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Law School Applications / Re: Qualifying for loans/grants
« on: October 07, 2005, 06:16:15 PM »
I currently have a generous salary (low six figures), but have no money in savings (I'm only 3 years out of school, just got married, have a new baby, and live in Orange County, CA).

I will have very little money, if any, saved up by the time I attend law school, and am very concerned about how I'm going to pay for it.  Anyone know if my current salary is going to prevent me from getting loans for school?  General wisdom seems to be to go the best school I can get into, but affordability could play a major role in where I choose to apply.  I'm submitting all of my applications this month.

Any thoughts, I'd appreciate the help.

if you have a good credit history you will get all the loans you are going to need.  check your credit reports first. 

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Just curious as to whether applying late December will put be at a disadvantage or not.  I know it's best to apply early, but is late December okay?  I know it's bad to apply late, but around what time is considered late? I am mostly applying to tier 2 schools, and I am hopeful for $$...(The schools' posted deadlines are all later than January.)

The reason why I am not applying early is because I cancelled my LSAT and need to take the December LSAT.  I will apply within a couple of days of receiving my score.

It worked out for me last year,  no problem at all. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Michigan Fall vs Summer Start
« on: October 07, 2005, 06:02:17 PM »
On the application form for U Mich., there's are options to apply for fall admission, summer admission, or both. I was originally going to apply for just the fall term, but is there an advantage to doing so as opposed to applying to both fall and summer? Also, is the summer program more selective?

According to rumors the summer program is slightly (repeat only slightly) easier to get in. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Georgetown
« on: October 07, 2005, 05:57:46 PM »
I am in the process of doing the georgetown apps. and i have a few questions.
this is the shortest application i have come across, am i missing something?  when is the deadline for early action?

is anyone doing the GLS program, or know anything about it?  how can it be beneficial, or disadvantage me?  the program sounds great, but i am a little scared of the commitment to "spend most or all of his her life as a public interest lawyer".  any thoughts would be very much appreciated.  thanks! 

The application form is short but you have to submit a CV. 

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Hi, I was just wondering if it would be a smart idea for me to take 2-3 courses at a different school than mine in order to boost my LSAC GPA since I heard that they average all of the courses someone takes in their college career, no matter if it is from the degree-granting institution?

I was just wondering if this "sneaky" move could prove to be beneficial or just a waste of time? I'm not just planning to take these courses as a GPA booster either - I plan on taking some courses that will actually benefit me and that I will enjoy.

Will this work is it just a waste of time and money on my part?



probably will not make a difference--they can see through it. 

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Wait List / Re: Northwestern Waitlist
« on: June 24, 2005, 04:53:51 PM »
happywench - thank you! yes, just go to my LSN link in my signature. You'll see at the bottom all the stuff I sent in to all the schools. Best of luck to you!

maclock - thank you! I wish you the best of luck too! Don't give up!

Congratulations!!!!!   Dreams do come true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Duke (20k) vs USC (45k)
« on: May 18, 2005, 01:25:25 PM »
I don't know what exactly I want to do, and I will likely want to end up in either Southern California, Northern California, or New York.  The 20,000 and 45,000 are totals for 3 years.

Go to Duke. 

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Law School Applications / Re: LSAT review books, which to buy?
« on: May 04, 2005, 10:13:36 AM »
The Bible really helped with my game questions. 

And yes buy and use the prep tests fromt the law services. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Late Deposits
« on: May 04, 2005, 09:39:58 AM »
Will schools accept deposits late?
I decided on a school and am now regretting.  Will another school let me send the deposit now (3-5 days late)?

depends on the school.  Some resort to the waitlist literally the day after the deadline.  Others send you a letter first.   

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