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I went to the U of M for undergrad and have visited the law school, so if you have any questions, let me know.  I promise I'll be honest even though I'm on the waiting list and want your spot :)  The one thing I can say though is that if you are from Arizona, MN winters are going to be hell on you!   

I agree that no one cares about GPA.  I don't think that's fair!  GPA represents 4-5 years of hard work, where the LSAT is 1 test.  Why does that count so much more?!

Tell me about being on waitlisted edge!  I have to move back from Europe!  I was going to move to New Jersey and then move back to MN or WI if I got off the waitlist after school had started in New Jersey (MN and WI start in September).  I'm pretty sure that's the most insane waitlist plan ever!  But worth $20,000 a year for 3 years!

Anyone set a date in their mind where they will give up on the waiting list and go to one of their accepted schools? 

Personally I'm probably going to withdraw from my accepted schools, hold out on the waiting list until school starts, and then retake the LSAT and apply again.

So what's your date?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Seton Hall
« on: June 08, 2007, 01:56:10 AM »
They underestimate cost of living?  Crap!  Give me some more loans!

Do you think it's feasable to come a few days before orientation and find a place?  Hearing all this really makes me want to check out the area and find a good place, not just take a guess and find something online.  Anyone out there have a nice place and need a roommate??

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Help!!! Santa Clara or Hastings
« on: June 08, 2007, 01:06:22 AM »
I got into Santa Clara too, so I respect it as a school, but I think 36 vs. 91 is a huge difference.  I'd vote Hastings.  I am on the Davis waiting list (so I'd be in a similar situation with 34 vs. 91 if I got off it) and I'd take Davis no question.  If it helps at all, I might be moving to New Jersey and would move back to MN or WI if I got off a waiting list just to get into a higher ranked less expensive school. 

Sublease your apartment.  I'm sure there are tons of people moving there for school that would be happy to rent it!  Maybe Santa Clara even has a place somewhere that you could post it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Seton Hall
« on: June 07, 2007, 10:12:04 AM »
I agree that we have to shell out the $$ if we want to be lawyers.  So $80K is about the top from Seton Hall?  That's good to know.  I was curious about realistic salaries coming out of there.  For those of you who are living in this area, are the living expenses that they figure for us pretty true to what you've seen?  What should I expect to pay for a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Seton Hall
« on: June 07, 2007, 08:37:59 AM »
Yeah, I know that everyone has loans, but the idea of having $200,000 (combined with undergrad) is very daunting.  I know lawyers can make a lot of money when they are done with school, but a lot don't too.  Everyone wants to do well in school, and inevitably half of the people are going to be at the bottom half of the class.  I don't mean to be pessimistic, but after working at paying off undergrad debt, I know how hard it can be.  I have to be realistic about what a huge deal having that much debt is.

I will be going FT.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Seton Hall
« on: June 07, 2007, 07:56:24 AM »
I think I'm going to be at Seton Hall, unless I get off a waiting list closer to home.  For those of you who live close or have visited, what's Newark like?  Do you know how much rent is going to be, and what areas are the best to live in?  I've never been to the area, and I'm living in Europe, so I won't be able to visit, so I need some help :)

Is anyone else freaking out about how much it costs to go here?  How are you going to manage with the $56,000 a year debt!?

What's the work like?  Is it incredibly boring?  It's in Alexandria VA right?  How do you like it there?

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