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Current Law Students / ok to go to 3rd tier if I don't want big law? help!
« on: November 29, 2004, 06:01:41 PM »
I'm thinking about some schools in the midwest, where I'm from and where I  plan to settle down. LSAT is 163, UGPA is 3.25, graduated a year early, worked 30 hours a week, etc. I don't want a job at a big firm- I'd love to work as an ADA or something for a few years, then move into a small firm for health care law (my major is health care admin). So, I'm weighing some private or out-of-state schools that would put me in quite a bit of debt, U of Illinois (my alma mater, which I am HOPING i will get into, but not entirely optimistic) or Northern Illinois University, which isn't a great school, but has a huge alumni connection where I'm from and plan to work- I'd say about 65% of the lawyers in my area are NIU graduates, and are very rarely from out of state, etc. Plus, I would think I would get scholarships there. So, would it help to go out of state to a bit of a better school, or just go to a reigional, cheap school?

Current Law Students / ?s about studying and financial aid
« on: November 18, 2004, 07:43:29 PM »
Two questions for you guys....
1) I have submitted my applications, and am waiting for acceptance or rejection letters. Will acceptance letters come with financial aid or scholarship offers up-front?  These will definitely be helping me make my decision!

2) Can you give me an idea of your study habits/schedule? for those of you with a live-in boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse- is it hard to juggle it all? what's your typical schedule in a week?

My GPA is near the middle for NIU and bottom 25% for u of i. my LSAT is a little above average for U of I and off the charts for NIU...not sure where you got your stats.

Current Law Students / 1 tier and more debt or 2 tier and little debt?
« on: October 08, 2004, 11:44:26 AM »
I have a 163 LSAT and a 3.25 GPA. I graduated from a big prestigious public school in three years. Lotsa work experience, good LORs, worked 25 hours/week during undergrad while taking 22 hours a semester....


what kind of scholarships could I get from a school like Northern Illinois?

I want to work either for the government or a firm in a smaller city like Peoria (which has a big alumni connection to Northern)

would it be worthwhile to go to a cheaper school like this, or pay $$$ to go to a better school? I will be married right before I start school, so my fiance would have to find a new job, etc, which makes me want to stay in the area even more...

advice? what kinda scholarships would I get? would i make more if i go to a better school, to make up for the more money I would be borrowing?

Financial Aid / Private loans? (non-regulated....) who from?
« on: May 02, 2005, 09:22:43 AM »
I will need a private loan for a little bit more than the university if giving me (moving expenses, laptop, etc...). Anyone know who does this? who'd you go thru?

The loan money from my school is coming right after classes start, but I'm wondering how early I can get my private loan money- it seems that I would need it earlier becuae of moving expenses, etc....anyone know?

Also, who are your private loans from?

Incoming 1Ls / How much $$ for books each semester?
« on: January 10, 2005, 09:56:21 AM »
I got a full tuition scholarship, but will still have to pay for books. How much do you typically spend?

Choosing the Right Law School / Anyone go to NIU?
« on: January 04, 2005, 09:46:44 AM »
Can you tell me about the faculty, the students, etc? I'm from central illinois and have visted Dekalb, so I know the basics. Just looking for some insight on daily life there.

I've been offered money at Indiana and Valpo so far, but because I'm getting married, and want to return to the area, and have obligations here, I'm attending Northern Illinois University. My LSAT was 163 and UGPA from UIUC was 3.3. I graduated a year early. Anyone have comparable scores and can tell me what I may be able to expect from them? I know this is pretty high for them, but I know they obviously don't hand out the same kinda money that Valpo does.

I posted yesterday about my debate between a 3rd tier and 1st tier school. Now I'm wondering, is it easier to do well at a 3rd tier school? how much easier? I would assume that it would be, though I don't know by how much....

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