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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Anyone Still Waiting on GMU
« on: May 30, 2005, 02:19:12 PM »

All of this waiting is killing me.  I paid my deposit at Catholic and am sure that I will be happy there if that is where I end up, but I really want to go to GMU.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Miami
« on: May 12, 2005, 12:13:07 PM »
Akashi on US 1 near Sunset is really good for sushi... not super cheap, but not outrageous.

On 73rd Street (off of US 1 behind Einstein Bagels) is a really good Lebanese restaurant called Khoury's. 

Good Thai is farther south at Tani Thai.  It's between 128 and 144 on US 1.  I really can't remember which street I turn off of, my fiance always has to remind me.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Miami
« on: April 27, 2005, 01:35:10 PM »
The gym is about a 5 minute walk from the law school. You just walk out from behind the UC, around the lake, and across the Stanford parking lot.

It's pretty big, so the crowding isn't terrible.  If you want to get on an eliptical or a treadmill, you need to call and reserve one in advance.  Otherwise... at least as of last year...there was always a bike available.  I also never really had any problem lifting there.  There was usually a bench available and you could always work your way into the machine circuit.

The only bad thing is that the gym is a constant fashion show, but that's Miami for you.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Miami
« on: April 23, 2005, 07:27:10 AM »
Punjab Palace on 117th and Kendall is really good.  They have halal meat, so if you are muslim, it is a good place to go.  I'm jewish and keep relatively kosher... will eat vegi out... and they have a really good vegitarian dinner.  House of India in the Gables is decent but not spectacular... nice atmosphere though.

I've never been to Imlee, but I know my fiance really liked it.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: YAY!!!! GMU Wait List
« on: April 02, 2005, 12:23:49 PM »
I'm not still in school, so my grades are set... although that was my strong point already.  I was definitely planning on sending a letter of continued interest.

In terms of LSATs, I guess taking the June test couldn't hurt me, however, GMU says they will be making decisions after May 1, so the June test will probably be too late.  Oh well, it's something to think about.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / YAY!!!! GMU Wait List
« on: April 02, 2005, 12:07:57 PM »
I thought I was going to be dinged. (156/3.97)  GMU is definitely my first choice school, and I'm not out of the running yet....

The letter doesn't request any additional information, but I know that some people send additional information to the schools after getting a wait list.  What type of info should I send?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Nova and FSU!
« on: March 17, 2005, 05:55:01 PM »
The 826 has a few bottlenecks, but I really haven't found it to be as bad as people make it out to be.  It tends to back up around exits, but making sure that you are on the other side of the highway when you approach certain exits certainly speeds up the trip.

All I'm saying is that I have made that drive during rush hour and I have found that Northern Broward to UM is only really an hour. However, different routes produce drastically different results.  95 to US1 tends to be much slower than the Turnpike to 826.  It may even be faster to take the Turnpike to the 874N, with a few back roads, you don't even have to get on US1.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Nova and FSU!
« on: March 17, 2005, 02:40:14 PM »
pprabhu - what routes do you take down to Miami.  I live south of UM and drove up to North Lauderdale (Cypress Creek) last week during the day, in an hour.  On the way back, I took the palmetto and the trip was only about 45min in rush hour.

95 and US1 tend to suck, but if you are at all close to the turnpike or the 826, the commute can be much shorter.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: FIU, Miami, or defer?
« on: March 11, 2005, 09:04:17 PM »
From what I have heard, FIU is an up and coming program.  Given that FIU is a state school, I would not be terribly concerned with accreditation.  However, I understand your concern given that FIU has no employment stats or bar passage stats to base a decision on.

Because you want to go into government or PI, FIU may be a good choice... less debt and what seems to be a quality program.  Additionally, if you do start at FIU, as long as you do well, if you are unhappy, you could always transfer to Miami.  Not that you should go to a school with transfering as your intention, but it is always an option, especially when you got in to UM in the first place.

Choosing the Right Law School / U of MD v. Catholic
« on: March 08, 2005, 05:43:47 PM »
So, obviously I will be making my own decision, but I was wondering what people here thought.

So far I have been accepted to Catholic and University of Maryland.  I was rejected at GW and am still waiting to hear from American and GMU.  Given the late date, I kinda think that my chances at the last two are pretty slim, but we shall see.

In any case, I am having a real tough time deciding between Catholic and Maryland.  Here is the situation....

I will be living in Northern VA, rent free with my fiance and my grandmother. My fiance will be interning in Northern VA while finishing his Masters in Physical Therapy during the fall semester.  Hopefully, by Spring 2006 he will have a job.  Because neither of us will be working in the fall, we can't really turn down the free rent my Grandmother offers.

So the decision is between Catholic and U of MD.  The commute to Catholic is probably a 1/2 hour driving... (plus a lot depending on traffic), or 45 minutes if I take the metro.  Maryland on the other hand is 55 miles and 1 hr. and 10min on the Marc train (plus 20 minutes to get to Union Station). Additionally, this train runs infrequently, and only during rush hour. 

The final part of this equation is that I want to work in the DC area after graduation, right now I think that the Federal Government would be ideal.

Soooo.... Catholic is ranked 82 on USNWR, but a 30-45min commute.  Maryland on the other hand is 42, but a 90 min. commute.  Taking quality of life into consideration, as well as job prospects, how would you choose?

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