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Current Law Students / To bar loan, or not bar loan...that is the question.
« on: September 27, 2007, 12:43:49 PM »
Well... it's not really a question for me. It's just a matter of time until I sign by the "x", once again.... I, like many of you, will probably be low on dinero/near broke during summer 08, especially with my Bar/Bri bill hanging over my head. The idea of signing on for several thousand more dollars of debt (and probably at a variable interest rate) turns my stomach. But at the same time, the last thing I want to worry about during my bar prep is how I'm going to eat or provide shelter for myself. No one ever said becoming a lawyer was easy or cheap - I'm just trying to get ready for the incoming bills.

I'm just curious to know if anyone has starting looking into applying for a bar-study loan for 2008. I was thinking of going with Sallie Mae, but was wondering if any of you have other lenders that you recommend. I last heard that we can borrow up o $15,000 but I'm not sure if the amount has increased. I'm also trying to get an idea of how soon we can get our hands on the cash, considering that Bar/Bri will need to be paid next semester, we will have to start submitting state bar applications (and the fees....ugh).

I'll post any news I find out as I continue my search, but I'm also curious to hear about any info others may have.


Pittsburgh / Re: Where are you buying your books?
« on: August 01, 2005, 11:53:44 AM »
Kittenhawk - do you think we should invest in Black's Law Dictionary? Or will we make it with a smaller & less expensive pocket dictionary...? Just curious about your or anyone else's opinion on this....

Pittsburgh / Cell phone in Pittsburgh
« on: July 28, 2005, 07:20:39 PM »
Hi there...
What cell phone carrier do you prefer in Pittsburgh?

I've been using Sprint for a long time, and when I visited Pitt, I didn't notice any problems with reception or coverage. My only hang up is I think I might be able to get a more budget friendly plan with another company (since I'm back to being a poor student again....waaaaa), so I was wondering what other carriers folks are statisfied with in the Pittsburgh area.....? (I will need a nationwide plan, and this will be my main phone....won't be using a land line)...

What are your thoughts...

Pittsburgh / Re: CLASSES/PROFS
« on: July 28, 2005, 03:39:26 PM »
The schedule that I received in the mail differss lightly from the one posted online...

Online: Legal Process w/ Brake
Snailmail: Legal Process w/ Nathenson

Anyone else notice this?

Pittsburgh / Re: Housing Hunt
« on: June 13, 2005, 04:42:19 PM »
Hi everyone,
So things went well during my little excursion. Squirrel Hill and Shadyside are definitely nice, and ideal areas for grad students. South Oakland is cheaper in rent, but quite rough looking and seems too noisy. I guess some folks can deal with the area, but it left much to be desired when compared to some of the other areas. I passed through East Liberty and it was definite a no-no.

I decided to rent out a place in Shadyside, so everything worked out :) There were still a good amount of places available around Shadyside, but for anyone who's still looking, they seem to be going pretty fast so you might want to get out there soon!

Thanks for your input, and see you guys in a few weeks!!

Pittsburgh / Re: Golf in August
« on: June 13, 2005, 03:58:52 PM »
I'm no golfer...but I'll meet you guys for drinks afterwards!

I'm not a golfer either, but I'd also love to meet up with everyone for drinks!!

Pittsburgh / Housing Hunt
« on: June 06, 2005, 02:49:11 AM »
Hi everyone! I am part of the class of 2008 for Pitt and I'm looking for housing. I am leaning more towards trying to get a 1BD/ or studio, but I'm also open to looking for roommates. I'm flying into Pittsburgh this weekend (6/10) to hunt around. I'm ideally looking for a place that's not on the ground level, a short to the bus lines, and a short bus ride to get to campus.

If anyone has any leads on 1BD/Studios in Shadyside, Squirell Hill, Friendship, or Bloomfield, I'd love to hear from you! Also, if anyone has info on shared housing, please let me know.

Thanks everyone!!! :D

p.s I'm also curious to hear any opinions about some of the other surrounding areas.
-Are Polish Hill and Highland Park so far away that I might feel a little isolated?
-Is South Oakland really too rowdy? Bad idea? Or do many grad students seem to avoid the area because it's comprised of mostly undergrads?
-I've head that East Liberty is kind of sketchy- are there any other areas that I should avoid?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Very Low LSAT
« on: July 21, 2006, 11:43:16 PM »
No prob - you are welcome!

I'll pm you...

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Very Low LSAT
« on: July 21, 2006, 09:46:08 PM »
How did you do while studying with Kaplan?

I am in Kaplan because I heard it was better than Princeton Review...but after 10 sessions already I'm not so sure I'm doing any better than when I started off cold by myself study.

Where can I find Testmasters? I noticed a lot of people mentioned that program but I have no idea where to look for it in my area. I'm from Maryland.

Thank you for your insight...I don't think I can get a full refund back because I'm 2 weeks from the end of the course already. They have the program for higher score guarantee but I don't believe they are willing to refund you the entire tuition fee.

Word on the street is that the higher score guarentee is a bit of a sham. I was told that they will under-score your exam so that you are certain to make a 10 point increase. But what good is that if you are going from a 137 to a 147? Know what I mean? Just see if there is a refund policy... or something pro-rated... or tell them you had an emergency or something. See what they say.

Here's the link for Testmasters:

In Baltimore, the class for the September test started this week. :-\
In College Park, the class for the September test starts next Tuesday. :o

As I said before, I only wish I had known about Testmasters earlier... it would have saved me a lot of money and heartache. And I'd probably already be a lawyer by now. Ha! But things still worked out, and I'm on my way....

Good luck!!!

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Very Low LSAT
« on: July 21, 2006, 09:30:15 PM »
Ohh I'm in a very similar situation. For my Kaplan test 2 I scored a 140 but I got a 137 on the last practice exam and I'm worried about if I should even consider law school. I'm signed up for the Sept 30th test date and its pretty nerve wrecking. I'm hitting about 60% with the 140 score on Logic Games and RC but LR I suck at and I need serious improvements in inference and assumption questions. I'm working on them...but taking a break to post here. ;)

Here's your first problem: Kaplan. My suggestion is that you get out of the class, and see if you can get any or all of your money back.

I'm only saying this because I studied with their books and it got me nowhere. I wasted my money on Princeton Review which gave me a slight improvement, but I still wasn't competitive.

Testmasters180 saved my butt, and after going through their program and seeing how everything made so much more sense, I WISH someone had told me about them earlier down the road.

I'm sure you could get into one of their courses for the December test... perhaps even a late summer session for the September test.

See how things go, but if you are barely hitting the 150s, your best bet would be to postpone and go with Testmasters180 for the December test. You only want to have to deal with the LSAT once....

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