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You can take out law loans above the cost of attendance. Bank One offers one (I know there are others too). I believe they will let you borrow up to 30k.

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Financial aid: Next step after FAFSA?
« on: March 21, 2005, 10:10:23 PM »
You can borrow more than you COE if you go for the Bank One loan. I think there are a few banks that offer this loan. I'm certainly going to get it, since I currently take home a lot and do not want to change my lifestyle THAT much. Plus, I own a house and my mortgage is quite a bit more than the going rent.

Erin

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There's a couple things I've heard about Lewis & Clark.  First off if you want to go into Environmental law you can't do much better, and I think that program account for a lot of their ranking.  However it seems pretty mixed if you're not going into environmental, although I could be wrong about this.  Also something like 40% of the class is already married and I believe there is a pretty high number of older students, so this may or may not appeal to you.  I'm 22 and single, so it was a really killing point for me.  Also I read somewhere that Portland law firms don't hire a lot from lewis & clark, preferring to hire from big east coast schools, this was really surprising to me, I don't know how good your job prospects are outside of Portland, they may be good, but it doesn't look like you'll get anything in the area.  Again these are just things I've heard/read so don't shoot me if they aren't totally accurate.  It is dirt cheap though to live right next to lots of hiking and a big city and for some people that would be perfect.

I'm not so sure about the law firm thing. All of the firms I've looked at in Portland (quite a few) have large numbers of L&C graduates.

I do agree with the older and married thing though. I'll be 30 when I start and live like I'm married. Many of the people I met at the school when I visited were older and commented on the fact that there are many older students.

Erin

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Lewis and Clark
« on: March 08, 2005, 06:42:18 PM »
I heard from L&C about a month after I applied. That reminds me - I need to mail in my 1/2 fee waiver and get my money back!

Erin

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Rook32 - Did you consider applying to Willamette in Salem, OR? Salem is a MUCH nicer place to live than Spokane (although it's not great - at least you're only an hour from Portland). The school is well-respected in the area. Plus you can apply for free on their website.

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Negotiating with schools for $
« on: February 23, 2005, 04:18:01 PM »
I emailed L&C yesterday asking for more money - I pointed out a few different reasons that I hadn't touched on in my scholarship addendum. In the addendum I had focused on the fact that I'm giving up a very high paying job to go to law school, I own a house, etc. In this email I focused on how great I am, look at my potential, etc. The Director of Admissions emailed me back saying that she would take it to the scholarship committee and I should know by Wednesday. She even said 'it doesn't hurt to ask!'

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: FAFSA--PLEASE OFFER SOME HELP!!!
« on: February 23, 2005, 11:44:50 AM »
You're not the only one. Mine is over $23k. The thing that gets me is that I'm quitting my job to go to school, but that isn't reflected in this number. Oh well. I'll just take out the $30k private loan that they offer on top of the certified private loans. Since I have so much WE and pretty good credit I shouldn't have a problem getting all the loans I need.

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Speed Reading Courses?
« on: February 18, 2005, 12:39:33 PM »
I know some people who have used the Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics program. It's a DVD and a workbook. My HR director just bought a copy and I've got it now. I've only just started, so I can't really say how good it is, but maybe you can check it out at your library or something. Once I get into it, I'll post my experience.

Erin

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Student Loan Payments
« on: February 15, 2005, 03:54:36 PM »
All of the private loans I've looked at have a grace period, usually 4-6 months after you graduate.

Erin

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Oops! The letter I received was dated 1/17 and I sent my application in on 1/3.

Erin

Thanks for the info Erin, but I was actually asking about the log-in info to check your application status on-line at their website.  Not to say that I haven't been checking their admitted student log-in site...;)

Jessie78,

You don't need to wait for them to give you the info (although I got mine in the letter I received dated 2/3 and received 2/5). Go to the Admissions section of their website and click on Admitted Students on the left. You'll need to enter your first name, last name, last 6 digits of SSN and email. If you can get in then you've been admitted. If it says you entered something wrong, you haven't been admitted yet. I hope this is what you were asking!

Erin

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