Columbia Law Class of 2011

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby 00TREX00 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:18 pm

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Gilgamesh
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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby Gilgamesh » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:22 pm

Just sent in my deposit. I'll see you all there this fall.

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Katkins
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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby Katkins » Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:03 pm

YAY guys! See you next year

Housing:

UAH: $750-$1000 for a bedroom in a 3 bedroom apartment, roommates from any grad school at Columbia
Law School housing (115th st): slightly more expensive, 2 mins from the law school, law students only
Lenfest: ~$1500 a month for very new studio apartments
Dorms: do not live here

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby 00TREX00 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:27 pm

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caits
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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby caits » Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:37 pm

See you guys in August!

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby nipplehead » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:23 pm

has Columbia offered any financial aid awards yet, or just financial aid info (grants and whatnot?)

i'm wondering if i forgot to do a necessary requirement of the financial aid app

also, is there a way to check on the admitted students site your financial aid package/whether or not you've completed all the required financial aid steps?

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caits
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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby caits » Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:10 pm

Aren't grants financial aid awards? Assuming you meant loans there, yes, they offer grant aid as well as letting you know your Stafford eligibility in the packages that people started receiving last Monday. Have you gotten a letter at all about financial aid? They don't have any financial aid checkers that I could see. Other people posting on TLS have talked about calling the office, it sounds like they'll let you know if a decision has been made on your finaid app yet. Good luck!

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nipplehead
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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby nipplehead » Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:24 pm

thanks caits. all my deadlines are for April 30th so i'd like to know my financial aid situation with Columbia before i choose between them and UVA, you know what i mean?

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby chris0805 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:28 pm

Good to hear about you guys joining us!

Should go without saying, but feel free to pm/post any questions about settling into NYC or the school. I'll be leaving the country in late May and might not have great internet access, but I'll be on leading up to that.

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby 00TREX00 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:31 pm

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby chris0805 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:37 pm

I'll be working in West Africa doing some community based human rights work, and hopefully working on putting together a note for when I come back. Then, I'll come back, and work in the human rights clinic :D (just found out about the latter last week... pretty pumped).

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby nipplehead » Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:39 pm

00TREX00 wrote:Tough decision Nip - am I wrong in assuming you're leaning towards UVA?

Edit - Where are you working this summer Chris?


i am, Rex. UVA offered me a 63K scholly which is very enticing; on the other hand, Columbia is truly one of the elite institutions and seems to offer even more opportunities than UVA. i'm also torn between Charlottesville (very comfortable and sedate and relaxed) and New York (seems like it would be wild and exciting). in short, i'm really torn, but leaning a bit towards UVA because of the money issue.

it's really down to these two though.

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caits
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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby caits » Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:05 am

That's a tough one, nip- you should totally give them a call to at least find out where your application stands...

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby o_0 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:32 pm

Anyone have much of an opinion on how to pick our Stafford/GRADPlus loan distributors? Looking at the tables Columbia put on its FinAid Web site, they look pretty identical to me.

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby caits » Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:56 pm

Since THE isn't lending right now I'm probably going with Access Group, conventional wisdom and the dearly departed Sock indicated that it's better to go with credit unions or nonprofits than huge conglomerate banks, and I don't have a credit union...

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby Soulofheaven8 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:03 pm

I read somewhere that it's a good idea to stay with the same company that you had for your undergrad loans, so I think that's what I'll do.

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby o_0 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:25 pm

Caits, I do see the advantage of not going with a huge multinational bank, though I guess I've not done enough research to be convinced that Need Access isn't owned by a huge, multinational bank :D

Edit: Okay, I did the .01s Googling it took to learn that Need Access isn't owned by a huge, multinational bank.

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Katkins
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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby Katkins » Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:45 pm

The finaid director here told me something like 80-90% of students use Access Group, so I went with them. Follower, yes?

Also, I'm not as cool as Chris and will be glued to the Internet/in the U.S. for the foreseeable future, so I am also available for questioning/querying/other q-verbings.

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby caits » Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:59 pm

I'm sure I'll have a ton of questions once the forms and all really get rolling- thanks Chris and Katkins!

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby Georgetown51 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:31 pm

I just sent in my deposit today, so it looks like i will be attending.

Any suggestions on what to put in my housing request for to get the best deal. Are there any 2br appartments?

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby NewHere » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:12 pm

Very few 2br apartments, and as far as I know they are all reserved for couples housing. (As are most 1br apts.)

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby stephenr86 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:22 pm

I'll be joining everyone at Columbia this fall! I'm super excited...

Anyone else going to the Mondays at Columbia on April 28th?

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miranda
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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby miranda » Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:42 pm

not me :/
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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby OrionStarfire » Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:35 am

Hi guys! I'm still waiting on Harvard, but it looks like it'll be a rejection/waitlist by now. I'm still struggling in regards to the Columbia/NYU decision, but I'm heavily leaning towards Columbia...I also did my undergrad there, and I liked the neighborhood so I think it'll be a good fit. :D If you guys have any questions about the campus, let me know -- I hope I can be of some help!

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Re: Columbia Law Class of 2011

Postby Taranteyja » Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:55 am

UAH: $750-$1000 for a bedroom in a 3 bedroom apartment, roommates from any grad school at Columbia
Law School housing (115th st): slightly more expensive, 2 mins from the law school, law students only
Lenfest: ~$1500 a month for very new studio apartments
Dorms: do not live here




Just curious: Whats wrong with the dorms?




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