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I don't see what it could possible hurt to tell a lower ranked school that you would go to it over a higher ranked one.  I don't know if it will necessarily help you out any, but I doubt it would hurt anything.

Wait List / Re: How long will you hold onto your waitlists?
« on: June 13, 2007, 03:40:51 PM »
Wow, that does sound like an awful experience!  It might mean law school isn't for you or not right now, but it might have just been a bad experience.  I think everyone has felt like giving up at some point, especially when dealing with the stress of hanging onto waiting lists.  I think you just need to think about why you applied in the first place.  If it's because you are sick of your job and just want to do something, anything else, maybe it's best to wait and make sure it's what you want.  But if you know you really want to be a lawyer, you should go for it.  Maybe think about how you'd feel after withdrawing from your schools.  Relieved or sad?  That'll tell you how you really feel.

I would suggest waiting another year and retaking the LSAT.  If you were doing that well on your practice tests, you would definitely do better next time.  It would give you time to think about what you want, and you could get into a great school next year! 

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!   

Wait List / Re: How long will you hold onto your waitlists?
« on: June 13, 2007, 03:07:59 PM »
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?!

Wait List / Re: How long will you hold onto your waitlists?
« on: June 11, 2007, 02:05:02 PM »
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!

Wait List / How long will you hold onto your waitlists?
« on: June 11, 2007, 03:53:08 AM »
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?

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Seton Hall
« on: June 08, 2007, 04:56:10 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??

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Help!!! Santa Clara or Hastings
« on: June 08, 2007, 04:06:22 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.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Seton Hall
« on: June 07, 2007, 01:12:04 PM »
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?

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Seton Hall
« on: June 07, 2007, 11:37:59 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.

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