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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UCLA - Where to live?
« on: June 20, 2005, 12:19:33 AM »
Thank you very much.  Both of you.  I have gotten plenty of ideas from your posts.  I might have some more specific questions about more specific streets as I look into things. 

Question:  When should I go out to look for apartments if I want an August 1 move date?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: GW or UCLA
« on: June 19, 2005, 09:19:36 PM »

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UCLA - Where to live?
« on: June 19, 2005, 09:13:32 PM »
We are pretty open; we just don't really know anything about the different neighborhoods.  Location is probably the most important.  We will only have one car between us for a few months.  (I know this is a bad idea, but we don't have a choice right now.)  We don't really care if there is a lively bar/club scene.  Our idea of nightlife is of the dinner/movie/mall variety.  I am more worried about what we should avoid than what we should look for.  I'm the type that would sign a lease for a place in Watts or something because it would save me a few bucks a month in rent (and because I don't know what I'm doing).

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / UCLA - Where to live?
« on: June 19, 2005, 08:54:16 PM »
I don't know much about LA other than the tourist attractions, so I am looking for some locals to help me find a good area to live in while I go to UCLA.  I am looking for one bedroom apartments that are affordable, not unreasonably far from campus, and relatively safe.  I will be living with my girlfriend, so I won't be paying alone, but we are still looking for rent that doesn't exceed $1200 a month (preferably less than $1000).

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: GW or UCLA
« on: June 19, 2005, 08:46:18 PM »
Unless you know you want to go east, go to UCLA.

This seems to be the prevailing opinion.  I don't know that I want to go east, and I have a lot of family and friends out here in CA/AZ/NV, so I am going to UCLA.

Thanks for the help!  (Now go over to my thread in the Accepted and Decided area and help me find a place to live.)

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Wait List / Re: Waitlist movement - post here!
« on: June 19, 2005, 03:24:25 PM »
In off UCLA waitlist on 6/17 as well.  I will most likely be attending.  Now it's just a matter of figuring out LA neighborhoods and where I want to (can afford to) live.

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Wait List / Re: Accepted off UofA waitlist... now what do I do??
« on: June 19, 2005, 03:21:25 PM »
An earlier post said that U of A will be expanding the law school in a couple of months- This is not right. It's actually a couple of years- groundbreaking is scheduled to happen in 2008 with construction to last about 2 years

Construction at the U of A?  Surely you jest!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: GW or UCLA
« on: June 18, 2005, 07:43:31 PM »
177 and a 3.33, how come you aren't deciding upon more prestigious schools? Not to be insulting, but you have some strong stats, so I wonder why these two school (which aren't bad schools by any means)?

That is an easy one.  Late apps and two years of being unemployed after college.  When I first decided to try for law school a year ago, my goal was USD.  If I could get into USD, I would be so incredibly happy.  I had a mediocre GPA at an okay undergrad, and I had done nothing impressive either during or after college.  My LSAT was the only strong part of my application.  (My personal statement was good as well.)  Being able to choose between UCLA and GW is more than I ever hoped for.

It also gives a little hope that some schools will overlook even a nearly perfect LSAT if the rest of the application isn't so great (not that yours was terrible or anything, just making a point for those out there with medicore LSATs). 

I agree.  The LSAT is very important, but it alone is not a key into the top schools.  It does seem, however, that aside from a few top schools (Boalt, Northwestern), a low/middling LSAT can shut you out of top schools.

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Wait List / Re: Accepted off UofA waitlist... now what do I do??
« on: June 18, 2005, 07:31:47 PM »
Do not kid yourself.. ASU is not the school that Arizona is and everyone knows it.  U of A grads are better regarded all over the state, and in Las Vegas which recruits Arizona heavily.  Arizona can also place into California, which is a much harder task out of ASU.

I chose USD because I'll be practicing in CA and I wanted to try a new place, but Arizona is a better school than USD.  If you pick ASU for personal reasons, like I picked USD, I can understand that, but you cannot spin ASU as a comperable school.  Most of the posters in this thread have their heads stuck in the rankings and have no local knowledge of how the state operates. 

I agree with this.  Ever since UofA's business school passed ASU's in the rankings, there is no reason to choose ASU over UofA for academic reasons.  Honestly, most of the people that I know who chose ASU undergrad over UofA undergrad did it for the livelier Tempe nightlife.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: GW or UCLA
« on: June 18, 2005, 07:28:01 PM »
177 and a 3.33, how come you aren't deciding upon more prestigious schools? Not to be insulting, but you have some strong stats, so I wonder why these two school (which aren't bad schools by any means)?

That is an easy one.  Late apps and two years of being unemployed after college.  When I first decided to try for law school a year ago, my goal was USD.  If I could get into USD, I would be so incredibly happy.  I had a mediocre GPA at an okay undergrad, and I had done nothing impressive either during or after college.  My LSAT was the only strong part of my application.  (My personal statement was good as well.)  Being able to choose between UCLA and GW is more than I ever hoped for.

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