my reason was the cost to buy insurance for my spouse.
well yes, that's a pretty damn good reason!
dresden doll wrote:Questions for airlineraddict, AP and the rest of current students on the thread - do you think the estimated COL figure on Michigan's website is accurate or by and large inflated? I have a rather hard time believing COL in AA comes out to 17,500k...
spencer26 wrote:Thank you for the advice. So, being surrounded by zero native-English speakers, I find myself doing a lot of pondering about law school, my future, etc.. So I have come up with a few more questions..
I have seen on a thread somewhere on the site that a smart piece of advice for the "0L" summer is to begin thinking about what you want to do during the next summer, as this allows you to focus on school during November/December. I took that advice to heart and began searching the NALP directory. Now, I know it is a long shot these days to get hired at a firm as a 1L, but I figure I've got nothing to lose in applying. So, many firms say 1Ls can apply anytime after 12/01, how does this make sense as we most likely won't see grades from our first semester until mid-January I am guessing?
Also, what does the application consist of? (Sorry for the ignorance, please forgive me)
tl wrote:dresden doll wrote:Questions for airlineraddict, AP and the rest of current students on the thread - do you think the estimated COL figure on Michigan's website is accurate or by and large inflated? I have a rather hard time believing COL in AA comes out to 17,500k...
I actually thought it wasn't enough money. I think it all depends on what type of income you're used to. The people that I knew that came straight from undergrad had no problem with the budget because they were used to living on a tight budget. The people that had jobs before law school thought it wasn't nearly enough money. My advice to you would be to take out the ENTIRE amount (at least for the first year). If you don't use it all, that's fine. You can pay it back OR you can use it to fund yourself for 1L summer. DO NOT ASSUME THAT YOU WILL GET A PAYING JOB OR THAT YOU WILL GET SFF! There are a lot of people who are going to be penniless this summer because of the economy being so bad and SFF being so hard to get. Save yourself some trouble now and take out the loans just in case.
airlineraddict wrote:Note: If you plan to ask for a higher CoA to cover potential summer windfall, don't bother. Federal Law prohibits the using federal funds for non-educated related purposes (i.e., your summer public interest job).
spencer26 wrote:I will agree with previous statements, I am getting nervous about law school. It seems everyone has their own strategy for success in law school, and quite frankly, reading them all, my head is swimming. It seems half of the people on this site recommend doing nothing over the summer to avoid burning out during the semester. However, I am going to side with the other half (as I know with my type-A personality, I will not burn out--I tend to be one maniacal, neurotic student) and try to do some "0L" reading. But, I was wondering if one of these current students in here might fill me in with their schedule on a typical day? How many hours per day studying, anytime for the news? anytime for the gym? etc... I am a little worried that I won't have any clue about what is going on in the world because I will be so busy with school.
airlineraddict wrote:Skipped civpro and attended all crim laws. Got the same grade...
dresden doll wrote:airlineraddict wrote:Skipped civpro and attended all crim laws. Got the same grade...
So they really are that random? Might the curve explains some of it, perhaps, since the grade in each class is in a way contingent upon how well others do?
airlineraddict wrote:Well, I think TL is right. When you study the way everyone else studies, it will be random.
I followed the TLS strategy (there is a link to it here somewhere) for two of my courses and a modified strategy for the other two. I'm eager to see how it worked out.
Anhimal wrote:I'm flying to Ann Arbor tomorrow to check out housing, is there anything I should know? What are the cons of living close to the Law School? What are the cons of living far from the Law School (beside the time issue)?
Are noise levels a big issue close the central campus?
tralinds wrote:Anhimal wrote:I'm flying to Ann Arbor tomorrow to check out housing, is there anything I should know? What are the cons of living close to the Law School? What are the cons of living far from the Law School (beside the time issue)?
Are noise levels a big issue close the central campus?
Cons of living close:
-Rent is more expensive
-Quality of housing is hit-or-miss
Cons of living far:
-Driving to/parking on campus is kind of a pain (you'll be driving around looking for parking)
-You will miss out on the fun of living on campus! Like, walking to and from bars at night, to and from football games, etc.
-No one who lives on campus will want to come visit you. You'll spend all your time going to campus to visit friends who live there, because there is much more to do on campus.
Anywhere on campus will have noise, but it's really not that bad. The worst areas are along State (house parties on football saturdays) and Washtenaw (Frats). I would look at the neighborhood south of the law quad or north of Huron if you want to avoid noise. You could also go just east of Main Street for a quieter area, but longer walk to class.
Let's say we have a big snowstorm, how much of a pain would driving to school be from further away? Are they pretty good about the roads or is it a disaster?
So they really are that random?
lotus wrote:So they really are that random?
I didn't find them to be completely random. Generally the amount of effort I put into a class tracked with my grades.
It didn't track all that perfectly with how I felt coming out of the exam, which is where I think some of the random feeling comes from.
tl wrote:Would it be rude if I e-mailed Radin to ask if she is going to turn in grades by the deadline? lol. I'm starting to get impatient and can't wait anymore.
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