Yale Law School Class of 2018

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2018)

Where are you going to live?

Chapel West
3
19%
East Rock
4
25%
Ninth Square
0
No votes
Wooster Square
1
6%
The Towers
4
25%
Undecided
4
25%
 
Total votes: 16

kraith
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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby kraith » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:26 pm

abitaman6363 wrote:Often easier to fly into NYC and train it up to New Haven (super easy) or fly into Hartford and rent a car.

Thanks for the advice. As a west coast person that has barely been to NYC & hasn't taken trains before, what NYC airport is the correct one to use? I assume the airport and plane to train transfer is at the same place?

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby abitaman6363 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:51 pm

kraith wrote:
abitaman6363 wrote:Often easier to fly into NYC and train it up to New Haven (super easy) or fly into Hartford and rent a car.

Thanks for the advice. As a west coast person that has barely been to NYC & hasn't taken trains before, what NYC airport is the correct one to use? I assume the airport and plane to train transfer is at the same place?


JFK/LGA are both about the same. You can either take a taxi from each (~$50) to Grand Central or a shuttle that goes to Grand Central (~$12).

If you fly into Newark you can get the train in the airport and go straight into NYC; however, this option puts you in Penn Station and you'd want to make your way to Grand Central to catch the train to New Haven.

For those of you who haven't been to Grand Central, you can got to the station and buy your train ticket there from the ticket window or from the electronic kiosks. The schedules for the trains are here:

http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm

Of course, simply choose "Grand Central" and "New Haven." There is a small price difference between "Peak" and "Off Peak" but only a few dollars.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby foamborn » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:36 pm

lc39 wrote:Any thoughts from those attending the Monday program today?


very pleased. my initial thoughts were, yale is beautiful but feels intimidating. but then i met up with fellow admitted students and really like them/thought they were very cool people. the prof i had dinner with was surprisingly cool as well. very down to earth.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby sneakyleo » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:21 pm

It was so great to meet a few of you at the Harvard ASW! I can't wait for Yale's :)

One person I spoke to last weekend suggested a new poll - about what options you're considering aside from YLS. I was thinking maybe I'd have you choose your top other contender, or we could make it multi-option and ask what other option(s) are still legitimately on the table for you. What do you guys think?

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby LoganCouture » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:17 pm

So this is about the pettiest question ever but...are snuggies still going out?? And if so, has anyone who was admitted recently received one?

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby sneakyleo » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:47 pm

Since nobody voiced strong opinions about the poll, I went ahead and made it. I put the old poll results in the OP. Vote away!

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby sneakyleo » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:49 pm

lc39 wrote:So this is about the pettiest question ever but...are snuggies still going out?? And if so, has anyone who was admitted recently received one?


Definitely not petty. Snuggies are extremely important. I'm not being sarcastic, I legitimately was concerned about whether or not they were going to do them this year :lol:

I've got to assume that they send them to all admits, so they must do them in batches. I think there was a batch in early April last year.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby LoganCouture » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:55 pm

sneakyleo wrote:
lc39 wrote:So this is about the pettiest question ever but...are snuggies still going out?? And if so, has anyone who was admitted recently received one?


Definitely not petty. Snuggies are extremely important. I'm not being sarcastic, I legitimately was concerned about whether or not they were going to do them this year :lol:

I've got to assume that they send them to all admits, so they must do them in batches. I think there was a batch in early April last year.


I'm super stoked. I have a Stanford snuggie already (courtesy of my mom) so this would be a great asset to my collection of wearable blankets.

Also, love the poll!

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby LoganCouture » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:27 pm

Got the financial aid award. More confused about my decision than ever tbh.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby cc78 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:51 pm

^^LC, come to Yale. That is all.

Anyway, I'm deposited, signed, sealed and delivered. YLS here I come!

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby zlrup » Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:55 pm

lc39 wrote:Got the financial aid award. More confused about my decision than ever tbh.

Try to negotiate.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby kraith » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:06 pm

zlrup wrote:
lc39 wrote:Got the financial aid award. More confused about my decision than ever tbh.

Try to negotiate.


I'm still waiting on my award, but if I need to do the same, are there any popular resources for negotiating need-only awards? Especially at a school like Yale?

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby LoganCouture » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:08 pm

zlrup wrote:
lc39 wrote:Got the financial aid award. More confused about my decision than ever tbh.

Try to negotiate.


I got the max aid, but thank you. I meant that it is confusing in a good way because I had mostly been leaning "not Yale" before this came out.

kraith wrote:I'm still waiting on my award, but if I need to do the same, are there any popular resources for negotiating need-only awards? Especially at a school like Yale?


I assume that if either H/S finds your need significantly greater, that might be leverage to negotiate with Yale.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby foamborn » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:47 pm

cc78 wrote:^^LC, come to Yale. That is all.

Anyway, I'm deposited, signed, sealed and delivered. YLS here I come!


congrats!

lc39 wrote:
zlrup wrote:
lc39 wrote:Got the financial aid award. More confused about my decision than ever tbh.

Try to negotiate.


I got the max aid, but thank you. I meant that it is confusing in a good way because I had mostly been leaning "not Yale" before this came out.


the reasons u gave for opting stanford sounded pretty good to me. i suppose it depends somewhat on ur goals and the kind of income/lrap u can expect post-grad, but unless the aid packages are enormously different i wouldn't think better aid should necessarily shift the decision. not to deter u, of course; we all want u to come to yale.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby zlrup » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:56 pm

lc39 wrote:
zlrup wrote:
lc39 wrote:Got the financial aid award. More confused about my decision than ever tbh.

Try to negotiate.


I got the max aid, but thank you. I meant that it is confusing in a good way because I had mostly been leaning "not Yale" before this came out.[/quote][/quote]

You can negotiate with Stanford then
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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby cc78 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:14 pm

We always have to remember that YLS' COAP is unique and amazing. It's effectively a back end scholarship that's there for you even after you've long left the school.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby kraith » Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:16 pm

zlrup wrote:
kraith wrote:I'm still waiting on my award, but if I need to do the same, are there any popular resources for negotiating need-only awards? Especially at a school like Yale?


I assume that if either H/S finds your need significantly greater, that might be leverage to negotiate with Yale.


I'm in a bit of an odd situation because I'm only accepted to Yale and not Harvard or Stanford...

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby Cicero76 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:38 am

kraith wrote:
zlrup wrote:
kraith wrote:I'm still waiting on my award, but if I need to do the same, are there any popular resources for negotiating need-only awards? Especially at a school like Yale?


I assume that if either H/S finds your need significantly greater, that might be leverage to negotiate with Yale.


I'm in a bit of an odd situation because I'm only accepted to Yale and not Harvard or Stanford...


Then you're pretty much out of luck. They only reconsider their aid package if you have received a substantially higher aid package from either Stanford or Harvard.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby everything_bagel » Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:07 am

Financial aid turnaround was crazy fast. I got something...but not enough to make $$$ elsewhere look any less sweet.

cc78 wrote:We always have to remember that YLS' COAP is unique and amazing. It's effectively a back end scholarship that's there for you even after you've long left the school.


I should probably know the answer to this, but what's so sweet about COAP? It doesn't seem that different from other LRAPs except for you don't have to be in law-related employment (and then, there's some kind of ominous language in their materials about benefits for folks who don't work at 501(c)'s maaaybe being taxable). If anyone has done more research into this and wants to share I would be very appreciative.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby wildcat2014 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:40 am

Since there looks to be at least half a dozen people in this thread who are considering scholarships at CCN, I was wondering if any of you were strongly leaning in one direction and would be willing to share your reasoning. I am completely torn at this point and really don't know how I am going to make a decision by the Ruby deadline (April 14th). Feel free to PM.

Also, since I haven't said this already, you all seem awesome and I hope I get to know you next year!

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby cc78 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:39 am

everything_bagel wrote:Financial aid turnaround was crazy fast. I got something...but not enough to make $$$ elsewhere look any less sweet.

cc78 wrote:We always have to remember that YLS' COAP is unique and amazing. It's effectively a back end scholarship that's there for you even after you've long left the school.


I should probably know the answer to this, but what's so sweet about COAP? It doesn't seem that different from other LRAPs except for you don't have to be in law-related employment (and then, there's some kind of ominous language in their materials about benefits for folks who don't work at 501(c)'s maaaybe being taxable). If anyone has done more research into this and wants to share I would be very appreciative.


Did you tune in to YLS' webinar about COAP? They explain this better than I ever could, but these factors seemed relevant to me:

YLS' contribution curve is much smoother and remains higher into the upper incomes than HLS' or SLS'. Basically at those schools, if you make more than $80k, you're out. At YLS you're still getting help into the low six-figures of salary (assuming you grow into that salary level over a couple of years).

I have to push back a little on you about the 501c3 employment thing--one of the greatest risks of going to law school is that you may hate being a lawyer. For an old fart like me, there's less of a risk because I know exactly what I'm going to be doing, but if you're young this is wonderful insurance. Let's say you decide you want to write for Saturday Night Live and have to accept a few years of very low-paid menial work as a page before you get a real shot. If you go to HLS/SLS, you're not going anywhere because you'd be stuck with the choice between servicing your student loans and having shelter. At YLS, it's New York here you come! I am no tax expert, but I think any additional tax burden would not be so burdensome as to control your decision making. Freedom and flexibility are important in life.

You may not have this, or at least I hope you don't, but you can include $30,000 of undergraduate debt in COAP...wha?

I realize that I am a total shill for Yale and that you have a Ruby in your lap, which, depending on what you want to do, sounds like the best scholarship imaginable. But, I do feel that objectively, YLS beats its peers in terms of LRAP/COAP.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby liawy » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:27 pm

wildcat2014 wrote:Since there looks to be at least half a dozen people in this thread who are considering scholarships at CCN, I was wondering if any of you were strongly leaning in one direction and would be willing to share your reasoning. I am completely torn at this point and really don't know how I am going to make a decision by the Ruby deadline (April 14th). Feel free to PM.

Also, since I haven't said this already, you all seem awesome and I hope I get to know you next year!


Pm'd with details.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby Philafaler » Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:21 pm

everything_bagel wrote:Financial aid turnaround was crazy fast. I got something...but not enough to make $$$ elsewhere look any less sweet.

cc78 wrote:We always have to remember that YLS' COAP is unique and amazing. It's effectively a back end scholarship that's there for you even after you've long left the school.


I should probably know the answer to this, but what's so sweet about COAP? It doesn't seem that different from other LRAPs except for you don't have to be in law-related employment (and then, there's some kind of ominous language in their materials about benefits for folks who don't work at 501(c)'s maaaybe being taxable). If anyone has done more research into this and wants to share I would be very appreciative.


I think the biggest difference is the amortization schedules they use. For the first 5 years of the program, they use a 15 year amortization schedule to calculate your benefits. After five years, they use a 5 year schedule. This means higher payments to you in the second five years as your income (presumably) increases.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby lefthandofdarkness » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:35 pm

cc78 wrote:
macha wrote:I have a quite interesting compilation of perspectives from current Yale students whom I contacted. If anyone is interested in the reading material, free feel to PM me. Warning: it will be long.


I highly recommend it. Very helpful to read things about YLS that say something other than it's the best place on planet Earth--the perspectives were honest detailed, and balanced.

Checking in! Could someone who has this please PM it to me? I'd really appreciate it.

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Re: Yale Law School Class of 2018

Postby Voyager15 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:29 am

Checking in!! Very excited to meet some of you in April :D




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