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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Appropriate Attire for Kaplan Audition?
« on: May 13, 2005, 01:03:57 PM »
kaplan has a whole "philosophy" about the clothes their instructors wear, you're not allowed to wear jeans or flip-flips when you teach, so i wouldn't wear them to the audition.  i wore a knee-length skirt and a sweater and passed.  the suit is overkill though.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: living at home?
« on: May 08, 2005, 08:00:28 PM »
my husband and i might move in with my parents for my 1L year if we end up going to atlanta.  we offered to buy them a new stove in exch for rent -- my husband travels a lot and is going to be gone half of the fall semester anyway, so we'll save a ton of money by crashing with my parents for a while.  don't plan to live there all 3 years, but i haven't lived at home since 1996, so it's not like they're going to slap me with a curfew or anything.  plus they know that we're putting all the money we save on rent straight into a down payment on a condo as soon as we have enough!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UCLA Bound
« on: May 03, 2005, 01:44:10 PM »
we're giving ourselves a month of weekends, but we can drive up from san diego and stay with friends.  our friends just moved there last year and spent three weeks straight looking at apartments, and i mean every day, but they are very picky and he was german and didn't have any credit history so they got turned down a bunch.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Kaplan Audition
« on: April 27, 2005, 08:06:19 PM »
i auditioned with 5 other people and 4 of them showed up at the training... the one who did not made a joke about being able to fit chinese people in your pocket because they're smaller than mexicans or something... guess that's not the 'kaplan method'.  i went through 4 rounds of training and then missed the last one, found out i would have to re-train if i wanted to teach there next year, so i just bailed.  the training was pretty easy though, but i secretly think the kaplan method is stupid, so.

Financial Aid / Re: UCLA scholarship info
« on: April 26, 2005, 05:08:10 PM »
I spoke to them on Monday as well (phone call) and got the same information, they are not giving out any more merit $$ until they get responses from the first round of offerees.  If after the May 1 deadline some people decline scholarship money, they may consider it for others, but she said it was not certain, by which I assume they could decide to just sit on the money until next year?

I got an email titled "Scholarship Offer" from UCLA last Friday and was pretty stoked (I was hoping since I got substantial $$ from Emory and USD they would give me something) but it turned out to just be an offer for a guaranteed unit for 3 years in the UCLA-owned grad student apartments... which I still have to pay for.  So, not really a scholarship, but more of a rent subsidy.  I guess it's better than nothing, but it makes Emory's offer much more attractive since I could live at home and pay $0 rent!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: San Diego Scholarship
« on: April 10, 2005, 10:57:47 AM »
I got the same scholarship from USD yesterday and am glad to hear y'all's thoughts about placement in San Diego... I was planning on going to UCLA until I got the USD $$ because I want to stay in SoCal after law school, I've just not heard a lot about how USD grads fare in San Diego/LA versus grads from other schools.  If you're saying they're at the top of the pool that San Diego draws from, then that's good news!

Choosing the Right Law School / ucla vs usd (w/$$)
« on: April 10, 2005, 10:32:51 AM »
I know this has been posted a thousand times in different guises, but I'm in a pickle today.  I was accepted to UCLA in January, and had more or less decided to go there because I want to stay in Southern California (I'm in San Diego now) permanently and it's the best school I was accepted to.  Yesterday I got a letter from U San Diego's law school, informing me that I've been awarded a $30,000 merit scholarship, renewable for all 3 years.  Needless to say, I was totally not expecting that and it's making my decision a LOT harder.  I'm one of those students who's paying for law school entirely with loans, so the cost difference is significant, about $60,000 for tuition alone.

I've always been told that you should go to the best school possible, screw the cost.   I am interested in IP law (not patents) after school, and I'm worried that USD won't give me enough weight on my resume.  At the same time, my fiance thinks it's better to be at the top at a strong regional law school than to be a bottom-feeder at a higher-ranked school.  And I'm so poor right now, that extra $60K seems like a lot. And, we would much rather live in San Diego than LA because I really don't like LA as a city!

I haven't heard anything yet from UCLA about scholarships/aid.  I'm going to call them tomorrow and tell them about my award from USD to nudge them, but the schools are a bit disparate in rank so I'm not sure if will make a difference.

What would you do?   

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