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Where should I go next fall? / Re: SMU, Iowa, SLU, or Loyola-Chicago?
« on: December 16, 2007, 06:05:16 PM »
That's strange that even the top of Loyola's class has trouble finding jobs in Chicago. Is chicago a very competitive legal market?

The top of the class doesn't struggle to find jobs, they struggle to find big law jobs.  As for the couple of people I know in the top of the class who don't have anything, it's for reasons other than grades.

And Chicago is extremely competitive.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: SMU, Iowa, SLU, or Loyola-Chicago?
« on: December 15, 2007, 06:54:20 PM »
Iowa places well in Chicago.  Frankly better than it should.  Not that it's a bad school, or anything.  Even if with go with your top 35% statistic, that truly isn't awful.  I promise you that 35% of Loyola-Chicago or SMU grads cannot get biglaw in Chicago.  I don't even know what SLU is, but if that is St. Louis University, then the top 35% aren't getting biglaw in Chicago. 

It's possible that SMU places better into Dallas biglaw than Iowa does into Chicago biglaw...possible, but a lot of Iowans go to the Twin Cities as well. 

 

Very true.  People in the Top 10% even have trouble getting biglaw in Chicago from Loyola.  And its a school with supposedly a lot of connections in the city!

Very true.  I have friends in the top 5-7% who have nothing right now.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Loyola Chicago Financial Aid
« on: December 14, 2007, 04:48:40 PM »
Great...thanks for the 411!

Sure thing.  Let me know if you have any other Loyola or Chicago questions.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Loyola Chicago Financial Aid
« on: December 14, 2007, 04:36:30 PM »
The amenities on the website say its really nice.  Is that rent comparable to other places in the area?  How does that compare with apartments in Wrigleyville?

It's more expensive than places in Lakeview.  I live on the Gold Coast, 17 minute walk from school, and have a 1 BR apartment (about 735 square feet) on LSD and pay about what the Loyola thing is.  You can find places further north for several hundred dollars per month less.  I think I have friends in Lakeview/Lincoln Park who have a 2 BR and each roommate pays around $500.  It all depends on what you're looking for.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Loyola Chicago Financial Aid
« on: December 14, 2007, 04:11:15 PM »
Really?  If they are still using the same criteria, that puts me in contention for some money I guess.  I am 159/3.48 with some decent soft factors.  Are scholarships more about numbers than softies?

I'm really not sure.  The money Loyola gave me was less than DePaul (I think I got double the amount at DePaul).  I can't remember what Kent offered, but I do know they play the scholarship game big time and plenty of people lose their money.

I also have no idea what Loyola's numbers are now compared to when I applied.  I had some decent soft factors, so that probably played a role.

Thanks for the info.  As long as we're talking about it, do you know any law students that live in Baumhart hall?  How much does it cost to live there?  It seems like an awfully nice place and its location can't be beat.

Is that the new building right across the street from the law school?  I know a 1L there.  I think he likes it.  IIRC, it runs about $1,300 per month and that gets you a "suite" with two roommates.  I also think that includes internet and whatnot, but am not positive. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Loyola Chicago Financial Aid
« on: December 14, 2007, 03:51:34 PM »
Really?  If they are still using the same criteria, that puts me in contention for some money I guess.  I am 159/3.48 with some decent soft factors.  Are scholarships more about numbers than softies?

I'm really not sure.  The money Loyola gave me was less than DePaul (I think I got double the amount at DePaul).  I can't remember what Kent offered, but I do know they play the scholarship game big time and plenty of people lose their money.

I also have no idea what Loyola's numbers are now compared to when I applied.  I had some decent soft factors, so that probably played a role.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Loyola Chicago Financial Aid
« on: December 14, 2007, 03:34:05 PM »
3.5 GPA at time of app (closer to 3.6 now, damnit!) and 168.

That sounds about right,  If OP is in the same ballpark, I am sure he/she will get similar money.  I think they also do more "competitive" scholarships in the spring, where you have to go in and interview.

Is the money still unconditional?  If not, they may make it so in the spring/summer.  Any chance you're going?

I'm nowhere near the same ballpark in terms of numbers so I'm guessing that there will be no $$ in the offer.  I know that TFA alumni get a certain amount of scholarship $$ from the school but it is minimal. 

I really would like to go, but if I get into UW-Madison, I think that is where I'll end up, if only for money reasons (I am a resident and therefore it is exponentially cheaper than Loyola).  I loved my visit to LUC this summer, it felt like a great environment to learn in.

If it helps, I was 160/3.53 and got 25% tuition three years ago.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Loyola Chicago Financial Aid
« on: December 14, 2007, 03:25:22 PM »
3.5 GPA at time of app (closer to 3.6 now, damnit!) and 168.

That sounds about right,  If OP is in the same ballpark, I am sure he/she will get similar money.  I think they also do more "competitive" scholarships in the spring, where you have to go in and interview.

Is the money still unconditional?  If not, they may make it so in the spring/summer.  Any chance you're going?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Loyola Chicago Financial Aid
« on: December 14, 2007, 03:22:03 PM »
When I was admitted 3 years ago, scholarship money came in the mail after the phone call, with the admittance letter.  What are your numbers?

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Law School Applications / Re: Is law school really that much work?
« on: December 14, 2007, 03:18:12 PM »
I am bit worried about the law school workload. I do NO work in undergrad. The other night I watched an "Intervention" marathon on A&E in lieu of writing a paper. I wonder how much extreme procrastination I can get away with in LS. Probably not much....



It really depends on the person.  I have taught myself an entire course in about two days.  Not everyone can do that, or is willing to give it a try, but it works for me.

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