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Financial Aid / Michigan deadline to accept fin aid?
« on: May 17, 2006, 09:56:30 PM »
Anyone know if Michigan has a deadline for accepting financial aid? I only got federal loans. Thx!

Law School Admissions / Michigan Law Review?
« on: April 11, 2006, 12:25:41 PM »
Does anyone know specifically how students are chosen for law review at UMich? The website is kinda vague: "Members of the first-year class will be invited to join the review on the basis of first-year grades and performance in a writing competition. MLR also has a diversity plan designed to bring a range of perspectives and experiences to its membership."

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Class Visits?
« on: March 15, 2006, 08:30:33 PM »
I'm visiting UVA this coming weekend and will sit in on a class next Monday, since I couldn't make either of the admit weekends. Is there any protocol for the class visits, ie should I alert the prof to my presence, sit in the back, sit in the front, etc? I'm pretty sure it's a big 1L class. I emailed the school and they just told me to show up- not too informative...

Financial Aid / Re: Has Anyone Been Offered a FinAid Package Yet?
« on: March 12, 2006, 12:09:52 PM »
I got my Michigan package via email- 18,500 in federal loans, with an estimated cost of attendance of 52,990.  :-\

alrighty, in addition to the pic and phone number deal, here's some identifying info (I feel like I'm arranging a sleazy myspace meetup :) )-  I'll be the girl in the sling with her boyfriend likely in tow, so feel free to randomly say hi.  ;D

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Liberal v. Conservative
« on: March 07, 2006, 08:51:13 AM »

edit: from Dallas, TX

here ya go

1: 1st weekend- next week woo hoo!
2: It's probably my top choice right now
3: UVA, Penn, Boalt- still waiting for Chicago and Stanford

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: For those considering Public Interest
« on: February 28, 2006, 04:28:59 PM »
I have heard that when the time comes to apply for LRAP alot of people won't actually get it.  It isn't just like there is some endless supply of money. 

What school was this?  Because, not to be elitist or anything, this is often a problem at lower ranked ones.

I've heard that even at the highest ranked schools (minus harvard) that the amount you have to make for the LRAP to kick in is so low that practically nobody qualifies. I mean, it's hard for a T14 grad in public interest to make LESS than 40k every year for the 10 years or so it takes for an LRAP to pay off all of your loans.

though this is true for full loan repayment (the cutoff is usually 35k,) partial loan repayment (often still covering a big %) continues up the pay scale, so you'd have to pay something as your salary rose during those ten years, but it'd be a bit less to a lot less of what you'd be paying without any assistance.

meh I'm pretty sure you didn't. there seem to be quite a few people (myself included) in that boat with you. I'm thrilled I wasn't automatically rejected, but this waiting is going to make an eventual rejection or waitlist hurt a lot more since I'll have had so long to indulge my Stanford fantasies.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: For those considering Public Interest
« on: February 25, 2006, 09:07:34 PM »
I'm also probably going to go with the best school instead of the best deal, with the only qualification being that if the difference in prestige/programs is negligible, I'll choose the school with the best LRAP. I will most likely be doing A or C off your list. Biglaw just doesn't appeal to me, even if it's only for a couple of years. As far as what type, appellate law with a federal public defender's office seems cool, but I'm not pinning myself down just yet. The bonus is that a lot of the government jobs actually have starting salaries in the 45-65k range, which isn't so bad.

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