VandyTakingQuestions wrote:Since I can't find enough ways to avoid studying for exams, I'll bump this thread and take some questions.
I'll be applying next cycle and Vandy definitely is on my list. I was surprised to see the estimated cost of living expenses is around $22K; that sounds high considering I thought COL in Nashville was pretty low. Have you guys been using up the full budget or are you able to borrow less than the max amount?
Also, I'll be 31 when I start law school. I know that's not *really* old but do you think I'd have any trouble fitting in at Vandy? Are non-traditional students generally accepted by the rest of the student body? Be honest.
Anything you know now about Vandy (good or bad) that you wish you had known before you started law school there?
One of the biggest reasons I choose Vandy was the low cost of living in Nashville. I'm not sure why they set the COL so high, but the city is very cheap to live in. I took out the max just in case and I have plenty left over to get me through the summer. I'll probably take out a lot less next semester. I'm not sure what my classmates did.
Some of the most popular and outgoing people here non-trads (like 40+). Honestly there is no problem with being a non-trad, they seem to have no problem fitting in. Also, 31 is kind of on the cusp of even being a non-trad anyway. You'll have no problem fitting in.
Nothing really surprised me when I got here, I had done a lot of research and knew what to expect. One of the cooler things Vandy does is send out this huge Nashville & Vandy guide (the "Orbiter Dictum") when you get accepted. It includes pretty much everything you could want to know about the city and the school. I guess one thing is Tennessee has no income tax but a very high sales tax (9.5%), so buy as much stuff as you can before you get here.