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« on: March 19, 2008, 10:55:19 AM »
Evidently it's much better for a newly-minted lawyer's taxes when schools give interest-free loans (which are eventually forgiven as the recipient meets his program commitments) than outright grants. You don't want to have to pay taxes on loan forgiveness "income," eh?
« on: March 18, 2008, 01:38:22 PM »
UCLA via phone call! Go Bruins!
« on: March 18, 2008, 10:30:17 AM »
I've been complete since early January, and my numbers are above their medians...I've been admitted to one T14 but would strongly, strongly consider Texas if they gave me some financial aid. They've got a program area that fits my legal interests to a T, and Austin seems like a great place to live. ¡Entonces déjenme matricular de una vez!Is it my non-Texas residency that bothers you so, UT? No one need know I'm a Pennsylvanian--I'll fake the accent!
« on: March 17, 2008, 01:13:01 PM »
Let's hope that Harvard will be a trendsetter in this area.
Yes! This should be standard practice. Between the CCRAA and initiatives like these, there's at least some movement toward helping those non- (or anti-) BigLaw aspirants among us. (Toby...call me!)
« on: March 17, 2008, 01:04:35 PM »
If you are on the political left, as I am, you should take another look at Northeastern. "Cause lawyering" is a big deal there. Their co-op program is innovative and well-regarded as well, and not just in Boston. People who are saying "GW hands down it's ranked higher" may not appreciate the fact that Northeastern is significantly different from the traditional law school format. Personal fit is crucial here; the people that like co-op wouldn't trade the experience.
« on: March 13, 2008, 12:09:00 AM »
On the law school or the city?
The Law School: I know a couple of Pitt Law grads (and have been accepted myself). My perspective is thus somewhat limited, but I'll take a stab. While working as a legal assistant at a small firm, the attorneys said, "If you want to practice in Pittsburgh, go to Pitt." That's basic but important advice. If you know Western PA is where you want to end up, you'd save a bundle by going the Pitt route. As with basically all decent law schools, you'll get a solid legal education. This is as true of Pitt as it is of Penn (though your classmates might differ substantially). Your grades and the name on the diploma will do the rest. My favorite Pitt Law faculty member: Jules Lobel. The building is straight out of the Brutalist school, which is as bad as it sounds; luckily, it's what's inside that counts, and you'll be looking out.
The City: Here I can speak with more authority, having lived in the 'Burgh for almost six years. Pittsburgh is a great "small big city." There are famously few young people that stick around, but this means that those who do are able to make their mark and get noticed much more easily if they're doing something interesting. The "Steel City" image is a thing of the past; Pittsburgh's new industries are universities, health care and research, and computer/tech. The city has great neighborhoods with strong identities. It's got a "deep local" feel; a large percentage of the population has lived in the same house for substantially longer than the national average. The cost of living can't be beat. Pittsburgh always seems to be on the verge of a renaissance but can never quite get there. Oh, and if you don't like professional sports, just smile and keep your mouth shut. Great museums and other cultural activities (free or nearly-free if you're a student)... I like Pittsburgh!
« on: March 11, 2008, 08:45:40 PM »
Yeah, a Penn Law alumna friend of mine applied in January and, the way she tells it, was given the impression by the school that it might not even be worth it for her to fill out the app (even though the deadline is in mid-February!) Getting a scholarship like this would make a PI career such a more realistic possibility...My sincere best wishes to all on this board who applied. Anyone with a legitimate shot at getting such a scholarship has already been doing good work in life.
« on: March 11, 2008, 08:36:10 PM »
You'd probably save yourself some airfare, face, and stress by arranging a visit on a different weekend entirely. Let the admissions people know you're coming and they'll make sure you get a tour, sit in on a class, etc. especially because you're already an admitted student. You won't get to hobnob/get drunk with with your future classmates, but HLS also won't have control over your agenda and you won't get as much blatant PR (not that Harvard needs to do much convincing! P.S.: Please accept me!) Go on a weekend that's comfortable for you.
« on: March 11, 2008, 04:41:40 PM »
Texas! Via e-mail and then snail mail!
Yee-haw! Congrats. Would you mind telling us when you applied, and if you're a resident? I've been complete for over 2 months...
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