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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: FSU
« on: June 13, 2005, 09:14:49 AM »
So, I'm planning to attend FSU in the fall. I still haven't received a fin aid letter. It's been around 3 weeks at this point. I wanted to go up there this weekend to do the whole apt hunt thing, but then I realized that I should probably wait to make sure the funding is there before I sign a lease. How long did it take you guys to get the letter?

Also, I've been to the law school before, but I never paid attention to whether or not there are lockers available for us. Anyone know?

Unless you make over 70k,it's really easy to get the 18,500k in federal loans. You have to apply for private loans on your own.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Transfering
« on: June 12, 2005, 10:07:43 PM »
I agree with Nala. If you know you don't want to attend a particular school don't go there.  There's no guarantee that you'll achieve high enough grades to transfer.  You could end up wasting 100k on an education you don't end up wanting.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UM vs Nova
« on: June 08, 2005, 09:50:46 AM »
Unless you have a full ride at Nova, take Miami. Nova gets little respect in the FL job market.

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Law School Applications / Re: application fee waivers
« on: June 07, 2005, 12:20:57 PM »
I received 30 waivers. I only used 3 or 4 though. Just make your LSAC data searchable when you registar and,provided you didn't bomb the LSAT,you should get a bunch.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: TO ARMS! Florida's New Law.
« on: June 07, 2005, 10:38:45 AM »
Good to hear. I'm still considering moving to FL in the next month or two and working for the next year to get 3 years of in-state tuition. Call me crazy.

I did that. Just remember to change all your paper work(ID,plates,voter reg) asap and get rent receipts.

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Law School Applications / Re: criminal record
« on: June 07, 2005, 10:32:15 AM »
If the application says disclose convictions, and you were never convicted, you don't need to disclose, and there is no way on earth there could ever be any adverse consequences from not disclosing.  Simple as that; I don't understand the resistance to this simple concept. 

Don't disclose just to be "candid" on general principles.  No one will give you any reward for that and what you disclose may well hurt you.  Answer what's asked.

Whether any of this is applicable to the OP's situation, I have no idea.  I only brought it up because OP mentioned arrests but never mentioned convictions.

EDIT:  And BTW, the OP never said what the offense committed at age 18 was (except that it was "minor"), so I don't see how folks can keep assuring him/her that disclosure won't hurt in admissions.

 I'm going to trust what my former employer told me-it's better to cover all your bases. If it's questionable whether or not to say yes or no,always disclose.

  Would the OP poster have it held against them if the app. didn't ask for it? Probably not. But if there's a question whether or not s/he should disclose, then disclose it. A lot of schools want to know if you've ever been arrested,not convicted. The Florida bar asks for any offense committed ,save for stuff before you were 16. Some states want to know everything-period.

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Law School Applications / Re: criminal record
« on: June 06, 2005, 05:52:12 PM »
Be wary of people who say "just disclose it" and assure you it won't matter, without any reasons or any personal knowledge of your situation.  They're not looking out for you.

If the question doesn't ask for disclosure of your particlar situation, you do NOT have to disclose.  And disclosing very well MIGHT matter, depending on the nature of the offense and the strictness of the law school.

Read the application question very carefully, make up your own mind whether disclosure is required, and consult an attorney if you're in doubt.

I interned  in a  high court for 6 months as an undergrad.  I actually spoke to the person I interned for semi-recently, and he said that people are almost never denied for what they've done, it's almost always a lack of candor.

Law schools aren't out to reject people needlessly. If you have something that might keep you from sitting on the bar,yeah,they might reject you. But wouldn't you want to know that before you paid for  3 years of school? Besides, unless you have a history of violent crime or you love to steal, disclosing won't be a huge deal.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Affirmative Action is Wrong!!
« on: June 03, 2005, 02:38:53 PM »
If anyone is up for a debate...come and get it!!


Go to the AA board and whine there. Sheesh.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Any opinions of UF?
« on: June 03, 2005, 09:49:31 AM »
Trying to decide if I should attend in the fall...  AngryGator's comments below are making me wonder if my tour was a mirage??

It's a good school with a solid local rep. Too bad it's located in Gainesville. ;D

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Law School Applications / Re: criminal record
« on: June 03, 2005, 09:43:54 AM »
Just disclose it. Make sure to include a bit about how you've learned from your mistakes and you'll never,ever,do it again. I really doubt it will be a big deal.

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