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The interest rate on the Stafford loan is variable and gets reset annually, but when you consolidate them after law school, then you can switch to a fixed rate.  I believe private loans are variable as well.

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I had about $90K in debt after undergrad.  I know that's not as much as most people are looking at for law school, but it was a lot more than most people I knew had to deal with straight out of undergrad.  My monthly payment total was about $630 until I paid off a chunk.  Anyway, point being, yes, it is a heavy debt burden, but it's doable.  You won't have to make payments on any of it while you're in school.  And, depending on what you do during 1L and 2L summers, you can make quite a good bit of money that will support you through the coming year.  Don't think too much about the total, just get through the first year.  If this is what you really want to do, it's worth it.

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Hey Comm-Law,

I live in Howard County, about 13 miles north of the D.C. beltway, and then it's about 10 more miles to get to Catholic.  Home prices are rising pretty fast because of the speculators in the market.  It could be tough to find a single-family 3 bedroom for sub $300K, even where I live, which is a suburb very accessible to both D.C. and Baltimore.  Anne Arundel County would be another good place to look, esp. Severna Park, Millersville, or Crofton.  Probably better chances with older homes.  You would be able to find a 3 bedroom townhouse for under $300K fairly easily, including newer ones.  Also, you might want to consider renting -- I believe the rents are fairly stable (not talking about in the city itself).

- rhapsody

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Decisions ... Decisions.  For all intents and purposes, I'd love to attend Catholic... it's the best option for communications law.  I just have to figure out a way to afford to do it and move my wife and 2 kids to a SAFE/REASONABLE area around DC.

- Comm-Law

There are safe, reasonable places to live with a family around DC.  You just have to be prepared to commute a little bit (whether by car or MARC and/or Metro).  If you would really love to attend Catholic, I think you owe it to yourself and your family to at least pay the first seat deposit to buy yourself time to check out possible living situations. 

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If nothing else you can go work at the patent office.

The people I've spoken with at the USPTO seemed to agree that people either love it or hate it there.  The people who hate it use it as a stepping stone to firms and the people who love it stay until retirement.  They have a fairly high turnover rate, and coupled with expansion, they are pretty much always hiring examiners.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Any Chem Engineers out there?
« on: March 25, 2005, 04:29:23 PM »
I think we can do anything... except biotech stuff unless you did a lot of work (class or employment) in that field previously.  Remember ChemEs are universal engineers.  :D

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I'm not.. I was saying that I envy you for having a home with a decent mortgage payment in the DC metro area..but I don't envy you regarding going to law school..I wouldn't want to do that again...sorry for the mix-up

Oh!  :D  I thought maybe you were going for an LLM since you said you had some apps out.

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I commuted from Columbia to GW and the commute into the city wasn't that bad by car if you had 8 Am courses..

Man I'm having a brain-frazzled day.  I just read "Columbia" five times wondering, "Columbia, Maryland?  Where's that?  Better look it up on Mapquest."  Just as I opened up Mapquest it occurred to me that you wrote about Columbia, just 2 miles from my house.  Duh.  ::)  Good to know, though, esp. since I will be going to school pretty early every day to maximize time with the fam at night.

Blk_reign, just curious, why are you going to law school for a second time?

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rhapsody, where will you be commuting from??

Howard County.  I live near 95 and near a MARC station so I'll be able to get there fairly easily either way.  I plan to take the MARC (into Union Station and then 4 stops to CUA) most of the time so I can study on the train.  But I haven't the commute yet so I don't really know which will work best.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Law School as a Job?
« on: March 25, 2005, 01:29:54 PM »
In addition, I do not want to sacrifice my marriage for a JD.

I would put it more strongly:  I will not sacrifice my marriage for a JD!  Or for my career after law school, for that matter.  My husband wants me to do well -- he sees this as a family choice.  So he understands that I won't be able to spend as much time with the family as I otherwise would.  But knowing that ahead of time, we're committed to spending as much time together as possible, and making that quality time.  That commitment is then my driver for staying focused during the day.

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