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Law School Admissions / Re: 156-160 Support Group
« on: March 17, 2008, 03:38:37 PM »
SMU acceptance today!

Has anyone else cracked the Tier 1? 

I'm in at George Mason (albeit part-time).  I'm still pending at several others.

Law School Admissions / Re: 156-160 Support Group
« on: March 17, 2008, 08:54:15 AM »
In at Seattle U. with small scholarship.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Part-Time Experiences
« on: March 10, 2008, 08:21:16 AM »
I've talked to a couple of people who worked FT while doing a PT program.  Each have said that it is totally doable.  However, those I've talked to went to school years ago, so some of the pain and suffering may have worn off.  It's looking like I'll have to go the PT route, and it isn't sounding too fun. 

Law School Admissions / Re: 156-160 Support Group
« on: March 09, 2008, 06:27:56 PM »
In at Lewis & Clark.  No money though.  They say they have already given there allotment for the year.  I can ask to be re-evaluated for scholarship at the end of April (after the deposit deadline of course).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Part-Time Programs - Thoughts?
« on: February 27, 2008, 09:19:48 AM »
I too am considering a PT program (I'm in at George Mason PT).  While applying to schools, I did not want to do PT, but as reality is setting in, I think it might be best for me and my family in order to cut down on loans.

Regarding transferring to FT, I don't have any first-hand knowledge of the process at the schools you listed, but I was told by the admissions officer from Mason who called with my acceptance news that transferring to FT there is fairly easy.  Also, I think there is someone on this board that had no trouble transferring from PT to FT at George Washington.  That's only one instance though.  Good luck.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Seattle U: Information
« on: February 27, 2008, 08:37:04 AM »
Hey everyone.  I just saw this article this morning:  Looks like tuition for SU law is going up 13% next fall.  Not sure if tht will make a difference for any of you, but I thought I'd post it anyway.

I've been enjoying this discussion.  I appreciate everyone's opinions/thoughts/perspectives.  While I am in no way going to base my decision on where to move my family based on this discussion alone, I do like to hear opinions and perspectives from those who do or have lived in the area.

Regarding Arlington, does anyone have any thoughts on decent neighborhoods other than Clarendon/Courthouse/Ballston?  Are these it?  Again, I'm considering Mason and hopefully GW.  I know the closer to the Orange line the better, but I'm not against taking a short bus ride either.  I just don't plan on driving.

My wife and I will be spending a week in and around NOVA and DC mid-April to visit law schools and to scope out as many neighborhoods, etc. as possible.


Well, if you're going to Mason, I don't think you'll have much choice but to live in Arlington or thereabouts.  I wouldn't really recommend the burbs as strongly as some other people on the board if you're thinking of commuting to GW.  Depending on the ages of your children, DC proper might not be a great option while you're in law school because of the poor public schools.

Also, you may be used to "traffic" but you honestly don't know what you're getting yourself into here unless you've lived in NYC or LA.  ;)

Schools are very important to us . . . and while I haven't lived in NYC or LA I've sat in traffic in both places on a couple of different occasions.  Not fun at all and definietly worse than were I currently live!

Law School Admissions / Re: GW ?
« on: February 25, 2008, 10:52:23 AM »
This may be addressed in one of the many GW threads, but I assume they notify you by email when you go complete?

Thanks for your perspective dischord.  If I am going to be picking up my life and moving across the country, I need all the perspectives I can get.  I, and my kids, are used to the suburb or bedroom community life.  I commute everyday into a large city for work and have done so for many years.  I'm used to traffic, but I'm fortunate enough to be able to use a convenient form of public transportation which helps.

I would love to live in the city, but I think my wife would prefer the burbs.  I think it would be best for the family at this stage.  My wife and I will be visiting the area for a week in April in order to get a feel for the different areas and hopefully, that amount of time will help us decide if this is the place to be.

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