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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Georgetown University Law Center Class of 2011
« on: February 17, 2008, 07:47:37 AM »
I am also binder-less.  :(

And no mail until Tuesday! grrr.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: From a Penn Law 1L...
« on: February 16, 2008, 09:48:16 AM »
I know it's 1.5-2 hrs driving, but it's only an hour and 10 minutes on the train (even the slower, regional train rather than the acela)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: From a Penn Law 1L...
« on: February 16, 2008, 07:48:25 AM »
I'm considering Penn and everything I read about it just makes me think more and more that it might be the right law school for me.  My situation is a little bit complicated, though.  I'm married and my husband is in grad school in Baltimore, where he also just started a job that counts as internship towards his degree, so he is stuck in Baltimore for at least the next year and a half if not longer.  He is totally supportive of me going to whichever law school I want and we'll just make it work.  My question for you is how do-able do you think this would be for Penn.  I'd stay up there during the week most of the time, and then on weekends either he'd come up to Philly or I'd come down to Baltimore. Do you think it is realistic to think that I could be going out of town at least 2 weekends a month, if not more?

Also, how cheap is housing? I've been poking around on craigslist, and ideally I'd like to find a room to rent in a safe(ish) area close to the law school for about $500.  It looks like it might be possible, but I don't know how quickly the area around Penn turns into a sketchy area. My husband would have to be welcome to stay there on weekends at least, and ideally it would be dog friendly. (my dog could stay in Baltimore with my husband, but I'd like to have my dog with me at least some of the time)

that was a lot longer than I intended to write, but any replies you can give from a 1L prospective would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance! :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: February 13, 2008, 08:02:05 PM »
Hey penn class of 2011 folks!

I just got the call today and I'm a very happy camper now.  ;D

just wondering how long it took for your admit packet to come in the mail after your phone call, and what was in it?

I'm planning on being at the ASW in March so maybe I'll meet some of you then!

I'm not 100% committed to Penn yet, but it's one of my top choices.  My husband is in grad school in Baltimore for 1 or 2 more years, so at Penn we'd at least be only an hour apart by train so I could come back on weekends or he could come up.  Feel free to tell me all the wonderful reasons why I should choose Penn :)

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: February 13, 2008, 04:30:11 PM »
Thanks to everyone who congratulated me!  and congrats back on your acceptances!

Law School Admissions / Re: PENN PENN PENN!!!!
« on: February 13, 2008, 03:45:41 PM »
I went complete on January 28th.

Law School Admissions / Re: PENN PENN PENN!!!!
« on: February 13, 2008, 03:08:59 PM »
in today  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

got the phone call while on a field trip with my 5th and 6th graders. wheeee!

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: February 13, 2008, 03:06:14 PM »
In at Penn today!  Wahoo!

I was on a field trip with my fifth and sixth graders and I saw I had a missed call from a 215 phone number - I listened to my voicemail and it was from Penn, so I went in another room from my students and called back.  I think I must have babbled a little ridiculously to the guy from Penn, but that's part of the game. Then I had to act like nothing was up and go back to my class, because I'm not supposed to be telling any of my co-workers and students since my principal doesn't want people to know yet that I'm leaving, so I had to do my happy dance in my head.

I'm so excited though!  Penn is one of my top choices!  ;D

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Turn Down Harvard?
« on: February 13, 2008, 06:26:55 AM »
I am in a somewhat similar situation.  My husband and I live in Baltimore, where he is in grad school in architecture and just started working at an architecture firm that he really likes and would like to stay with for the long run (or at least the next couple of years).

Now, I didn't apply to Harvard, so I don't have that conundrum. But I am considering going to GULC over anywhere else. (so far it is the top school I've gotten into, but I'm still waiting on 4.) I'm also going to interview for a scholarship at Maryland, so I haven't completely ruled out that possibility either.  Penn might be the best balance of a top school without being too far from my husband.  I could stay in Philly during the week and come back to Baltimore on weekends, or my husband would come up to Philly.

It is a MUCH more complicated decision than if I was applying straight out of undergrad with no other factors.  I'm pretty sure that Michigan would be my top choice otherwise - I love Ann Arbor and grew up 45 minutes away from there, so it would be nice to be close to my parents, but is it worth it to be so far away from my husband?  And we'll see if I even need to factor in the possibility of Columbia or NYU - that would be fun, paying for an apt in New York AND paying our mortgage in Baltimore when I have no income and am going into debt from law school.

I guess I don't have any advice here, but I can say that I feel your pain and it's a really tough decision.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Teach for America
« on: February 11, 2008, 05:08:55 PM »
Regardless of all the negative stuff I posted, I do think it was a growing experience for me.  I don't know if I would do it again knowing what I know now.  But I also know that most of my cohort had better experiences than I did.  Now that I'm 3 years removed from the time I quit, I can look back at the positives, even though at the time I was at rock bottom.

My experiences did give me great stuff to use for my personal statement though, so that's a plus.

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