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Incoming 1Ls / Re: UCLA Bound
« on: May 12, 2005, 11:42:01 AM »
They also ask if you have any legal experience on the application.  I'm hoping since I have never seen the inside of a law office or read a brief that might help things a little. I certainly would not mind being accepted into the program.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Official "My Last Day of Work" Thread
« on: May 05, 2005, 08:14:37 AM »
My last day is June 30th, and I can't wait!! Although I will definitely miss my coworkers, I'm going on a roadtrip through the southwest and then will be focusing on my tanning and laying by the pool skills until August.   ;D

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UCLA Bound
« on: May 03, 2005, 02:59:37 PM »
Crap.  I hope a week is enough, because I am slightly picky myself. I really just need an affordable place with a den so I can study, a landlord who will allow me to have a cat and paint the walls, walk-in closets and hardwood floors.  Oh, and it has to be in the perfect location that is close to UCLA and my SO's job.  Is that too much to ask?!    :P

I will actually be focusing on entertainment law at UCLA, and I just had a long discussion with one of the professors in the program.  Basically, they have set up this program to formalize what they have been doing for years, and they want to expound upon it.  One of the biggest reasons that USC and UCLA never had "programs" before was because entertainment lawyers use the same skills that many corporate lawyers and litigators use, just in a different industry.  Another reason is that entertainment as an industry is about who you know, not necessarily what you know, so it was up to the students to be proactive about networking. 

UCLA just hired someone to run the program, and they are very excited about their efforts to get more people from the industry into the school, whether that is to teach, speak, or recruit for summer and regular positions.  There's more that he said, but I don't feel like typing it right now, so if you're interested just respond to this post and I'll go on, but I don't want to be a windbag if no one is really paying attention.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UCLA Bound
« on: May 03, 2005, 01:27:30 PM »
Glad you revived this one, I was actually just wondering how long it's going to take to find an apartment.  I've been perusing Craigslist and Westside rentals, but I want to be there in person to check out the places. 

If anyone else is moving to LA from out of town, how long are you giving yourselves?  I was thinking of taking a week off of work in June and going out there.  I'd try to line up appointments beforehand, but also do it while I'm there.  Hopefully we'd find a place and sign a lease for August.  Is this realistic? 

Financial Aid / Re: Does the lender really matter?
« on: April 28, 2005, 10:47:23 PM »
Tag.  I loathe the thought of having to think about this, but the day is fast approaching.  Does anyone know when we're supposed to be applying for these loans?  May? June?

Financial Aid / Re: UCLA scholarship info
« on: April 28, 2005, 10:44:14 PM »
I got the same story from them...I received grant money but no merit money and I was trying to see if they would offer some in light of a full ride at IU, but no dice.  They said something about still many kids not being offered any aid, etc.  Oh well, I'm still really excited to go!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UCLA Bound
« on: April 28, 2005, 10:41:13 PM »
I'll be headed to UCLA as well. I received a preliminary award of finanicial aid, but I don't know if that's a guarantee for grants and federal loans.  I think it's based off the Need Access and then they double check your taxes and FAFSA to make sure they match up.  Does anyone know for sure how that works?

Also, will anyone be living outside of Westwood?  My SO will be working in Hollywood, so we were considering WeHo, but I don't know if it would be very easy to get to campus.

I was sort of surprised to see this thread revived, I thought for a minute it was another one of mine that had been edited.  Anyway, I decided on UCLA for a couple of reasons.  First, I want to go into entertainment law, and Bloomington isn't really an epicenter for that.  Or anything for that matter, outside of studying and drinking (no offense to anyone who lives there and loves it, I'm just more of a big city girl at heart).  Second, I visited the school again and loved it, loved LA and so did my SO.  He works in entertainment already and it's going to be much much easier for him to get a new job in LA now, vs. staying at his job and then moving in three years, where he might have to get his foot in the door all over again.  IU had actually offered a full ride in the end (although they have been vascilating between a full ride b/c of in-state tuition and not giving me in-state tuition, which I find highly annoying) but it's just not worth it.  Lastly, with the two median starting salaries, the loans I would have had to take out and the repayments are fairly comparable when adjusted for ratio of income.  So there you have it, I'm going to UCLA, and I can't wait!   :)

Personally, I like LA.  Once you get over all of the fake people and find nice normal ones it's a great place.  I like big cities, I love warm weather, outdoor activities and the beach, plus I want to go into entertainment.  Being from a small town in Indiana, I always wanted to get out.  So far I've lived in Chicago and briefly in Sydney, so I think it's just something about bigger cities that appeals to me.   :)

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