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I know this is a pretty generic/hard to answer question because the markets are different. Say you're making 160+ bonus in New York and leave relatively cheaply outside the city in Hoboken or Jersey City. How much can you save per year after taxes, living expenses, loan repayments, etc? I'm just curious because big law money sounds like a lot, but I have a feeling it's hard to save, especially if you're not frugal, which I try to be.

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Law School Applications / Chicago's application
« on: August 08, 2007, 11:39:46 AM »
U Chicago's app is up today. However, it's only 2 pages long and the only supplemental form is an early decision contract. There's a checklist saying you need an essay, resume, etc, and the directions say use an essay for another school or one specifically for Chicago, but that's it. Is there nothing a little more in depth on how to approach supplemental factors? Am I missing something?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / My impressions of Columbia
« on: August 06, 2007, 03:50:57 PM »
I just got back from my New York City visit of Columbia. I had been invited to an information session that lasted about 2 hours to talk about the school. I wanted to go to see the area and determine if it's a place I'd like to go to school. Here are some observations I made:

1) The facilities are nice, and they're doing renovations. After seeing Columbia, I went downtown to NYU. I think NYU's buildings are "prettier" and in some ways more impressive. However, the work Columbia is doing will probably look great soon enough.

2) The area is better than I thought/remembered. My parents were always scared of Columbia, complaining it was in "Harlem." Morningside Heights has beautiful old buildings and a nice neighborhood feel. Lots of students around, and very few creepy homeless people. I honestly think the area is a positive for the school, and I think I prefer it to NYU's Greenwich Village (maybe I'm being dumb/naive in this preference). I wish that the law school were on the pretty undergrad campus, but oh well.

3) I like how they seem to make it easy to study abroad should I chose to do that, and how she acknowledged that some of their strongest programs include Constitutional law, academia, and corporate, the 3 areas I'm interested in.

4) Some of the people in the info session were annoying. I hope that doesn't reflect too much on the student body. I'm not looking for overly laid back, but a little bit couldn't hurt.

5) An interesting piece of admissions news: the woman leading the session (she was excellent) said that it didn't look like their numbers would change much for the upcoming class (they're still tabulating the numbers). I definitely believe this. I'm sure they have a pretty good idea of what the numbers are now since the class should be pretty stable (orientation is next Monday), and if it looked like the LSAT scores had increased, I'm sure she would have said something about it being even more competitive. So, it looks to me as if the ABA change hasn't really radically changed the schools' averages, which is good for me, with my 171, right below median.

6) That said, she did kind of emphasize (maybe not the right word) that the median LSAT is a 172. I feel kind of nervous with my LSAT being below median (even if it's only slightly), but my GPA is hopefully high enough above the 75th to compensate. She said early decision doesn't help you get in, and I guess I mostly believe her. She confirmed January was the earliest you'd hear back regular decision.

7) Given all this information, I've decided that Columbia is still my first choice, and I will consider applying early decision. While I don't think ED will help all that much, I think it could give the edge to make up for my LSAT score, which is slightly below their median. Compared to NYU, I think Columbia wins hands down for me. I saw NYU after Columbia's info session, and though their facilities are impressive, I loved the whole Columbia package upon visiting.

8) Also, I need to rework my essay. She said she'd like to hear a little bit more about why I'm interested in Columbia. I'll add that this week.

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Law School Applications / I think I love Columbia...
« on: August 03, 2007, 12:35:31 AM »
I think I love Columbia, toying with applying early decision. It's got NYC, prestige, name recognition, guaranteed housing, loved the undergrad campus (though I guess the law school is kinda mod/ugly). Downsides are just that it's almost in Harlem and it's not quite Harvard. I'm visiting Monday for this info session/tour thing, and if I like it as much as I think I will, I might just take the plunge and check "Early Decision" on the app. Bad idea? I don't think I'm going to get any money even if I don't apply ED (though it would be nice)... so someone convince me not to apply ED. My stats are competitive, but not stellar (171, 3.9ish)

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Law School Applications / Columbia Information seminar
« on: August 01, 2007, 07:03:22 PM »
Did anyone get an email about this? Planning to go (Aug 6)? Anyone go to one of these in the past?

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Law School Applications / Michigan Application
« on: July 30, 2007, 03:24:35 PM »
So I'm reading Michigan's new application for entering 2008, and I notice that their section on "ethnicity" (Race) is the very last question and it says clearly "process. Your answer, or decision not to answer, will have no bearing on the Law
School’s admission decision." Further, they also say "The people who read and make a decision on your application will not see your answer to this question." So is affirmative action dead at Michigan? I know the voters rejected it in November, but i figured they'd plow on with AA while there were court battles. I know it can still be used through diversity essays, but I thought this was interesting and haven't heard much discussion of it.



I couldn't decide whether to put this here or under the AA thread, so I'm putting it in both places. Sorry.

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Affirmative Action / No more AA at Michigan Law?
« on: July 30, 2007, 03:17:37 PM »
So I'm reading Michigan's new application for entering 2008, and I notice that their section on "ethnicity" (Race) is the very last question and it says clearly "process. Your answer, or decision not to answer, will have no bearing on the Law
School’s admission decision." Further, they also say "The people who read and make a decision on your application will not see your answer to this question." So is affirmative action dead at Michigan? I know the voters rejected it in November, but i figured they'd plow on with AA while there were court battles. I know it can still be used through diversity essays, but I thought this was interesting and haven't heard much discussion of it.



I couldn't decide whether to put this here or under the Application thread, so I'm putting it in both places. Sorry.

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Personal Statement / Acceptable topics?
« on: July 27, 2007, 04:02:15 PM »
I was reading a page at Top Law Schools.com about personal statements and they really stress making your personal statement emphasize why you'd be good at law. Mine is more just biographical, and doesn't really talk about my law qualifications at all. What do people think about this? Is this an OK way to approach it, or will I be laughed at for being too naive?

That said, anyone care to give my PS a read??? :)

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Law School Applications / Application Question
« on: July 24, 2007, 05:19:41 PM »
Cornell wants to know who "particularly influenced" my decision to apply to their law school. Does it matter what I say, or even if I fill this out at all? I feel bad leaving it blank, but honestly I think the person who most influenced me is probably the editor of US News, and I doubt they want to hear that.

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Law School Applications / Transcript question
« on: July 20, 2007, 06:21:40 PM »
LSAC processed my transcript today. They have this section: "Percentage distribution of GPAs" for my degree school. Does anyone know if this is for all students or if its just for those who are applying to law school? I'd assume it was for all students if they didn't have the LSAT score distribution right above it. How do they get the info? I'm assuming it's the distribution for previous years' classes.

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