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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How much is too much?
« on: June 26, 2007, 11:58:28 AM »
Take the average starting salary for private sector jobs and subtract taxes.  Then subtract the estimated yearly loan repayment.  If the resulting number is negative--probably not worth it. If the resulting number is enough to live on...why not?  Does CW have a loan repayment program?  Some schools have programs that repay all or part of your loans depending on how much money you make, even if you job is in the private sector. 

i think this is a great way to do it if you don't expect your income to ever increase over what you would earn your first year

in the admittedly little i've learned in professional responsibility thus far, i wouldn't worry about it...basically what they look for is whether or not your character is fit to sit for the bar...usually that involves did you commit fraud, kill someone, constantly violate the law as to look like you don't care about the law or maybe you did something and chose to cover it up...mostly they're going to be criminal issues...i don't think this is something that will affect you...first the schools aren't asking for it so you don't need to list it...not doing so when they don't ask is not covering it up, it's just not answering something you weren't asked...i honestly doubt this is even something you'll need to disclose when the bar comes into really says nothing about how ethical you would be as an attorney...for them to say "you can't sit for the bar" because of this is like saying if you've cheated on someone then you can't sit for the's more of a personal issue than a professional one...i don't think this will ever affect you...just don't go killing her now...

i find it EXTREMELY unlikely that the fact that it's geographically closer will make any difference in terms of how well you have to all...i mean, why do they care how close you are to the school? look at it this're top 25% at scu, there's someone top 5% at, oh, i don't know...loyola...i'm going to say (and assume) the top 5% guy at loyola is at least a better law student than the top 25% guy at scu, at least in the eyes of admissions...better law student = maybe better lawyer (at least safer bet) so why would i pass on the safer bet because you happen to go to a school that's closer?

ultimately, i think it's WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too early to be asking this question...unless it's an issue of "where should i go now b/t x and y?"...and if that's the case, go to the school you'd rather have a degree from since if you don't you're basically betting that you'll be able to transfer and no matter how brilliant you are, that's a hell of a gamble

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: USD + 20,000.00/yr or Loyola?
« on: June 19, 2007, 05:22:48 PM »
received 15k per yr. renewable scholarship from Loyola (need to keep a 2.6 gpa), but think I'm gonna stay with the 20k USD scholarship.....

hopefully Iget off of the UCLA waitlist.............

either way, it's a good choice...the only question is which school/city you like better as i think your final cost of attendance would be about the same...

75's my question...isn't an iq test just another standardized test? i mean, i would think that to demonstrate that you don't do well on standardized tests you would use your gpa (or something) instead of another standardized test (which i assume an iq test is? i've never actually taken one)...

if you're not taking a course, i'll say the bibles, no question

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UC Irvine Law 2009
« on: June 14, 2007, 01:29:27 AM »
pros? i got none...


no alumni base

new program may be sketchy

no aba...well, no different than any other school w/o aba approval (meaning can't take bar/practice in other states)

and whatever other problems a new school may face...

I wonder why your friend had so much trouble getting interviews?  Top 20% from Southwestern is rather respectable in my opinion?  It is wierd how Southwestern and Chapman waitlist the hell out of everyone and from the look of things (lawschoolnumbers) Cal Western does not....

that's what i thought too, but she said that she wasn't the only one hence her position that it was the school...i can't say for sure that was the reason, it was just wat she told me and her personal experience...

i'd say southwestern or cal western depending on if you prefer la or sd...chapman would be ruled out in my book because of their lack of an alumni base (due to its youth)...southwestern and cal western it comes down to where you'd rather practice...southwestern has a strong alumni base so they have that going for it...what southwestern has going against it in my book is when i was deciding last year my friend (a southwestern alum that finished in the top 20%) told me to go anywhere else if i have the choice...she was basically telling me that she had a hard time getting any interviews just because her degree is from far as cal western goes, it's a T4, but they do quite well in the sd market...don't try to go outside the sd market, but having been in sd for a year, they really do quite well...there are 3 schools in sd, usd, cal western and and cal west are both T4, but you'd be surprised how much better cal west does than tj...but again, if you want to be in la, go to southwestern as i'm sure the cal western degree doesn't travel well..

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