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Another Chicagoan chiming in:

I lived in Bucktown. Fairly inexpensive, but this was a few years ago--$660 for a small two-bedroom with weird heating. I have friends that live in fabulous, huge apartments around Wicker Park and the Damen Blue Line and aren't paying too much. The Blue Line also shoots right downtown, so no probs there.

I had my car in Chicago, but *only* because there was lots of street parking around my place (I was near the highway--this is why). However, I still took the train to school (DePaul) and usually to work, although sometimes I drove to work.

Chicago has new housing laws in place that require new buildings to provide parking. If you luck out with a newer place, you might be able to keep the car. But, there's no reason in the world to drive it to school downtown. It'll take longer than the El, and costs boatloads to park.  Northwestern should be on the special deal where you get an El/bus pass for like $40 a semester--it saved me soooo much money while I was at DePaul.

Best of luck--maybe I'll see you there next year

~Dani B

Studying for the LSAT / How you say...LSAT?
« on: March 17, 2005, 04:04:20 PM »
Just for jollies...I've heard it pronounced both ways, so I'd like to see if there's a majority.

(Amped for June 6th)

I think it depends how much you value your parent's input. My dad is very thoughtful and gives good feedback, but my mom, godbless her, gets so enthusiastic that she comandeers tours and asks bizarre questions at inopportune moments. I learned from my undergrad experience that mom, despite good intentions, should be barred from tagging along.

It's your call, unless the school sez there's no room (which is possible, if they're planning on stuffing everyone in a small classroom and can only fit 50 or something).


Law School Applications / Re: Majors and GPA
« on: March 03, 2005, 02:06:27 PM »
Hmmm...I dunno if the proper point is that music is a tough major, but rather if it has any applicability to Law. I can think of a number of things that would be near-impossible for me to study (music being one of them), that I don't know how I would "sell" to a law school. I've been studying Poetry pretty thoroughly the last few years, but I can't imagine that the adcomms will care about my sonnet skillz--what they *might* care about is that I've been the managing editor of two literary magazines, which shows leadership and project management ability. But, I'm only going to mention these projects if I can find a way to make the experience both colorful *and* applicable.

If you have a way to "sell" this major as useful to a law degree, cool. If not, Well...I dunno how much it will matter how "tough" it was, except as an addendum to explain a lower GPA.

Good luck with it all--and, yes, Ace them LSATs ;)


Acceptances / Re: Georgetown acceptance for 2006 - how odd
« on: March 03, 2005, 04:12:21 AM »
I seems like such a ploy--like something a school would only do if they thought they *were* your first choice. I mean, why offer a spot in the next class for someone on the fence? Hmmm...


General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Northwestern Law
« on: March 03, 2005, 04:09:41 AM » could try the Chicago Reader for apts:

The El in Chicago is awesome, so the suburbs wouldn't be too bad--as long as you were talking Evanston, with its oodles of El stops & new downtown condos. South Evanston by the beach would actually be rather nice, I would think. But I grew up in Evanston, so I'm biased. ;-) NU Law is in the Gold Coast, right? That'd be some pricey stuff.

Wicker Park and Bucktown are worth looking at, in terms of affordability. When I was apartemnt shopping in the Chi, though, phone calls didn't help much--I didn't start getting any luck until I went to open houses and sweet talked the agents.

Good luck--it's a very tight and competetive housing market, but I have a number of friends who've found super nice lofts around Damen. That's Blue Line, so you'd be able to shoot straight downtown on the El (and without the hassle of the red line). If you're wanting a car in the city...well, good luck with that. A car would probably be easier in Evanston--more parking. ;)


Acceptances / Re: Georgetown acceptance for 2006 - how odd
« on: March 03, 2005, 12:30:14 AM »
weeeeirddd....did you get your application in late? Was it not complete?

That's the first time I've herd of this happening. Huh.


Studying for the LSAT / Re: When to start studying for LSAT?
« on: March 01, 2005, 02:21:30 PM »
I say: start studying now, to give yourself an idea of what you need to focus on. Get you LORs and everything ready, send them to LSAC...and then, take a year or two off. No joke. Go travel, live your life, enjoy some of your 20s. Your LSAT and LORs will keep, but your 20s only come around once.

If you're a crazy workaholic, though, go for it (it being Law school asap). But I traveled and did a bunch of stuff, and I'm glad I did, pre- six-figure debt.

My two cents--


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Speed Reading Software for RC??
« on: February 25, 2005, 02:55:24 AM »
I'd say 3 minutes is a good ballpark--that allows for some wiggle room. What should also help--*most* ot the RC questions shouldn't be surprises. There are some very basic questions that are almost always asked (although in tricky, crafty ways--but with practice, you get used to LSAT-speak and can see through the disguises), so you should be mentally tallying main points as you read--the main argument of the passage, or the main supports introduced, or the idea and author disagrees with, etc.

Also--being able to recognize these things helps you read more efficiently as well--you can think to yourself "this is an argumentative essay, so I need to internalize the thesis and supports," or whatnot. The essays LSAT offers tend to be fairly well-organized and linear, and thus should be fairly straightforward to navigate, despite differing topic matter.

Maybe you could try some drills...give yourself a boatload of essays about the same length and a stop watch, read the essays in three-four minutes, put them down, and then try to articulate what kind of essay it is, the main point and supports, etc...I dunno. It's an idea.

Writing abstracts for essays and articles is a great way to train yourself to look for the right info in a passage, although doing them can fry your brain--I think it's worth the effort, though:
...not that you would do this while taking the LSAT--rather, it's training to get your brain looking for the right info in an efficient yet thorough manner.

Keep at it--Good luck!


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Speed Reading Software for RC??
« on: February 24, 2005, 01:34:49 PM »
Actually...don't slow down *or* speed up.

You should try to read the passages at your comfort level--that is, the level you read at when you're reading something that is familiar to you, and you're not pressed for time, but you're also not reading totally leisurely (say, readings for a class you really like). Time yourself reading something you're comfortable with, and see how you do. This should give you your comfort range.

If you slow down too much, your brain will get bored and you won't take anything in. If you read too fast, you won't take anything in. Your brain has a comfortable speed; find it. Then, try and read LSAT passages at this speed. You might not take in *everything* if the material is difficult, but speeding up or slowing down ultimately isn't going to help you in LSAT time (35 min).

If you find that your "comfortable speed" is still too slow for the LSAT, then it's time to strategize.

Good luck!


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