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Current Law Students / Any 2L or 3L's at UNC? I Need Your Help!
« on: January 03, 2010, 08:59:06 AM »
As the subject suggests, I am looking for any 2L or 3L's at UNC. Anyone?

Current Law Students / BARBRI Rep
« on: August 22, 2009, 12:03:19 PM »
Just wondering what everyone's opinion is on becoming a BARBRI Rep during 1L. Is it worth one hour a week for three years for the free course and study aids, or should I just shell out the money for the BARBRI course?

Here is the background: After much soul-searching, I have decided to follow my heart and pursue a career in child advocacy even though it means I will never make a lot of money. However, I still do not know which school to choose. So, for some reason unknown to myself, I have decided to create this thread to get some input from total strangers. I am a non-traditional student with a family, so their concerns need to be taken into consideration as well.

Here are the choices, and the reasons why they are being considered:

Tulane University ($7,500/yr, 3.0 GPA): I have always wanted to attend Tulane. Looked at it for UG, but ultimately got an offer I couldn't refuse. My partner also loves the idea of living in New Orleans. This is the highest ranking school to which I was accepted, but would also be the most expensive. There is no emphasis on child advocacy at Tulane, but its reputation would provide better possibilities if I later decide I want to make more money.

DePaul University [$20,000/yr, 3.3 GPA (~Top 30%)]: DePaul offered me a nice scholarship, but Chicago is an expensive city, and I am not sure it is the best place for a 2 year old girl. DePaul also offers a special section of Legal Writing which emphasizes family law and is home to the Schiller, Du Canto & Fleck Family Law Center which has offered me a guaranteed paid internship ($5,000) for my 1L summer doing child advocacy. My partner also has friends in Chicago which she considers a plus, although I still feel she prefers New Orleans over Chicago.

Michigan State University (Full-Tuition, 3.0 GPA): On the list because of the full-tuition scholarship (hard to ignore during a financial crisis) and they are also home to the Chance at Childhood Program which teams up Law students and MSW students to help children in Michigan. On the downside, it is a tier-3 school. Also, we visited last weekend, and while we liked the school, we hated Lansing.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / William and Mary Waitlist
« on: March 26, 2009, 08:20:37 AM »
Didn't see this thread anywhere. Anyone else on the list?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Visiting Tulane? Where to Stay?
« on: February 27, 2009, 04:44:47 PM »
I will be visiting Tulane in early April and am starting to make my travel plans now. Since Tulane only covers airfare and not hotel expenses, does anyone know of a good yet inexpensive place where I can stay? Also should I rent a car or rely on cabs and streetcars?

Financial Aid / FinAid Questions
« on: January 14, 2009, 07:45:53 PM »
I have a few questions about financial aid. Please bear with me, as I have never applied for financial aid before.

1. I have filled out the FAFSA, but do I need to send it to every school to which I applied?

2. I tried to add all of the schools anyway, and many of the law schools were not specifically listed. In that case, do you send it to the parent university? For example, there is no listing for Cornell Law School. Would I send it to Cornell University?

I may have more, but it is late and has been a very long day. I thank you all in advance for the help.

Law School Admissions / Withdrawal Letter
« on: January 08, 2009, 04:32:02 PM »
So, I unfortunately applied to a bunch of schools that I now realize I should have never applied to, but I wanted a wide range of options with varying amounts of aid. Anyway, I now want to send withdrawal letters to the schools I definitely know I will not be attending so that they may provide those scholarship funds to others, but I have a couple questions.

First, should I send a letter or an email? Second, any clue on what I should say in the letter? I was thinking something along the lines of:

I would like to thank the admissions committee for accepting my application to Blackacre School of Law. Additionally, I would like to thank the committee for offering me a scholarship in the amount of $xx,xxx per year. However, I would like to respectfully withdraw my application at this time. I will not be attending Blackacre School of Law because (insert reason here). Thank you, once again, for your consideration

Any ideas? Should I hint that maybe a larger scholarship would make me reconsider? Thanks in advance for your advice.

Law School Admissions / Updated Transcript?
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:17:12 AM »
Okay, so I originally posted a stupid question, then answered it myself and deleted it. Now, my Fall grades are in and my GPA has gone up slightly. Does anyone think I should bother sending in an updated transcript so that I can have my GPA raised from 3.59 to 3.61. I'm thinking I should, but wondered if anyone thought it would be pointless?

Law School Admissions / When Should I Call to Check App Status
« on: December 15, 2008, 09:11:57 PM »
Okay, this has probably been covered before, but I have to ask. How long should I wait after submitting all materials before calling a school to see why I am not complete. My status at Cornell has been 'Applied' (meaning I am not yet complete) since 11/24. The only additional requirement for Cornell was a Dean's Certification, but since I am an undergrad at Cornell I am thinking they should have received that fairly quickly. Should I call to see what is up?

Law School Admissions / Should I apply?
« on: December 09, 2008, 09:45:38 AM »
I am wondering what other people think of clinical programs? Are they an important factor in choosing a law school if you know what area of law you want to practice? For instance, I am interested in pursuing a career in child advocacy, and have applied to a couple schools with programs that match my interest. I just received a fee waiver from South Carolina, and had never though about going to school there, but it is the home of the Children's Law Center. Should I apply?

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