University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby Rotor » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:26 pm

snaps wrote:actually, i think pacific made my decision for me. they want an answer by april 1st, and i'm not going to visit syracuse until april 3rd. i'm really trying to avoid making multiple seat deposits...

so yeah, not flying out to sac-town. oh well.


Have you contacted them to ask for an extension? As long as you give them a reasonable alternative (Apr 15th?) and explain that without the extension you'll be withdrawing, I'm sure they'd work with you.

I've already withdrawn, but I was very impressed by their admissions folks and I would have been very happy going there if it had come down to my safety. Don't just give it up because a letter has given you a semi-arbitrary date.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby snaps » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:24 pm

i'm convinced. i emailed and asked if it were possible for them to extend the deadline for me...

if the response is positive, i think i'll be booking my flight today...

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby kimber1028 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:25 pm

A'nold wrote:
kimber1028 wrote:I'm withdrawing, so there will be an additional spot and a little bit of cash available. Good luck to everyone still waiting!



:cry: :cry: :cry: McGeorge is a big contender for me and now we know we won't be going to school together, haha.


Sad, I know! :cry: It's okay... we can be TLS pen pals a state away (or 30, depending on whether or not you choose UConn) :lol: ! U of O is just too good of an offer for me to pass up, especially with in-state tuition and all.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby A'nold » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:16 pm

Just visited today. I might be able to answer a few questions if anyone has any. I don't claim to be an expert though, haha.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby snaps » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:26 pm

impressions? did you feel comfortable? did you see a class? did you like the campus? can you see yourself as a student there?

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby trinacria1383 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:29 pm

Check out the Tahoe Park area of Sacramento, it's cheap. Not many apartments but smaller homes and duplexs for rent. It's also very close and an average middle class/working class neighborhood.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby A'nold » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:40 pm

snaps wrote:impressions? did you feel comfortable? did you see a class? did you like the campus? can you see yourself as a student there?


1. I felt semi-comfortable. The campus had a warm feeling to it (even though it was POURING down rain, haha) but the students didn't seem all that friendly. My guide was saying things like "you are guaranteed a job here" and "lawyer is a recession-proof job" which made me a little uneasy. I understand talking a school up but I like hearing the reality of the situation too.

2. No class.

3. The campus had a nice green appearance and was very quiet, which I appreciated. The courtroom and practice trial rooms are awesome. The library is old, small, and very out-of-date like a lot of the school though.

4. I think I could see myself going there, although I will need some more $ to make it work and am now working on my "why I need more aid" letter. I don't know if Sacramento is the city for me or do I know if I want to risk losing my scholly but sucking it up for some reason my 1L year and not finishing in the top 1/3. I have heard it is competitive and from what I saw today I kind of believe it.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby snaps » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:44 pm

thanks for taking the time to write that out, a'nold. that helps me out a lot!

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby midrangejumper » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:57 pm

they just called me! however im studying for an exam so couldn't chit chat :cry:

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby seatown12 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:04 pm

Did you have a chance to interact with many students, seeing as you didn't get to sit in on a class, or was it pretty much just your guide and other 0Ls? If so do you have any thoughts other than what you already said, which was that they didn't seem too friendly?

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby A'nold » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:20 pm

seatown12 wrote:Did you have a chance to interact with many students, seeing as you didn't get to sit in on a class, or was it pretty much just your guide and other 0Ls? If so do you have any thoughts other than what you already said, which was that they didn't seem too friendly?


Nothing more to add, really. I even said hi to a few people that were grouped together in a hallway and 2 of them ignored me and one gave me a very half-assed hi and kind of gave off the impression that I was bothering them. I saw none of the students interacting with each other and they were all doing their own thing.

For those that have had different experiences, I'm sorry but I'm telling the truth about my situation even though you could have experienced something else.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby alexjs23 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:24 pm

I've visited McGeorge as well (in November) and wanted to just say that I concur with A'nold. The campus is pleasant enough, though the neighborhood is a little sketchy. The admission staff and tour guide are really nice to talk to and deal with. However, I sat in on a property class and the students were not very engaged and often did not seem to know what the professor was talking about (he'd "cold call" a student and they'd say the wrong answer multiple times...sort of painful). The professor was not an excellent communicator although clearly knew his subject inside and out. I greeted several students in the class and none were interested in talking with me. In fact, the only student interested in telling me about McGeorge was the guide for my tour.

I am not entirely ruling out this school for myself (especially since it is my only acceptance so far) but I am holding out hope for others.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby Dr. Foom » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:30 pm

A McGeorge student called me last night to ask if I had any questions for her, which was nice. The problem was that I was in the middle of an timed online quiz, and had to cut her off in the middle of her spiel. Still appreciated the call, though.

I'll probably be withdrawing in the next week, my scholarship money can go to someone who really needs it.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby annapavlova » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:57 am

A few quick questions about McGeorge for anybody who is willing to answer:

1. Are there gym facilities available to students? I hope so!

2. What is the health insurance like there? Do you have to go to a specific hospital, or do you just have a large provider network. Is the coverage pretty vast, or is it minimal?

3. What in the hell should I wear to Legal Scholar's Day? There is nothing about what to wear and I don't want to show up too dressed up or too dressed down.

Best of luck to anyone who is waiting to hear back, and congrats to those who have been accepted!

Edit: Also, I am having an incredibly hard time figuring out where to live in Sacramento. Does anyone have actual apartment complex suggestions? I keep trying to search in Curtis Park but always end up with places southeast of the campus (which I'm gathering isn't the best area). I would really appreciate it!

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby snaps » Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:58 pm

alright! i booked my ticket to go out and see mcgeorge for the march 20th legal scholar day.


now--who wants to hang out on march 19th?

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby A'nold » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:09 pm

Haha, I forgot to add. Another part of my tour that I thought was funny was that the tour guide kept saying how "brilliant" the faculty is. After saying this about 3 times he gets these really big eyes and starts (in an amazed kind of voice) to tell me what schools the prof's graduated from. He was like, "I have professors that graduated from George Washington, Fordam, UCLA" etc. He was talking about these schools like they were Yale. It was kind of funny.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby rlktntdrmr » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:02 pm

A'nold wrote:
snaps wrote:impressions? did you feel comfortable? did you see a class? did you like the campus? can you see yourself as a student there?


1. I felt semi-comfortable. The campus had a warm feeling to it (even though it was POURING down rain, haha) but the students didn't seem all that friendly. My guide was saying things like "you are guaranteed a job here" and "lawyer is a recession-proof job" which made me a little uneasy. I understand talking a school up but I like hearing the reality of the situation too.

2. No class.

3. The campus had a nice green appearance and was very quiet, which I appreciated. The courtroom and practice trial rooms are awesome. The library is old, small, and very out-of-date like a lot of the school though.

4. I think I could see myself going there, although I will need some more $ to make it work and am now working on my "why I need more aid" letter. I don't know if Sacramento is the city for me or do I know if I want to risk losing my scholly but sucking it up for some reason my 1L year and not finishing in the top 1/3. I have heard it is competitive and from what I saw today I kind of believe it.


I heard that McGeorge has a lot of out of state students, especially from Nevada. Also, I think the campus is OK but pretty small. Does anyone know the real job prospects of McGeorge grads? I mean besides for working in Sacramento.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby Ipsa Dixit » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:13 pm

annapavlova wrote:A few quick questions about McGeorge for anybody who is willing to answer:

1. Are there gym facilities available to students? I hope so!


Yes.

2. What is the health insurance like there? Do you have to go to a specific hospital, or do you just have a large provider network. Is the coverage pretty vast, or is it minimal?


It's an HMO through Aetna. I've been fine with the coverage. Biggest problem I have is there's no dental plan.

3. What in the hell should I wear to Legal Scholar's Day? There is nothing about what to wear and I don't want to show up too dressed up or too dressed down.


I'd just wear whatever you are comfortable in. You can call the admissions office if you want to be sure though.

Edit: Also, I am having an incredibly hard time figuring out where to live in Sacramento. Does anyone have actual apartment complex suggestions? I keep trying to search in Curtis Park but always end up with places southeast of the campus (which I'm gathering isn't the best area). I would really appreciate it!


It depends on what you are looking for in a neighborhood. Curtis Park, Land Park, and East Sac are quiet, residential areas. Curtis Park and Land Park are west of campus. East Sac is northeast of campus. Downtown and midtown are more urban. I can't point to specific complexes though (I live in midtown where a lot of places are small apt buildings or converted houses and units.) Check craigslist.

Maybe try to head out to Sac on an apt hunting blitz for a few days about 1.5 months before you want to move here.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby Ipsa Dixit » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:34 pm

snaps wrote:alright! i booked my ticket to go out and see mcgeorge for the march 20th legal scholar day.

now--who wants to hang out on march 19th?


Thursday night is bar review. That would be an interesting thing to go to to interact with current students.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby raimorris » Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:00 am

I will be in Sac from March 14th -21st! I am soo excited. I am looking at apartments in the pocket area, they seem pricey but I have a dog and not many places accept big dogs :x ... If any one knows of another apartment complex close to McGeorge and Sac State (my fiance is moving with me and going there) that is really safe and more afordable please let me know! How many people are going to the March 20th event?

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby trinacria1383 » Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:28 pm

raimorris wrote:I will be in Sac from March 14th -21st! I am soo excited. I am looking at apartments in the pocket area, they seem pricey but I have a dog and not many places accept big dogs :x ... If any one knows of another apartment complex close to McGeorge and Sac State (my fiance is moving with me and going there) that is really safe and more afordable please let me know! How many people are going to the March 20th event?


If you're living with someone else (fiance) and have a larger dog you might want to look at renting a house. There are more than a few neighborhoods where a house isn't much more expensive than an apartment.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby annapavlova » Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:42 pm

trinacria1383 wrote:
raimorris wrote:I will be in Sac from March 14th -21st! I am soo excited. I am looking at apartments in the pocket area, they seem pricey but I have a dog and not many places accept big dogs :x ... If any one knows of another apartment complex close to McGeorge and Sac State (my fiance is moving with me and going there) that is really safe and more afordable please let me know! How many people are going to the March 20th event?


If you're living with someone else (fiance) and have a larger dog you might want to look at renting a house. There are more than a few neighborhoods where a house isn't much more expensive than an apartment.


Can you suggest which neighborhoods are particular? Are the houses that you mention in safe areas?

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby belladona » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:36 pm

its been three months since my file went complete and I have heard nothing !

WTF Mcgeorge!

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby francheezy » Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:30 pm

Hi all~
Phew! Finally made it to the end of this 44-page thread! It's comforting to know that McGeorge has some dedicated and excited students/future students.

I haven't been accepted yet, but I'm going to be visiting the campus on the 18th and 19th of March. If anyone is in town for the Legal Scholars Day, or just in town to visit the school, let me know! I want to look at apartments around the area as well just to see what the surrounding neighborhoods are like.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby raimorris » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:31 am

I will be visiting from March 14-21st! I am so excited.. I will also be looking for apartments and houses. Like I said before I will be looking for an apartment in the Pocket area. My mom lives there and it is supposed to be really safe and nice. Its only 10 minutes from McGeorge. The zipcode is 95831, hopefully that helps your apt search.


francheezy wrote:Hi all~
Phew! Finally made it to the end of this 44-page thread! It's comforting to know that McGeorge has some dedicated and excited students/future students.

I haven't been accepted yet, but I'm going to be visiting the campus on the 18th and 19th of March. If anyone is in town for the Legal Scholars Day, or just in town to visit the school, let me know! I want to look at apartments around the area as well just to see what the surrounding neighborhoods are like.




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