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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Notre Dame "provisional list"
« on: February 27, 2006, 07:44:50 PM »
I thought I had a good shot, too. Everyone posting on LSN with my stats got money, but I didn't.  It was a bit disappointing, to say the least, but at least I got in. 

Same here.  For some reason, most of the other schools gave me money but ND hasn't given me a penny.  I was v. dissappointed cuz' people with numbers at and below me were getting so-called "merit" scholarships on LSN.  I guess they don't really want me.  Its too bad, cuz' now they are pretty much out of the running for me (unless they can put together a pretty gosh darn good FA pkg.).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Note-taking - paper or plastic?
« on: February 27, 2006, 07:16:13 PM »
I haven't used it yet, but when i helped with freshman orientation at my ug this year, they gave all the freshman (and volenteers) OneNote sofeware for free.  Funny thing is, NO ONE takes notes on a laptop at my ug.

Financial Aid / Re: Has Anyone Been Offered a FinAid Package Yet?
« on: February 24, 2006, 10:28:45 AM »
I've only heard back from Fordham and they could *only* offer me the merit based scholarship that I had received and 18.5 fed. cap. load.  WTF?!? I have no money. My parents are not paying and even if they were I don't see how the heck would they afford it besides draining their own retirement plans.  ARG! Guess I need to look into private loans.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: quick thoughts on u of minn
« on: February 23, 2006, 03:44:26 PM »
I, too, was impressed with the UMinn when I visited. The students seemed down to earth, their are loads of volenteer ops, your actually able to present cases in court after your 1st year thanks to their state's student practice rules, and the clinics are top notch. Another AWESOME thing about MINN is that you WILL be on a journal or moot court your 2nd year.

MINN Rocks!

Now go send that app  ;) .

Nope, no parents.  They're not paying so they don't have too much of an impact on my final choice.  Plus, I think I would just feel weird having my mom around when at an admitted students weekend for Law School.  When I went to UMINN admitted weekend, there was only one person who brought both her parents.  I kinda felt bad for her cuz' her parents were asking a ton of questions and it seemed like our student guide really tried to lead her into the conversation. Most people did bring a guest, just not a parent.  Mainly friends. I brought my cousin cuz' she lived in the area.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Asking for More Money
« on: February 23, 2006, 03:07:18 PM »
I spoke to the financial aid office, and they told me they will definitely consider my circumstances in awarding need-based aid, even if that need isn't reflected in the standard financial aid submission.

I spoke with the admissions office, and Dean Zearfoss is going to review my file in light of my special circumstances and professed desire to attend Michigan, and will call me on Monday to let me know how they might be able to assist me financially.

Even if I don't get an extra penny (and I don't expect to), I can't say enough about how friendly and helpful all the people I've talked at Michigan have been (housing, admissions, financial aid, student services).  Maybe I'm just jaded from big city life, but UMich has really impressed me.

I hope everything works out well for you.  The midwest is a great place to spend a few years (esp. if you have kids IMHO). Keep us posted  :) .

I can only say what happened b/t me and Fordham.  I received my acceptance letter before Thanksgiving and around x-mas they sent me a letter indicating a merit scholarship  :) .

I can't answer the question as to how ug prestige weighs in to the admissions process, but I can tell you what I experanced this cycle. My ug, as far as I know, is not even in the rankings, so I guess I go to a no-tier school  ??? . As you can see from my acceptances (click my lsn link), this has not prevented me from getting into some AWESOME schools.  It prob. didn't help, but it didn't (appear to) hurt either.



Incoming 1Ls / Re: Chiashu in Retrospect
« on: February 20, 2006, 04:03:43 PM »
(Chiashu 2004)

Cardozo- 93.8%
Minnesota- 92.8%
Wisconsin- 78%
Fordham- 76.4%
Washington & Lee- 74%
William & Mary- 68.4%
Notre Dame- 53.1%
Cornell- 42.1%
UPENN- 29.5%

BC- 64.3%
Chicago- 23.7%

UVA- 37%
NYU- 33%
Columbia- 20.5%

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Deferred, Accepted
« on: February 20, 2006, 02:02:50 PM »
Thanks guys for the kind words! I hope you all get the decisions that you are waiting for soon  :) .

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