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Law School Admissions / Re: Fee Waiver = Acceptance?
« on: February 20, 2008, 10:16:14 AM »
I think schools get bumps (however slight) in their image and ranking formula for having a lower admit rate.  So, they probably budget for a certain amount of app fees to be paid, and then figure out how many freebies they can give out to possibly worthwhile candidates, usually based on LSAT score regardless of GPA/soft factors.

Likewise, if they don't think they'll fill enough seats, they might just carpet-bomb various LSAT cutoffs with free-waivers.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Law school debt
« on: February 20, 2008, 10:03:19 AM »
Obviously it depends on a number of circumstances, such as:
1) Likelihood that you'll be able to land a $100K+ starting salary
2) What kind of lawyer you want to be (public interest vs. big firm)
3) If you have any dependants
4) Your ability to live within modest means
5) Potential help from family members should things get out of hand


Take me, for example: I am a little older than the average law student at 28.  I'll be 29 in a few months.  This means that I am somewhat more wary of taking out a large amount of debt, because I will have fewer "single" years to pay it down after I graduate.  I'm engaged and would like to have kids in 3-4 years.  Therefore, I've ruled out taking out more than $90K or so in loans unless I can get into a school that offers a good chance to earn a high salary right away.  If I was 23, I wouldn't sweat it as much.  
Also, I'm not convinced I even WANT to work in big law.  

Anyway, I've determined that my rule of thumb will be to aim for having debt that is at or less than what I expect to make in my first year out of school.  For me, that's about $80K.  I don't want to go above that.   

Personally, unless I was going to HYSNYUC...maybe Penn or UVA or Cornell or Chicago, I just would be too scared to take out more than $100K.  I mean, it's risky.

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Law School Admissions / Re: University of Denver- MyWeb
« on: February 16, 2008, 12:20:08 PM »
So if I post about Sean Connery, or make pithy comments about other peoples' exchanges 10 times per day for the next 6 months, I'll be a more valuable member...like you?

This is a community, you are correct.  It's not your personal playground to come in and judge/scold others for what you feel are not-up-to-standard posts.  This is a thread about potential Denver students.  Are you one? No? Then, with all the respect that your 20,000 all top-notch posts warrant: butt out.

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Law School Admissions / Re: University of Denver- MyWeb
« on: February 16, 2008, 12:12:05 PM »
1) I did. On LSN, where's we've been going back and forth for a few days now
2) Save the sanctimonious bull for someplace else, thanks


EDIT: KTH, again, congratulations.  Your input here has been helpful, encouraging, and (like all Denver students on this board) most supportive.


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Law School Admissions / Re: University of Denver- MyWeb
« on: February 16, 2008, 12:01:06 PM »
Hey,

What kind of letter did it come in?  Was it separate from the general "Congrats" letter?

Christ. I really hope I get that kind of money.

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Law School Admissions / Re: University of Denver- MyWeb
« on: February 13, 2008, 07:11:48 PM »
for those that got in recently:

Did you get scholarship info right away? 

I received my admit email today, and I was concerned because I will be dependent on some serious grant $$ to afford the school.  I didn't get any money, which was a surprise seeing as I have a 167 LSAT and a 3.1 GPA, and people with lesser stats are getting $12K to $20K per year. But, who knows, right?

So anyway, I called the financial aid office, and they said that I have no money in my name, and that I should check back in April.  This sounded a little fishy, so I called Karen Higganbotham, the Director of Admissions.  She was very nice, and completely understood my concern ("That is a very important question and a good one."), which was a relief after the cold brush-off of the Fin.Aid people.  Anyway, she said that she'd check with the committee to see if my application had been reviewed yet for aid and get back to me in a day or two.

I was just wondering how long people had to wait before they got their award figures.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: February 13, 2008, 01:40:56 PM »
Rutgers N. with $12K per year

Denver. No scholarship info yet.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: U. Colorado or U. Denver? Help!!
« on: February 13, 2008, 11:10:51 AM »
I was just admitted to Denver. Yay.

One thing: in the email, there is no mention of scholarship or merit awards.  I was kind of counting on something from them, as my numbers are very comparable to others who have received financial support.  Does this info come later? In a seperate letter?

Thanks.

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Did you read her book? ::)

She would undercut her advice to be open minded about different possibilities, and that not getting into a top 20 School really doesn't matter in the long run with elitist name-dropping. She'd say something like "Hey, Case Western is a good school, and Cleveland is an emerging legal market. You could do a lot worse."

Then, seriously, she'd write 3 pages later:

"Law school is where you'll end up for life. Can't get into a top 15 school? You can still go to school, but you'll be stuck. Stuck in Cleveland? Don't say I didn't warn you."

I'm paraphrasing, but she alternated between being condescending and patronizing.  It was sickening.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: U. Colorado or U. Denver? Help!!
« on: February 10, 2008, 04:25:13 PM »
Very interesting.

I, too, can now access my housing application (it only has "2007-2008, Spring Only" available, FYI).  I even updated my emergency contact.

I went complete on 1/14, so our timelines appear to be similar.  Hmm.  Keep us posted when/if you get a written response, please.  Oh, and GL with scholarship dough, if I get enough, we might be classmates.

...We can compare our favorite Beck songs.

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