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Current Law Students / Re: Active, engaged learner or gunner?
« on: September 07, 2005, 08:23:35 PM »
I'm in the same Property class as Comm-Law, and while I usually feel bad for any of my fellow classmates getting beat up, it was awesome to see our gunner get pounded on.
We are three weeks into 1L, and he's already over his question limit for law school... 

Current Law Students / Re: Should I file Bankruptcy...
« on: May 16, 2005, 10:00:37 AM »
No. Your $13,000 in government loans aren't dischargable under bankruptcy anyways. Suck it up, get some kind of payment plan going, and pull yourself back up. A bankruptcy will totally screw you for the next 7 years, and partially screw you forever. As was mentioned above, it will be a big red flag for character and fitness, and may cost you a job someday.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: car at michigan?
« on: May 31, 2005, 07:41:26 PM »
Please, not another car in Ann Arbor  ;D  As far as classes, library and the bar, you will not need a car for U of M. Parking is really awful in Ann Arbor, and driving by the law schools is crazy. The north-west corner of the Law Quad is the main crossing for undergrads, and you can sit there forever in your car waiting for them to cross the street.
Like Yorba mentioned, you will need a car for summer employment, but not for school. I had one while in undergrad there, living in South Quad across from the Law Quad, and I just kept it parked behind the athletic department area 99% of the time.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Prep in Ann Arbor, MI
« on: May 18, 2005, 01:29:38 PM »
If you are taking the LSAT near Ann Arbor, I would suggest taking it at the Washtenaw Community College site. Far easier parking and nice, well lighted rooms. Its only about ten minutes away from U of M.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Ave Maria Standard of Living?
« on: May 11, 2005, 08:56:21 AM »
I don't know the apartment prices, 'cause my GF bought a condo. But, I can tell you by comparing the condo markets in A2, Ypsi, and Milan, that Milan is far, far cheaper. A condo that goes for $170,000 in A2, and $150,000 in Ypsi, goes for about $100,000 in Milan.
Right now the rental market is soft around Ypsi and EMU. Ann Arbor is always hot for rentals because of U of M.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Ave Maria Standard of Living?
« on: May 11, 2005, 07:28:57 AM »
I used to live around the corner from this business (but have never used them):
Relocation Central - Apartment Search

Its suppose to be a free service, so you've got nothing to lose. You won't find anything decent for under $800. I used to pay around $635 in the Ypsi ghetto about five years ago. Then I moved to nice ones in Ann Arbor for just under a grand. Now I'm in Milan, about 12 miles south of Ann Arbor. Nice area, very laid back and quiet, and cheap. Its right off the main highway (23) that Ave Marie is off of. I would suggest trying there. It only takes about 25 minutes tops to go from my condo to Ave Marie.

More from Michigan's site:
Michigan is 1 of the top 3 of our peer law schools in the percentage of graduates taking their first job in public interest (judicial clerkship, public interest, and government).

And, towards the bottom of their FAQ for Prospective Students:
Is there any help for students who want to pursue Public Interest work?

The Public Service Office provides counseling to students who want to pursue jobs in public interest or in the public sector. The University of Michigan was recognized in 2001 as the Public Interest School of the Year by the student division of the ABA. The Debt Management Program also aids graduates who are interested in public interest and public service by helping them pay back a proportion of their loans based on their income. This is one of the strongest and most progressive programs of its kind in the country; there is no requirement that the job be of any particular kind, other than that it be law-related, which is different from most other schools' policies. Last year, about $400,000 was distributed to almost 100 people. In addition, there are student funded fellowships for students working in unpaid public interest or public sector internships; last year, more than 65 students received fellowships of $3200 each.

I don't attend U of M Law, so all I can give you is what's up on their page.

Next to Michigan you can add (from their web-site):
The University of Michigan was recognized in 2001 as the Public Interest School of the Year by the student division of the ABA.

Don't know who the recent winners have been...

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