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Incoming 1Ls / Re: When to quit work?
« on: April 18, 2005, 05:52:29 PM »
I've been working in this position for 7 years - I need a break before I start school. I'm giving up quite a bit of money for that month off (over 4k), but it's worth it to me. I hate where I am right now and want a chance to relax and not have to worry about ANYTHING. I can't wait!

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: SHOULD I BUY?!?!
« on: April 15, 2005, 05:27:04 PM »
Don't know about your particular area, but definately buy. Not only do you get to write all mortgage interest and prop taxes off your taxes, you will most likely make some cash on the property you purchase. We are selling our house of two years, which has appreciated 37 percent in the last two years!! This money is a gift from the universe that is making our transition to ls much easier....a few things to keep in mind if you buy 1) get your mortgage now, when you have a job (quite simply, you need a job or a steady source of income to qualify for a mortgage, and I'm not sure the debt of student loans counts. In fact, it will probably hurt and count against the amount of mortagge you can borrow if you tell them) and 2) consider your property's LOCATION and resale. I'm assuming you're not staying in Athens after ls, and you want to be able to flip it. Get a realtor (Seller pays their costs) and start asking about the most desirable locations for resale value - that should be your prime consideration, esp. if Athens is a buyer's market. Other than that, its soooo great to own a home. Go for it!

One thing to note about writing off interest and property taxes - you'll be able to deduct it, but only the amount beyond the standard deduction will actually lower your taxes. If you have state income tax, you can add that to it as well to get beyond the standard deduction. Many people believe that their taxes will go way down when they buy and are very surprised when they only decrease a little.

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Credit Scoring and Private Loans
« on: April 14, 2005, 05:10:21 PM »
Bank ONE also offers a loan beyond your cost of attendance - 25 or 30k I think.

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: When to quit work?
« on: April 14, 2005, 05:07:43 PM »
One of the reasons I decided to go to law school this year was because I hate my job and my boss. I'm in a Director position, very high level, and it will take a while to hire and train the next person. I was planning on giving 2 weeks notice, but decided that it would be unprofessional to do so. I ended up giving 5 months notice (last day July 29th) and I'm glad I did. There isn't really a chance that they'll try to force me out early, since I have knowledge of the company and the position that no one else has. Hell, I went on medical leave for two weeks starting 4/4 and I get emails almost every day asking how to do this or that. My boss was shocked (shocked!) that I was leaving and tried to get me to stay. He really is an ass. All of my coworkers have been very supportive and, in some cases, very jealous. I expect that one of the supervisors I manage will get my job and we'll start training in May.

The only downside that I've encountered is that some people (who don't like me) have started complaining that I'm acting like I have one foot out the door. They've made comments to my boss that I'm not keeping the company in mind and it seems like I just don't care anymore. Well, they're asses too, but it is kind of annoying that they're doing that. If I hadn't told anyone that I was leaving they would never have gotten that perception. It's true that I have one foot out the door, but my performance has not changed and, in a way, has improved since I know that I'm leaving eventually and I'm not stuck in a crappy ass job anymore.

Overall, if you think your boss won't try to force you out early then tell them now. I bet they'll appreciate the opportunity for you to train your replacement.

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Buying laptop thru school... a good deal?
« on: April 13, 2005, 08:51:50 PM »
I think it depends. At L&C they have a deal with Dell, but the prices appear to suck. I can get a much better deal waiting for the hot coupons to come out. If you don't want to spend a lot of time waiting for the best deals, I think the prices are pretty decent in most cases. This is excluding Apples, of course, since they charge pretty much the same everywhere. If you can get a school to knock even more off of the educational price, then you're getting a pretty good deal.

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Grade Curves
« on: April 13, 2005, 08:49:44 PM »
FYI for those considering L&C - they recently (I think the day before the Preview) changed the curve from 2.85 to 3.0. I'm guessing that those of us that got scholarships requiring a 2.85 are locked into that and all future scholarships will be bases on a 3.0. Yeehaw!

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Dell's 1 day sale
« on: April 13, 2005, 08:45:14 PM »
The last time this happened was back in October (maybe it was early November), so it definitely happens more than just once a year. When I was in the market for a laptop, I checked www.fatwallet.com daily (usually several times a day) and waited for the hot deals to get posted. I ended up getting a 600m (700m is too small for me) for less than $750 - normall would be $1600 or so. On another occasion I purchased my mom a 600m for $850, which isn't the best deal, but she was happy. My mom's deal happened early in the morning. There was a 1 hour window where you could get the previous day's rebates and still apply the next day's coupons. Kind of a fluke, but if you really want a good deal you have to stay on it and keep trying.

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Ladies' suits.. where to go?
« on: April 09, 2005, 05:41:52 PM »
I'm a huge fan of The Limited for suits. I don't wear them anymore, but last year I had probably 20 of their suits. They are fairly inexpensive, comfortable (due to the stretch in the fabric), stylish and most of the pants are washable! I ended up giving most of them to my sister, but I kept the more formal ones.

Also, this is going to sound weird, but Victoria's Secret's (I think it's called the Fit Zone or something like that) suits are fabulous! Not the suits you buy all in one package, but the ones you can buy separate pieces. I love the Christie fit pants and the 2 button fitted jacket. These suits are pretty inexpensive when you get them on sale, but they look great.

My other favorite suit is Elie Tahari, but I bought that at the outlet mall in Vegas, along with a Theory suit. If you have a chance to check out that outlet mall, do it!

Erin

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Letter from Lewis and Clark
« on: April 08, 2005, 01:43:39 AM »
I emailed the admissions department with a letter detailing why I'm great and why they should give me more money. My original scholarship addendum focused more on the fact that I'm leaving my high paying job, I own a house, etc. so I figured I should let them know some additional reasons for giving me more money. The admissions director emailed me back and let me know that she was taking my file back to the committee. About a week later she emailed me again and let me know that they had upped my scholarship to 8k/year. Not a lot, but every little bit helps.

Good luck,
Erin

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Law School Admissions / Re: Lewis and Clark
« on: March 22, 2005, 07:55:32 PM »
I attended the admitted students events also and there seemed to be a LOT of undecided people there. I only spoke to 2 people who were definite on L&C (like me) and both live in Portland (like me). So, I think those of you who are still waiting have a good chance at the school not filling up. You might hear after the deadline passes for the first deposit.

Erin

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