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Law School Admissions / Re: Is it cool to wear law t-shirts?
« on: February 27, 2008, 07:45:30 PM »

i'm just going to buy the whole damn store!!

I think that comes after you graduate and are making the big bucks!

I am definitely not even looking to make any sort of six-figures right after graduating.  Ideally I'd like to clerk for a year before joining a firm.  A friend of mine is doing that now and you can make around $50k/yr working state government hours (37.5 hrs/wk).  Right now my husband and I don't even make that combined (I'm a grad student working my butt off way more than 40 hrs/wk, he's self-employed)!  I plan on going to a state school though, and hopefully he will make enough that I don't have to take out any loans for living expenses, so my debt will be much smaller.  I am really interested in PI, bioethics, environmental issues, rather than BigLaw.  Good luck with the decisions!  I wouldn't worry too much about the prestige thing; so much of the rankings are based on name recognition and selectivity.  I mean, I'm sure a lot of people with no chance of getting into a t14 school apply there "just to see" which makes the school look more selective and drives up the rankings. 


Indiana U - Bloomington is supposed to have a pretty good public interest focus, and they have an LRAP scholarship program for 2L and 3L's, with loan repayment options after graduation.  Also, the cost of living in Bloomington is really low.  They don't have a true deadline, and they only started making decisions in Feb, so you could still apply (it's only a $35 app fee).

Team Awesome:

I'm at UGA right now in a grad program.  I can't answer specifically about the law school (although my neighbor attends it, so I could probably ask her some questions), but I have been here three years so I can answer questions you might have about cost of living, housing market, the town, student culture, health insurance, grad student support, sports, etc.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Need to pick from these schools...
« on: February 27, 2008, 05:02:33 PM »
ummmm, Cincinnati is southern border of Ohio and Valpo is near Chicago (NW corner of IN).  I wouldn't say they're in the same region.

I don't know about requesting . . . .  I know some schools will ask that LSDAS hold a report until it has x number of letters of rec, or all your transcripts, etc.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BU vs. Emory vs. IU (free)
« on: February 27, 2008, 01:00:42 PM »
I actually grew up in Indy (-anapolis) my whole life and escaped it to do undergrad at BU.  From my experience: A) the winter sucks and the summer is not great, B) cost of living is outrageous, and C)there is a lot of snobbishness and competition on BOTH sides of the river.  I'm in Athens right now doing grad work, and I can tell you that the cost of living in Atlanta is pretty high, although maybe not as bad as Boston.  I definitely understand wanting to get out, but then again I left and decided I would rather live in a place that's not my top location so I can be near family.  It's difficult to travel when you're in an intense program if you want to get back for holidays/birthdays/weddings/funerals.  IU - B and IU - Indy are my top choices simply b/c of proximity to family and career opportunities for my husband (oh yeah, and a low cost of living).  If IU - B offered you a full ride, that would be difficult to pass up.  You'll have a lot more flexibility in your career options (field and location) if you don't have to choose the highest paying one to pay back your $180k student loans.  That said, if you can leverage your full-ride into scholarship money at Emory or BU, that would change the equation.  Good luck!  At least you have options!

This post is absurd.

Fairly, nobody cares about the "quality" of law schools.  Just because the legal world is infected with a sort of prestige tarantism doesn't mean that your friends, family, and even co-workers have to be.  They will congratulate you when you win a case or do something worthwhile, not take a four-hour test and earn grades in college.

Hallelujah!  If I weren't already married I might propose!

Law School Admissions / Re: Is it cool to wear law t-shirts?
« on: February 27, 2008, 12:22:18 PM »
for the really dorky:

Cafe Press has a variety of entertaining t-shirts for pretty much every area of eduction.  I plan to go on a shopping spree once I send in a deposit somewhere.  the perfect thing to complete that sweatpants/bedhead/haven't-slept-in-days look.   ;)

Law School Admissions / Re: LATE Kids (FeB)
« on: February 26, 2008, 04:04:36 PM »
Not waiting on LSAT scores, just LOR's.  Same feeling.  It's all in mail (to LSDAS!).  oh the anxiety!     ???

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