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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UT 2L Taking Qs
« on: April 16, 2007, 01:01:25 AM »
The puppies were one of the main reasons I wanted to move to a neighborhood as opposed to a loft/condo downtown.  I assume that you're not from the Austin area, but I would recommend a weekend where you come down here and do a housing search.  Maybe contact the law school and see if they have a list of students who are also looking for housing.  I know they have a list like that at Boston U.  You could always charm some unsuspecting male to do your landscaping for you while he also helps pay your mortgage.  Run a cost-benefit analysis on that and get back to me, but I think that sounds like a win-win. 

I got the puppies in attempt to keep the ladies off, but it sorta backfired.  Who would have ever guessed that?!?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UT 2L Taking Qs
« on: April 16, 2007, 12:41:57 AM »
Like everyone else has said, Craigslist has a lot of people who are looking for roomies.  With that out there, I would not take a random as a roommate especially during such a critical time.  I'm planning on getting a 6-month lease, if possible, and looking for someone in a similar situation that I could room with during the second semester or, at the very latest, during 2L.  Bills are always less when split more than one way.


As for landscaping, the company that owns the house where I now live provides landscaping every one to two weeks, depending on how often we call them.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UT 2L Taking Qs
« on: April 16, 2007, 12:31:22 AM »
"Do you think they would give the Dean's Scholarship any credence or just state the two schools are incomparable?"

I have no idea, but there really isn't any downside in trying play hardball with the financial aid people.  They understand it's nothing personal.

"SMU is T-1, but not really anywhere close to UT."

This is true.  Even if you are dead set on practicing in Dallas, you should go to UT.  Maybe if SMU offered you a full-ride and you were out of state at UT it would be a hard call, but I'm going to reserve judgment on that question until it actually comes up.


I'm In-State at UT, but SMU would still be less expensive by a couple grand per year.  Nothing that I would be too worried about.  I already have good Dallas connections at some major firms so I'm all but assured at the very least an interview at their firms.  Paying a couple grand more per year to attend UT would be worth it to me, but if they matched what I'd have to pay at SMU it would be that much sweeter.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UT 2L Taking Qs
« on: April 16, 2007, 12:23:32 AM »
I have a Dean's Scholarship from SMU (18k per year) and am looking to leverage that into a scholarship at UT.  Currently, SMU has around a 31k/year tuition so that would make it a few thousand cheaper than UT.  Is it worth trying to leverage?  SMU is T-1, but not really anywhere close to UT.  Do you think they would give the Dean's Scholarship any credence or just state the two schools are incomparable?

I guess it’s worth a shot because it’s not likely they’ll revoke your acceptance or anything, but they know what they’re working with and that they’re the biggest game in Texas. You don’t have anything a little closer in rank you could show them?

I do, but with being an In-State student, it doesn't make it very favorable to say "I'd be paying 25k/year at Private School X, please respond by allowing me to only pay 11k per year at UT."  Oh, the curse that is being "In-State."

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UT 2L Taking Qs
« on: April 16, 2007, 12:21:37 AM »
"Since we're semi on the topic of housing, I'm thinking of buying a condo in the Downtown area. Is that just crazy? What is the traffic coming from there like?"

Traffic sucks all over Austin.  But, if you live downtown you shouldn't have to take the freeway - it's like a mile or two from campus as the crow flied.  Maybe a 15 minute drive.  Not crazy if you can afford it.  Probably a good investment.

"If you give DT the thumbs down, what’s the best place to buy a “nice” condo that’s reasonably close to the school (but not necessarily hyde park) and has some strong resale potential?"

Maybe East Austin - that area is going through some gentrification right now. Also check out Terry Town and South Congress, though those are more places where you'd look for a house.

I'm a single gal and don't want all the homeowner responsibilities or the lack of amenities that generally accompanies buying a house. When I was in town I asked the cabbies where the best place to live for traffic was and they suggested downtown (which obviously appeals to my desire to live a downtown lifestyle and is just the justification I needed for such extravagance) but an earlier poster said something like “if you’re going to be there for three years you have to be in hyde park/ north campus” so that made me a little worried that people were unhappy in other places.

I'm currently getting my Master's from UT and I live in the Hyde Park area.  I think it's beautiful and the crime is very, very low.  It's a 10-minute shuttle ride to the law school building, but I usually bike when the weather is nice (makes me feel like the road bike I purchased for $1300 is actually worth it).  I'd recommend it if you can find a roomie.  The house I'm in right now is on Speedway and runs $1900 a month, which isn't all that bad when split three ways.  Nice backyard, good community, et cetera.  I found it on my own by just driving through the neighborhood in which I wanted to live and looking for "For Rent" signs.  There are so many places to live down here; it's not too difficult to find a good spot.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UT 2L Taking Qs
« on: April 16, 2007, 12:17:09 AM »
I have a Dean's Scholarship from SMU (18k per year) and am looking to leverage that into a scholarship at UT.  Currently, SMU has around a 31k/year tuition so that would make it a few thousand cheaper than UT.  Is it worth trying to leverage?  SMU is T-1, but not really anywhere close to UT.  Do you think they would give the Dean's Scholarship any credence or just state the two schools are incomparable?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Trying Again Next Cycle?
« on: April 14, 2007, 07:03:23 PM »
The pay isn't actually all that good.  A first year associate at an audit firm makes around 55k a year plus an annual increase of around 10%, less than half of a first year associate at a law firm.  I could maybe work there for a year, but I'd basically be losing $80k each year I defer going to law school.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Trying Again Next Cycle?
« on: April 13, 2007, 10:26:24 PM »
Thanks for the advice guys.  I definitely hadn't thought about asking for a non-commit deferral for GWU or BU.  I certainly hope it's not a dumb idea because it sounded like a good idea to me!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Trying Again Next Cycle?
« on: April 13, 2007, 08:24:48 PM »
I think I've topped out on my LSAT score.  Honestly, the only things that would change between this year and next would be a year of WE, a new Personal Statement, and timing of my applications.  I do have aspirations for T-14.  Portability, IMO, is a must for the line of work I want to pursue.  I thought my GPA/LSAT would get me in to schools in the teens and maybe, maybe in to a T-10.  I'm not sure if I overestimated myself or what, but I'm hoping/wishing that it was my application timing that put me on those waitlists instead of low GPA.   

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Where should I go next fall? / Trying Again Next Cycle?
« on: April 13, 2007, 07:04:04 PM »
I have a 3.43 GPA, Master's degree in Accounting, and a 169 LSAT score.  I have a job lined up with PricewaterhouseCoopers to work in M&A if I do not attend law school this fall. I'm currently on 8 waitlists and have yet to hear from UT-Austin, UCLA, and UPenn.  My waitlisted schools include Michigan, Duke, UVa, Cornell, USC and Vandy.  I honestly can't believe I've been waitlisted so much, but I did not go complete until early January due to my December LSAT retake.  Should I sit out this year and re-apply next year to these schools with a year of work experience under my belt?  When I hear that I'm waitlisted, I'm basically counting those as rejections at the moment.  I have a Dean's scholarship to SMU and acceptances to GWU and BU.  Thanks for your help!

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