the OS that you are using. The caveat is that it costs $600 (unless you get it from the dark side) and requires a copy of windows XP to install.

$600??? :o

No no no :) VMware Workstation is $189 for regular people and there's an unspecified academic discount. And VMware Server is free but unsupported on Vista.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: GW v. Vandy with $
« on: April 27, 2007, 11:11:23 AM »
I suppose it depends on how you define a "real" professor. At my undergrad you were either full-time or adjunct -- more than half in the latter category. In my experience, full-time profs were much more likely to be worse than adjuncts (though I had stinkers in both categories). The adjunct that taught my undergrad con law class was a former EPA man and in addition to being the best professor I had all through college, he was the guy that made me decide to go to law school.

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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« on: April 26, 2007, 10:08:40 PM »
This leaves Maine as the only new england state without recognition of same-sex relationships.  Things have been going steadidly downhill up there since they separated from Mass in 1820.
Not true -- Maine recognizes domestic partnerships. Limited, but "without recognition" isn't accurate.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: GW v. Vandy with $
« on: April 26, 2007, 01:16:07 PM »
Ah, gotcha. The class size thing doesn't bother me because I went to a huge place for college, but a larger role for the so-called "Dean's Fellow" over a professor is a bit strange.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: GW v. Vandy with $
« on: April 26, 2007, 12:24:41 PM »
also, at GW the smaller writing class is primarily taught by a TA.  This doesn't happen at schools with a smaller overall incoming class
I knew it was partially, but not primarily taught by a TA. What more had you heard? I'm curious after hearing some horror stories from another DC law school.

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Law School Applications / Re: GW T-shirts
« on: April 26, 2007, 07:24:36 AM »
The real question -- is it acceptable to wear a law school's t-shirt before law school has started? I have agonized for many days over this question, and I feel like it might be a toolicious act with great consequences.

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Financial Aid / Re: FAFSA not working on windows vista
« on: April 26, 2007, 07:14:44 AM »
dcforlife -- I think he's still going to get the message regardless of his version of firefox since none of the browsers have been approved with Vista and the site looks at both your OS and browser to decide whether it needs to warn you. 

Is there some way to emulate XP under Vista?  If there is, you could try that.  Otherwise, if clicking next doesn't work, I'd find a school/work/library/friend's computer that runs XP to borrow for 20 minutes tomorrow...
Could be. The useragent string under Vista is Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0) for IE7, vs. Windows NT 5.1 for XP. It would be a bizarre thing to check, though. OS doesn't matter, just browser compatibility. But hey, it's the guvment.

Try using this tool (info here) to spoof the browser useragent: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9517DB9C-3C0D-47FE-BD04-FAD82A9AAC9F&displaylang=en

If it only changes the browser version and not the OS (and the OS is required as karin suggests) then it may not work either, but worth a shot.

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Financial Aid / Re: FAFSA not working on windows vista
« on: April 25, 2007, 11:04:37 PM »
I'd download an earlier version of Firefox then, since you can't do anything about IE.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Law school loans
« on: April 25, 2007, 09:26:06 AM »
At my school they'll increase the student aid budget by $2000 for a laptop, for 1Ls only. That assumes of course that you've spent the entire student aid budget, which means you're in GradPLUS or private loan territory as others have pointed out.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: GW v. Vandy with $
« on: April 25, 2007, 09:17:33 AM »
The cost of living discussion seems sort of strange to me. Of course the exact same apartment will be cheaper in TN, it's simple market economics. Who would pay $1,000 for a studio in Tennessee? No one... and if the market doesn't bear it, it will go away. Your buck will go further in TN because it is TN. It will go even further in Iowa City if you go to the University of Iowa.

You don't get the exact same apartment when you come to a city, though. I grew up in a beautiful house in rural New England with acres of woods and fields. I accept the fact that if I want to live in a big east coast city, an equivalent house would be well out of my reach or non-existent. If you want to maintain the same rent, you downsize. There are a ton of apartments in DC or on the metro at the prices in those CL ads that are hardly closets, but I guarantee they will be inferior in some way to the TN counterpart. If you can't deal with that, I guess COL matters. I would argue that TN is likely inferior in several ways to DC, but that's just my opinion.

I suppose that's what it comes down to -- personal opinion. Based on the posted Craigslist ads, you can get a 2 bedroom by Vanderbilt for the cost of a 1 bedroom by GW. If Nashville vs. DC for three years is more tolerable than a 1 bedroom apartment vs. a 2 bedroom apartment for three years... I guess you go with Nashville. In my view, the size of one's apartment so long as it is adequate is the last thing I'd consider when choosing a law school, considering I'll almost certainly move after I graduate. A lot of better reasons (again, IMHO) for choosing Vandy (job placement, national reach, the feel of the city, the people, etc) have been suggested already here by other people.

I just want to say that my intent was not to disparage any of these places. Like I said, I come from somewhere much cheaper and hope to go back there. I don't think there's anything wrong with comparing COL, as long as you take into account that when you exit Equal Apartment in City A for $1000 vs. Equal Apartment in City B for $2000, you're going to see pretty different cities as well.

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