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General Off-Topic Board / Re: One of them will be President?
« on: May 11, 2008, 05:49:23 PM »
For what its worth:  Obama and Capital Gains Taxes:

Incoming 1Ls / Re: KU Jayhawks Class of 2011
« on: May 01, 2008, 07:33:06 PM »
Did anyone else here attend the John Roberts lecture last night?  I thought it was a pretty cool experience.  He had a cool discussion of the legalities behind the Louisiana Purchase and how the deal went down with France.  I especially enjoyed the Q&A at the end with law and business school students. 

The crazy Westboro/Phelps protesters were outside at the start and when a question came up in the Q&A about balancing free speech with repulsive speech, I thought Roberts' answer was interesting, without directly referencing the protesters.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: KU Jayhawks Class of 2011
« on: April 28, 2008, 03:31:45 PM »
Thanks to those who posted - good info so far.

I've already spent a good amount of time in Lawrence over the last several years and agree that traffic can be rough too.  I had heard at the open house that it is possible to obtain a parking permit for a lot next to the LS building and as long as one arrives by 8 or 8:30am, it isn't hard to get a spot...I hope that pans out to be true, as I won't be living close enough to campus to walk/cycle.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Men: Buying a suit...
« on: April 25, 2008, 07:49:52 AM »
As an aside:

I'm planning on attending an "Incoming Students Reception" that is being hosted at a law firm and the details are brief - it just gives a time (5:30-7:00pm on a weekday evening) and requests an RSVP.  It says nothing about dress, so I'm assuming a navy or gray suit is the best way to go?!? 

Anyone think otherwise?

Incoming 1Ls / Men: Buying a suit...
« on: April 25, 2008, 06:36:32 AM »
OK, so here's where I get to admit that I've made it this far in life without purchasing a real suit. Sure, I've had jackets, nice pants, plenty of shirts and ties, but never a complete, solid suit.

I'm in an area where there are plenty of stores to chose from. Any brands/stores that stand out as being ones I should check out first?

What do I need to know? Where do I begin? How much should I expect to pay for a well-made, well-styled, well-fitting suit?  I have a fairly thin, athletic build, so I don't doubt I'll need some alterations to make it fit properly...what to look for?

I've been "awarded" the standard 20,500 combo of subsidized and unsubsidized loans for my first year.  I'll likely be taking out the full $20,500 (and possibly more through a PLUS loan if needed...that is still to be determined though).

On my school's financial aid website, it says I must accept or decline each of the two loans for the upcoming year.  In accepting, I am to select my lender and that is where I have a question.

The lender options are as follows:

Federal Direct Loans:
---Default Fee:  n/a
---Origination Fee:  2% (less 1.5% after disbursement)
---Total Fees:  0.50%
---Borrower Benefits:  0.25% reduction for auto-debit

---Default Fee:  0%
---Origination Fee:  1%
---Total Fees:  1%
---Borrower Benefits:  0.25% reduction for auto-debit

Bank of America:
---Default Fee:  0%
---Origination Fee:  0%
---Total Fees:  0%
---Borrower Benefits:  0.25% reduction for BofA customers

---Default Fee:  0%
---Origination Fee:  1%
---Total Fees:  1%
---Borrower Benefits:  0.25% reduction for auto-debit

US Bank:
---Default Fee:  0%
---Origination Fee:  0%
---Total Fees:  0%
---Borrower Benefits:  1% credit of original principal after 12 consecutive on-time payments


We are allowed to use other lenders if we chose, but these are the ones listed so I figured I might as well start with these.

My understanding is that Stafford (whether subsidized or not) are all at a fixed rate of X percent and that rate won't vary among lenders... only with the reductions for things like auto-debit, etc...

So my question is this:  Why would anyone pick any lender other than USBank or Bank of America, given these choices?!?  Isn't it clear that these two offer the best deals, making the coice simple?

I thought the easiest and most cost-effective loan would be straight through the fed (via the first option listed) but that seems to not be the case with their various fees. 

If someone could clear this up, I'd be very grateful.  Thanks!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Class Schedules
« on: April 14, 2008, 06:20:36 PM »
Jack:  Looks like you won't have to stress about this point:

Quote from: KU Entering Law Students Message
I’d like to extend a warm Jayhawk welcome to the incoming class of 2011.

You will receive your individual student schedule when you arrive at orientation.

You will be assigned to a small section group of 17-25 students and will take the same classes. You will have 16 hours of required classes each semester during the first year. Summer starters will take 10 hours this summer. Our classes and class sizes are carefully planned so you are not allowed to create your own schedule. We will enroll you in all of your classes. Fall enrollments will be inputted July 25th or so. Summer enrollments will be inputted by May 19th. Please do not enroll yourselves online.

The first year classes are Contracts I and II, Property I and II, Civil Procedure I and II, Lawyering I and II, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Summer starters will be allowed to choose a few electives from a list of upper-level courses.

As a 1L in a full time program you should expect to have classes M-F anytime from 8:10 am-4:40 pm.

Law students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during the school year in accordance with ABA standards.

I look forward to meeting each of you and am sure your experience at KU law will prepare you well for any future endeavors.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Class Schedules
« on: April 10, 2008, 04:42:03 PM »
are you sure you get to pick your class times. at most schools they are assigned.

No, I'm not sure. 
I assumed I wouldn't have any options, but the schedule makes it look like I might.

Nothing from that link makes it look like you have a choice.  It's just the schedule of when the classes are.  Every school has one of those.

Although not sure, I believe TITCR.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Class Schedules
« on: April 10, 2008, 03:12:07 PM »
I'm heading to KU too - when did you find out this info about classes?!?

Lobstah:  Are you heading to KU too?  Great Phish references in your signature, by the way. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: KU Jayhawks Class of 2011
« on: April 10, 2008, 06:45:05 AM »
Wikipedia "Flutie Effect".

The Flutie effect or Flutiactor refers to the phenomenon of having a successful sports team increase the exposure and prominence of a university. This is named after the Boston College's Doug Flutie whose successful Hail Mary pass in the 1984 game against the University of Miami clinched the win and that win supposedly played a large role in the increase in applications to Boston College the following year.[1][2][3]

Writing in the Spring 2003 edition of Boston College Magazine, [4] Bill McDonald, director of communications at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education determined that “Applications to BC did surge 16 percent in 1984 (from 12,414 to 14,398), and then another 12 percent (to 16,163) in 1985. But these jumps were not anomalous for BC, which in the previous decade had embarked on a program to build national enrollment using market research, a network of alumni volunteers, strategically allocated financial aid, and improvements to residence halls and academic facilities.” He also observed that “in 1997, one year after revelations about gambling resulted in a coach’s resignation, 13 student-athlete suspensions, an investigation by the NCAA, and hundreds of embarrassing media reports, applications for admission came in at 16,455, virtually unchanged from the previous year. Two years later, when applications jumped by a record 17 percent to 19,746, the surge followed a 4-7 year for football.” Going further back in history, he reported that applications had increased 9% in 1978, a year when BC football had its worst year ever, with a 0-11 record.

Mr. McDonald posed the question “How does an idea like the “Flutie factor” become sufficiently rooted that the New York Times cites it as a given without further comment and some universities invest millions of dollars in its enchanting possibilities?” He was provided with an answer by Barbara Wallraff, author of the “Word Court” column in the Atlantic Monthly: “It’s painful to fact-check everything. Media will often reprint what has been published, especially when it appears in reputable publications. ‘Flutie factor’ is a short, alliterative way to describe something that is complicated to explain. But what makes a good term is not always the literal truth.”

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