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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Girls, Let's Talk Laptop Bags
« on: April 12, 2005, 06:14:09 PM »
I just bought this bag on ebay as my law school/laptop bag compromise.  Huge, but I think cute.

With a free ride I'd take it especially since your going into PI.  I wouldn't consider Tulane hugely better than American and especially not for PI.  Also I am biased as I am going to American.

Yeah I drove across country once and swore never to do it again.  I think I'm going to ship my car to NJ (where my dad is) and then sell everything and buy new stuff in DC at IKEA.  My current stuff is pretty big right now so I may not even be able to use it wherever i end up living.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Girls, Let's Talk Laptop Bags
« on: April 11, 2005, 10:43:42 PM »
What I'm thinking is a sleeve for my laptop (although I'm not yet positive I'll actually use it for class) and then a big sort of funky cute tote bag ala jcrew, but not actually this one because I'm not into it, but that idea.,prod64394751,prod64492751,prod69596751,prod69591751

Ahh now the search for the ultimate cute funky, massively huge, tote bag.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American or Loyola?
« on: April 11, 2005, 10:20:26 PM »
I actually asked the admissions guy about coming back to California and he basically said if you graduate and then suddenly decide you want a job in CA it won't be that easy, but if you build contacts and look for jobs way in advance it's definitely doable and there are apparently a pretty decent chunk of alums in CA.  I know it may be BS on their part, but it sounds about right to me, it won't be like CA are going to be knocking down your door to give you a job, but if you go looking you'll find something.  The other thing you have to realize to (and me also) is that if you live there and go to school chances are you may not want to leave all that behind after 3 years, which is good and bad.

Loyola is in the shadow of USC and UCLA, but its also #3 in the world's largest legal market, that isn't bad, you'll get a job and most likely a good one.  Also I was told on the tour that Loyola has more alums as partners in LA firms than either UCLA or USC.  If your #1 concern is getting a high paying job out of law school I think Loyola can do that for you, but that's not saying that American won't get you a good job too, it's just Loyola is basically geared towards that and American is a lot more diverse, but the majority of its students still go into private practice.

Alright I finally bit the bullet and sent in my deposit to American today.  So now I gotta figure out how to move all my stuff and car out to DC.  I'm definitely sending my car, but to be honest my furniture isn't that great.  All IKEA, I have a nice mattress and a nice (non IKEA) futon couch.  Anyone no any cheap and honest movers for my stuff or my car?  I'm seriously thinking about selling all my stuff (excluding electronics obviously) and just shipping my car full of stuff and UPSing the excess.  Anyone done this before, any good ideas or suggestions?  Thanks!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American or Loyola?
« on: April 11, 2005, 07:05:47 PM »
Yeah definitely, the money part is definitely personal and it depends a lot on what you want to do with your degree.  If you're going into corporate law then debt is less of a problem, I have no idea what kind of school Ohio State is so I can't really give an opinion there.  American definitely will give you lots of opportunities to work on capitol hill and to really be exposed to that sort of thing, but if that doesn't interest you in any way then I don't see why you would go there, unless you want PI or International which is also very good.  If you want to get a good high paying job in LA then it's definitely Loyola or if you want entertainment law.  I guess it really boils down to where your interests lie.  I have no idea what I want to go into, but a lot of the programs at American really appealed to me and I couldn't really find anything other than the location and reputation that appealed to me about Loyola (I'm not saying it isn't a great school, but nothing really grabbed me about it).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: American or Loyola?
« on: April 11, 2005, 06:30:55 PM »
I just chose American over Loyola.  I liked Loyola, but when I went to American they just seemed to have so much more going on and a lot of things that I would be interested in.  Have you visited either?

I would give one word of warning about tier 4's, they are NOT all created equal.  Some are good institutions, but some are horrible and will not give you the preparation and support you need, choose your school very very carefully.  It's not all about the ranking, but it is all about the school.  So buyer beware is all I can say.  With higher tier schools you can expect a certain level of quality, with tier 4's there are some real bad ones that will just serve to take your money.

It might be worth your while to work your ass off first year then transfer up, that's what I would do if I were you.  It isn't worth going though if you aren't willing to kill yourself doing badly at a fourth tier is just a way to get a lot of debt.  But if you're at the top of your class I'd say you'd have some real option and might be able to transfer to like U of Pacific, USF or maybe Santa Clara.  

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