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I think it's changed a lot just from a generation or so ago.  Sort of like having a college degree, you know?  Used to be that just having a bachelor's meant a lot, and now going to college is much more common and the degree doesn't mean as much anymore, so people really focus on where it's from.  Also, when did the USNWS rankings start?  I have a feeling that changed things quite a bit.  Of course, I'm not aspiring to any top schools (just one t1 and the rest t2) so I don't have to worry about feeling elitist. ;D

I can't really tell you which would be more profitable in the long run, but I'm in grad school right now at UGA and the UGA-network seems to be pretty strong.  I have been all over this state and let me tell you, you see that Georgia "G" everywhere!  Also, cost of living is low in Athens.  If you want to work in state, UGA would seem to make the most sense, especially since you would only be taking on a third of the debt. 

Applied to five schools the first two days of February, still waiting on at least one letter of recommendation to get in so most of my apps can go complete (one school requires three letters).  Although, I did get accepted in U of Miami with only one (old) letter.  Still waiting on IU - Indy and IU - B (my top choices) and DePaul (also a top choice if they want to give me good $$$$, b/c it's expensive) and Seton Hall.  So, in addition to all the agonizing you all have to do, I also get to obsess about whether applying so late in the cycle has hurt my chances (or rather, if having letters still out so late is hurting my chances).  Wish me luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: Rate my chances, quick and painless
« on: February 25, 2008, 08:35:06 AM »
I'm glad to hear that there's hope for people who apply later in the cycle.  I applied Feb 1 & 2, but I'm still waiting on at least one letter.  Do they just put the app aside until that gets in?  They already have an (incomplete) LSDAS report that only had one (three-year-old letter). 

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: LOCI
« on: February 23, 2008, 08:53:17 PM »
ok, what is an "LOCI"?  I am new to the forums and terminology.

I'd actually like to see if we could revive this thread.  I applied to both IU-Indy and IU-B, and I am interested if anyone can offer a comparison between the two?  Also, I applies 2/02/08, but I still have a couple LOR's on the way.  Is this going to hurt me at all?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Married life and law school
« on: February 22, 2008, 08:35:15 PM »
I'm actually finishing a Master's and applying to law school right now. My husband and I got married the summer before I started my grad program, and we relocated to a new state for school.  I'll be honest, the first year was really rough.  Just keep in mind that there might be other things that could stress you out, if you are changing locations and things like that.  Honestly, after the first year things have gone much more smoothly!  Part of the problem our first year was that my husband couldn't find a "real" job in his field so he ended up as a prep cook at a restaurant, while I was only earning the grad student stipend, so money stress was a big issue for us.  If your spouse has a steady job, that should make life easier.  Also, expect to fight about housework.  Housework and finances seem to be the two main stressors for newlyweds. 

I think the most important thing that other people have said is to make sure you carve out some time each week to spend together, and don't only talk about law school things when you're together.

Law School Admissions / Re: Academic Probation & Warning
« on: February 22, 2008, 07:06:02 PM »
whew! thanks!  I disclosed everything, but still . . . .

Law School Admissions / Re: Academic Probation & Warning
« on: February 22, 2008, 03:53:55 PM »
I have a similar question, but for grad school.  I'm finishing an M.S. right now, and I was on academic probation for a semester (that happens if you fall below a 3.0).  I was on a teaching assistantship (teaching and grading for three sections a week) and taking three 3-cr hour classes.  I mean, is it really going to hurt me that I got a "C" in Physical Oceanography and Microbial Biogeochemistry?  I brought my GPA up and kept it up (ok, but not very high) while teaching the same amount and doing field research . . . .

Law School Admissions / Re: THE MAIL CALL THREAD
« on: February 22, 2008, 02:52:15 PM »
Got into U of Miami today.  They only had one (three-year-old) letter of rec b/c the others are still on their way.  Is it normal to get a decision before you application is technically "complete"?

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