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Choosing the Right Law School / *Please* -- help me sort out finances
« on: March 24, 2005, 08:19:29 PM »
I have been rejected at most of the schools I thought I had a chance to get into.  I now only have slight to far reaches so I am being realistic and focusing on the one and only acceptance I have received which is at Western New England.  This is the first time I am out and on my own financially (no paternal help).

In my estimation I am looking at $49,753 per year or $149,259 for my JD.  That’s tuition and fees, insurance, $1,500 for books (is that too high/low?), and $1,500/month living expenses.  I will qualify for subsidized student loans but, of course, my amount is over the amount one can barrow.  So I have to add X amount for interest for a private loan to that.  So $160,000 to $170,000 for the whole enchilada.

I want to do public interest.  WNEC is a T4 school.  Those two things combined will make me lucky to make $40,000 to $5X,000/year post grad. Am I about right with this?  I think I can live on $3000-$4000 a month so that leaves me making payments of just under $1,000/month to the loan.  So it should be paid off in about 14 to 15 years.

Am I missing something? What are your thoughts on paying a premium for a lower-grade (that sounds horrible) law school?  I’m down and in a really bad spot right now :'( Pease share your thoughts.

Law School Admissions / Re: CSU Financial Aid Letter
« on: March 24, 2005, 11:22:32 AM »
Oh, yes.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Ave Maria, anyone?
« on: March 23, 2005, 12:50:19 PM »
I got a letter from them last week telling me I would get a scholorship if I applied.  What are the bad things you have heard about them?  What happened at UT?

Law School Admissions / Cleveland State Financial Aid Letter
« on: March 23, 2005, 12:33:41 PM »
Did any of you get a letter from CSU’s FinAid office that said you were missing a “Law School Institutional Application” (or something like that)?

I raise my glass and say "cheers" to PaperBack as I take a seat a the table of those who have recieved Case dings.  Dear gosh I hope I cet into CSU.  It's my only chance of comming home.

Law School Admissions / Re: LSAT ACCOM
« on: March 19, 2005, 02:08:25 PM »
By “nelson something” I assume you mean the Nelson Denny.  Make sure you are using Form G or H of the test.  Form G needs to be taken once and scored twice (once with a notation where you were at the end of standard time and once to see how much longer it took you to get to the end of the test).  This test should be scored at your grade level.  Then, form H should be taken using the same process as above.  HOWEVER, this test must be scored at the first semester/grade 13 level. 

Now, you say that you were diagnosed with your learning disability at age 13.  You must be re-diagnosed now or within the last three years.  This means that you should at least take the Woodcock-Johnson III and a Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults.  However, if your disability diagnosis covers anything but achievement (meaning your not performing on level with where you should be) then you also need a Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale III.  Again, depending on your diagnosis, you may also need a MMPI 2.  All of these test must be given with all of their subtests.

Then, your evaluator must draft a psychoeducational evaluation.  This is a full evaluation and compilation of the data provided from the tests administered.  This evaluation usually extends 10+ pages.  Then this evaluation, all other required documents, and ALL of the raw data must be sent to LSAC.  Did you do all of this?

Law School Admissions / Re: LSAT ACCOM
« on: March 18, 2005, 05:02:04 PM »

Getting accommodations for the LSAT is not about having a disability.  It is about having a disability and showing LSAC in LSAC’s way that you have a disability.  Make sure that you have read ALL of the paperwork and have you and your doctor/psychologist follow it to the T.  Testing must be w/in three years (I was three DAYS over and had to re-do it).  The tests you have taken must be what LSAC uses (there is a list of acceptable tests).  Not only do you have to have to have the right type but also the write number AND combination of tests.  Now, even if you have all of those you still have to show that there had been a history of your disability effecting you on tests like the LSAT.  You have to have had accommodations in college and on prior standardized tests.  What were the reasons given for your denial?

I got an original e-mail saying I was approved (the first time) and then a paper with all the information I needed.  Call them to see what is in the mail.  I know where you are.  Their process sucks!

You know Lane I thought I made it quite clear that I didn’t want you posting our special pictures for everybody to see!

Here in Utah they have this stuff called “fry sauce”.  Every restaurant (even the national chains) gives it to you as if it were salt or ketchup.  It is a mix of mayo and ketchup this pink goo to dip your fries in.

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ImVinny! Said:
"all he wrote was a paragraph, YES a PARAGRAH on how I wouldn't be a national security threat."

LOL, Vinny, that's great.  "I recommend Vinny to work for you Mr. President because I am fairly certain he won’t blow the place up.  Sincerely…"

I think no matter who you go to it is a hit or miss chance that you'll love or hate the recomendation.  I posted a month or so ago about a glowing 3 page LOR.  I let it through (after some spelling corrections) but I  only knew the professor for 3 weeks.  No matter who the writer is I would suggest that you include a copy of your personal statement and resume for their review.  Remember, they are 1 of 50 professors to you but you are 1 of THOUSANDS of students to them.

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