University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby allycat » Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:31 pm

tequilasunriseplz wrote::shock: I have a Costco card so when it gets closer to orientation let's just find a day we can meet up at the Cal Expo Costco and raid their jumbo warehouse shelves. Trader Joe's furniture? That's a new one. This reminds me, I just found out Costco sells a Kirkland casket! Is there anything Kirkland doesn't make?


I've got a Costco card as well, but I won't be moving in until the 12th or so. I'd never heard about the casket, but I wouldn't be surprised. I also think its hilarious that Costco sells trees to plant in your yard.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby Chibi » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:58 pm

tequilasunriseplz wrote::shock: Free Black's Law Dictionary online! Thanks for the info dannyk. Is your last name Kim?

I have a Costco card so when it gets closer to orientation let's just find a day we can meet up at the Cal Expo Costco and raid their jumbo warehouse shelves. Trader Joe's furniture? That's a new one. This reminds me, I just found out Costco sells a Kirkland casket! Is there anything Kirkland doesn't make?

jribe I don't mean to be rude, I truly love the color pink, but your message was even too pink for me to handle. I almost didn't read the whole thing because I started to get a headache. I'm so happy cases are in black font & not bright pink. If you are interested in McGeorge, then your GPA gives you a really good shot. You can check LSAC for the min LSAT score you will need to get into McGeorge (or any other school) with your GPA. Are you going to take a LSAT prep class? If not, then definitely buy a practice LSAT book & take the tests inside as if you were taking the actual test. Time yourself & do the whole test. I'm not certain, but I get the impression that Pacific McGeorge gives scholarships out pretty liberally. I'm going to be a 1L this fall & it seems the biggest trick might be keeping your scholarship by staying in the top 20-30% of the class.


Sounds all good to me

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby momo » Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:28 pm

Hi everyone,

I just found out today (talk about last minute) that I got on campus housing. (Phew - what a relief... no more long-distance apartment hunting). I got a furnished 1 bdrm, 2nd floor, right on the quad (can't remember the name of the building). Anyone else living similarly or know what the "furnishings" are like? As far as I know its a double bed, nightstand, tv stand, dinette set, and couch but I have no clue about the size of the apartment, style of the furnishings, and if it's relatively decent. There aren't any pix available online so I'm trying to gather what I can from anyone who has seen the inside of one of these...?

BTW: I also have a Costco card and will be planning several trips to stock the pantry during orientation wk if anyone would like to come along...

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby tequilasunriseplz » Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:33 pm

Congrats momo. There are a few pics on the McG website: http://www.mcgeorge.edu/x589.xml

Is the 11th the earliest all the dorm people can move in? If so, I'm thinking of doing a Costco run after the rafting trip. Hooray for saving money and having people to split things with!

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby momo » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:09 pm

Thanks. I was able to see those but there's no view of the kitchen or bedroom... I'm planning on having the bed moved out and bringing my own in (sleeping long-term in a bed that random strangers have done god knows what in kind of creeps me out) but being a bit of a shopaholic, I'm hoping they have adequate closet/drawers... I'm coming from the LA area so ideally I want to bring everything up in one trip, especially since I'll have so little time between moving day and class starting...

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby Chibi » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:14 am

momo wrote:Thanks. I was able to see those but there's no view of the kitchen or bedroom... I'm planning on having the bed moved out and bringing my own in (sleeping long-term in a bed that random strangers have done god knows what in kind of creeps me out) but being a bit of a shopaholic, I'm hoping they have adequate closet/drawers... I'm coming from the LA area so ideally I want to bring everything up in one trip, especially since I'll have so little time between moving day and class starting...


Hey Momo, you can go on to virtue tour page and just click on your building, it'll show you an interior view of your apartment, at least a sample of it. I took a look at my studio, looks great!

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby stuffedburrito » Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:58 pm

Anyone still looking for housing? I need two more roommates for a 3 bdrm/1bathroom complex very close to McGeorge (you can see the school from the house). It is $400/month per person. PM Me for more details!!!

P.S. It is also newly remodeled!.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby jribe » Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:34 pm

I was wondering for anyone that lives in Sacramento- how do you deal with the area McGeorge is in? I drove by today on my way back from Santa Rosa and it's really in a terrible neighborhood- I was a little shocked. I'd be very concerned taking evening courses and actually day for that matter... For those of you from out of town/state, what made you decide on going there after visiting? I know the campus itself is beautiful, but it doesn't seem like the best area to be in at all. Thoughts?

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby sciencebeagle » Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:45 pm

I lived in Sacramento my whole life until I moved to San Francisco in 2003 and I can honestly tell you that the area McGeorge is in is not that bad. Yes, the bordering neighborhoods are a little rundown but it's not like you are living in Compton. Just stay on campus, don't be walking around late at night by yourself off campus and you should be fine.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby skylar » Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:55 pm

And one half is actually kinda nice. You must have come through the eastern side first, like I did. The western side wasn't bad at all.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby Chibi » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:18 pm

jribe wrote:I was wondering for anyone that lives in Sacramento- how do you deal with the area McGeorge is in? I drove by today on my way back from Santa Rosa and it's really in a terrible neighborhood- I was a little shocked. I'd be very concerned taking evening courses and actually day for that matter... For those of you from out of town/state, what made you decide on going there after visiting? I know the campus itself is beautiful, but it doesn't seem like the best area to be in at all. Thoughts?


I decided on going without visiting the campus b/c it's way too expensive to fly from the east part x_x
Well I suppose I am glad not to visit since it might make me regret. How bad is it? Worse than Detroit? I thought Detroit is really run down

sciencebeagle
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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby sciencebeagle » Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:04 pm

It's a low income suburban area on the southern side of Sacramento. It is not "urban" in any sense of the word, so I would say it's a lot different then Detroit.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby JohnDoe35 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:55 am

The area around McGeorge is pretty bad but it's not like Baghdad or anything.

Here's a link to the Sacramento Bee's crime mapper database. Plug in McGeorge's address or any other address in Sacramento--it will provide some good information on the neighborhood.

http://crimemap.scoopytube.com/crimemap/map.html

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby skylar » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:08 am

The feeling of "safety" is very subjective. I lived in a "rough" part of Charleston, SC, for years, so the area around McGeorge doesn't bother me very much. But being 5'2" and female, I'm not going to walk around alone at night. However, I walked through the neighborhoods during the day (searching for the school, actually), and felt fine. On the flip side, someone who has only lived in upper-middle-class areas would probably feel a lot less secure than I did. But if you've lived in Detroit, Oak Park is probably a freaking cakewalk. That's going on my own stereotypes of Detroit, of course.

That being said, I'll still probably take a self-defense class, but I should have taken one years ago. But the basics are always your best protection: look like you know where you're going (and walk with confidence!), don't walk alone at night, and be aware of your surroundings without looking like you're terrified of everyone who walks by :)

And remember that McGeorge offers an escort service, and the guard I spoke with was very nice. There's no reason you should ever have to be alone on campus.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby sciencebeagle » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:13 am

To be honest, working, going to school or living in a "salty" area can actually be good for people to do once in their life, in my opinion. I lived in a really bad part of San Francisco (O Farrell and Hyde, the T.L. for those who know) for a year and I feel that it made me into a more open minded individual. Nothing like stepping over passed out junkies and seeing people smoking crack to really make you appreciate what you have. Though I don't feel McGeorge is in that bad of a neighborhood, it still might be a nice eye opener for everyone. Just my two cents...

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby stuffedburrito » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:45 am

I visited the campus this weekend and decided to not live in the neighborhood. The factors that contributed to my decision are:

1. Neighborhood is kinda ghetto (although it would be an "eye opening" experience, I would still rather live in an area that I would feel comfortable with).
2. There's really nothing around.

The latter factor is the biggest reason in my decision. I do not mind driving 10-15 min to school from Midtown, where the neighborhood is much better and the entire mood is different. Is anyone still looking for apartments? I would love to get some feedback. Maybe we can find a place together. Let me know!

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby Chibi » Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:31 pm

skylar wrote:The feeling of "safety" is very subjective. I lived in a "rough" part of Charleston, SC, for years, so the area around McGeorge doesn't bother me very much. But being 5'2" and female, I'm not going to walk around alone at night. However, I walked through the neighborhoods during the day (searching for the school, actually), and felt fine. On the flip side, someone who has only lived in upper-middle-class areas would probably feel a lot less secure than I did. But if you've lived in Detroit, Oak Park is probably a freaking cakewalk. That's going on my own stereotypes of Detroit, of course.

That being said, I'll still probably take a self-defense class, but I should have taken one years ago. But the basics are always your best protection: look like you know where you're going (and walk with confidence!), don't walk alone at night, and be aware of your surroundings without looking like you're terrified of everyone who walks by :)

And remember that McGeorge offers an escort service, and the guard I spoke with was very nice. There's no reason you should ever have to be alone on campus.



I don't know that you are a 5'2" female, ME TOO!!! Most of my friends are taller than me, I only visited Detroit a couple of times, mostly stayed in Ann Abor for undergrad, which is a very safe place, even to walk at 4am in the morning (which i did for a few times)

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby Matokah » Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:37 pm

SoftBoiledLife: I'm class of 2010 (day student), and my stats were 156/158 LSAT with a 3.8ish GPA and 2 years of work experience in between undergrad and law school. That's about it. :)

Also, since I don't think craigslist likes me, I'll just advertise here :P

I'm looking for a roommate! I have a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo in Arden that's about 10-15 minutes away from the school. It's in a gated community, 1300 square feet, and is nice and quiet. My roomie's moving in with her sister, so I need someone new. PM me for details. I also just took some pictures so I can send those as well. :)

(Plus. . .I have a billion study aids I'm willing to share. I think I went a little overboard with them last year. :mrgreen:)

Edited to add: Okay NOW craigslist works. Go figure. Here's the ad: --LinkRemoved--


There was someone asking about setting up email, as well, through McGeorge. You should get all that info in your orientation packet (or else it'll be online, as well, I believe). If not, there are plenty of people in the Information Commons who can help you get set up.

Back to work for me!

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby Chibi » Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:24 pm

Matokah wrote:SoftBoiledLife: I'm class of 2010 (day student), and my stats were 156/158 LSAT with a 3.8ish GPA and 2 years of work experience in between undergrad and law school. That's about it. :)

Also, since I don't think craigslist likes me, I'll just advertise here :P

I'm looking for a roommate! I have a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo in Arden that's about 10-15 minutes away from the school. It's in a gated community, 1300 square feet, and is nice and quiet. My roomie's moving in with her sister, so I need someone new. PM me for details. I also just took some pictures so I can send those as well. :)

(Plus. . .I have a billion study aids I'm willing to share. I think I went a little overboard with them last year. :mrgreen:)

Edited to add: Okay NOW craigslist works. Go figure. Here's the ad: --LinkRemoved--


There was someone asking about setting up email, as well, through McGeorge. You should get all that info in your orientation packet (or else it'll be online, as well, I believe). If not, there are plenty of people in the Information Commons who can help you get set up.

Back to work for me!


Do you know what books we will need for first semester/year? I plan to bargain shop for books if I can

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby antsinmypants » Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:50 pm

Chibi wrote:Do you know what books we will need for first semester/year? I plan to bargain shop for books if I can

It looks like they just put new info up in the "info for admitted applicants" section (or I have been living under a rock).

We will get everything we need to know during registration and orientation. http://mcgeorge.edu/x2128.xml

Did anyone see the little thingy that said Loan disbursement funds will not be available until the end of the third week of school??? http://mcgeorge.edu/x2127.xml

I called and was told it could "take up to" three weeks, but will probably be disbursed sooner. As long as I have money for books and rent on 9/1 I'll be happy.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby kimbowmanjr » Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:55 pm

skylar wrote:
And remember that McGeorge offers an escort service...There's no reason you should ever have to be alone on campus.


Jeeze Skylar, if you'd let me know about this sooner I wouldn't have gotten a girlfriend before law school :)

The campus doesn't seem to be in the best area, but I figure we'll be spending most of our time in classrooms and the library anyway. My dad has spent 25 years in law enforcement and gives everyone the same advice: just keep your eyes up and your ears open, and you can usually spot (if not ward off) trouble. Then again, I might have a slightly different prospective about the safety issue since I carry a concealed firearm (not in California of course).

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby skylar » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:29 pm

antsinmypants wrote:I called and was told it could "take up to" three weeks, but will probably be disbursed sooner. As long as I have money for books and rent on 9/1 I'll be happy.



I talked to the financial aid director (Joe Pincas) about this in May. He said not to expect it before the first or second week of September. Do NOT expect it to be there by September 1st. It might be earlier, but it will NOT be there by the 1st. We're on our own for September rent and books :(

They do this to make sure you're actually at the law school before giving you tons of money for you to run away with to Mexico.


And Kim, I know you well enough to know you will never need an escort service. Of either kind.

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby sands24 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:57 pm

Hey all, question for anyone that is going on the rafting trip -- Will they have us back in time for Registration, if we're on the 12th? I forgot :P

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby Matokah » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:30 am

Chibi: It really, really depends on each professor. When you get to school, you basically go to the bookstore, tell the workers there what section you're in, and they bring you to the back room and load you up. I don't see why they wouldn't allow you to go back there and make a list of all the books available so you can buy them elsewhere, though.

sands24: Not sure what you mean by registration. You mean for classes? If so, you're automatically put into a section on your own. They told me which one mine would be on the first day of the raft race. If you mean orientation, I believe the trip gets back on a Tuesday (or a Monday?) and orientations usually start on Wednesdays.

To those of you asking about financial aid, this was a concern of mine as well last year. There's no guarantee, but I got my financial aid BEFORE 9/1 last year, because I distinctly remember being able to pay September's rent. Hope that helps! :)

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Re: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Postby antsinmypants » Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:39 pm

Matokah wrote:To those of you asking about financial aid, this was a concern of mine as well last year. There's no guarantee, but I got my financial aid BEFORE 9/1 last year, because I distinctly remember being able to pay September's rent. Hope that helps! :)

Thanks, Matokah! I'm betting they just want us to be prepared in the event the money is not disbursed by 9/1. I was told the lenders need to confirm that the borrower is registered and enrolled before they disburse the money. I'm gonna budget having to pay September rent just in case though. That's gonna suck after having to pay for books out-of-pocket.

Does anyone know if there's a way to pay for the books on campus through financial aid before the money's disbursed? My wife asked me about that last night and it sounded vaguely familiar...




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