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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Arizona State
« on: November 23, 2004, 08:08:18 AM »
I also got in at ASU.... no scholarship offer though :-\

Did anyone who got accepted receive a scholarship? I'm guessing they'll be sending those letters out later.....?

Chicago, what was your UGPA/LSAT?  ASU is my first I'm trying to feel out whether or not they're going to let me in.

3.84, 162...... I have a friend who got in last year with a 3.3, 162... he heard back from them in Jan.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Arizona State
« on: November 23, 2004, 03:39:18 AM »
I also got in at ASU.... no scholarship offer though :-\

Did anyone who got accepted receive a scholarship? I'm guessing they'll be sending those letters out later.....?

Hey I am a current Baylor Law Student, and I just started my 4th Quarter.  I was sad to read that someone told you that most students lose their scholarship...because that is not true.  I am personally on a scholarship and do not expect to lose it.  What is true is that SOME students lose there scholarship, and generally speaking those are the only students who will be willing to talk about their scholarship.  Baylor does NOT give scholarships to everyone!  I PROMISE YOU!  The majority of students in my class are not on scholarships, and of the ones who are I do not know of any who are losing them this quarter (although there may be one).  Baylor is a hard school, and there is no way around that, but the administration realizes that.  In fact the GPA to keep your scholarship has been lowered to 2.6 because of the concern that students expressed.  Furthermore, Baylor will automatically give you a scholarship for full or half tuition if your GPA is ABOVE a certain point after a year.
The way Baylor stays competitive is by pushing their students harder than they think they can be pushed.  Believe it or not this attracts a certain caliber of student.  The environment in the law school is EXTREMELY friendly, not cut-throat.  The recent announcement that we are the "nations most competitive law school" came as quite a surprise to everyone.  Truly the students are not out to beat each other, rather we just want to make it through together.

thanks for the very helpful info!

Choosing the Right Law School / Best part-time schools on the west coast?
« on: November 18, 2004, 09:51:50 AM »
What are the best p/t programs on the west side (west coast and neighboring states). I really only know of USD....

Also, does USD let you start p/t and then go full-time after a year? any other schools that do this?


Can you lose your scholarship after the 1Q, or not until after the first year is over? anyone know?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: How much debt is too much?
« on: November 17, 2004, 09:56:08 AM »
I'm sorry but I have to disagree with much of what is being said on this thread! Student loan debt is not the same thing as credit card debt or debt from car payments. First off, the interest rates on student loans are as low as 1 to 3 percent.(And if anyone out there is paying rates higher than this, you need to consolidate.) The rates on credit cards are more like 10 to 20 percent.  Even the rates on cars and homes are much higher than the rates on student loans.

Furthermore, I think that you have to view the two differntly. If I looked at the amount of "student-loan debt" that my live-in boyfriend and I have from my undergrad loans and his medical school loans as "debt", I would probably think twice about going to LS, too!  The difference is that you have to look at student loan debt as an investment....not as another car or credit card payment!  My boyfriend and I will probably owe about $200k (combined) by the time I am finnished with law school and he is finnished with his residency....and this amount isn't even that bad considering that many of the people he graduate with from Med school owed $200k by themselves.  However, this $200k is nothing considering the difference between what we will make (over a lifetime) with our degrees versus what we would have made without them.

Besides, the OP can defer student loans...and while she is in school, the gov. will even pay the interest on any subsidized loans! Or she can take 40 years to pay them off if she has to! And many law schools offer loan repayment assistance programs and there are even government programs for loan repayment if one goes into areas of law that benefit the public good and are not paid as well.

are the rates on private educational loans (above & beyond the $18,500 of stafford loans) really going to be 1 - 3%?  I hope so, but from the (limited) research I've done this, I think the rates are much higher if you have to borrow more than $20K a year....

Law School Admissions / Re: Missed Dec LSAT Deadline....Now What
« on: November 16, 2004, 08:22:35 AM »
I recommend taking the Feb. LSAT and applying for fall '06.  Having an LSAT score in hand in March will be nice... you won't have to wait til July to know where you can get in.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Lewis and Clark Campus Visit
« on: November 16, 2004, 08:10:44 AM »
I'd also be very interested in hearing about the campus.

agreed.... only use the best of the two (if you know which is the best).

"How to get into the top law schools" has an in-depth LOR example from an employer.

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