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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I go?
« on: April 02, 2005, 11:34:16 AM »
SGY - Just to clarify, I feel very blessed that my parents can afford to loan me this money so that I don't have to take as many loans. I am very well aware of my friends who don't have that luxury and have to work for every dollar they have to pay for their tuition. I know that I am lucky that my parents worked hard so that I could have more opportunities than they did. Should I refuse my parents money and take out high interest loans? What would you do if you were in my shoes?

As for the app fees and lsac fees, I paid for all that on my own because I work for a living and I have the right to spend my money as I please. I could have spent that money on pricey electronics, that new computer I really really wanted or that vacation I was supposed to take with my best friend but instead I chose to use it towards applying to law school because this decision is very very important to me. A few posts ago someone guessed right. I applied to 15 schools at first thinking I was hitting the range of the 2.82/164 targets, safeties and reaches knowing that my GPA is a toss-up and a 164 probably wasn't enough at a lot of the schools. I didn't want to risk a bunch of rejections and waitlists because I am certain I want to attend law school this year.

Then I took the December LSAT and brought my average up 6 points, sending me into a whole other spectrum of schools. I did do my research which is what led me to the last 16 I applied to. I did do my research or else I would have applied to the last 16 thinking I had a shot with my 164 in October. Yes, many of them were reaches, but most of the schools I chose either looked at the higher LSAT and/or was a dream school (NYU, Columbia and Penn) that I would not want to wonder "what-if"? Maybe that isn't the choice you would make, but that was the choice I made.

You have seen several stories across this board of people getting into schools they would never have dreamt of taking them and schools who have rejected what most would think were perfect applicants. I worked overtime on the weekends so that I could pay these app fees and I don't regret even if you think I am spoiled for doing so.

I wish I were psychic and knew what the ad comms would think of my app before having to spend all that money. I wish I knew I wanted to practice in California which would have cut down my apps by a LOT, many of which I have withdrawn because I am more aware of where I want to be.

You can pick apart this post if you like, and make me feel responsible for the poverty in our country and in foreign countries as if you knew that I am not aware nor ever contributed to organizations who fight towards improving the conditions of those who are less fortunate. I have said my piece.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I go?
« on: April 01, 2005, 07:58:07 PM »
wildcataz - thanks for the tip :) I just wonder if the high numbers in California is because people choose to stay in state and start their own firms or if it is because the firms like to hire locals. I hope it is the latter :)

inVino - The in-state thing is a big deal to me and it will probably tip the scale. I am not adverse to going to a big city and working, like in NY or Chicago or DC, I just don't know how much I'd like it in those places whereas I know I love California. That's why it's hard for me to leave.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I go?
« on: April 01, 2005, 07:21:18 PM »
michaelduke - thanks! I am visiting Cardozo in a week so hopefully I have a better idea of them soon :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I go?
« on: April 01, 2005, 06:47:40 PM »
5 undergrad schools.

I never said EVERYONE should apply. I said I wanted to apply for peace of mind. This was not a logic issue for me.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I go?
« on: April 01, 2005, 06:43:00 PM »
I can't believe you applied to 31 schools. What a collosal waste of time for all those schools to have to evaluate you for 1 potential seat.

I don't think I am going to waste any time to help you. Why don't you email 31 of your closest friends and ask them.


Yes, I've already responded to your annoyance of people who apply to a ton of schools. It wasn't a waste of time to me because it was worth the peace of mind of knowing that I tried even if I didn't get in. On top of that, most of those apps were done when I had a 164 LSAT which is a whole different spectrum of target schools than a 170 average LSAT.

Choosing the Right Law School / Where should I go?
« on: April 01, 2005, 06:30:23 PM »
Well, since my first thread on LSD was "Where Should I Apply?" I thought it'd be appropriate to make a thread about where I should go. You can see all the schools I've been accepted to below. Here are the details about me:

1) I am a California girl. I would like to practice IN California after law school, preferably in Southern California. If I can transfer laterally eventually, that's fine too, but I prefer not to go through that process.

2) Being able to get a job easily is 2nd to Location on my priority list. I need a school that has a good OCI program and an involved career services department.

3) Third on my list is getting a high paying job. I don't plan on having a family any time soon so I am willing to put in the hours for a higher paying job. I know this is kind of superficial for someone who doesn't have a family to take care of, but it is important to me.

4) I have an interest in IP, Real Estate and Entertainment Law. I am not sure which yet until I start taking classes so I'd prefer a school with a broad curriculum that can take care of my wide array of interests and my own uncertainty.

5) The cost of the school isn't THAT big of a priority for me since my parents will cover the bill until I can pay it back so I won't be in debt in the traditional sense since they aren't going to charge me interest. However, I would like to minimize the money they have to put out for me to go to law school.

6) I am not big on a cutthroat competitive environment. I like being challenged by my peers but not to the point where I am miserable.

I have a sense of where I want to go, but any insight would be helpful. Thanks in advance :)


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: what are 25%-75% numbers REALLY?
« on: April 01, 2005, 04:40:37 PM »
Strange I always thought it was ADMITTED, not ENROLLED students.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In @ Santa Clara
« on: April 01, 2005, 04:26:37 PM »
I was also accepted today.
I would guess this would be their final round of acceptances.

I heard from students there that they are generous w/the money ... but then people who went to admitted students day heard otherwise.

-Less than 1/2 tuition 20%
-1/2 tuition or more but less than full 5%
-Full tuition 1%
-More than full tuition 0%
75th percentile grant amount of aid per recipient $15,000
Median grant amount of aid per recipient (50th percentile) $12,000
25th percentile Grant Amount of aid per recipient $9,000

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Girls, Let's Talk Laptop Bags
« on: April 01, 2005, 04:07:47 PM »
Tag! Love this topic. Although some of the cute bags are so tempting, I can't imagine paying over $100 on a bag. I have the eBag one listed earlier. Works perfect for my Dell 600m.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re:
« on: April 01, 2005, 02:58:11 PM »
It's up to you but I know it is not useful to me if you put Withdrawn. Then LSN loses records of all the acceptances.

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