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Title: Houston Roll Call
Post by: Anastasia on April 27, 2005, 07:42:21 AM
I figure most of us have made up our minds at this point if we'll be attending.  There's several Houston threads, but no specific 'introduce yourself here' ones. If you're going to UH, say hello and as much/little as you want. If you're on the fence you can list the schools you're deciding between.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: BigTex on April 27, 2005, 09:17:02 AM
tag.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on April 27, 2005, 12:02:12 PM
I'm Traci.  I begin the full-time program this Fall at UH.  I'm 24, graduated from Oklahoma State '03 in Business Administration. I'm from small-farm-town Oklahoma, moved to Houston in '03 b/c my husband finished his MBA and got a job here.  I absolutely love H-town!  Live in mid-town/montrose area, work downtown at a large law firm as a legal clerk (fancy name for their program for people with a degree, considering going to law school) in the corporate department/securities regulation.  I attended the admit day on April 16th, I was the girl in the back who asked way too many questions.

Nice to meet you!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on April 27, 2005, 01:14:38 PM
I'm Harve and will enter the full-time program this fall. I graduated from UT-Austin, but have been out for 10 years. Currently live in Dallas and work in IT/System Integration consulting. Have never lived in Houston, but a big group of my friends from college live there, so I have visited a bunch and love it.

Ana-It looks like we have may have had some overlap in college, so it will be interesting to see if we have any common friends/hangouts. From previous posts, I know that the old Phi Delt parking lot on the Friday afternoon of Roundup (Mudfest) is one. I think I saw mention of the Cloakroom as well, so that would be another.   

Traci-I was at the admitted students day on the 16th as well. From your description, I remember you. I think all of your questions were fine. I was on the right flank of the classroom and asked a question about life insurance.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on April 27, 2005, 04:22:16 PM
Im still trying to decide, Houston or Baylor.  I know it is down to the wire(I have to make up my mind by Saturday!), but I am leanining heavily toward UH now.  I just can't see that Baylor is worth the extra 30 Grand.   Besides, I have been out of undergrad for 11 years and don't really want to spend $30G more and not be any better off.  Also, I already live in Houston.  So, I will probably be seeing you all this fall at the Law Center. 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: fliingdutchmn on April 27, 2005, 04:32:04 PM
Is everyone making their decision without a financial aid package?  I think it's a little unfair to demand a deposit without full information.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on April 27, 2005, 04:41:23 PM
A note on the financial aid- I spoke with Laura Neal (the UHLC financial aid person) on Monday of this week.  She said they were going to begin the awarding process next week, and that everyone whom applied for financial aid should expect an award letter the week of May 9th.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on April 27, 2005, 04:46:44 PM
A note on the financial aid- I spoke with Laura Neal (the UHLC financial aid person) on Monday of this week.  She said they were going to begin the awarding process next week, and that everyone whom applied for financial aid should expect an award letter the week of May 9th.

Thanks for the info.  I was under the impression that all the Federal Aid had to be signed for by May 1.  But, I guess not.

Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on April 27, 2005, 06:44:38 PM
Scurvy checking in here. I was there on the 16th too. I was the one that knew way too much about the required laptop and its specs. I was also one of the only girls in jeans and I was late. Dean Tennessee told me check-in started at 9, not ended at 9. Oh well. Can't wait to see everyone when I get to town!

I made my decision without the actual financial aid package. Even paying full price, UH is cheap for law school. Plus, I sortof figured it out. I added $5k to last year's budget,  subtracted my EFC, subtracted my scholarship, and then looked at that number. Then I subtracted $18500 in Federal aid (which I know  I'm eligible for from other schools that have done their aid packages). Whatever was left will be covered in private loans. Well, the EFC has to be taken out in private loans too. Blech. So you should have an idea of what the aid package is going to look like before it comes to you. Best case scenario, I get another scholarship or loan with great terms throught the school. Worst case scenario, I pay what I calculated earlier.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: zaphod on April 28, 2005, 07:20:33 AM
I guess I’m one of the few evening students on this board.   I live and work in Houston.  I need the money right now, so I decided to start part-time.  I am hoping to move over to the full-time class next year.  I imagine it’s going to be a painful first year for me.

We guys are a bit ahead in the cycle, and we should be registered for summer classes soon.  I like the fact that the school takes care of all that stuff, you just show up and attend classes.  We will be having our orientation in a couple of weeks and classes start shortly thereafter.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: fliingdutchmn on April 28, 2005, 07:43:25 AM
Scurvy checking in here. I was there on the 16th too. I was the one that knew way too much about the required laptop and its specs. I was also one of the only girls in jeans and I was late. Dean Tennessee told me check-in started at 9, not ended at 9. Oh well. Can't wait to see everyone when I get to town!

I made my decision without the actual financial aid package. Even paying full price, UH is cheap for law school. Plus, I sortof figured it out. I added $5k to last year's budget,  subtracted my EFC, subtracted my scholarship, and then looked at that number. Then I subtracted $18500 in Federal aid (which I know  I'm eligible for from other schools that have done their aid packages). Whatever was left will be covered in private loans. Well, the EFC has to be taken out in private loans too. Blech. So you should have an idea of what the aid package is going to look like before it comes to you. Best case scenario, I get another scholarship or loan with great terms throught the school. Worst case scenario, I pay what I calculated earlier.

Did they inform you of your scholarship separately?  I received a hefty Law-Medicine scholarship from Case, so I've been surprised that I've recceived nothing from them yet!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on April 28, 2005, 05:19:52 PM
I added $5k to last year's budget,  subtracted my EFC, subtracted my scholarship, and then looked at that number.

A  scholarship with a 152 and 3.2??
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on April 28, 2005, 07:56:35 PM
I added $5k to last year's budget,  subtracted my EFC, subtracted my scholarship, and then looked at that number.

A  scholarship with a 152 and 3.2??


Yes. A received scholarships at all but 2 of the 20+ schools to which I was accepted. I made my case well and was not timid about asking.

The scholarship notification came separately. I was emailed on a Saturday morning and received the hard copy about five days later.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on April 28, 2005, 08:11:35 PM
I added $5k to last year's budget,  subtracted my EFC, subtracted my scholarship, and then looked at that number.

A  scholarship with a 152 and 3.2??


Yes. A received scholarships at all but 2 of the 20+ schools to which I was accepted. I made my case well and was not timid about asking.

The scholarship notification came separately. I was emailed on a Saturday morning and received the hard copy about five days later.

Right on!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on April 28, 2005, 08:28:28 PM
I added $5k to last year's budget,  subtracted my EFC, subtracted my scholarship, and then looked at that number.

A  scholarship with a 152 and 3.2??


Yes. A received scholarships at all but 2 of the 20+ schools to which I was accepted. I made my case well and was not timid about asking.

The scholarship notification came separately. I was emailed on a Saturday morning and received the hard copy about five days later.

Right on!

They couldn't resist my magical booty either.  ;)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on April 28, 2005, 08:31:09 PM
I added $5k to last year's budget,  subtracted my EFC, subtracted my scholarship, and then looked at that number.

A  scholarship with a 152 and 3.2??


Yes. A received scholarships at all but 2 of the 20+ schools to which I was accepted. I made my case well and was not timid about asking.

The scholarship notification came separately. I was emailed on a Saturday morning and received the hard copy about five days later.

Right on!

They couldn't resist my magical booty either.  ;)

I can't wait to see it myself ;)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on April 29, 2005, 09:36:44 AM
A meet and greet sounds great! ScurvyWench, are you still thinking about a party at your new house?  Whatever anyone decides on, I would love to help!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 02, 2005, 06:35:55 PM
Yep, still planning on the party. Totally looking forward to it.

I received an email today about receiving a Stafford Loan. It also said I'd have my finalized award offer in the mail in 5-7 days. Anyone else get this email?

Finally, Tracigu3 and I are thinking of buying season tickets to the live theatre (Theatre Under the Stars), anyone else interested?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on May 02, 2005, 07:08:32 PM
Yep, still planning on the party. Totally looking forward to it.

I received an email today about receiving a Stafford Loan. It also said I'd have my finalized award offer in the mail in 5-7 days. Anyone else get this email?

Finally, Tracigu3 and I are thinking of buying season tickets to the live theatre (Theatre Under the Stars), anyone else interested?

Got the same email.  Finally! 

Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on May 02, 2005, 07:28:42 PM
got the same e-mail today.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htown on May 02, 2005, 08:41:38 PM
I'm headed my way to UHLC from the midwest. 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on May 02, 2005, 08:44:29 PM
I'm headed my way to UHLC from the midwest. 

What part of midwest?

Don't bring a heavy coat. 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htown on May 02, 2005, 08:52:44 PM
Illinois. 

I actually lived in Houston for a couple years in the recent past.  I'll be happy to trade snow, ice and sleet for the tropical storms. 

But I'll be honest.  Moving in July or August doesn't seem that appealing at the moment. 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 02, 2005, 08:56:52 PM
Illinois. 

I actually lived in Houston for a couple years in the recent past.  I'll be happy to trade snow, ice and sleet for the tropical storms. 

But I'll be honest.  Moving in July or August doesn't seem that appealing at the moment. 

Same here. I'm excited to move but not to one of the hottest parts of the country in the hottest part of the year! LOL. Pay someone. It's worth it. For the good of my marriage, we are not driving out there or moving our own stuff. Could you imagine? Yuck.

So is anyone interested in the theatre tix?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 03, 2005, 07:03:23 AM
About the theatre tickets-- You get six shows per season, you choose your package based on what day/night you want to go, and the season prices are ~$100, 200, 300 or 400 depending on how much you want to spend for your seats.

About financial aid-- I have not received any emails!!!  OMG, this must mean I am not getting any aid, dear Lord what a downer.  I'm going to call L.Neal right now to make sure there hasn't been some sort of terrible mistake.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cmbake31 on May 04, 2005, 09:09:23 PM
I'll be attending UH in the fall.  I'm moving from the big metropolis of College Station after I graduate in ONE week....woohoo
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cmbake31 on May 04, 2005, 09:10:49 PM
By the way, I also got the e-mail a couple of days ago about the Stafford Loan.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 04, 2005, 09:11:37 PM
I'll be attending UH in the fall.  I'm moving from the big metropolis of College Station after I graduate in ONE week....woohoo

Welcome to the crew! Tell us more about yourself.

I'd say welcome to Houston but I'm not there yet either!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 05, 2005, 09:03:00 PM
Does anyone else feel like law school is so far away? I can't wait to move to Houston and get started.

Oh yeah, bump.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: DiddyDo on May 05, 2005, 09:57:08 PM
Hello Everyone,

Sorry for the slow response, I'm not too quick :-).  I've been trying to decide between Houston and Baylor, and I'm pretty sure it's gonna be Houston.  Like others on the board, I just don't think Baylor is worth the extra cash.

I'm 29 and I graduated from West Texas A&M in '03.  It took me several years (10) to get a bachelor's degree, but I've been working for Nationwide Insurance for the last 6 1/2 years. I'm a native Texan, but I've never lived in Houston - College Station was as close as I've come (Texas A&M undergrad for 2 years).

Scurvy - I actually feel like school is coming at light speed.  I've been honest with my company about my plans, and I think they're trying to work every ounce of production out of me before I leave.  12-hour days don't leave much time to sit around and think about what's coming.  It's more like I look up and another week just passed.

Anyway, I look forward to meeting all of you!  I've read posts from many of you and your insights and information have always been appreciated!

Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cmbake31 on May 05, 2005, 10:29:34 PM
I'll be attending UH in the fall.  I'm moving from the big metropolis of College Station after I graduate in ONE week....woohoo

Welcome to the crew! Tell us more about yourself.

I'd say welcome to Houston but I'm not there yet either!

Well my name is Casey and I'm originally from the Beaumont area.  I'm 23 and will be entering the full time program.  I will graduate in one week from Texas A&M with a degree in Accounting.  I'm really looking forward to just taking it as easy as possible this summer, although I am cautiously excited about the fall.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cc40988 on May 06, 2005, 06:42:13 AM
Hello all!  I'm Clayton and I'm originally from the San Antonio area (for those who know, Boerne/Fair Oaks).  I graduated from Southwest Texas in Dec. '01 with a BBA (Accounting & CIS).  I now work in Houston for ExxonMobil and will be taking a 3 year leave of absence to attend the full-time program... assuming ExxonMobil will grant it, but I do expect them to honor my request.  I currently live near the Galleria, but I'll be moving closer to campus late June -- probably to the Medical Center.  I expect my last day of work to be sometime during the first week of August.  From that time to August 22 I plan on lots of RR to avoid the work to law school burnout syndrome.  I expect the 3 weeks to give me time to regroup/focus/prepare for my next chapter.  Oh yeah, and I look forward to leaving my paycheck for big debt!!!  ;)

Lastly.... I turned 26 in March.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on May 06, 2005, 07:45:22 AM
Welcome aboard Clayton, I will be foregoing my paycheck as well for big debt, you are not alone.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: The Truth on May 06, 2005, 07:48:38 AM
One time for H-town!

I just had to say that for my hometown. Be a good Houstonian! LOL

And Win Game 7 Rockets so I can call my wife's family in Dallas and tell them they are still 2nd best  ;D, although we may move there when I begin to practice over houston if we head back to Texas, who knows

anyways, I'll stop hijacking the thread
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 06, 2005, 05:49:47 PM
Just found out that my house will be complete sooner so my closing date has been moved up to June 16th! :) I'm so excited. This means I may get to Houston even earlier.

Traci, any interest in house-sitting/checking for me if I can't make it out before July 9?

Welcome to the club Clayton and Casey!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 09, 2005, 08:04:29 AM
Scurvy- I'm glad to house sit or anything you need, let me know.  I'll send you an email now to discuss.  I'm super excited your house in going to be ready even sooner than expected!! Yeah, now we can have pre-law parties even sooner.

When does everyone else expect to be in Houston?  I live here now, so I'm game to meet up with anyone who's interested.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on May 09, 2005, 08:15:16 AM
I will move from Dallas around August 1st, and looking forward to meeting everybody.

btw-was trying to go to the due diligence of choosing a lender for my stafford loans, and keep seeing a guarantee fee of up to 1% seems like the amount might vary with each lender, does anybody know anything more about that fee?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on May 09, 2005, 09:57:48 AM
Hey guys.  My name is Jeremy.  I've "met" most of you before on here, but I was just checking in to say that I will be attending Houston full-time in the fall.  From the descriptions I can recall who Scurvy, htrus, and Traci were.  I was in the back right corner.  In any event, I'll be moving to Houston towards the end of June so if any parties are thrown be sure to let us know on here. 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 09, 2005, 07:19:50 PM
Hey guys.  My name is Jeremy.  I've "met" most of you before on here, but I was just checking in to say that I will be attending Houston full-time in the fall.  From the descriptions I can recall who Scurvy, htrus, and Traci were.  I was in the back right corner.  In any event, I'll be moving to Houston towards the end of June so if any parties are thrown be sure to let us know on here. 

I'll keep y'all posted. We should probably start a little email group. If you send me your email in a PM, I will collect them and do the first mass email to say hello.

I'll probably have several parties throughout the year. First one will probably be in July when we get settled and then again after classes start.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: blk_reign on May 09, 2005, 08:36:20 PM
Welcome to Houston :)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cmbake31 on May 09, 2005, 08:52:10 PM
I'll be moving sometime in early August.  I'm just waiting to hear back from the apartments that I applied to.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 10, 2005, 06:39:44 AM
What apartments, if you don't mind me being nosey?  I live in Houston now; maybe I know of your places and/or know someone that lives there who could give you a good reccomendation.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: blk_reign on May 10, 2005, 07:24:48 AM
if anyone is searching for a home i can be of assistance
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cmbake31 on May 10, 2005, 08:52:53 PM
What apartments, if you don't mind me being nosey?  I live in Houston now; maybe I know of your places and/or know someone that lives there who could give you a good reccomendation.
Providence Uptown over off of Richmond near the Galeria.  I'm sure everything is ok, but they told me I'd hear back in about a week and it's only been a couple of days so far.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 10, 2005, 09:47:15 PM
What apartments, if you don't mind me being nosey?  I live in Houston now; maybe I know of your places and/or know someone that lives there who could give you a good reccomendation.
Providence Uptown over off of Richmond near the Galeria.  I'm sure everything is ok, but they told me I'd hear back in about a week and it's only been a couple of days so far.

Nice. Wish I could afford to live near the Galleria! You know, you can take Westheimer all the way down until it turns into Elgin and you never have to get on the freeway. The 2Ls that I know go that way. They swear by it.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on May 11, 2005, 05:30:38 AM
There some real nice places just off of campus, north of the baseball stadium between Elgin and McGowen!!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 11, 2005, 07:58:21 AM
Cmbake- Nice place.  It's fairly new, and if you're new to Houston I think you'll love being in the Galleria area-- very hustle & bustle/ big city action up there.  There is an absolutely wonderful martini/happy hour bar in the uptown park called the Belvedere, very plush, shi shi place, velvet pillows, lounge couches, etc. etc. and excellent specialty drinks. And my favorite perk there, wasabi nuts and carmelized pecans to snack on!

Scurvy, et. al.- Yes, you can take Westheimer all the way and it turns into Elgin then go don't have to get onto any freeways, but 'everyone, their brother, and their dog' as our realtor once told us, takes Westheimer (the section of Westheirmer that crosses through the Galleria), and there is a very poorly placed train track which crosses the street and is again unfortunately in operation during a.m. and p.m. rush hour.  So... my suggestion (althought I'm sure everyone has their own and/or will find their own favorite route) is to (i) Stay off of 610, which is directly in front of Providence apartments, it is hellayshish in the mornings, (ii) go up two blocks on the back streets near your place in the Galleria, hop onto either Woodway Drive or Memorial, they each take you the same place and merge together, but most importantly there are NO stop lights, so it is free sailing until downtown, and which point (iii) hop onto 45 ,which by-the-way is where I'll come in off of Allen Parkway (Allen runs parallel to memorial), once on 45 you'll have only two exits to pass until you take the UH exit and wolla, there you are.

Hmmm, come to think of this, I would like to invite anyone who's interested to a car-pool.  My place is right at the junction of allen parkway/montrose/kirby/memorial and then at 45 and downtown, Yes that seems confusing and probably impossible to be at the cross of all of those random streets--- but if you're familiar with Houston maps all of those places do really intersect in the same 1/2 mile radius, and I do really live there, I promise, I'm not crazy, really, Just super excited about LS.

Ok, I'm gonna stop rambling now, sorry about that. :)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cc40988 on May 11, 2005, 10:07:30 AM
I live just NW of the Galleria.  It's a great area, but I plan on moving closer to UH -- probably the Medical Center.  My reasoning is that with classes starting at 9AM everyday a 30 minute commute is just too much for me (Med Center <5 miles from campus).  Perhaps 30 minutes is too conservative, but I've lived in Houston for 3 1/2 years now and don't envision that commute being very friendly.  You don't want to be late for class and driving through the heart of Houston from the Galleria is unpredictable meaning that you'll need to allot yourself even more time for all those unexpected jams (and Houston is notorious for them).  Not only that, but the Medical Center is closer to night life activities (Rice Village, Downtown, Midtown) and many of the complexes are on or very near the Metro Rail which is an added benefit for downtown excursions.  Interested in others experiences/predictions in commuting to UH from the Galleria.  I encourage all to test this commute before committing yourself to it through your lease term.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on May 11, 2005, 01:32:36 PM
MidTown is where its at.  Post Loft, The Calais, there are several others.  About a three minute drive down McGowen or Elgin to campus.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 11, 2005, 01:40:51 PM
where2go- Are you speaking from experience?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on May 11, 2005, 01:58:18 PM
where2go- Are you speaking from experience?

Yes, my girlfriend lives in Midtown.  I will be moving down to that area as soon as I get my house in the suburbs sold. 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 11, 2005, 02:03:05 PM
Yippeee!  I live in midtown too, well sort of.  I never know how to classify the area I live in.  My place is on the corner of Studemont and Allen Parkway-- kinda midtown, kinda memorial, kinda montrose, and kinda heigths.

Anyway-- I posted a Houston Happy Hour on the off-topic board, ya'll should jump over there and we can plan ourselves a big get-to-know-eachother-drink fest!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: princesssnadia on May 11, 2005, 06:01:04 PM
This might be a little off-topic, sorry, but were any of you considering SMU vs UH? I was admitted into UH PT which starts very soon, and I know I met people who were trying to decide between the 2 schools, and if someone could give me some insight on how they made their decision, I would appreciate it. Or even if you choose UH over higher ranked schools? Thanks in advance!! BTW the fact that everyone is so friendly on this thread, and the SMU thread gets little action makes me think I might prefer UH...  :)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on May 11, 2005, 06:53:07 PM
This might be a little off-topic, sorry, but where any of you considering SMU vs UH? I was admitted into UH PT which starts very soon, and I know I met people who were trying to decide between the 2 schools, and if someone could give me some insight on how they made their decision, I would appreciate it. Or even if you choose UH over higher ranked schools? Thanks in advance!! BTW the fact that everyone is so friendly on this thread, and the SMU thread gets little action makes me think I might prefer UH...  :)

I was admitted early to SMU.  Great school, but I just couldn't afford to pay $30K per year tuition.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 11, 2005, 06:57:48 PM
Hey guys, I'm still awaiting email addresses from some of you in the crew. Please PM me if you want to be "in the know".

I'll be commuting from the burbs in the Pearland area and will probably be taking Cullen all the way down or the toll roads. If anyone in my area is interested in carpooling, I'd be happy to be the driver.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cmbake31 on May 11, 2005, 10:50:02 PM
I've talked to several people who live near the Galleria (several at Providence) who commute to UH and it was the consensus that the longest it takes them is 20-25 minutes.  I hope this is true or else I'm screwed for the early morning classes.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on May 12, 2005, 05:24:35 AM
I've talked to several people who live near the Galleria (several at Providence) who commute to UH and it was the consensus that the longest it takes them is 20-25 minutes.  I hope this is true or else I'm screwed for the early morning classes.

I've made the drive a few times.  I stayed on Westheimer when visiting the school, and 20-25 minutes is pretty accurate.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 12, 2005, 07:54:33 AM
If you stay on Westheimer the entire time, you'll get the joy of driving through Montrose antiques area.  There is a highschool right on Westheimer, which is why I would think driving down that street during the morning-class-hours would be icky; but I'm not speaking from experience.  Everytime I get on that darn road something is going on, or the train is there, and the traffic is all crammed into one lane; so, I avoid it like the plague now-- I'm all about Memorial Drive and Allen Parkway, 4 lanes each side, no stop lights, and everyone else on the street is just as cranky as I am and only interested in getting where their going, quickly.

But hey, I value sleep more than anything, so I'm always forced to find the quickest routes.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on May 12, 2005, 07:57:29 AM
Traci, I'm going to be staying in the medical center district.  I'll probably be in Brompton or Providence on Kirby.  Any word on the area and those apts?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 12, 2005, 08:05:17 AM
tacc- I'm not sure exactly where you're talking about, what are the cross streets? I love Kirby!  what an awesome easy to get down street that connects to everything-- except it doesn't run throgh the med center area, so i guess that's why i'm confused about your locations...
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on May 12, 2005, 12:47:12 PM
Traci, the area is where kirby meets braeswood.  There are a lot of apts in that area between kirby and buffalo spdwy.  They billed it as part of the med. center.  Of course, I'm not sure if it is because I'm not at all familiar with the are.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on May 12, 2005, 04:23:26 PM
Traci, the area is where kirby meets braeswood.  There are a lot of apts in that area between kirby and buffalo spdwy.  They billed it as part of the med. center.  Of course, I'm not sure if it is because I'm not at all familiar with the are.

Thats a great area.  There are some brand new condos going up on Gramercy which is off of Kirby and a block south of Holcomb.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 12, 2005, 04:35:57 PM
My realtor tells me that all the new doctors are buying in my area so they can be close to the Med Center (without the higher prices). Since I'm not from around here, I believe her. How close am I really to the Med Center? I'm off 288 and Beltway 8.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on May 12, 2005, 04:46:26 PM
My realtor tells me that all the new doctors are buying in my area so they can be close to the Med Center (without the higher prices). Since I'm not from around here, I believe her. How close am I really to the Med Center? I'm off 288 and Beltway 8.

The intersection of 288 and Beltway 8 is 10 miles from the corner of Fannin and Holcomb, which is the basically the middle of the Med Center area.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 13, 2005, 02:12:48 PM
tacc- you're place on the opposite side of the med center as scurvy's; i'd say equal distances, your place (providence ?) is not in the med center.  If making a straight line from your place to scurvy's (see address in prior post) it would go: your place > 10 minutes> med center> downtown>5 minutes> UH> 10 minutes> scurvy's
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on May 13, 2005, 03:47:51 PM
tacc- you're place on the opposite side of the med center as scurvy's; i'd say equal distances, your place (providence ?) is not in the med center.  If making a straight line from your place to scurvy's (see address in prior post) it would go: your place > 10 minutes> med center> downtown>5 minutes> UH> 10 minutes> scurvy's

I think you are confused.  Where Kirby meets Braeswood is a mile and a half from the Med Center.  Scurvey is in Pearland which is about 10 miles south.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 14, 2005, 07:53:23 PM
Hey ya'll UH-IL's, sorry.  I've lived in H-town for 3+-years; however, I work downtown and shop in RiverOaks/Montrose?Heights/Galleria, so I cannot truly claim to know ANY area of H-town.  Honestlym, I'm not sure what are you'd classify the area I live in!!  If it is more than 5 minutes radius from my place, I've not been there.  So, please do not take my work at 'face value' this is a sort of 'ask all questions before bidding' type of deal.  Sorry.  I grew up in a way tiny town and went to college at Oklahoma State, which claims to be in a 'big city' but really isn't; so, H-Town is like to Oklahoma to me and I'm not the best to consult on location type things, I apologize if I've given off false impressions to anyone, please accept condolences.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 15, 2005, 07:20:23 PM
Just wanted to say: If any of you new Houston-ites need to crash with us when you get in to town or are looking for a place, you're welcome to. We'll be there July 1! ;D
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on May 16, 2005, 10:23:25 PM
Well we signed on the dotted line today for an apt at Providence at Kirby.  Moving in on June 15.  If anyone is still looking I strongly recommend the medical center district.  It's a nice neighborhood and is just a short trip(10-15 min.) from the law school.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: princesssnadia on May 17, 2005, 05:57:10 AM
Houston is so mixed that it's hard to figure out which areas are good and which aren't. Just thought this site might be helpful http://www.apartmentratings.com  You can click the link in the top right corner to search by apartment name and city/state.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on May 17, 2005, 08:07:28 AM
Well we signed on the dotted line today for an apt at Providence at Kirby.  Moving in on June 15.  If anyone is still looking I strongly recommend the medical center district.  It's a nice neighborhood and is just a short trip(10-15 min.) from the law school.

Tacc-

Good to hear. Have you toured that complex? Interested to know how it looks as it one of the places I am considering.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on May 17, 2005, 10:38:45 AM
Well we signed on the dotted line today for an apt at Providence at Kirby.  Moving in on June 15.  If anyone is still looking I strongly recommend the medical center district.  It's a nice neighborhood and is just a short trip(10-15 min.) from the law school.

Tacc-

Good to hear. Have you toured that complex? Interested to know how it looks as it one of the places I am considering.

Yes, we toured the complex yesterday.  It is very nice, but it seems cramped.  The buildings are close together, and the courtyards are small.  The lady giving us the tour said that it is one of the newest apts in the area(of course they're building newer ones directly across the street).  There are some around the area that look much nicer with bigger yards(Camden Vanderbilt, Kirby Place, Archstone on Brompton), but Providence offered us a great deal on a 2/2 so we had to take it.  Ask if they have any look-and-lease available.  They came down nearly $200/month off our rent.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 17, 2005, 10:47:20 AM
For those of you apartment hunting, I just wanted to throw this out there. Try an Archstone apartment, if you have to move for a 1L internship or 2L or whatever, you can transfer your lease without penalty. It's a huge savings. If we were moving into an apartment, that's what we would have done.

Congrats on your place htrus. Sounds like a great deal.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on May 17, 2005, 01:10:35 PM
Well we signed on the dotted line today for an apt at Providence at Kirby.  Moving in on June 15.  If anyone is still looking I strongly recommend the medical center district.  It's a nice neighborhood and is just a short trip(10-15 min.) from the law school.

Tacc-

Good to hear. Have you toured that complex? Interested to know how it looks as it one of the places I am considering.

Yes, we toured the complex yesterday.  It is very nice, but it seems cramped.  The buildings are close together, and the courtyards are small.  The lady giving us the tour said that it is one of the newest apts in the area(of course they're building newer ones directly across the street).  There are some around the area that look much nicer with bigger yards(Camden Vanderbilt, Kirby Place, Archstone on Brompton), but Providence offered us a great deal on a 2/2 so we had to take it.  Ask if they have any look-and-lease available.  They came down nearly $200/month off our rent.
Will do. What was your opinion on safety of neighborhood? I am just not that familiar with the Med Center. I am more familiar with Tanglewood/Memorial/Galleria area, but like the prices/location in the Med Center better.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on May 17, 2005, 01:26:16 PM
Well we signed on the dotted line today for an apt at Providence at Kirby.  Moving in on June 15.  If anyone is still looking I strongly recommend the medical center district.  It's a nice neighborhood and is just a short trip(10-15 min.) from the law school.

Tacc-

Good to hear. Have you toured that complex? Interested to know how it looks as it one of the places I am considering.

Yes, we toured the complex yesterday.  It is very nice, but it seems cramped.  The buildings are close together, and the courtyards are small.  The lady giving us the tour said that it is one of the newest apts in the area(of course they're building newer ones directly across the street).  There are some around the area that look much nicer with bigger yards(Camden Vanderbilt, Kirby Place, Archstone on Brompton), but Providence offered us a great deal on a 2/2 so we had to take it.  Ask if they have any look-and-lease available.  They came down nearly $200/month off our rent.
Will do. What was your opinion on safety of neighborhood? I am just not that familiar with the Med Center. I am more familiar with Tanglewood/Memorial/Galleria area, but like the prices/location in the Med Center better.

The neighborhood looks great.  I saw plenty of cop cars driving around...ESPECIALLY around Providence (there's an elementary school directly behind it).  The area isn't as cluttered as the galleria area, yet there is plenty of shopping(not for me, of course, but for the wife).  From what little knowledge I have of Houston, I would say it is the nicest/closest neighborhood to UHLC.  I told a friend of mine who lives in Houston that I was living there and he seemed genuinely impressed with the neighborhood, saying it was one of the nicer areas. 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on May 17, 2005, 02:18:35 PM
Thanks Tacc. btw-has anyone logged into the U of H enrollment online application? I was able to and saw my stafford loans there. It had my UH e-mail address there as well.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 17, 2005, 02:25:07 PM
Thanks Tacc. btw-has anyone logged into the U of H enrollment online application? I was able to and saw my stafford loans there. It had my UH e-mail address there as well.

Can you send details of how to do this to the Houston group email? Thanks!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on May 17, 2005, 02:33:32 PM
Here is the link.

https://www.stu.uh.edu/uoh/newmenusys/intro.jsp

To login, you initially will use your ssn as your user id (i do not have a cougar card id yet). Then default password/pin is your date of birth. You will then be prompted to change it. Once you are there, there is a student aid section (where your loans are located), records>address change (where your e-mail address is located, and other info.

I am not sure if we will get a law school specific e-mail, or if the UH alias will be the only one.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 17, 2005, 03:08:27 PM
I've been on the UH online system.  I was prompted to do so in order to verify that I was accepting the 18.5 offered in unsubsidized stafford loans.  Didn't everyone have to do this?  I had to go through a registration process in order for my Financial Aid status to be 'complete' according to the UH online system.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on May 17, 2005, 03:22:46 PM
I went to the site and set up the email to forward to my yahoo account, but I am not sure that it worked since I have not received any email from UH in my yahoo mail and i am not sure how to check the regular UH mail.  Has anyone received any email from UH or anything in the regular mail regarding enrollment, orientation, transcript requirements, etc, etc.?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on May 17, 2005, 04:11:09 PM
I've been on the UH online system.  I was prompted to do so in order to verify that I was accepting the 18.5 offered in unsubsidized stafford loans.  Didn't everyone have to do this?  I had to go through a registration process in order for my Financial Aid status to be 'complete' according to the UH online system.
I am having the mix b/t sub/unsub stafford loans refigured based on working only the first half of this year. Since I have been working for a while, I did not have a very good mix. Laura Neal told me to not accept the loans until this process was complete in July, but when I do she said I will have to go into the onlines and accept the loans. You are talking about accepting via Enrollment Services, then to the financial aid section and then loans by web to accept, correct, traci? It is kind of scary to wait that long, but she confirmed that was the correct process. If you are OK with your mix, I would accept them now.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on May 17, 2005, 04:17:02 PM
I went to the site and set up the email to forward to my yahoo account, but I am not sure that it worked since I have not received any email from UH in my yahoo mail and i am not sure how to check the regular UH mail.  Has anyone received any email from UH or anything in the regular mail regarding enrollment, orientation, transcript requirements, etc, etc.?
you can send a test e-mail to your uh address and see if it forwards properly. it did in my case. I have not received any e-mail to my old or UH address regarding orientation or the like. I think they will send an enrollment package in mid-june with that info. As far as transcripts, the admissions office advised me that they require your undergrad degree granting University transcript only. I think they said this was required to be able to pay your fee bill, so I had UT forward mine to the admissions office at the Law Center last week. I have not heard a confirmation that it has been processed yet. I will give them a couple weeks and check back.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 17, 2005, 04:28:58 PM
htrus- I've accepted my finaid on the uh services site.  I was only offered unsub stafford loan, unfortunately no need-based money was offered; so there is nothing to change up (darn that husband, making too much moola to qualify for need based $).
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on May 17, 2005, 04:37:05 PM
htrus- I've accepted my finaid on the uh services site.  I was only offered unsub stafford loan, unfortunately no need-based money was offered; so there is nothing to change up (darn that husband, making too much moola to qualify for need based $).
OK, sounds good, but did I get the process correct? I wanted to make sure that was nothing additional that needed to be done. I just followed the instructions that came with financial aid app.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cmbake31 on May 17, 2005, 09:50:43 PM
I'm kinda scared now after looking at that apartment ratings website.  Basically everyone on there has a bad opinion of Providence Uptown.  Has anyone who lives or has lived in Houston looked at the place they lived on this site, and if so,are the opinions posted pretty accurate from your experiences?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on May 17, 2005, 10:56:55 PM
I'm kinda scared now after looking at that apartment ratings website.  Basically everyone on there has a bad opinion of Providence Uptown.  Has anyone who lives or has lived in Houston looked at the place they lived on this site, and if so,are the opinions posted pretty accurate from your experiences?

I wouldn't worry too much about the ratings on that site.  Almost every rating on there is negative.  It seems that competitors simply get on and trash each other.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 18, 2005, 09:12:12 AM
cmbake- i checked out the apartment rating site, and read the reviews for the place i live at (the estates at memorial heights), and found them to be mostly pissed off people, with a few good/truthful points.  Yes, the management and office staff are cranky (this was the main complaint by everyone), but that isn't a reason to not live somewhere.  They have their good days and their bad ones, I've not had any rude attitudes given to me, but I would give it right back and not put up with that Sh*& if it were given.  I think you've got to take these things with a grain of salt, realize that people are probably writing their reviews at a time when they are really upset about something and therefore exxagerate the situation.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: princesssnadia on May 18, 2005, 11:26:38 AM
I would only be afraid of a place if someone says there is alot of break-ins at the complex, or bad crime in the area. I agree things like rude office staff is not a reason to not live somewhere, and people who write reviews are usually at an extreme whether is be happy or unhappy. Middle of the road people don't usually feel a need to comment.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on May 18, 2005, 02:07:45 PM
Even with crime I would take it with a grain of salt.  As I pointed out earlier, competitors could simply sign up and trash other apts.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cmbake31 on May 18, 2005, 03:20:43 PM
Yeah the only thing that bothered me was the whole crime issue.  The management problem isn't really that disturbing.  But I called a couple of apartment locators this morning and they pretty much confirmed what the message board says.  They said that place is particularly bad mainly because it is so close to 59, and it's easy for people to get in and get out so it gets hit harder than other places.  I'm seriously thinking about looking elsewhere because I haven't signed a lease yet.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 18, 2005, 04:21:11 PM
Yeah the only thing that bothered me was the whole crime issue.  The management problem isn't really that disturbing.  But I called a couple of apartment locators this morning and they pretty much confirmed what the message board says.  They said that place is particularly bad mainly because it is so close to 59, and it's easy for people to get in and get out so it gets hit harder than other places.  I'm seriously thinking about looking elsewhere because I haven't signed a lease yet.

I don't know if you can do this in TX, but in CA, you can call the local police department, give them your address and they will run a report of all the crimes in your area. They can grid it year over year and give a break down of the type of crime. Since Houston isn't zoned, I would look in a 5-7 mile radius instead of the usual 3-5. (I'm obsessive and I like to research, so I do this type of thing a lot.)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on May 18, 2005, 06:35:22 PM
Yeah the only thing that bothered me was the whole crime issue.  The management problem isn't really that disturbing.  But I called a couple of apartment locators this morning and they pretty much confirmed what the message board says.  They said that place is particularly bad mainly because it is so close to 59, and it's easy for people to get in and get out so it gets hit harder than other places.  I'm seriously thinking about looking elsewhere because I haven't signed a lease yet.

I don't know if you can do this in TX, but in CA, you can call the local police department, give them your address and they will run a report of all the crimes in your area. They can grid it year over year and give a break down of the type of crime. Since Houston isn't zoned, I would look in a 5-7 mile radius instead of the usual 3-5. (I'm obsessive and I like to research, so I do this type of thing a lot.)

That's a great idea.  Have you tried it in Texas?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 18, 2005, 08:50:12 PM
We did this when we were looking for a place.  You can call the HPD and they will run a check for you.  I think they may have a website you can ask them for.  My husband did all of the research so I'm sure of all the details, but I remember him doing something similar to what scurvy was talking about.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 19, 2005, 08:57:02 AM
anastasia- i agree with you completely!  it was very strange that all you get from the online loan is a list of lenders to randomly choose from.  i called the uh fin aid office while i was looking at the list b/c i thought there must've been something wrong with it, no links with info on each lender couldn't be right, but, they said it was the way it was and i had to my own research, bummer!  I went with Wells Fargo for my stafford loans, b/c I'm taking a private loan with Wells Fargo so I thought I may as well have all of my debt in one place.  Although, I can't say I did as much research as I feel like I should have on the private loan, WF sent me a packet of info on their "graduate/professional education loan" program and it seemed to be very similar to the setup of the stafford loan, Bank One and Chase also sent me similar offers, but WF was the best.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on May 19, 2005, 09:30:12 AM
For instance, the rate is variable, but could the bank at least tell you what the rate is currently?  Is the rate the same for every lender regardless?  Does the rate depend on your credit rating?

For the Stafford loans the rate is set by the government.  It has nothing to do with your credit score.  I believe at the moment the rate is 3.37%.  It is adjusted every year on July 1st and is based on the rate for 91-day Treasury bills. No matter what the rate can never exceed 8.25%.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on May 19, 2005, 10:12:25 AM
For instance, the rate is variable, but could the bank at least tell you what the rate is currently?  Is the rate the same for every lender regardless?  Does the rate depend on your credit rating?

For the Stafford loans the rate is set by the government.  It has nothing to do with your credit score.  I believe at the moment the rate is 3.37%.  It is adjusted every year on July 1st and is based on the rate for 91-day Treasury bills. No matter what the rate can never exceed 8.25%.

Yep, and considering the 91 T Bill rate is up from last year, I think we are probably looking at the 4% to 5% rate when they re-peg on July 1st. Should we blame W, Greenspan or the terrorists?

Thanks, I was so irritated after posting that I went googling and figured it out.  The 3.37 rate starts after graduating or when repayment begins.  During enrollment, the current interest rate is 2.7% on the unsub loans for anyone else who's interested. 

Anyone got any ideas on the consecutive payment rewards and whether or not making interest payments during school counts towards such?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 20, 2005, 12:11:33 PM
Thanks for he info on the rates Htrus!

I can't believe I still have 6 weeks before I get to Houston. I'm getting so anxious. I am totally stoked for my new life as a Texan. Seems like I'm the only one from out of state . . . so do I have any volunteers to help me figure out how to registar my car, get a TX DL, and buy a toll road pass?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cc40988 on May 20, 2005, 12:59:58 PM
Toll Road: https://eztagstore.com/

Vehicle Registration: http://www.tax.co.harris.tx.us/vehicles/vehicles.asp

License (moving to Texas): http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/movingtotexas.htm
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: blk_reign on May 20, 2005, 01:32:06 PM
get ready.. it's already in the 90s here..and it'll be that way for the next seven days... :'(

Thanks for he info on the rates Htrus!

I can't believe I still have 6 weeks before I get to Houston. I'm getting so anxious. I am totally stoked for my new life as a Texan. Seems like I'm the only one from out of state . . . so do I have any volunteers to help me figure out how to registar my car, get a TX DL, and buy a toll road pass?

Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 22, 2005, 09:34:18 PM
Bump . . .

Any new Houston-ites?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: patrick2005 on May 23, 2005, 09:56:06 AM
I have a couple of questions about Enrollment Services Online?

For those who already did loan counseling and processing through "Loans by Web," how long did it take for your "Offer Status" to change? I did my counseling and processing last night and my "Offer Status" still says "Go to Loans by Web." However, when log in to the site for processing it says I have no loans that need processing right now.

Also, my expected graduation date on the main financial aid page is listed as unknown? Did anyone else not have to do anything to change this to 5/2008?

Is there anything else I need to do to secure my loans other than the online stuff through Enrollment Services Online? Also, do I need to return my financial aid award letter from UH to tell them that I accepted all my aid, or is everything done electronically?

Thanks for you help.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 23, 2005, 08:29:02 PM
Hey Houston-ites! I just reached my 1000th post! Wahoo. Celebration . . . or embarassment.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: UH 2005 on May 25, 2005, 11:48:56 AM
Just wanted to say hey.  New to the site, attending UHLC in August.   
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 25, 2005, 01:01:30 PM
UH2005- Welcome!  We have an outside of LSD email group going.  If you'd like to joing, send your info to scurvy wench; she's graciously coordinating our addresses.

Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on May 25, 2005, 01:04:21 PM
patrick- I did everything exactly as you say you've done, and I phoned L.Neal to verify that was all I needed to do, she said yes.  There is no need to send in the UH acceptance letter, it is for your records.  However, my expected graduation date on the UH site is 05/2008.  I didn't do anything to make it that way, it just was.  You may want to contact L Neal to make sure everything is ok with your status...if you do contact anyone, will you please let us know what they say?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 25, 2005, 09:17:42 PM
I'm realizing that I need to work for the 6 weeks between arriving in Houston and starting LS. Anyone know of any good temp agencies? Or do you need a temp at any of your jobs? I'm a hard worker, a writer by profession, type 100+ wpm, don't mind filing or answering phones as long as I get paid. Anyone?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: patrick2005 on May 26, 2005, 03:40:33 PM
patrick- I did everything exactly as you say you've done, and I phoned L.Neal to verify that was all I needed to do, she said yes.  There is no need to send in the UH acceptance letter, it is for your records.  However, my expected graduation date on the UH site is 05/2008.  I didn't do anything to make it that way, it just was.  You may want to contact L Neal to make sure everything is ok with your status...if you do contact anyone, will you please let us know what they say?

Thanks for your info. I contacted her and she made the correction to 5/31/2008.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 30, 2005, 10:25:22 AM
bump.

For those of you who didn't have this from Traci's post on an earlier thread, here's the linke for UH outlines.

http://www.uhoutlines.com/

http://www.members.aol.com/djmcarter/uhlc.html
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on June 02, 2005, 06:06:51 AM
Well, UH finally came through with a little scholarship $ for my 3.7/162.  It was quite a surprise coming this late, but I received the letter on Saturday and it was dated the May 26th.  Dean's Scholarship.

So that pretty much seals the deal.  Sending letter to Baylor this week to give up my seat.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on June 02, 2005, 08:37:57 PM
Well, UH finally came through with a little scholarship $ for my 3.7/162.  It was quite a surprise coming this late, but I received the letter on Saturday and it was dated the May 26th.  Dean's Scholarship.

So that pretty much seals the deal.  Sending letter to Baylor this week to give up my seat.

Wow! Congratulations!

And you didn't really want to be in Waco anyway. :)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on June 03, 2005, 11:31:47 AM
First: Anyone intereste in getting together for dinner/drinks?  Check out the Houston Happy Hour blog on the General Off-Topic Discussion for more details.....

Second: Has anyone purchased their laptop for UH yet?  If so, or if you're checking into it, are you getting the Dell through UHLC or are you going with something else? 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on June 04, 2005, 10:45:23 PM
First: Anyone intereste in getting together for dinner/drinks?  Check out the Houston Happy Hour blog on the General Off-Topic Discussion for more details.....

Second: Has anyone purchased their laptop for UH yet?  If so, or if you're checking into it, are you getting the Dell through UHLC or are you going with something else? 


I'm going through UHLC. Unless, there's a laptop special, it will cost you about the same. Except with UHLC, you get that phenomenal warranty.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on June 11, 2005, 07:06:20 PM
Cam,

I bumped this so you could find it.

-SW
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cam108 on June 11, 2005, 09:54:41 PM
hey thanks! that was very kind of you :)

Does anyone have the web address of that apartment rating website?? Never mind I just found it.

Sad to say, i'm not a offical UHLC student yet( cross your fingers), i'm a current waitlister! :'(
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on June 13, 2005, 05:21:21 PM
Has anyone received registration information in the mail yet??
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on June 13, 2005, 08:31:07 PM
I haven't heard a peep in a LONG time. Should I be expecting something? I'd love to know my section and schedule!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on June 14, 2005, 07:38:51 AM
I have not heard anything from them in a while other than when I called to confirm they had my degree granting undergrad transcript. I seem to remember hearing we would receive our enrollment packet in late June/early July.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cam108 on June 16, 2005, 10:38:24 AM
When do classes start at UH? and when does their orientation begin for new students?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on June 16, 2005, 02:15:53 PM
When do classes start at UH? and when does their orientation begin for new students?

Orientation: August 16-17
First Day of Class:  August 22
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cam108 on June 16, 2005, 04:55:33 PM
oh ok, just curious. thanks :)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: BigTex on June 17, 2005, 11:23:02 AM
I clocked my time to UH and it's a straight shot of 10-20 minutes depending on traffic...and I don't have to get on a freeway!

get a moped and actually enjoy your commute!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on June 17, 2005, 12:17:28 PM
My place is just between Westheimer and I-10, just off of Chimney Rock. Also, just purchased the Dell laptop using the UH link. Will let you know how it turns out.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on June 17, 2005, 05:17:38 PM
My place is just between Westheimer and I-10, just off of Chimney Rock. Also, just purchased the Dell laptop using the UH link. Will let you know how it turns out.

Was it easy to make the purchase? I haven't done this yet. I'll probably purchase a few weeks before school starts. . .

Yea!  I've found a place in Houston.  It's a little guest house that's about a block off of Westheimer in the Montrose area.  I can walk to coffee shops, vintage stores, and a bazillion restaurants (not to mention several tattoo and body piercing places  :D ).  I clocked my time to UH and it's a straight shot of 10-20 minutes depending on traffic...and I don't have to get on a freeway!  Yea!
Okay, I was just excited and had to post somewhere.  Where is everyone else living?

Congrats on finding a place. It sounds great! You'll be close to Traci. I just stayed with her for the past couple of days and her apartment is awesome. From where I'll be living I'm about 25 minutes from you guys. :)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: princesssnadia on June 19, 2005, 11:40:48 AM
For anyone looking to get a place with roommates, my friend is leasing out this awesome apt. Here's how he describes it:

Hey! I have to lease out a 3 bedroom/2 bath
townhome in the medcenter area. It is by
Southmore and Almeda. It is $1300 dollars plus
utilities. It is perfect for college kids, who want to
live a bit nicer than older Holly Hall places. You get
security system, stucco exterior, gated, 2 covered
parking spaces, wood floors, ceramic tile in
kitchen and bathroom, fridge. There is a
downstairs living room, and upstairs sitting room
too.

It's acutally more a duplex, his place is attached, and they're a professional guys, so you don't have to worry about noise. He will be a PT 2L in the fall, and in the day he works at goldman sachs, he redid the place himself and it is awesome. Everything is totally brand new. Just PM me if interested.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on June 20, 2005, 07:40:43 AM
My place is just between Westheimer and I-10, just off of Chimney Rock. Also, just purchased the Dell laptop using the UH link. Will let you know how it turns out.

Was it easy to make the purchase? I haven't done this yet. I'll probably purchase a few weeks before school starts. . .

Very easy, just went through the UH Website under laptop requirement, they have a link to Dell that will give you UH price. Takes about 15 minutes. One other note, it looks like it will take about two weeks to get to me by the time the order is fullfilled and shipped, so you will want at least that much lead time before school.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on June 20, 2005, 07:52:01 AM
anastasia- I live just off of studemont, montrose turns into studemont once you cross allen parkway, and i live right after the montrose/allen parkway intersection.  when do you move in?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on June 20, 2005, 07:59:03 AM
htrus- did you get any add-ons for your laptop or did you order the straigth set-up?  I'm curious if there are any additional options that are worth puchasing, or if I should just go with the exact configuration the purchasing link takes me to...
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on June 20, 2005, 08:09:24 AM
I just ordered the straight set-up. I currently have the Dell Latitude 600 with a similar setup at work, and seems to allow me to do everything I want to do. I do not think it will come with the Microsoft Office Suite, but according to the Website you can buy it for $21 from Cougar Byte. Once as it comes, I will take a look at it before making the additional purchase.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on June 20, 2005, 08:47:36 AM
On another note, I caught a very interesting discussion this weekend between Stephen Reinhardt and Alex Kozinski who both serve on U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit. The moderator was Kenneth Starr of Whitewater fame and now the Dean of the Pepperdine Law School. Given the reputation of the 9th Circuit, it made for an interesting mix. The topics were the recent Supreme Court Medical Marijuana case as well as several other recent decisions. 

If you want to catch it to satisfy a pre-Law School fix, you can view on www.cspan.org under the America & the Courts series. 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on June 20, 2005, 09:00:08 AM
I just ordered the straight set-up. I currently have the Dell Latitude 600 with a similar setup at work, and seems to allow me to do everything I want to do. I do not think it will come with the Microsoft Office Suite, but according to the Website you can buy it for $21 from Cougar Byte. Once as it comes, I will take a look at it before making the additional purchase.

Is it worth the extra $32 to upgrade to the 80G hard drive from the 60Gig?  It seems as though it would be.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on June 20, 2005, 09:26:22 AM
For me, I am hoping that I will never need an extra 20 gig of storage space considering it comes with 60 already. It seems that the price of storage space drops at a rapid rate from year to year, so unless you have an immediate need (a huge music library, or a large database) that you want to keep on your hard drive, I would wait for right now.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on June 20, 2005, 09:28:37 AM
What about a blue tooth option?  I'm not the most computer-savvy person, but I've heard that you can get a trio/blackberry/anyPDA and if it has blue tooth and your laptop has bluetooth you can automatically link them together???  Is this true?  Does anyone know if this is an option for the UH designated laptop?

I would like to get a PDA (any suggestions?) and have it be capable to link up to Outlook on my laptop, I also want it to access internet, and have a cell phone.  This way I could check email, my calendar, and use the phone without having to carry 1) a laptop, 2) a planner, and 3) a cell phone.

Can this be done with the UH laptop?
Thanks!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on June 20, 2005, 11:03:47 AM
I would think a Blackberry using a major wireless carrier would work (cingular, verizon, sprint, etc.). Any standard device like that will be able to sync with a Dell Laptop. You may have to download some software upon purchase of the PDA, but that will be no big deal and the instructions will tell you how to do it.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on June 20, 2005, 12:34:31 PM
For me, I am hoping that I will never need an extra 20 gig of storage space considering it comes with 60 already. It seems that the price of storage space drops at a rapid rate from year to year, so unless you have an immediate need (a huge music library, or a large database) that you want to keep on your hard drive, I would wait for right now.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on June 23, 2005, 10:29:47 AM
new info from UH admission office:

'I would suggest waiting until at least orientation to purchase books.  Book Swap will be open during orientation, and by that point, all of the books should be available in the bookstores.  You will receive your orientation information, schedule, book lists, and first day assignments in early August.'
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 06, 2005, 07:16:16 AM
I just ordered the straight set-up. I currently have the Dell Latitude 600 with a similar setup at work, and seems to allow me to do everything I want to do. I do not think it will come with the Microsoft Office Suite, but according to the Website you can buy it for $21 from Cougar Byte. Once as it comes, I will take a look at it before making the additional purchase.

Anyone else purchased their computer yet?  Assuming you went thru the UH/Dell link, did anyone get any add-ons to it?  Specifically, I'm wondering if the nearly $500 upgrade for the additional RAM is worth it.

Also, have any of y'all experimented with note taking software, like OneNote or Gobinder?  If so, would you mind posting your thoughts on either one?  They're a couple of other threads about this, but I thought I'd take a stab here as well.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 07, 2005, 08:58:31 AM
Has anyone purchased or read any of the books from uh admit site 'summer reading list'?  I've ordered some from barnes and noble.  One of those books is $100!!!  Luckily most of them $20.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 07, 2005, 09:59:27 AM
Has anyone purchased or read any of the books from uh admit site 'summer reading list'?  I've ordered some from barnes and noble.  One of those books is $100!!!  Luckily most of them $20.

Hey Tragic,

Do you mind posting the 'summer reading list'?  My old desktop is at CompUSA getting fixed and I'm stuck on a borrowed laptop.  My bloodly shortcut to the UH Admit Site is on my old desktop (dumb not to save my favorite shortcuts, I know, I know). 

Or if it's easier just to copy and paste the UH Admit Site link (and I'll look it up myself), that'll do just fine.

Thanks 'el mucho' in advance!

CD
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 07, 2005, 10:20:35 AM
Can someone give me directions to Papasitos? I want Mexican/Tex-Mex so bad! (And I have no idea where I'm going!)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 07, 2005, 11:02:31 AM
Can someone give me directions to Papasitos? I want Mexican/Tex-Mex so bad! (And I have no idea where I'm going!)

Which one?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 07, 2005, 11:22:55 AM
Papisito's is on the corner of Richmond and Kirby.  The best way from your house is 288 towards downtown then 59 north, take the kirby exit, turn right, it will be on the corner of the richmond intersection.

Maybe they'll give you free queso again :)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 07, 2005, 11:25:11 AM
Has anyone purchased or read any of the books from uh admit site 'summer reading list'?  I've ordered some from barnes and noble.  One of those books is $100!!!  Luckily most of them $20.

Hey Tragic,

Do you mind posting the 'summer reading list'? My old desktop is at CompUSA getting fixed and I'm stuck on a borrowed laptop. My bloodly shortcut to the UH Admit Site is on my old desktop (dumb not to save my favorite shortcuts, I know, I know).

Or if it's easier just to copy and paste the UH Admit Site link (and I'll look it up myself), that'll do just fine.

Thanks 'el mucho' in advance!

CD


Here's the suggested summer reading list:

We highly recommend two books:
- Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study by Karl N. Llewellyn- a classic essay on the law and law school
- A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr- the story of a recent environmental lawsuit

Also recommended are:
Non-fiction
- The Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit against the Coal Company--and Won by Gerald M. Stern
- Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States by Sister Helen Prejean
- Letters to a Young Lawyer by Alan M. Dershowitz

Law School Advice
- Academic Legal Writing by Eugene Volokh
- Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class by Shana Connell Noyes, Henry S. Noyes
- Bridging the Gap between College and Law School: Strategies for Success by Ruta Stropus, Charlotte D. Taylor, Rita Stropus, Ruta K. Stropus
- Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams by Richard Michael Fischl, Jeremy Paul, and Jeremy R. Paul
- Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success by Helene S. S. Shapo, Marshall S. Shapo, Marshall Shapo, Helene Shapo

Legal Theory
- Ages of American Law by Grant Gilmore
- Economic Analysis of Law by Richard A. A. Posner
- The Nature of the Judicial Process by Benjamin N. Cardozo

#4 FT Orientation is Aug 16 & 17. I think I'll have a party on Aug 17th
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 07, 2005, 11:35:15 AM
Has anyone purchased or read any of the books from uh admit site 'summer reading list'?  I've ordered some from barnes and noble.  One of those books is $100!!!  Luckily most of them $20.

Hey Tragic,

Do you mind posting the 'summer reading list'? My old desktop is at CompUSA getting fixed and I'm stuck on a borrowed laptop. My bloodly shortcut to the UH Admit Site is on my old desktop (dumb not to save my favorite shortcuts, I know, I know).

Or if it's easier just to copy and paste the UH Admit Site link (and I'll look it up myself), that'll do just fine.

Thanks 'el mucho' in advance!

CD


Here's the suggested summer reading list:

We highly recommend two books:
- Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study by Karl N. Llewellyn- a classic essay on the law and law school
- A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr- the story of a recent environmental lawsuit

Also recommended are:
Non-fiction
- The Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit against the Coal Company--and Won by Gerald M. Stern
- Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States by Sister Helen Prejean
- Letters to a Young Lawyer by Alan M. Dershowitz

Law School Advice
- Academic Legal Writing by Eugene Volokh
- Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class by Shana Connell Noyes, Henry S. Noyes
- Bridging the Gap between College and Law School: Strategies for Success by Ruta Stropus, Charlotte D. Taylor, Rita Stropus, Ruta K. Stropus
- Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams by Richard Michael Fischl, Jeremy Paul, and Jeremy R. Paul
- Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success by Helene S. S. Shapo, Marshall S. Shapo, Marshall Shapo, Helene Shapo

Legal Theory
- Ages of American Law by Grant Gilmore
- Economic Analysis of Law by Richard A. A. Posner
- The Nature of the Judicial Process by Benjamin N. Cardozo

#4 FT Orientation is Aug 16 & 17. I think I'll have a party on Aug 17th


Thank you!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 07, 2005, 12:39:18 PM
Cajun- are you going to read any of these books?

For anyone who lives in Houston:  I ordered all of these books and am happy to share them with you as soon as they arrive.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 07, 2005, 02:08:31 PM
Cajun- are you going to read any of these books?

For anyone who lives in Houston:  I ordered all of these books and am happy to share them with you as soon as they arrive.

Hey Tragic,

I've actually already read:

- A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr- the story of a recent environmental lawsuit
- Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class by Shana Connell Noyes, Henry S. Noyes
- Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams by Richard Michael Fischl, Jeremy Paul, and Jeremy R. Paul

I've also read "Law School Confidential".

Of the four, I personally thought "Law School Confidential" & "Getting to Maybe" were excellent. 

"GTM" is a somewhat 'deep' read, if ya know what I mean.  I can't say I totally understood everything in "GtM", but then again,  that book requires you to know some law already.  I'm hoping a second read thru will help clarify matters.  I do think it's potential value is tremendous, however.

"LSC" was, to me, just fantastic.  I liked it's practical, down to earth approach about how to proceed in law school. Heck, I've already purchased multiple colors of highlighters to bread down cases with (you'll understand that better once you've read it)

"AYFYoLS" was a disappointment.  Not as practical as "LSC" or as potentially valuable as "GTM". 

"ACA" was, to me, useless.  Once again, it helps if you're already familiar w/ the law (perhaps a 2L or 3L).  I also didn't care for some of it's obvious political slants at times.

The only other book I might purchase is Academic Legal Writing.  Once again, b/t work and home maintenance, I just don't have the hours in the day to read ALL of these missives.  Also, I think it might be a hurculean task to try and read all of them if you haven't started yet.  LSC is rather thick, and GTM is requires some 'pauses to ponder' at times.

Anyway, that's my two cents worth. 

Once again, thanks for sending out the list!

CD
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 07, 2005, 03:37:56 PM
Cajun- are you going to read any of these books?

For anyone who lives in Houston:  I ordered all of these books and am happy to share them with you as soon as they arrive.

ALL of them? That was quite zealous of you! I already had a few of them like Getting to Maybe and Law School Without Fear. Can I borrow the highly recommended ones then? If anyone wants to borrow the few that I have including 1,000 Days to the Bar and Starting Off Right in Law School, you're welcome to them as well.

Plus, I was handed down a complete set of Commercial Flashcards for all of the 1st year classes. I've been looking over them to try to get used to the hypos.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 07, 2005, 03:41:20 PM
Cajun- are you going to read any of these books?

For anyone who lives in Houston:  I ordered all of these books and am happy to share them with you as soon as they arrive.

"GTM" is a somewhat 'deep' read, if ya know what I mean.  I can't say I totally understood everything in "GtM", but then again,  that book requires you to know some law already.  I'm hoping a second read thru will help clarify matters.  I do think it's potential value is tremendous, however.

Really? I thought GTM was a totally fun read. I have a few chapters left still (so I guess I shouldn't say I've finished it), but I find it totally enjoyable.

For those of you who've ordered the laptops, how long did it take to come? I'm trying to let my credit card recover, but if it takes a while, I'll just have to suck it up. Anyone know? 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 07, 2005, 07:22:15 PM
Cajun- are you going to read any of these books?

For anyone who lives in Houston:  I ordered all of these books and am happy to share them with you as soon as they arrive.

"GTM" is a somewhat 'deep' read, if ya know what I mean.  I can't say I totally understood everything in "GtM", but then again,  that book requires you to know some law already.  I'm hoping a second read thru will help clarify matters.  I do think it's potential value is tremendous, however.

Really? I thought GTM was a totally fun read. I have a few chapters left still (so I guess I shouldn't say I've finished it), but I find it totally enjoyable.

For those of you who've ordered the laptops, how long did it take to come? I'm trying to let my credit card recover, but if it takes a while, I'll just have to suck it up. Anyone know? 

GTM fun?  Hmmm, never really thought of book that teaches how one should mentally approach an exam as being fun, but to each their own.  It'd be like Krusty the Clown saying, "Hey Kids! Let's Learn How to Take Tests!!!"  ;)

I would read a few chapters of it, and then sit back and reflect on how I would apply the 'template' it gives in various situations.  Plus, I think the book will be a little bit easier as you get a more instruction in the law during your first semester.  If I recall correctly, one of the souls who reviewed the book on the back coveer implied as much (the reviewer said don't wait until one week before the exam to read it).  I would agree.  This strikes me as the type of book that you'd have to read two, perhaps even three times to really hammer home the points it's trying to convey.   Then again, I like reading most books (ie investing and history ones) a couple of times to see if I missed anything.

As to your computer point, I've ordered two Dell computers in the past (both desktops).  Each time it took about two to three weeks for the machines to come in to come in.  I'd think a laptop wouldn't take that long, if for no other reason than the amount shipped (the boxes) would be a lot less.  I wouldn't suggest waiting past next week though.

How're the Flashcards treating you?  I'm a nut for flashcards, so I'm curious if you're finding them at all useful.  What's the brand name of the ones you're using?  Would you pay for 'em if you had too (are they worth it)?


CD
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 07, 2005, 08:06:33 PM
Cajun- are you going to read any of these books?

For anyone who lives in Houston:  I ordered all of these books and am happy to share them with you as soon as they arrive.

"GTM" is a somewhat 'deep' read, if ya know what I mean.  I can't say I totally understood everything in "GtM", but then again,  that book requires you to know some law already.  I'm hoping a second read thru will help clarify matters.  I do think it's potential value is tremendous, however.

Really? I thought GTM was a totally fun read. I have a few chapters left still (so I guess I shouldn't say I've finished it), but I find it totally enjoyable.

For those of you who've ordered the laptops, how long did it take to come? I'm trying to let my credit card recover, but if it takes a while, I'll just have to suck it up. Anyone know? 

GTM fun?  Hmmm, never really thought of book that teaches how one should mentally approach an exam as being fun, but to each their own.  It'd be like Krusty the Clown saying, "Hey Kids! Let's Learn How to Take Tests!!!"  ;)

I would read a few chapters of it, and then sit back and reflect on how I would apply the 'template' it gives in various situations.  Plus, I think the book will be a little bit easier as you get a more instruction in the law during your first semester.  If I recall correctly, one of the souls who reviewed the book on the back coveer implied as much (the reviewer said don't wait until one week before the exam to read it).  I would agree.  This strikes me as the type of book that you'd have to read two, perhaps even three times to really hammer home the points it's trying to convey.   Then again, I like reading most books (ie investing and history ones) a couple of times to see if I missed anything.

As to your computer point, I've ordered two Dell computers in the past (both desktops).  Each time it took about two to three weeks for the machines to come in to come in.  I'd think a laptop wouldn't take that long, if for no other reason than the amount shipped (the boxes) would be a lot less.  I wouldn't suggest waiting past next week though.

How're the Flashcards treating you?  I'm a nut for flashcards, so I'm curious if you're finding them at all useful.  What's the brand name of the ones you're using?  Would you pay for 'em if you had too (are they worth it)?


CD

Yeah, my Dell desktop took 3 weeks but I was hoping it would be shorter for laptops.

As for the flashcards, they're by Aspen Publishers, Emanuel's Law in a Flash. You're welcome to come by and look at them if you like.

And all this talk of all those books. Aargh. I just went out and order $174 of books on Amazon. :( I got 3 E&Es, Bramble Bush, A Civil Action, PLS2, and LSC (which I've read but it was borrowed). This law school crap is expensive! And now that everyone else is prepping before classes start, I have to prep too just to be at the new version of ground zero! Doesn't anybody just want to enjoy summer before the rat race begins for the rest of our lives? After Aug 22, it's going to be all ugliness. . . school and then even worse, WORK!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 08, 2005, 06:39:41 AM
Hola Scurvy!

Well I can see you've picked up a little light reading!

Eh, I've read a few books, but I know I won't be able to read everything I want.  Oh well.

I'm going to order my laptop this weekend.  I'll post about when the expect to ship and when I actually receive it.

Any particular reason you choose those particular books & E&E's? Have you 'enjoyed' using those flashcards?

CD




 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 08, 2005, 07:10:49 AM
LAPTOP:
For y'all that are ordering your laptops in the near future or have already ordered them, did you get anything add-ons or did you get the exact one the purchasing link takes you to?  I.E., extra batteries, cables, color snap-ons, external mouse or keyboard? 

I have to admit, I'm quite nervous about ordering the laptop.  I don't know a darn thing about computers and what if there is something extra that I should get, but don't know what it is.  If you have any insight, please advise.

SUMMER READING:
Yes, I ordered ALL of the books on the list.  However, I have no intention of reading every single page of every book.  My husband told me I should get all of them, I didn't know which ones to get and not to get, so I got every last one of them!  None of them have arrived yet, however b&n says some have been shipped.  Bramble Bush isn't supposed to get here until 8/12, so I'm thinking I might cancel that one.

Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on July 08, 2005, 07:37:32 AM
LAPTOP:
For y'all that are ordering your laptops in the near future or have already ordered them, did you get anything add-ons or did you get the exact one the purchasing link takes you to?  I.E., extra batteries, cables, color snap-ons, external mouse or keyboard? 

I have to admit, I'm quite nervous about ordering the laptop.  I don't know a darn thing about computers and what if there is something extra that I should get, but don't know what it is.  If you have any insight, please advise.

SUMMER READING:
Yes, I ordered ALL of the books on the list.  However, I have no intention of reading every single page of every book.  My husband told me I should get all of them, I didn't know which ones to get and not to get, so I got every last one of them!  None of them have arrived yet, however b&n says some have been shipped.  Bramble Bush isn't supposed to get here until 8/12, so I'm thinking I might cancel that one.



Traci


You can't go wrong by ordering the exact set up that they have built for UHLC.  The only upgrade that may be worth the money is the 80G hard drive versus the 60G for an extra $32.  Especially if you are going to store a lot of music/audio/video files.  Other than that, the one the have set up is great.  I got mine about 5 days after I ordered it.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 08, 2005, 08:18:09 AM
LAPTOP:
For y'all that are ordering your laptops in the near future or have already ordered them, did you get anything add-ons or did you get the exact one the purchasing link takes you to?  I.E., extra batteries, cables, color snap-ons, external mouse or keyboard? 

I have to admit, I'm quite nervous about ordering the laptop.  I don't know a darn thing about computers and what if there is something extra that I should get, but don't know what it is.  If you have any insight, please advise.

SUMMER READING:
Yes, I ordered ALL of the books on the list.  However, I have no intention of reading every single page of every book.  My husband told me I should get all of them, I didn't know which ones to get and not to get, so I got every last one of them!  None of them have arrived yet, however b&n says some have been shipped.  Bramble Bush isn't supposed to get here until 8/12, so I'm thinking I might cancel that one.



I'm upgrading to the 80GB harddrive and the 1DIMMS so that I can install additional memory without having to buy replacement memory. To me, the $112 is so worth it. If this is going to be your primary computer, I'd do the same thing because the ability to upgrade (by add-on, not replacing) is priceless! You can come over to my place and my husband and I can upgrade it for you when you want.

BTW, my house is a wireless zone! We set it up this weekend and you can access the net from anywhere on my property! :)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: LaneSwerver on July 08, 2005, 08:35:14 AM
BTW, my house is a wireless zone! We set it up this weekend and you can access the net from anywhere on my property! :)

I'm going to park in your driveway and surf porn.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on July 08, 2005, 01:03:15 PM
Has anyone received anything from UHLC since they sent in the commitment form?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 08, 2005, 02:19:19 PM
Nope.  I emailed the admit office after sending my commitment form in to ask them this very question...basically they said to stop bothering them, everyone gets the same stuff and the same time and that time won't be until the first week of august.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 08, 2005, 02:29:18 PM
Nope.  I emailed the admit office after sending my commitment form in to ask them this very question...basically they said to stop bothering them, everyone gets the same stuff and the same time and that time won't be until the first week of august.

LOL! I'm glad I didn't ask then! :) You and I totally think alike.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on July 08, 2005, 03:26:33 PM


BTW, my house is a wireless zone! We set it up this weekend and you can access the net from anywhere on my property! :)
Quote

Apparently my neighbors have wireless too, because here I am on my couch surfing the net WIRELESS with my new laptop!!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 08, 2005, 07:32:53 PM
bump.

For those of you who didn't have this from Traci's post on an earlier thread, here's the linke for UH outlines.

http://www.uhoutlines.com/

http://www.members.aol.com/djmcarter/uhlc.html

Hello all,

Just to let you know, the link to the Robert's UH Law Outlines (the first one) is no longer active.  I don't know what's happened to it.  It's a shame.  The other site (AOL one) is very good, but the other one was excellent.  Oh well.

CD
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on July 09, 2005, 11:41:06 AM
Yikes, it says it is inactive for security reasons..
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 11, 2005, 12:40:03 PM
To any soon-to-be UHLC attendees:  If you're looking for place to live I work with people that can help you out: 1 female looking for roommate in midtown area to pay $600/mo rent and bills, 1 house for rent @ $925/mo in the memorial/heights area, and 1 house for sale mid/downtown for $298K.  PM me if you'd like more info.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on July 11, 2005, 05:01:04 PM
Has anyone received anything from UHLC yet?   

I saw the course schedule for the Fall on the UHLC web site.  No classes on Friday!! sweet.  Also, no classes before 9:00 am and only one class on Thursday.  I can't wait.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on July 11, 2005, 11:18:15 PM
I'm 90% sure that we're not going to receive anything until August.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 12, 2005, 10:49:27 AM
Yikes, it says it is inactive for security reasons..

I emailed the SBA to ask about this, see below:

The R McAlhany's UH Law Student Site is not associated with the UH Law center or the Student Bar Association. We have no control over its access. I will check on it and see what I can do.

 

Michael

 


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From: Traci.Guthrie@bakerbotts.com [mailto:Traci.Guthrie@bakerbotts.com]
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 10:21 AM
To: mail@michaelracusin.com
Subject: Question: UH law student site

 

Is the "R McAlhany's UH Law Student Site" going to be back up and working soon?  Currently, the link takes me to a page that says it has been closed for security reasons.

Thank you,
Traci

Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 12, 2005, 11:13:16 AM
Has anyone received anything from UHLC yet?   

I saw the course schedule for the Fall on the UHLC web site.  No classes on Friday!! sweet.  Also, no classes before 9:00 am and only one class on Thursday.  I can't wait.


Hmmmm.  I thought there was a class on Friday.  Are you sure?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 12, 2005, 11:27:36 AM
I stumbled upon this link, it has very useful info.

http://law.slu.edu/academic_support/preparing.html
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 12, 2005, 11:34:13 AM
Hey Traci,

Good work on both the McAlhany outlines followup.  I'm gonna email as well.  Can't hurt to keep asking about it, eh?

SLU is an excellent read as well.  Thanks!

CD
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on July 12, 2005, 01:00:42 PM
Has anyone received anything from UHLC yet?   

I saw the course schedule for the Fall on the UHLC web site.  No classes on Friday!! sweet.  Also, no classes before 9:00 am and only one class on Thursday.  I can't wait.


Hmmmm.  I thought there was a class on Friday.  Are you sure?

Ooops.  One class on Friday.  Sorry.  Depending on the section either 10-11:30 or 1-2:30  something like that.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 12, 2005, 01:10:57 PM
I was hoping you were right.  No classes on Friday would be great.  Oh well, I suppose only have one class on Friday is good enough :)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 12, 2005, 07:24:03 PM
Yikes, it says it is inactive for security reasons..

I emailed the SBA to ask about this, see below:

The R McAlhany's UH Law Student Site is not associated with the UH Law center or the Student Bar Association. We have no control over its access. I will check on it and see what I can do.



Hello all,

The outline is back up.  I guess annoying them with emails is the way to go!

CD

Michael

 


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From: Traci.Guthrie@bakerbotts.com [mailto:Traci.Guthrie@bakerbotts.com]
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 10:21 AM
To: mail@michaelracusin.com
Subject: Question: UH law student site

 

Is the "R McAlhany's UH Law Student Site" going to be back up and working soon?  Currently, the link takes me to a page that says it has been closed for security reasons.

Thank you,
Traci


Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on July 13, 2005, 04:06:19 PM
Anyone recall when we're supposed to receive our first finaid disbursement?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on July 13, 2005, 05:35:50 PM
Anyone recall when we're supposed to receive our first finaid disbursement?

I believe that my info said August 16th.

Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on July 13, 2005, 06:47:58 PM
Anyone recall when we're supposed to receive our first finaid disbursement?

I believe that my info said August 16th.



Before school?  I thought I remembered Laura saying that we won't until 1-2 weeks into the semester.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on July 13, 2005, 06:49:45 PM
Anyone recall when we're supposed to receive our first finaid disbursement?

I believe that my info said August 16th.



Before school?  I thought I remembered Laura saying that we won't until 1-2 weeks into the semester.

I think it may depend, also, on your specific lender.  But I could be wrong.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on July 14, 2005, 12:07:52 PM
FYI, I emailed Laura to find out about finaid disbursements.

Text of her reply:

In the perfect world, the Stafford will credit your student account on 8/19,
with the remaining balance mailed out to you, hopefully, by the first day of
class. Private loan checks will be sent to the university on 8/19 by the
lender via US mail.  Once we receive the check, it must go through 2 offices
to be logged in.  Hopefully it will be ready for you to pick up by the
Wednesday or Thursday of the first week of class. Start checking with me
then.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 14, 2005, 02:36:47 PM
Thanks UH Super-sleuths! All of your info is so appreciated.

By the way, it is an ABA rule that all full time 1Ls have classes EVERY DAY M-F.

So, July is quickly going by and there's all this rain! If it's clear, I'm thinking I'll have a little UH/Houstonites shin-dig on 7/23 or 7/30. And then of course the one during orientation. Anyone have any preferences?

I stumbled upon this link, it has very useful info.

http://law.slu.edu/academic_support/preparing.html

FYI, I emailed Laura to find out about finaid disbursements.

Text of her reply:

In the perfect world, the Stafford will credit your student account on 8/19,
with the remaining balance mailed out to you, hopefully, by the first day of
class. Private loan checks will be sent to the university on 8/19 by the
lender via US mail. Once we receive the check, it must go through 2 offices
to be logged in. Hopefully it will be ready for you to pick up by the
Wednesday or Thursday of the first week of class. Start checking with me
then.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on July 14, 2005, 02:50:25 PM
If it's clear, I'm thinking I'll have a little UH/Houstonites shin-dig on 7/23 or 7/30. And then of course the one during orientation. Anyone have any preferences? 

I vote for 23rd.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 15, 2005, 06:42:41 AM
Svurvy- Either date is fine with me.  Thanks for having a party!

I'm about to burst with excitement here!!!  My last day of work is 7/29, yippeee.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 15, 2005, 07:36:16 AM
Has anyone received anything from UHLC yet?   

I saw the course schedule for the Fall on the UHLC web site.  No classes on Friday!! sweet.  Also, no classes before 9:00 am and only one class on Thursday.  I can't wait.


Hmmmm.  I thought there was a class on Friday.  Are you sure?

Ooops.  One class on Friday.  Sorry.  Depending on the section either 10-11:30 or 1-2:30  something like that.

Ooh! Ooh! I want the early class on Friday so I can study when I get home and the rest of my day is free. I'm crossing my fingers. This is LS, so I guess I have to get used to not having a choice in the schedule . . .
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 15, 2005, 12:57:19 PM
I am moving on the 30th so I will prolly not be able to make either one.  >:(

Well, you'll be here for the one I'm having for 8/17 for orientation. :) And who knows, we'll probably get together and go out for drinks too. Don't worry, you won't be at a loss for UHers. . .
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 17, 2005, 03:51:16 PM
Wow! I just completed my order for the Dell laptop.  Man-oh-man my total was $2027.71.  Goodness gracious, that's a lot of money!  So...I did it.  It had to be done, and I did it. I just wish it would've been free :)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 17, 2005, 07:47:25 PM
Wow! I just completed my order for the Dell laptop.  Man-oh-man my total was $2027.71.  Goodness gracious, that's a lot of money!  So...I did it.  It had to be done, and I did it. I just wish it would've been free :)

So what'd you buy?!?! Give me specs. I feel left out. I thought we were going to order together! ;) I'll be ordering next week so it doesn't sit and accrue intrest on my credit card. . .

BTW How's it going with your stack of books?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on July 17, 2005, 08:48:27 PM
Wow! I just completed my order for the Dell laptop.  Man-oh-man my total was $2027.71.  Goodness gracious, that's a lot of money!  So...I did it.  It had to be done, and I did it. I just wish it would've been free :)

Traci
you must have upgraded from the UHLC base model.  I stuck with the base model.  I hope it gets me through...

Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 18, 2005, 05:19:42 AM
Wow! I just completed my order for the Dell laptop.  Man-oh-man my total was $2027.71.  Goodness gracious, that's a lot of money!  So...I did it.  It had to be done, and I did it. I just wish it would've been free :)

Traci
you must have upgraded from the UHLC base model.  I stuck with the base model.  I hope it gets me through...



Hola all,

I got my Dell in last Friday evening.  I had ordered it the previous Sunday night, so I got it in less than a week.

Hitting $2,000 wasn't too difficult.  Upgrading to the 80GB harddrive and the 1DIMMS in order to add the additional memory without having to buy replacement memory brings you to about $1,800.  Tax and shipping are about $200.  The only other extra I splurged on was the 90W adapter.  It'll help recharge your laptop batter a little faster when you plug it in.

One note:  During the initial Windows XP setup (only thing I had done was taken the computer out of the box and turned it on), I received an error message about one of the drivers installed on my machine relating to something called the "Determinitic Model Miniport".  The warning message stated that this program wasn't Windows Logo verfied, so it might cause conflict w/ my operating system. 

It ultimately turned out that that particular issue relates to modem operations (which is no big deal unless you use dial up, which I haven't used in about 5 years).  Technical support was able to help me out, but good God Almightly, it took hours (at least 3) before I was finally connected to the right department to help me out.  They had trouble locating my 3 year warranty that I purchased thru UH's Dell link, so initially they wouldn't help me at all.  I had to raise a bit of hell before I they were able to locate it.  Oh well, all's well that ends well.

Still, $2,000 seems a bit steep for this machine.  It is real nice however.  I've been modifying all weekend.  So far so good.

CD
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 18, 2005, 08:16:16 AM
Wow! I just completed my order for the Dell laptop.  Man-oh-man my total was $2027.71.  Goodness gracious, that's a lot of money!  So...I did it.  It had to be done, and I did it. I just wish it would've been free :)

Traci
you must have upgraded from the UHLC base model.  I stuck with the base model.  I hope it gets me through...



Hola all,

I got my Dell in last Friday evening.  I had ordered it the previous Sunday night, so I got it in less than a week.

Hitting $2,000 wasn't too difficult.  Upgrading to the 80GB harddrive and the 1DIMMS in order to add the additional memory without having to buy replacement memory brings you to about $1,800.  Tax and shipping are about $200.  The only other extra I splurged on was the 90W adapter.  It'll help recharge your laptop batter a little faster when you plug it in.

One note:  During the initial Windows XP setup (only thing I had done was taken the computer out of the box and turned it on), I received an error message about one of the drivers installed on my machine relating to something called the "Determinitic Model Miniport".  The warning message stated that this program wasn't Windows Logo verfied, so it might cause conflict w/ my operating system. 

It ultimately turned out that that particular issue relates to modem operations (which is no big deal unless you use dial up, which I haven't used in about 5 years).  Technical support was able to help me out, but good God Almightly, it took hours (at least 3) before I was finally connected to the right department to help me out.  They had trouble locating my 3 year warranty that I purchased thru UH's Dell link, so initially they wouldn't help me at all.  I had to raise a bit of hell before I they were able to locate it.  Oh well, all's well that ends well.

Still, $2,000 seems a bit steep for this machine.  It is real nice however.  I've been modifying all weekend.  So far so good.

CD

Problems already? Maybe I should order sooner rather than later so I can work out bugs while I still have time. . . :(

EDIT: I just ordered. My total was $2006 with tax and shipping. I did the same upgrade package as CD. I'll be buying my mini wireless mouse separately.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 18, 2005, 10:21:57 AM
Just spoke to a UH Alumnus practicing in CA. And wouldn't you know it? He is actually positive about the profession and experience! He recommends taking 1 day off each week to completely forget about law school and rejuvinate your body and mind. (He still follows this advice to this day.) He also recommends supplementing with commercial outlines once you've learned how to study on your own. Finally, UH still uses the IRAC method, so we should learn it. It was great talking to someone who is having such a positive, successful and balanced legal experience and I just thought I'd share with you.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 18, 2005, 11:12:43 AM
Wow! I just completed my order for the Dell laptop.  Man-oh-man my total was $2027.71.  Goodness gracious, that's a lot of money!  So...I did it.  It had to be done, and I did it. I just wish it would've been free :)

Traci
you must have upgraded from the UHLC base model.  I stuck with the base model.  I hope it gets me through...



Hola all,

I got my Dell in last Friday evening.  I had ordered it the previous Sunday night, so I got it in less than a week.

Hitting $2,000 wasn't too difficult.  Upgrading to the 80GB harddrive and the 1DIMMS in order to add the additional memory without having to buy replacement memory brings you to about $1,800.  Tax and shipping are about $200.  The only other extra I splurged on was the 90W adapter.  It'll help recharge your laptop batter a little faster when you plug it in.

One note:  During the initial Windows XP setup (only thing I had done was taken the computer out of the box and turned it on), I received an error message about one of the drivers installed on my machine relating to something called the "Determinitic Model Miniport".  The warning message stated that this program wasn't Windows Logo verfied, so it might cause conflict w/ my operating system. 

It ultimately turned out that that particular issue relates to modem operations (which is no big deal unless you use dial up, which I haven't used in about 5 years).  Technical support was able to help me out, but good God Almightly, it took hours (at least 3) before I was finally connected to the right department to help me out.  They had trouble locating my 3 year warranty that I purchased thru UH's Dell link, so initially they wouldn't help me at all.  I had to raise a bit of hell before I they were able to locate it.  Oh well, all's well that ends well.

Still, $2,000 seems a bit steep for this machine.  It is real nice however.  I've been modifying all weekend.  So far so good.

CD

Problems already? Maybe I should order sooner rather than later so I can work out bugs while I still have time. . . :(

EDIT: I just ordered. My total was $2006 with tax and shipping. I did the same upgrade package as CD. I'll be buying my mini wireless mouse separately.

Sounds like you and I got about the same setup.

Eh, the problem was easily resolved once they were FINALLY able to tell me what that program was for.  I pulled the updated driver off the internet right away.

What wireless provider are you going with?  Are you going to use free software off the net for stuff like spyware & firewall or are ya gonna buy from the bookstore at (hopefully) nicely discounted prices?

It comes w/ McAfee viruscan, but no fireware or spyware blockers, at least as far as I can tell.  I'm going w/ Zonealarm, and Adware/Spybot, and Spyware Blaster until I can check w/ the bookstore at UH to see what they're offering.

CD
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on July 18, 2005, 11:18:24 AM
I have purchased my computer and am using ZoneAlarm for Firewall, and SBCYahoo (I use SBC DSL)offered software for spyware and anti-virus. It seems to have worked well so far.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 18, 2005, 12:53:41 PM
I have purchased my computer and am using ZoneAlarm for Firewall, and SBCYahoo (I use SBC DSL)offered software for spyware and anti-virus. It seems to have worked well so far.

So you're using two anti-virus programs:  the McAfee (which came w/ the Dell) and the SBC one?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on July 18, 2005, 01:49:51 PM
I got rid of the McAfee program. I am using the SBC one which is actually by Computer Associates.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cc40988 on July 18, 2005, 04:34:08 PM
Don't forget that Windows XP has a built-in firewall.  It's not the greatest firewall available, but it should block all incoming port scans etc and it's free.  Keep in mind that it won't block software on your machine from making outbound requests!  But you may not be concerned about that.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 19, 2005, 02:23:24 PM
Wow! I just completed my order for the Dell laptop.  Man-oh-man my total was $2027.71.  Goodness gracious, that's a lot of money!  So...I did it.  It had to be done, and I did it. I just wish it would've been free :)

So what'd you buy?!?! Give me specs. I feel left out. I thought we were going to order together! ;) I'll be ordering next week so it doesn't sit and accrue intrest on my credit card. . .

BTW How's it going with your stack of books?

Well, I got anxious and purchased it over the weekend.  All that rain got me in the mood for spending some money :)  I upgraded to the larger hard drive and the 1 DIMM.

My stack of books is getting smaller!  I've finished three of the Getting To Maybe-type books.  They all say the same thing, but they were very useful.  Tonight I'm going to start on one about judicial process, yippee.

My replacement at work has started, so I've been really busy with all of that.  It's great.  My last day is next Friday!!!  I have all of this week and next to teach my replacement everything I've learned about Securities law in the past two years.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 21, 2005, 08:42:49 AM
Here is the information for registering your vehicle in Texas and the
sequence of events pertaining to registering a vehicle and obtaining a
driver's license.
 
(1) Out-of-state title or out-of-state registration (if title is not
submitted, you must complete a form VTR-272,
    Application for Registration Purposes Only)

(2) Safety inspection certificate, form VI-30-A (from the safety
inspector)

(3) Form 130-U (Application for Texas Certificate of Title), completed
and
signed by you

(4) Fees: $90.00 new resident tax, $33.00 title fee, registration fee
(registration fee is based on type of vehicle)

(5) Proof of current liability insurance meeting Texas standards 
(20-40-15)

If your title is being held by a lienholder, we can submit a request
for
your lienholder to send us your title.

The form 130-U and VTR-272 is available at all Tax Office locations
(see our
website for locations), or on the Texas Department of Transportation
website
www.dot.state.tx.us (homepage: automobiles, then registration and
titling,
then 8th bullet down 'vehicle title and registration forms')

This may be filed in person at any Harris County Tax Office location or
by
mail. (Add $1.00 for mail processing fee)

Send the items listed above to: Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector,
PO Box
4089, Houston, TX 77210-4089 Attn: Title mail, 2nd floor Auto

Make personal check or money order payable to Paul Bettencourt.


Proper sequence of events:

(1) purchase liability insurance. (if you do not meet Texas minimums,
call
agent to raise minimums)

(2) get safety inspection (receive form VI-30-A, from the inspector) 
You
must present your insurance at the time of inspection.  Safety
inspections
are done by oil change businesses, mechanic shops, and full service gas
stations)

(3) apply for title/registration on vehicles to get receipts from the
Tax
Office

(4) apply for driver's license at Department of Public Safety (DPS).
You
must take your Tax Office receipts and liabilty insurance with you.
www.txdps.state.tx.us

Sincerely,

Susan Gant, Administrative Ass't
to Janice Colvin, Auto Manager
2nd Floor Auto Department
Harris County Tax Office
713-368-2024
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: Cougar1L on July 21, 2005, 10:48:00 AM
Wow, looks like there is a huge UH community here. I just wanted to say hello and that I'm looking forward to meeting you guys!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: blk_reign on July 21, 2005, 06:01:01 PM
hey i'm not going to UH but welcome to Houston :)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on July 21, 2005, 08:04:20 PM
OK all, I am now officially not working. Will be down there next weekend. Ready to meet everyone.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on July 22, 2005, 06:11:59 AM
OK all, I am now officially not working. Will be down there next weekend. Ready to meet everyone.
Moi Aussi!  And I can't spell in French....will call ya Harve!  Yea for thirty-somethings.  :)

Yea for us. It has been a long time since I have had a weekday to myself. Daytime TV has really changed:)

A bientot

Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 22, 2005, 07:45:53 AM
More moving info. Laneswerver gave it to me before I moved:

I suggest researching before you come on www.moveforfree.com.  This is a pretty cool website with LOTS of apartment listings.  If you live in Houston or the surrounding areas, they move you for free to the new place.  If you're not, like you, then they give you $100. There are some catches, of course...you have to register online with the apartments, etc., but it's not that hard and they have decent photos and maps of many areas of the city.


BTW Roberts UH Outlines is back up!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 23, 2005, 04:39:28 PM
Just met a bunch of Houston-ites at the BBQ today. I must say, we have quite a nice bunch.  :) Thanks to everyone who came!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 25, 2005, 07:42:34 AM
Okay, me AGAIN. Just want to let you know that I received shipment notification for my Dell. I should have it by the end of this week. A WHOLE WEEK EARLY!! Woo hoo.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 26, 2005, 03:17:22 PM
My laptop came in over the weekend. I'm just now getting into it.  I've always used a desktop, so I'm trying to get used to the keypad instead of an external mouse.  I think I'm gonna go to Best Buy (or some tech-type similar store) and buy an external wireless mouse.

I have a question: Everything on the screen is really small.  Could be b/c I'm used to looking 21+in monitors, but isn't there a way I can make things look larger on my laptop monitor? Advice is appreciated.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 26, 2005, 04:32:51 PM
My laptop came in over the weekend. I'm just now getting into it.  I've always used a desktop, so I'm trying to get used to the keypad instead of an external mouse.  I think I'm gonna go to Best Buy (or some tech-type similar store) and buy an external wireless mouse.

I have a question: Everything on the screen is really small.  Could be b/c I'm used to looking 21+in monitors, but isn't there a way I can make things look larger on my laptop monitor? Advice is appreciated.

Hi,

You can try three things:

1.  Go to Start, Control Panels, Display, Appearance tab - you can change just the font size here; NO reboot req'd

2.  Go to Start, Control Panels, Display, Settings tab, Advanced button, General tab, change DPI settings; you WILL have to reboot if you do this

3.  On whatever screen you're on, click anywhere on the screen, hold down your keyboard CTRL key, and then use your mouse wheel to either incr or decr;  this is, obviously, just a temporary 'quick fix'

On a totally unrelated topic, I'm sorry I missed the BBQ.  I wuz out of town and didn't even think to check my LSD email.  Oh well.  There's always .50c chicken legs at Buffalo Wild Wings if anyone is ever interested  ;D

CD
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 26, 2005, 06:43:18 PM
Cajun- Hah! I love buffalo wild wings! My husband and I just went by there, b/c tonight is .25 wing night; but, unfortunately, the midtown, location was packed so we stopped by Spec's (conveinantly sp?? located next door) and came back home.  Anyway- I'm up for Buffalo wild wings anytime!  Maybe we could make BWW our designated post-studying law school hangout.

Thanks for the advice with the laptop, I'll try them out.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on July 29, 2005, 06:01:56 PM
Just arrived in H-Town. If you pulled up your schedule in Enrollment Online, you may be able to see yours. I could mine. It looks like I am in Section A with Flatt for Torts and Rachlin for Legal Anaylis.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on July 29, 2005, 10:55:26 PM
Just arrived in H-Town. If you pulled up your schedule in Enrollment Online, you may be able to see yours. I could mine. It looks like I am in Section A with Flatt for Torts and Rachlin for Legal Anaylis.

Thanks for the heads up...I'm in Section A (Duncan for torts & TBA for LARC)
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on July 30, 2005, 10:42:51 AM
htrus, I just read this about Crump, our civ pro professor:

"Unless he decides otherwise, Crump has a party at his house early on in the 1st semester. You should go, it’s a good way to get to know your new section mates and the keg is on Crump."

Nice.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 30, 2005, 11:26:59 AM
Whoa! How do you get to enrollment online? I wanna know what section I'm in!

EDIT: Nevermind, I found it. I'm in Section B. . . I have Sanders for Torts, Mixon for Contracts, Ragazzo for Procedure and TBA for LARC. Mixon doesn't allow computers in his classroom. . . great.  :'(
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 30, 2005, 01:39:40 PM
Whoa! How do you get to enrollment online? I wanna know what section I'm in!

EDIT: Nevermind, I found it. I'm in Section B. . . I have Sanders for Torts, Mixon for Contracts, Ragazzo for Procedure and TBA for LARC. Mixon doesn't allow computers in his classroom. . . great.  :'(

Hey Scurvy,

Looks like we're in the same section, cuz I'm showing we have the same profs, but how do you know if that's A or B?  My enrollment services online schedule just lists sections, but doesn't indicate anything about A or B.

I have to admit, the schedule is pretty good.  Mondays are long, but Thurs & Fri end before noon!  No complaints about that.

Also, where are you seeing that Mixon doesn't allow computers?  I have notes 44 & 48 next to his name, but neither reference anything about disallowing computers in them

CD
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on July 30, 2005, 01:51:02 PM
htrus, I just read this about Crump, our civ pro professor:

"Unless he decides otherwise, Crump has a party at his house early on in the 1st semester. You should go, it’s a good way to get to know your new section mates and the keg is on Crump."

Nice.

Sounds great.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: Cougar1L on July 30, 2005, 02:01:49 PM
Whoa! How do you get to enrollment online? I wanna know what section I'm in!

EDIT: Nevermind, I found it. I'm in Section B. . . I have Sanders for Torts, Mixon for Contracts, Ragazzo for Procedure and TBA for LARC. Mixon doesn't allow computers in his classroom. . . great.  :'(

Hey Scurvy,

Looks like we're in the same section, cuz I'm showing we have the same profs, but how do you know if that's A or B?  My enrollment services online schedule just lists sections, but doesn't indicate anything about A or B.

I have to admit, the schedule is pretty good.  Mondays are long, but Thurs & Fri end before noon!  No complaints about that.

Also, where are you seeing that Mixon doesn't allow computers?  I have notes 44 & 48 next to his name, but neither reference anything about disallowing computers in them

CD

Hey guys, looks like I'm in section B as well. CD, the sections are listed on the UH Law website under the fall 2005 schedule. Here's the link: http://www.law.uh.edu/schedule/fall/fall.asp
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: highway to hallie on July 30, 2005, 03:04:25 PM
Whoa! How do you get to enrollment online? I wanna know what section I'm in!

EDIT: Nevermind, I found it. I'm in Section B. . . I have Sanders for Torts, Mixon for Contracts, Ragazzo for Procedure and TBA for LARC. Mixon doesn't allow computers in his classroom. . . great.  :'(

I'm also in section B, and curious as to where you read that about Mixon- that's bad news for me and my terrible handwriting
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on July 30, 2005, 07:45:21 PM
Whoa! How do you get to enrollment online? I wanna know what section I'm in!

EDIT: Nevermind, I found it. I'm in Section B. . . I have Sanders for Torts, Mixon for Contracts, Ragazzo for Procedure and TBA for LARC. Mixon doesn't allow computers in his classroom. . . great.  :'(

Hey Scurvy,

Looks like we're in the same section, cuz I'm showing we have the same profs, but how do you know if that's A or B?  My enrollment services online schedule just lists sections, but doesn't indicate anything about A or B.

I have to admit, the schedule is pretty good.  Mondays are long, but Thurs & Fri end before noon!  No complaints about that.

Also, where are you seeing that Mixon doesn't allow computers?  I have notes 44 & 48 next to his name, but neither reference anything about disallowing computers in them

CD

Hey guys, looks like I'm in section B as well. CD, the sections are listed on the UH Law website under the fall 2005 schedule. Here's the link: http://www.law.uh.edu/schedule/fall/fall.asp


Hello,

Thanks for the info!  Are y'all gonna attempt to buy the text books now, or wait until orientation?

CD
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tacc731 on July 31, 2005, 09:16:30 AM
Whoa! How do you get to enrollment online? I wanna know what section I'm in!

EDIT: Nevermind, I found it. I'm in Section B. . . I have Sanders for Torts, Mixon for Contracts, Ragazzo for Procedure and TBA for LARC. Mixon doesn't allow computers in his classroom. . . great.  :'(

I'm also in section B, and curious as to where you read that about Mixon- that's bad news for me and my terrible handwriting

Not positive, but I would assume it was from this website:

http://www.members.aol.com/djmcarter/uhlc.html
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 31, 2005, 03:08:52 PM
Whoa! How do you get to enrollment online? I wanna know what section I'm in!

EDIT: Nevermind, I found it. I'm in Section B. . . I have Sanders for Torts, Mixon for Contracts, Ragazzo for Procedure and TBA for LARC. Mixon doesn't allow computers in his classroom. . . great.  :'(

I'm also in section B, and curious as to where you read that about Mixon- that's bad news for me and my terrible handwriting

Not positive, but I would assume it was from this website:

http://www.members.aol.com/djmcarter/uhlc.html

Yep, that's where I read it. I sure hope it's outdated! I type 120+ WPM. I write about 25 WPM. :(
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on July 31, 2005, 08:31:49 PM
Maybe we should move over to the students board. . . Only a few more weeks! :)

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/students/index.php/topic,2429.0.html
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: tracigu3 on July 31, 2005, 08:33:38 PM
I'm in Section A.  Procedure with Crump. Torts with Flatt. K's with Zamora. LARC with Tabor.  

Anyone else? It seems like most on this board in B.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on August 01, 2005, 09:16:17 AM
One of the Girls on the Admitted Student Discussion Board is hosting a mixer on Saturday, August 6th at 6:30pm in Midtown. I think I'm going. Anyone else?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on August 01, 2005, 09:28:12 AM
Just got back from a little four day vacation in DC.  What a great way to get revved up for law school.

Also, just found out that I am in Section B.  Look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks.

Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: htrus on August 01, 2005, 04:17:03 PM
I'm in Section A.  Procedure with Crump. Torts with Flatt. K's with Zamora. LARC with Tabor.  

Anyone else? It seems like most on this board in B.

I am the same as you accept for LARC. I have Rachlin.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on August 01, 2005, 04:41:38 PM
Just got my Texas Driver's License. I look like a scary-thin lollipop head. :( Crazy since I'm not thin at all! And all of my names don't fit on, so it's weird to see it that way. This will take some getting used to!
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cmbake31 on August 01, 2005, 06:55:33 PM
Section B for me as well.  You guys don't have a lot to worry about with the handwriting thing for Mixon.  Trust me, there can't possibly be anyone with writing any worse than mine.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on August 01, 2005, 07:13:10 PM
Just got back from a little four day vacation in DC.  What a great way to get revved up for law school.

Also, just found out that I am in Section B.  Look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks.



I'm jealous! How was DC?
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: where2g0 on August 02, 2005, 07:47:29 AM
Just got back from a little four day vacation in DC.  What a great way to get revved up for law school.

Also, just found out that I am in Section B.  Look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks.



I'm jealous! How was DC?

It was awesome!!  I had not been there before.  The history is just incredible.  Three days was not quite enough to get it all in though. 
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: zya on August 02, 2005, 11:21:27 AM
I'm in Section A.  Procedure with Crump. Torts with Flatt. K's with Zamora. LARC with Tabor. 

Anyone else? It seems like most on this board in B.

I am the same as you accept for LARC. I have Rachlin.




Section A here too! Morris for LARC tho.

12 pages.. wow. Nice to see UHL Students are getting acquainted.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: cc40988 on August 02, 2005, 11:48:07 AM
Section A.

Saturday mixer sounds fun, but I might be out of town.  Officially left my job yesterday so for the next 3 weeks I'm a leaf in the wind.
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: CajunDynamo on August 02, 2005, 01:39:19 PM
One of the Girls on the Admitted Student Discussion Board is hosting a mixer on Saturday, August 6th at 6:30pm in Midtown. I think I'm going. Anyone else?

Yea, I'd be interested in going.  Can we bring along significant others?  Where's it going to be held at?

Thx!

CD
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on August 02, 2005, 02:27:40 PM
One of the Girls on the Admitted Student Discussion Board is hosting a mixer on Saturday, August 6th at 6:30pm in Midtown. I think I'm going. Anyone else?

Yea, I'd be interested in going.  Can we bring along significant others?  Where's it going to be held at?

Thx!

CD

Cool. I'm going to try to drag the hubby along as well. On the UH Admitted Students board she says everyone's invited, just RSVP so she knows how much stuff to make/provide.

Here's the info:
Yes, it is still on. And the address is below. It will start at
6:30pm. Let me know what you are bringing.

Maria Carminati, B.A., B.A.
(Giugi)
Activist/ Feminist
1620 Drew Street
Houston, TX 77004
Ph: 281.685.7762
Fax: 713.658.1993
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: johncam81 on August 13, 2005, 11:39:16 AM
Hi,

I'll be sending an e-mail out to those of you who are attending UH when you actually get your campus e-mails set up, but until then...

I'm John, and I'll be the Civ Pro tutor/TA/go to person for Crump's class.  I believe that would be those who are in section A.  (I was a section C'er myself)  I remembered that I used this board when I was a pre-1L and found it pretty useful, so I'm posting this for those of you who are scared enough to read all the rumors on here.

Anyway, I’ll verify a few of the rumors:

Yes, Mixon does not allow computers in the classroom.  I too am a fast typist, but it makes no difference, no computers.  It sounds worse than it actually is.  I enjoyed a break from the laptop, and Mixon is such a great guy and professor that you won’t care either.  He has a party at the end of the year at his home which he designed with his wife.  It has been featured in several magazines and his house is pretty well known in the architectural biz.  (I had Mixon for Property)

Crump – allows computers as most profs do.  When you arrive on the first day there will be a seating chart which will be arranged in alphabetical order.  (Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but again…not as bad as it sounds)  He does have a party at the end of the semester at his home in Belaire.  Make sure you read your first day assignments before you get there on Monday because class begins running.  (this is the case for most law school classes… gone are the days of a full class explaining the syllabus to allow for add/drop)  Someone… possibly several of you will be called on… typical Socratic method… this is the case for most of the 1st year classes at UH. 

As far as textbooks, yeah… you’ll need them before class because first day assignments are not just a cruel joke.  Go to the UH Law page for students and you should find a link to the first day assignments.

I had Joyce for Torts and Jenkins for Contracts (who is no longer at UH) and Brem for LARC (who is no longer at UH)  If you have any questions in general, feel free to e-mail me at jkgranth@central.uh.edu

Good luck and see you Section A’ers in Civil Procedure. 

- John
Title: Re: Houston Roll Call
Post by: ScurvyWench on August 15, 2005, 07:39:16 AM
Okay, this is the last time I'll pimp the O-Week BBQ at my place on 8/17. If you're interested, PM me.