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Where should I go next fall? / Re: SCREWED by WCL Fin Aid
« on: April 15, 2007, 03:56:53 PM »
How about this:  Go to a school where your numbers are high, you like the atmosphere, and you can graduate with NO debt.  That means no hole to dig yourself out of, freedom to choose a job that you like, and money for vacations?  I'm opting to go to Lewis and Clark in Portland because I think Portland is cool.  Turning down half scholarships from MI and UVA, $5000 total tuition after scholarship at Northwestern in incredibly expensive Chi town.  Don't sign your name on 150,000 in loans without seriously thinking about it.  A JD is a JD, sure reputation will do something for you -- but debt can control your life!
Not an option for some people.

And as has been discussed countless times on these boards, going to a lower ranked school that will be cheaper has its tradeoffs as well.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: help! GW v. UMaryland
« on: April 15, 2007, 03:55:36 PM »
I have a friend at MD, 3L this year, who has been very unhappy there. She just hasn't had a good experience. I think she's liked the people, but not the school or the city. To be honest, though, from the way she expresses things I think she may just not like law school in general very much. And if you like the city, it isn't relevant then.

The bit about having trouble meeting people at GW surprised me, again based on the anecdotal evidence of two friends (PT people though, so it may be a tighter bunch).

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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« on: April 14, 2007, 10:14:19 PM »
I also worked full-time during undergrad and thought that was more relevant than being gay. For schools that encouraged or offered the opportunity to write a "diversity statement" in addition to the personal statement, I did talk about being gay. Otherwise, there just wasn't enough space.

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Is it at all dangerous to load Microsoft Office onto a new laptop from the CD that came with my 3-yr-old desktop rather than paying the $200 to have a new copy pre-installed?  Will the bootleg copy on a laptop ping incriminating info back to Microsoft, prompting them to dispatch a black-and-white to my address?


I mean, whoa.
If you take the copy off the desktop computer first, it's legal. Whatever the person posted earlier about being able to install it on multiple computers is not the case.

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Law School Applications / Re: GW PT vs. Mason 1L transfer
« on: April 14, 2007, 06:12:05 PM »
Thanks for the advice. I was thinking, however, how is making up 4 credits my 1L summer going to affect career opportunities where I would usually be doing internships, etc.
FYI, you can make up those credits in other ways (but will have to take the class eventually (Property)). You could do a summer internship for example that wouldn't pay but would count as 4 credits (they have grants to help with costs of living). Some people do both, since the class is offered at night, and come in to fall as 2Ls with 8 credits made over the summer. The school would know more; this is just what my friend there has told me.

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Law School Applications / Re: GW PT vs. Mason 1L transfer
« on: April 14, 2007, 05:21:34 PM »
Don't they claim that PT ad FT admission standards are the same? Did everyone else assume that this was BS?

Yeah, pretty much BS. Their FAQ says they actually have the same standards but less ppl applying to PT and hence your odds may be slightly higher. I highly doubt it--obviously they don't report the PT data (from what I hear), which is why they accept people with lower numbers to their PT program.
PT data's reported to LSAC... it's available right on the site alongside the FT numbers.

Is it reported to USNews, though (that's what I was referring to)? And if so, is that taken into consideration in ranking the school?
USN&WR's rankings only take into account first year, full time numbers -- but GW reports everything (that's what I was responding to -- where you said "obviously they don't report the PT data"). How the magazine picks and chooses is their business.

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Law School Applications / Re: GW PT vs. Mason 1L transfer
« on: April 13, 2007, 04:46:52 PM »
Like we say over at lsp, the whole "debt is an issue" thing is complete b.s. Everyone is in the same boat. Like I want to take out $150,000 in student loans. Uh, no. And neither does anyone else.

TINTCR

All borrowing is not equal, and all schools do not bring $150k in debt with them. In the context of this thread, the comparison is between George Mason University and George Washington University -- two schools with a (relatively) large spread between then as far as annual tuition is concerned. This disparity grows even larger when in-state tuition discounts are applied at GMU, which I think would apply to the OP based on what I've read. So the "debt is an issue" discussion is not "complete b.s." as you suggest. In fact, the OP could be looking at a debt delta of more than $20,000 over the course of his law school career depending on which school he chooses. That's not a small amount of change.

Definitely agreed. And the difference between GMU's instate tuition and GW's tuition @ PT is $59,436 over the course of 4 years, assuming no increases (or equal increases).

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Law School Applications / Re: GW PT vs. Mason 1L transfer
« on: April 13, 2007, 03:26:40 PM »
Don't they claim that PT ad FT admission standards are the same? Did everyone else assume that this was BS?

Yeah, pretty much BS. Their FAQ says they actually have the same standards but less ppl applying to PT and hence your odds may be slightly higher. I highly doubt it--obviously they don't report the PT data (from what I hear), which is why they accept people with lower numbers to their PT program.
PT data's reported to LSAC... it's available right on the site alongside the FT numbers.

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Law School Applications / Re: GW PT vs. Mason 1L transfer
« on: April 13, 2007, 02:01:24 PM »
It would seem that I was mis-informed
*nods*

I have a friend that did both undergrad and is now a 1L at GW. She filled out the WL card and chose both options and was accepted PT, but transferred to FT after the first semester. In her words -- "easiest administrative transaction I ever made at GW". Including registering for courses. They even go so far as to create a special section for 1L PT people transferring to FT after one semester, and they also go so far as to include this as a topic at orientation (or at least they did last year).

Don't they claim that PT ad FT admission standards are the same? Did everyone else assume that this was BS?
The standards are the same, but the competition for PT is less intense, hence the variance.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: How do loans work exactly?
« on: April 13, 2007, 01:21:20 PM »
Also, I hear folks talk about "consolidating" loans upon graduation. How does that work, and with what interest rate are doing that?
For government loans, it'll be the weighted average of your existing loans (at the actual rate... not including any of the vendor "perks") rounded up to the next eigth of a point, not to exceed 8.25%. So, it's quite likely that consolidation won't be a good idea, if your vendor's perks are better:

example:
$50,000 in Stafford loans, vendor perks drop rate to 5.5%
$100,000 in PLUS loans, vendor perks drop rate to 7.2%
weighted average interest rate would be 6.63% because of vendor perks... but consolidated... it would be 7.93%, rounded up to 8%.

Consolidators may offer perks as well, though, plus they offer the benefit of having only one payment a month and being able to spread your payments out to a much longer term. Also, because of a recent change, your consolidation vendor can be different from where the loans originally sat (i.e. loans came from Access Group, you can consolidate with Citi).

For private loans, it'll be whatever they give you.

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