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Re: TLS c/o 2020 Applicants (new poll)

Postby govlife » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:12 pm

FAFSA now is relatively easy, it links up to your 2015 tax returns through the IRS and you just fill out any gaps and your personal information. You can do it!

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Postby The_Pluviophile » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:23 pm

TexasENG wrote:
govlife wrote:FAFSA now is relatively easy, it links up to your 2015 tax returns through the IRS and you just fill out any gaps and your personal information. You can do it!


100% this, FAFSA was super painless at least in comparison to CSS. I tried to do the CSS for one school but my one parent refused to provide info because I'm married and been independent for 5+ years, and I'm not in contact with my other parent. CSS was really a shitty experience.


I'm in a similar situation in that I'm not in contact with one of my parents. How did you get around the non-custodial parent form (for CSS)? Was it challenging/did it require some kind of documented proof that this parent is a psychopath or something?

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Postby brinicolec » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:29 pm

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oliviaj_j wrote:

Why is it beneficial to apply later in a counter cycle?


iirc it's that applications within certain LSAT bands end up being way down as time goes on, so applicants within those strata who may have been rejected or WLed had they applied earlier would be more seriously considered if they applied later


Hm. Interesting.

For my experience, at least, I feel like most T14s have just been holding on to my app (I applied to most places in mid-Nov). But I'm also a URM with a GPA below everyone's 25th

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Postby The_Pluviophile » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:31 pm

TexasENG wrote:
The_Pluviophile wrote:
TexasENG wrote:
govlife wrote:FAFSA now is relatively easy, it links up to your 2015 tax returns through the IRS and you just fill out any gaps and your personal information. You can do it!


100% this, FAFSA was super painless at least in comparison to CSS. I tried to do the CSS for one school but my one parent refused to provide info because I'm married and been independent for 5+ years, and I'm not in contact with my other parent. CSS was really a shitty experience.


I'm in a similar situation in that I'm not in contact with one of my parents. How did you get around the non-custodial parent form (for CSS)? Was it challenging/did it require some kind of documented proof that this parent is a psychopath or something?


I emailed the school in question regarding acquiring a waiver. Their response was: "There is a section on the CSS profile where you can explain your situation. Enter the information you can provide (name, etc.) and leave the financial fields blank."

My advice would be to contact the school to see what they would like to see.


Alright, thank you!

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Re: TLS c/o 2020 Applicants (new poll)

Postby govlife » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:32 pm

TexasENG wrote:
The_Pluviophile wrote:
TexasENG wrote:
govlife wrote:FAFSA now is relatively easy, it links up to your 2015 tax returns through the IRS and you just fill out any gaps and your personal information. You can do it!


100% this, FAFSA was super painless at least in comparison to CSS. I tried to do the CSS for one school but my one parent refused to provide info because I'm married and been independent for 5+ years, and I'm not in contact with my other parent. CSS was really a shitty experience.


I'm in a similar situation in that I'm not in contact with one of my parents. How did you get around the non-custodial parent form (for CSS)? Was it challenging/did it require some kind of documented proof that this parent is a psychopath or something?


I emailed the school in question regarding acquiring a waiver. Their response was: "There is a section on the CSS profile where you can explain your situation. Enter the information you can provide (name, etc.) and leave the financial fields blank."

My advice would be to contact the school to see what they would like to see.

In a similar situation here, too. Thanks for the advice!

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Postby Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:44 pm

Bob loblaw law blog wrote:
airwrecka wrote:
Sarastro wrote:
airwrecka wrote:This might come off as immature of me, but I'm legit stressed about making sure I have all the finaid forms and applications filled out for various schools. I didn't apply for financial aid for UG (I've never filled out FAFSA), so this is my first rodeo. My parents are also being sketchy about giving me any of their info because they know I absolutely will not qualify for any need-based aid if I disclose anything. However, some schools require it anyway (I think) and some don't and some require separate apps and some only need FAFSA and some just give you a scholarship without any other forms or apps and I'm overwhelmed :shock: Oh, and I'm married too so I have to wrangle up my husband's info as well -__-

I would love to see a thread dedicated to crowd-sourcing the requirements for each school, like we have for admissions. I similarly am kind of lost so I'm not sure I should OP it. Some seem to want CSS, some want FAFSA, some want interviews, some just send out scholarships for merit, some want to do need based before merit. I'd love someone intelligent to help us navigate it all.


I second this. But I don't want to OP. Haha.

CALLING SMART PEOPLE. Someone take this idea and run with it please :lol:


+1

If there's an accountant out there, now's your time to shine.


I'm an accountant, but I don't know shit about financial aid.

What I do know from my Tax education is that as long as you do the due diligence on these things you shouldn't be too scared about navigating financial aid. Mistakes absolutely do happen, and worst case unless it looks like you were intentionally hiding money the worst that will happen is they will ask you to clarify.

I will OP a thread though

ETA: Threads up

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=273081
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Postby TexasENG » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:46 pm

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Postby RParadela » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:50 pm

How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.

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Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
Bob loblaw law blog wrote:
airwrecka wrote:
Sarastro wrote:
airwrecka wrote:This might come off as immature of me, but I'm legit stressed about making sure I have all the finaid forms and applications filled out for various schools. I didn't apply for financial aid for UG (I've never filled out FAFSA), so this is my first rodeo. My parents are also being sketchy about giving me any of their info because they know I absolutely will not qualify for any need-based aid if I disclose anything. However, some schools require it anyway (I think) and some don't and some require separate apps and some only need FAFSA and some just give you a scholarship without any other forms or apps and I'm overwhelmed :shock: Oh, and I'm married too so I have to wrangle up my husband's info as well -__-

I would love to see a thread dedicated to crowd-sourcing the requirements for each school, like we have for admissions. I similarly am kind of lost so I'm not sure I should OP it. Some seem to want CSS, some want FAFSA, some want interviews, some just send out scholarships for merit, some want to do need based before merit. I'd love someone intelligent to help us navigate it all.


I second this. But I don't want to OP. Haha.

CALLING SMART PEOPLE. Someone take this idea and run with it please :lol:


+1

If there's an accountant out there, now's your time to shine.


I'm an accountant, but I don't know shit about financial aid.

What I do know from my Tax education is that as long as you do the due diligence on these things you shouldn't be too scared about navigating financial aid. Mistakes absolutely do happen, and worst case unless it looks like you were intentionally hiding money the worst that will happen is they will ask you to clarify.

I will OP a thread though


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RParadela wrote:How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.


I'll be 25 next month. Got married a few months ago. While I'm sure that there is a larger percentage of law students who are married than students in UG (just based on the fact that law students are older and many take 1+ years off between UG and LS), I do not think the majority of law students are married (or in committed/serious relationships), so don't worry too much ;)

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RParadela wrote:How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.


You're not alone! 22 y/o here.

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Postby Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:02 pm

New Thread

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=273081

I probably won't be able to start populating the OP more until tonight, but figured I'd get it out there in case you lovely people wanted to begin the crowd-sourcing :D

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sorence wrote:
RParadela wrote:How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.


You're not alone! 22 y/o here.



Also 22. Will be 23 before fall lol

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brinicolec wrote:
sorence wrote:
RParadela wrote:How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.


You're not alone! 22 y/o here.



Also 22. Will be 23 before fall lol

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RParadela wrote:How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.



I'm 22, about to be 23. Not married, but am in a committed long-term relationship, she will come with me to Law School.

I was freaked out when I applied two years ago, but then I started working in an office which has way more married people in it. Now the concept of raging with married friends isn't weird at all.

Now parents, that shit is weird (jk, kinda)
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Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
RParadela wrote:How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.



I'm 22, about to be 23. Not married, but am in a committed long-term relationship, she will come with me to Law School.

I was freaked out when I applied two years ago, but then I started working in an office which has way more married people in it. Now the concept of raging with married friends isn't weird at all.

Now parents, that shit is weird (jk, kinda)



More power to you, couldn't be me. Lol.

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Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
RParadela wrote:How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.



I'm 22, about to be 23. Not married, but am in a committed relationship, she will come with me to Law School.

I was freaked out when I applied two years ago, but then I started working in an office which has way more married people in it. Now the concept of raging with married friends isn't weird at all.

Now parents, that shit is weird (jk, kinda)


Oh god, the thought of having kids gives me more anxiety than checking for decisions. I can barely feed myself, much less another human being

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Postby brinicolec » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:12 pm

This is a kind of left-field thought but I wonder if the number of people in serious relationships during law school varies depending on race/gender. Like, as a black woman, I can't really imagine being in a serious relationship during law school because I still think the gender expectations within my race would put a strain on any relationship I ended up in as it seems that having a woman who is very career-oriented can be seen as problematic by some black men - especially if your career goals are "above" his.

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brinicolec wrote:
Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
RParadela wrote:How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.



I'm 22, about to be 23. Not married, but am in a committed long-term relationship, she will come with me to Law School.

I was freaked out when I applied two years ago, but then I started working in an office which has way more married people in it. Now the concept of raging with married friends isn't weird at all.

Now parents, that shit is weird (jk, kinda)



More power to you, couldn't be me. Lol.


I think the thing that most helped was the sheer number of 25-28 yearolds who are married that you hangout with (and I live in the District which means I would undoubtedly know more somewhere else in the US). The concept of hanging out with someone in that age group isn't strange to me at all, so as long as their spouse is chill it's like no different to me. When I was in college I didn't know anyone that was married that wasn't either:

A) married at 18 which usually meant the two were attached at the hip or

B) no younger than 40

Those were not demos conducive to being friends with a college student.

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RParadela wrote:How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.

Guess I'll out myself as the old man here. I'm 30 and still have no interest in a ltr.

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Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
RParadela wrote:How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.



I'm 22, about to be 23. Not married, but am in a committed long-term relationship, she will come with me to Law School.

I was freaked out when I applied two years ago, but then I started working in an office which has way more married people in it. Now the concept of raging with married friends isn't weird at all.

Now parents, that shit is weird (jk, kinda)



More power to you, couldn't be me. Lol.


I think the thing that most helped was the sheer number of 25-28 yearolds who are married that you hangout with (and I live in the District which means I would undoubtedly know more somewhere else in the US). The concept of hanging out with someone in that age group isn't strange to me at all, so as long as their spouse is chill it's like no different to me. When I was in college I didn't know anyone that was married that wasn't either:

A) married at 18 which usually meant the two were attached at the hip or

B) no younger than 40

Those were not demos conducive to being friends with a college student.



I wasn't even talking about the marriage. My best friend is married, already has one kid, and has another on the way lol. I was talking about heading to law school in a relationship. But I also associate relationships with higher stress so... there's that

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BruiseWillis wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
sorence wrote:
RParadela wrote:How old are most of you guys in here? I see a lot of talk about wives/husbands in the waiter threads which kind of freaks me out as a 21 year old kid who doesn't even want to be in a committed relationship much less marriage.


You're not alone! 22 y/o here.



Also 22. Will be 23 before fall lol

+1


22 as well. I can't imagine being in a serious relationship and having the other person to worry about when deciding where I go.



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