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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn vs. Cornell
« on: April 19, 2005, 04:22:02 PM »
Thanks for your input, everyone.  In response to a few things:

--I would be happier at Penn, but it's not like they'll have to put me in a straight-jacket to get me to Ithaca.  In fact, it'll probably be an improvement over my undergraduate environment (women's college in the middle of nowhere).   :)

--Penn has already refused to review my aid application once.  I'm gonna give it another go, but based on stories from the 1L's at admitted students weekend, I won't hold my breath.

--The award letter is really vague about whether the offer is need or merit.  It just says "scholarship."  I can't imagine that it's merit with a 167/3.5, but I haven't gotten need-based anywhere else, either.  Who knows?  And at this point, I don't really care.

So, with the knowledge that I don't have a burning desire to do biglaw for the rest of my life, are the options available to me as a Penn law JD worth the extra $43,200?  The information I have suggests that the options from Penn are slightly better (especially for biglaw).  But things don't look *so* bad from the Cornell side... it just seems to me (and always has) that the differences between the two are greatly exaggerated.  That, and as the child of a parent who's currently suffocating under debt taken on in better times, walking about from $43,200 is really tough.  Not inconceivable.  But gut-wrenching.

For now I'm going to live in La La Land and hope that Penn will make it easy and match the money.  :)

Thanks again for your input, everyone. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Penn vs. Cornell
« on: April 18, 2005, 09:06:25 PM »
Leave it to the universe to throw me a curve ball right when I thought that I finally had a decision made.

Not that I'm complaining.

Cornell Law is offering me $14,400 annually (almost 1/3 off total tuition). This came completely out of left field.  It's absolutely incongruous with aid offers from other T20 schools (read:  $0 from Penn, $0 from USC, $0 from GWU, etc.). They must really hate Penn. It's the only explanation.   :)

I don't know what to do anymore.  I am 100% sure that I would be happier in Philadelphia.  What I don't know is if I would be $43,200 worth of happier.   

Oh, and as an FYI, if you haven't gotten your finaid package from Cornell yet, it clearly doesn't mean that you didn't get anything (as I had previously surmised). :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: OFFICIAL "I am going to ______ in the Fall" Thread
« on: April 13, 2005, 01:09:44 PM »
Penn it is.   :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Negotiating with schools for $
« on: April 08, 2005, 09:42:29 AM »
I have been accepted to both Chicago-Kent ($10k Merit Scholarship, maintain 3.25 to keep, and $5k First-Year Grant), and DePaul ($12k Dean's Scholarship, maintain 3.3 to keep), and I think I should perhaps try to negotiate, based on what I am reading here (they are both in the same city, one is slightly higher-ranked, but not by a huge amount, etc.).

I have not received any Aid info from either school (which really freaks me out) -- I plan on going PI, and I don't want to spend fifteen (or more!!) years in debt...

I will be visiting them both next week (Tuesday and Wednesday) -- would it be better to simply meet with the Dean while there and ask them in person? Should I send an e-mail first, or call 1st? Or should I just e-mail or call?

Thanks in advance for any advice,

If you have an opportunity to meet with someone in person, then by all means do that.  You might want to e-mail outlining your arguments before hand (I don't think there's much to be gained from the element of surprise here). 

Be careful, though, of playing the PI card.  All the admissions specialists say that unless you have a work history that really backs you up, most law schools are skeptical of the sustainability of the this ambition.

Good luck.

Law School Admissions / Re: Houston, Texas
« on: April 07, 2005, 10:50:22 AM »
I would live near the school.  Houston traffic is bad.

Depends on what you're comparing it to.  It's NOTHING compared to southern California.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Sony Vaio?
« on: April 07, 2005, 10:38:41 AM »
I just ran into the Winbook 2220. I've never even heard of this company, but I like the reviews of this notebook (especially the price- $749 online). Any comments?

I just sent you a PM re: winbook.  You can feel free to repost it here if you think others would be interested, but I didn't save it and don't feel like retyping it. 

Reader's Digest Version:  Long time winbook owner.  At one time was very satisfied with their product and service.  Both have declined tremendously over the last year or two.  Stay away. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Letter of reconsideration
« on: April 07, 2005, 10:33:14 AM »
Is there any chance that the school will find out and recind on her offer of admission? 

That depends...  Is it UT?  :)

Honestly, I don't know if it's even worth it to write a letter.  It might just piss them off (she is basically asking them to put her through the admissions process twice in one cycle) and ruin transfer chances and reapplication chances.  Is your friend willing to wait a year, try to meet with admissions this summer re: what went wrong, and reapply next cycle?  If her heart is set on this school, that's probably more effective than writing a letter about a file on which a decision has already been made.  But if she's not willing to wait, and not trying to transfer, then sure, why not? 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: ~~~The MLB thread~~~
« on: April 07, 2005, 09:51:17 AM »
the cards pitching is NOT funny.  So far they've given up fifteen hits.

How the game is still 4-1 is beyond me.

I think they're hilarious.  GO ASTROS!!   ;D ;D ;D

Incoming 1Ls / Re: To Ladies who (eventually) want to have babies...
« on: April 05, 2005, 10:08:49 PM »
My siblings and I were raised by nannies, and we turned out fine. Would it have been nice if my parents had been to more of my ball games? Sure, I guess. But I'm happy with the way my life turned out, and I don't resent them or anything. If I decide to have kids, I will probably follow in my parents' footsteps. I seem to be in the minority here.  ;)

It's really nice to hear someone say this.  When I say "nanny" my stay-at-home-mom looks at me like I'm the anti-christ.  My upbringing was great, but I still think that it can work both ways.  Of course, this doesn't solve the problem of maternity leave.  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: To Ladies who (eventually) want to have babies...
« on: April 05, 2005, 08:34:44 AM »
I'll be 27 when I finish, with a hefty, hefty law school bill.  My SO will also be 27 when he finishes med school.  I know that I want kids, and was relieved to see this thread.  BUT, I don't want them raised entirely by a nanny, and I don't want to be the sole caregiver while my SO is in his residency.  So, it looks like mid-30's for me.  Hope we can afford fertility treatments.  :)

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