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SIU has a school, but that's about 5 hours away from us. NIU is slightly better than SIU. Also, the commute isn't quite from Peoria to Dekalb. It's the Peoria area, but it's a rural area, so 'Peoria' is easier to describe :) It'll still be about a 45 minute communte for each of us, but he already drives 30 minutes to work as it is.

I thought I was all set to go to NIU, but then I got my acceptance letter to Indiana. I'm completely stuck...anyone want to give me advice? Here are the details-

-If i go to NIU, my fiance and I (getting married in July) will buy a house and both commute. He LOVES his job and is lucky to be in the position he's in. If I go to indiana, he would have to get a new job, and when we move back to Peoria, like we assume we will, he will not be able to get his job back. There's not much else here in his field, so he may very well end up w/ a job he doesn't love as much as his current job. Also, he makes a little bit more than he would at another comparable job, because the company put him thru school, etc, so he started at a higher pay rate than he normally would have. he also coaches football for little kids, and i would like for him to not give that up, except if a move would pay off.

-NIU's tuition is 8k. My LSAT was 163 and GPA was 3.25. That's pretty high for them, so I'm hoping I will get scholarships there. IU is 25k a year, but they gave me 25k over 3 years. NIU would put me in much less debt, and I could afford to stay another year and get a joint degree.

-We want to come back to the Peoria area when i'm done, and the large majority of lawyers in Peoria went to Northern. Very few from schools like Indiana. But, because it's more prestigious, I can't imagine that it would hurt me.

-finally, i've heard that you should go to school in the state you want to practice in. Illinois would be it. But Indiana is more prestigious.

Advice? please? very stressed about this....

I'm getting married in July. Starting law school in August. Now, the questions...
1) when I apply for financial aid this spring, do I just apply as single? I know it will be 'married' next year, but can I get away w/ single this year, for FAFSA, etc?

2) What can you use the money for? I know they say 'living expenses', but as my fiance will be working full time, can I still use part of the money to help w/ house payment, etc?

Choosing the Right Law School / Valpo vs. Northern Illinois?
« on: December 08, 2004, 07:02:38 PM »
It seems that this board likes Valpo better than Northern Illinois. I've gotten into both, and am waiting on other schools to accept or deny me before I make my question is this:
NIU has at higher median LSAT and GPA (slightly- not a huge difference)
NIU is also a lot cheaper- I know how much $$ I will get at Valpo, and it will be comparable to NIU, if I don't get any $$ there.

My question is....are there any reasons why Valpo seems to have a better repuation on this board? I've heard the facilities aren't very good at Valpo. I've seen them at Northern...not great, not terrible.

Any advice or thoughts?

Law School Admissions / Re: anyone apply to Illinois?
« on: December 07, 2004, 09:10:54 AM »
I'm at UIUC for undergrad- trust me, I'm fully aware of the joys of Champaign. But really, having 2 bikes stolen by bums, being surrounded by frat boys, and stepping over the trash that seems to fill Champaign year-round isn't THAT bad, is it? bleh.

Law School Admissions / Re: Do they even LOOK at employment records?
« on: December 06, 2004, 12:04:26 PM »
but how would they know? They could verify if you worked there, etc, but how would they tell if you worked 10 hours or 40 hours?

Law School Admissions / anyone apply to Illinois?
« on: December 06, 2004, 11:59:41 AM »
stats? are you instate or out of state? did you do ED? heard anything? just wonderin'...

Law School Admissions / Re: Do they even LOOK at employment records?
« on: December 06, 2004, 11:43:34 AM »
The bar looks at how much you worked when you were a freshman in undergrad? why?

Law School Admissions / Do they even LOOK at employment records?
« on: December 06, 2004, 11:35:35 AM »
The earlier post asks if it's bad that they may have accidentally reported a more demanding work schedule than they actually may have they even LOOK at your employment records?!? I would think w/ 1000's of applicants, they just can't.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Northern Illinois University
« on: December 03, 2004, 03:49:02 PM »
They place pretty well in Chicago, but if you're wanting to get into a huge law firm, you're better off going to Kent or Depaul. I wanna do public interest, so it'll be a good fit for me if I don't get into U of Illinois.

I got impatient yesterday and e-mailed them- they told me to call them and then told me I was in. Another lady called me today to also tell me I was in. It IS a huge weight off your shoulders though!!

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