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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Really need some advice!
« on: April 07, 2005, 04:42:04 PM »
I dont know much about u of Illinois, but do you know where in California you want to work?  USD has a very good reputation in Southern California, esp in San Diego where it is the only major top 100 law schhol.  But if you want to stay up in the Bay area then Santa Clara would probably be better, but you do have a lot of higher ranked schools you are competing with up there.  i dont know when it comes to what kind of law you want to do if you should let that affect your decision as much, probably where you want to practice should be a deciding factor.  I sat next to a family law professor at USD during admit day and he seemed like a very frinedly, down to earth guy and had taught there for 30 years.  Anyway, good luck with your decision

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Loyola L.A. Scholarships???
« on: April 07, 2005, 02:24:45 PM »
Well good luck, hopefully Loyola comes back with a matching offer for you, and really soon so you can send in your deposit on time.  i decided not to try to ask Loyola to match because i think i would probably go to san Diego anyway even if they matched it, i am probably sending in my deposit tomorrow

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Loyola L.A. Scholarships???
« on: April 07, 2005, 01:43:41 PM »
Did you contact Loyola about matching scholarships and have you heard anything yet?  I guess time is ticking, one more week before the deposits are due. 
jhoffa- Are u going to Loyola regardless and if not what other schools are u considering?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Loyola L.A. Scholarships???
« on: April 07, 2005, 01:07:30 PM »
I just recived my financial information from Loyola on Saturday (all loans, bummer) and ive heard that they were sending out most of them last week.  I heard some people asked the finanical iad office if they got scholarships and they were able to tell them based on the ss number.  Or otherwise, try to talk to the director or something and let them know that you cannot make an informed decision on attending there without knowing your financial elgibility.  they should understand that, with the seat deposit deadline looming

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Loan Info
« on: April 07, 2005, 10:46:08 AM »
You should get an award letter from each school you were accepted to that includes any schoarlship packages, federal stafford loans you qualified for, and the amount you need to get in private loans, along with the school's preferred lenders.  i have been getting them trickling in the past few weeks and i believe i submitted my FAFSA in mid February, but if you call the individual school, they could probably tell you more.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: USC vs Loyola $$$
« on: April 06, 2005, 04:54:13 PM »
I agree to go for the money.  The differences between USC and Loyola are not enough to warrant being in debt 150k.  I mean Loyola has a great rep in LA and i know a bunch of Loyola grads over the last few years who have great jobs.  I read in Susan Estrich's How to get into law School that Loyola is tied with Harvard for having produced the most attorneys at LA's O Melveny and Myers office.  Its not like choosing between sc and a third or 4th tier school.  plus you have the freedom to pick a job you actually like without having to worry about it being super high paying to pay off your loans.  Just my 2 cents

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: USD or USF
« on: April 06, 2005, 03:45:47 PM »
Yeah i agree with Ron Hiatt and Starresky about the bar passage issue.  Take Loyola LA for example, it has a fantastic local reputation for turning out great lawyers but their bar passage rate is lower than most of the other law schools, i think high 60's.  Plus by the time you take the bar 2 years after you took first year courses, you would need to review with a bar review course anyway.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: USD or USF
« on: April 06, 2005, 03:15:48 PM »
Him and Mark Cuban's lawyer

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: USD or USF
« on: April 06, 2005, 02:58:50 PM »
When i visited USD earlier this week, I talked to one of the professors and he basically confirmed what you wrote, ptformme, in your last line.  He thinks USD has a great southern california reputation but is not super well known nationally because noone wants to leave San Diego.  He said that is their big concern, they are really trying to get people to branch out and spread USD's reputation.  From my experience in sitting in on a simulated class, plus from faculty rankings I have seen, USD's professors are fantastic and very friendly and accomodating.  Plus the campus is very nice, its in a very nice part of San Diego.  That being said, if your heart is truly set on eventually coming back to SF, then USF may be the better bet as far as connections go, plus you may never want to leave San Diego.

I'll be there too, doubt I'm going but I want to check out the campus, i heard it is amazing.  You never know, may be swayed by Malibu.  I wonder if Ken starr is going to speak, it didnt mention it on the itinerary.

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