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Deciding Where to Go => Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses => Topic started by: AgentRHE on January 20, 2005, 05:14:23 PM

Title: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: AgentRHE on January 20, 2005, 05:14:23 PM
So, I'm currently reading Law School Confidential and I've just gotten to the part in which he mentions that there are schools that have notoriously bad atmospheres and are home to all the book-hiding nonsense that everybody always hears about.

Anyway, while I'm sure much of this is blown out of proportion... does anybody know of any schools that are supposed to be pretty cut throat?  I figured we could compile a list of them here, with anecdotes and whatnot.

EDIT: And yes...I KNOW there are some similar threads... but they all seemed to consist of "My cousin's dad's brother dated this chick who once drove by Hastings on a Friday and..." sorts of stuff.  I'm looking for specific examples.   :)
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: DOWNY on January 20, 2005, 05:26:47 PM
Some gunner last sem hid a bunch of west reporters our section needed for the legal writing project. I guess he's never heard of westlaw.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: bruin on January 21, 2005, 01:09:01 AM
I can't give specifics, but as someone from the SF area, I can tell you that Hasting's reputation in this regard is true.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Julie Fern on January 21, 2005, 04:29:21 AM
Some gunner last sem hid a bunch of west reporters our section needed for the legal writing project. I guess he's never heard of westlaw.

julie guessing you the gunner--if you were in law school at all, that is.

why you not hanging out with your fellow "law" students over on that board, anyway?
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: twarga on January 21, 2005, 05:00:36 AM
You look great in pink, Julie.  Unfortunately, the AF does not issue pink uniforms, or I would post a picture of me wearing one.   :-\
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: twarga on January 21, 2005, 05:07:06 AM
I threw on one of the Air Force's newly issued pink ponchos just for today.  Very classy. 
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: geezer on January 21, 2005, 05:16:12 AM
That's TOO funny!...
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Julie Fern on January 21, 2005, 05:42:59 AM
I threw on one of the Air Force's newly issued pink ponchos just for today. Very classy.

if only goody--or your old c.o.--could see this.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Julie Fern on January 21, 2005, 05:44:09 AM
You look great in pink, Julie. Unfortunately, the AF does not issue pink uniforms, or I would post a picture of me wearing one. :-\

thank you.  julie borrowed this from downy.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: twarga on January 21, 2005, 05:47:35 AM
Do you like my new poncho, Julie?  I wore it just to match you today.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Julie Fern on January 21, 2005, 06:09:51 AM
Do you like my new poncho, Julie? I wore it just to match you today.

julie thought she already said so, more or less, but yes.  it make you look even prettier.

and good camoflauge if you ever among flock of flamingos!

Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Troy McClure on January 21, 2005, 06:31:21 AM
It all depends.  I have a friend at Georgetown, and the guy hates it.  His 1L section were all a-holes that stabbed each other in the back.  They would sabotague interviews and lie about exam times.  He witnessed a couple fistfights between students because of all this BS.

Then again when he talked to people in other sections, they were all friends and having a ton of fun.  Just the luck of the draw.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Boehmer on January 21, 2005, 07:11:59 AM
It all depends.  I have a friend at Georgetown, and the guy hates it.  His 1L section were all a-holes that stabbed each other in the back.  They would sabotague interviews and lie about exam times.  He witnessed a couple fistfights between students because of all this BS.

Then again when he talked to people in other sections, they were all friends and having a ton of fun.  Just the luck of the draw.

That's freakin crazy.  And we wonder why everyone thinks lawyers are back stabbing assholes.  Now we have to look at the possitive side of this.  If you get two hot girls to piss each other off enough to get into a fight, then you better make sure you have kiddy pool full of jello near by.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: grannypants on January 21, 2005, 07:16:57 AM
In Chicago, my friends at John Marshall and Kent like to say that Northwestern is like that( book hiding, etc) but I met with a recent NU law grad ( not through NU) and she said that's bull b/c Northwestern doesn't have class rank cut offs for OCR so its not as cut throat. I only heard of that happening at Kent when my mother went there.....over 28 years ago.....JMLS here has a very cut throat reputation but my friends that are there don't agree.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: geezer on January 21, 2005, 07:21:52 AM
Wow...this is depressing. Gotta split to another thread.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: twarga on January 21, 2005, 07:31:25 AM
Ditto.  I'm going to the SpongeBob thread.   :D
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Julie Fern on January 21, 2005, 07:43:36 AM
yes, depressing.  julie thought this thread going to be about sex and other miscellaneous nasty stuff.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: twarga on January 21, 2005, 07:47:40 AM
I'll admit I was ready to rip off the poncho upon reading this thread title, as well.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Julie Fern on January 21, 2005, 08:14:37 AM
julie will if you will.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: geezer on January 21, 2005, 08:36:44 AM
I was waiting for this part.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: cutcut on January 21, 2005, 08:38:53 AM
It all depends.  I have a friend at Georgetown, and the guy hates it.  His 1L section were all a-holes that stabbed each other in the back.  They would sabotague interviews and lie about exam times.  He witnessed a couple fistfights between students because of all this BS.

Then again when he talked to people in other sections, they were all friends and having a ton of fun.  Just the luck of the draw.

Getting into a fistfight at law school would be man alive.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Tristana on January 21, 2005, 09:01:55 AM
Vandy has a positive reputation. They have a Dean's List but no class rankings, so that probably helps. No one hiding stuff or anything. I know several people who go/went there, and they don't have anything bad to say. I sat in on a class and the prof called on students, which seemed to help a lot with the gunners. The students seem laid back and really nice.

cutcut - Do you fence?
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Julie Fern on January 21, 2005, 09:23:45 AM
I was waiting for this part.

ok, it yours.  enjoy for the whole weekend.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: geezer on January 21, 2005, 09:35:12 AM
That was easy!

Off to bed (2:30 here in Japan).

'night all...
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Julie Fern on January 21, 2005, 09:41:21 AM
uh-oh.  privileges revoked!
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: cutcut on January 21, 2005, 09:52:24 AM
Vandy has a positive reputation. They have a Dean's List but no class rankings, so that probably helps. No one hiding stuff or anything. I know several people who go/went there, and they don't have anything bad to say. I sat in on a class and the prof called on students, which seemed to help a lot with the gunners. The students seem laid back and really nice.

cutcut - Do you fence?

katherynh , no, no fencing. just something that an old roommate used to say a lot.

BTW, what do you hear from your Vandy friends about class availability, etc? The Vault reviews mentioned a lot of problems getting classes you want. If you have heard anything along those lines, I'd like to hear about it. Thanks.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Tristana on January 21, 2005, 01:54:29 PM
Cutcut, I will ask about the class availability situation. For now, I can say my bf has said "I don't have one bad thing to say about Vanderbilt." Nashville is a really nice city, too.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: plumbert on January 26, 2005, 05:54:37 PM
I can't give specifics, but as someone from the SF area, I can tell you that Hasting's reputation in this regard is true.


I'll second that. I also live in SF and know a Hastings 1L who has related a couple stories to me already of what I would consider outright bullying.
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: Bluenine on January 29, 2005, 03:58:24 PM
Anyone know about Emory, Stanford, or GW?
Title: Re: Schools with Nasty Reputations.
Post by: kernelgt on January 31, 2005, 12:48:38 AM
I've heard from students that GW has a good student atmosphere.  There's some understandable competition b/c of the curve, but outside of that, students are reported to help each other out w/ notes, etc, when in need.  No library fiascos or the like.

HTH