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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: American U Lap Program
« on: May 10, 2007, 06:15:24 PM »
Tiggity Tiggity Tizag!!

per LSN, somebody just got off the WL-Accept at WCL a day or two ago...FWIW

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: HELP!! Chicago-Kent vs. American
« on: April 27, 2007, 11:35:09 AM »
As I mentioned before - I really don't know anything about Chicago-Kent and/or Chicago job market.  It was never an area that I looked in to.  I applied to Depaul only b/c they gave me a fee waiver...other than that, I really had no interest in the area.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: HELP!! Chicago-Kent vs. American
« on: April 26, 2007, 08:01:09 PM »
Well, I'll just give you my two cents worth - and anybody that knows me will tell you that I cover ALL angles.  I, too, am accepted at WCL for the PT night program.  It's going to be class from 6p-8p M-T and then two additional hours one of those nights for Legal Writing and Rhetoric.  If you're ultimately concerned about the cost of living while at WCL, being PT will certainly allow you ample time to find a 25-30 hr/week job, all the while maintaining a healthy study habit.

If you're interested in international law, I would say WCL should be your handsdown choice.  I say this also with the confession that I know very little about the Chicago-Kent curriculum. 

I can give you an idea of what the cost of WCL will be since I've crunched the numbers.  You'll be looking at 1 PT year, 2 Summer Terms and 2 FT payments.  It will equal approximately $180k...but keep in mind that summer associateships do tend to pay quite well if you're fortunate enough to land a good one.  You'll be looking at $61,500 in Stafford loan at, for now, 6.8% and the remainder, $119k in PLUS loan at 8.5%.  If rates stay the same, you're Principle+Interest payment will be around $2500/mo for 120 month term.  BUT keep in mind that if you use two federal loans, you can consolidate them at a lower rate.  Since the bulk of your loan will be at the higher rate (PLUS), any drop in rate will significantly drop your payment.  I think I used a CitiBank estimator and it dropped somewhere from $400-550/mo or was enough to ease my mind.

With that rant over, you ultimately need to figure out where you want to work.  Both Chicago-Kent and WCL will place moderately well outside of their own area, but they are still ultimately regional schools in theory.  Both Chicago and DC are mega law I think it ultimately comes down to the decision of where you want to end up.  Best of luck mate!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American 2010
« on: April 26, 2007, 07:51:20 PM »
Hey Josh!  I think there are a few areas that you can possibly look in.  AU Park is the obvious area - being that it's walking distance from WCL.  Anywhere on the Red line should be good - since the Tenleytown/AU metro stop is on the red.  Umm...if you're looking to live solo, you'll probably be well suited to look at anywhere from Van Ness, Adams Morgan, and Columbia Heights...possibly Bethesda.

Why don't you send me a PM and tell me a little bit about yourself!  We have a 3BR house put together, so far 2 girls and 1 guy (me)....We could always use a 4th room-mate (cheaper), and I could definitely use another guy in the house!!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WCL '10 - Who's With Me?
« on: April 24, 2007, 11:55:26 AM »
Paid my seat deposit about 2 weeks ago!!!

Financial Aid / Re: Vastly underestimated CoL
« on: April 18, 2007, 04:26:37 PM »
Why do financial aid offices often drastically underestimate room/board expenses - especially when it comes to schools in large metropolitan areas.

For example - GWU says it's estimated room/board is something like 12,500.  I'm sorry, but unless you are willing to live rather far from the school and/or in a run down apartment in a bad neighborhood, 12,500 is likely to be just enough to cover RENT in DC, and even NoVa/Maryland burbs.  Then comes food, utilities, etc...

What gives?

Well atleast it is somewhat consistent among DC schools.  WCL says $1200 for rent and $315 or so for foord/board. 

As for your claim, I think you may be looking in the wrong areas.  I pooled my entired allotment for housing into a 12 month term ($900/mo).  I didn't have any trouble finding a place to live for that.  Infact, the place I'm looking at will allow me to cover rent and utils within the $900 and it's located in AU Park (Bethesda area). is the best place IMO to look for housing.  You can either look for solo places, room-shares or multi-bedroom housing if you're looking to have room-mates.  You honestly shouldn't have much trouble man...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Tier 3 vs. Top 25
« on: April 18, 2007, 02:37:46 PM »
No he can't move!  He is in grad school (transferring is not an option)!

Journeyman... why the contradictory advice (between this post and the last)?!?!

I was/am in a similar situation.  My GF is in her 3rd year of 4 of Pharm school at UKentucky.  I gave up a full ride to an instate-school, 1 hr away - and decided to move 9 hrs away to WCL.

My thoughts are this; all things considered you expect things to work out in the long run...short distance or long distance.  But take into consideration the fact that it may not work out.  Say you stay and go to your T3 and you two (God forbid) break up.  You'll resent your desicion for the rest of your life probably.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Hofstra!
« on: April 16, 2007, 12:24:02 PM »
As a whole, BIGLAW comes down to a combination of school, class rank in that school, networking and interview skills.  You will see that Hofstra is lower on the totum-pole when it comes to the NYC metro area.  You're going to be fighting with Columbia, NYU, BLS, Cardozo, Seaton Hall, Rutgers, Hofstra etc - not to mention other prestigious schools from out of area like Harvard, Yale, Penn, Gtown, Michigan and more. 

Granted there are many BIGLAW jobs to be had in the New York area, but I wouldn't go to Hofstra with the expectation to make BIGLAW.  I'd say that top 10% or maybe even top 5-7% would get you a good chance, but let's be realistic that obtaining that is going to be very difficult. 

I'm in a similar boat going to American.  WCL places moderately well with BIGLAW, but as far as DC is concerned, I'm competing with GULC, GWU, UMD, GMU - as well as out of area factors mentioned above.  I'll probably need to be top 15% to have a fighting chance to get in there....


Shadow - could you discuss what the hiring of WCL students ranges from.  More-or-less broken down based on class ranking.  If you would like, you can talk about all different career opps, but I'm mainly concerned with private sector.  tyia!

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