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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Death of a dream
« on: February 25, 2005, 11:52:18 AM »

i think xoxo is about getting into the most prestigious school to get the most prestigious payday. cant say there's anything wrong with that. going to a with no job prospects is just irrational. when you could make the same wage w/o the jd and w/o the legal work
no, there's nothing wrong with being a prestige whore, in my opinion.  i consider myself one.  that doesn't mean i expect everyone else to be one too, and ridicule them when they aren't.  people have different priorities, and for some, big bucks and a fancy name on the diploma aren't high on the list.  it's the people who believe that any priorities that differ from their own aren't valid who have problems, imo.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Death of a dream
« on: February 25, 2005, 11:05:22 AM »
even on XOXO, there are only a few people who are really this bad.  it just seems like more, because they're the ones who are on ALL THE TIME.  what does that tell you?

I basically resigned from my job 5 months in advance.  My boss wrote me a recommendation for law school, so he knew I was leaving.  And he told everyone else.  When people started asking me when my last day would be, I just said "June 24" (I want to take a month or two to travel), so that's where it stands.  It's a kind of a good feeling.  There's a lot of pettiness and backbiting here too, but it's a lot easier to just let it go now that I know there's an expiration date.

And as far as "leaving in style" goes - when you apply for the Bar, I hear they like to talk to people from your old jobs to check up on you.  Probably best to try and make sure they'll have only good things to say.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Reality vs Fantasy
« on: February 24, 2005, 01:04:10 PM »
Yup, like others have said, you should be absolutely fine if you do as well as you expect on the LSAT.  I'm in my mid to late-20s, also with gaps in my education and nothing too impressive on the extracurricular front, and I've gotten into all of the schools I applied to except for the top 3 - they're a bit more of a crapshoot, plus my GPA isn't quite high enough.  With a 3.9 though, yours would be.

As far as having kids goes, I would maybe wait to see how you feel once you've actually started law school.  Personally, it seems to me like it would be really difficult, but I know there are plenty of people who do it and it works just fine for them.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: NYU Bound!!!
« on: February 24, 2005, 11:14:16 AM »
hey calguy, if you come back to read this, i have a question for you too: do a substantial number of students NOT live in the dorms for their first year?  i already have an apartment in nyc, and was just wondering if you know any people who commute to school, and whether they've had good experiences with that.

it definitely can't hurt!  go and make a good impression.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Is obtaining financial aid a mere formality?
« on: February 24, 2005, 10:58:02 AM »
So... if you don't have much of a credit history at all, just minimal credit, nothing bad not much good, what kind of score do you think that is? I assume many prelaw students are like this.

Not having a long enough credit history can definitely bring your credit score down, since it's one of the things they look at. But if, for instance, your parents got an "emergency" credit card in your name when you started college (like mine did), then you'll have had at least one credit line for a few years, which helps.  There are a few other threads on here that have some pretty helpful information about credit scores and what they look for - I would check those out if you're really interested, because some of the people who weighed in there know what they're talking about a lot more than I do!

But yeah, I'm sure we'll all be able to get the money we need, one way or another.  I get the impression that most schools will pretty much walk you through the process, and I think a lot of them have special deals with private lenders to get their students better interest rates and stuff like that.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Is obtaining financial aid a mere formality?
« on: February 23, 2005, 06:42:08 PM »
I seriously don't think you'll need a cosigner for private law school loans as long as your credit score is good (above the mid-600s or so).  I had to get my parents to cosign on some of my undergrad loans, but that's because my credit rating was in the toilet at that point - I think that had it been respectable they would have gone ahead and given me the money with no cosigner.  And that was for undergrad.  Law school students are considered a much better bet for private lenders, I think, even without collateral.

Anyway, I hope I'm right about this!  I would hate to have to ask my dad to cosign for me again. :(

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Oh right, I'm going to law school...
« on: February 23, 2005, 06:31:48 PM »
reading assignment, really?!  that's crazy!  are they going to quiz you on it socratic-style at the admit day or something?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: NYU Bound!!!
« on: February 23, 2005, 06:16:06 PM »
Yup, I'm planning on going to the April 1st one too, if I can get the time off from work.  Not that I really need to be convinced to go there, but I think it'll be good to go and try to get a feel for the school.  I live nearby, so that's convenient at least.  Are you planning to live in the dorms?

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