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I love it . . . and it wasn't even close to where I wanted to go. 

I am 25, three years out of undergrad, single and unemployed.  I chose Widener because it is the only school that I was accepted to (don't ask).  That said, I love it here.  The professors are extremely helpful as are the rest of the faculty and staff.  At times, I feel that some of the lower end students bring the classes down but overall, I am very happy.

While school in general is not super easy, it is certainly not the big bad wolf everyone makes it out to be.  I find the workload very manageable.  You just have to set a schedule for yourself and stick with it.  I am current with all of my outlines and have never had to go to class unprepared.  Keep in mind however, that I also have not taken a final exam.  I  have taken one practice exam though and did pretty well. 

There is a C+ (or is it C-) grading curve, which is harsh.  However, if you are planning on staying in the area after graduation, Widener has a very good local rep and I would imagine employers know about the curve here.  If you want to venture to a bigger market, I would imagine you need to be at the top of the class. 

ETA: I am a full-time student but I hope this information helps anyway. 

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General Board / Re: What the hell are schools in New Orleans doing?
« on: September 01, 2005, 01:22:33 PM »
I don't have any information but I just wanted to let the N.O. school students know that my thoughts are with you in this terribly scary and uncertain time.  That goes for anyone who is a resident of the areas hit or anyone who has family in the effected areas.

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Widener U School of Law / Re: Widener Harrisburg
« on: August 27, 2005, 01:45:12 PM »
Scott, I'm with you.  I love it here.  I love the school, the area and being in a learning environment again.  I know it's going to be tough but right now my stress level is being overidden by my excitement and happiness.


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General Board / Re: Preferred junk food/stimulant of law students?
« on: August 26, 2005, 07:03:25 PM »
I am all over coffee supplemented by Diet Coke. . . and the occaisional binge on Swedish Fish.   ;D

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General Board / Re: are your classmates snobby a**holes?
« on: August 25, 2005, 09:05:11 PM »
Yikes!  I am sorry you are having such a crappy experience with your classmates.

Save for a few of my classmates, most have proven to be nice, friendly and sane.  The few that I can't stand either always have something to say and, of course, always say it with the tone of voice that says, "I know what I am saying is right," talk about their UG fraternity and are so impressed with themselves for the amount of drinking they did and still do or just naturally grate on my nerves.  I have befriended a few people that seem to be solid citizens and just ignore the rest. 

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Widener U School of Law / Re: Widener Harrisburg
« on: August 22, 2005, 07:45:24 PM »
So. . . how was everybody's first day?  I only had one class today, Civ Pro, and it went well.  I have S. Raeker-Jordan and I have heard she is pretty good.  She gave us more information than I expected she would (without making us answer questions) but I am sure that will change soon. 

I am looking forward to the rest of my classes this week and the rest of the semester! Hope everyone's Monday went well.   ;D

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Widener U School of Law / Re: Widener Harrisburg
« on: August 17, 2005, 03:50:59 PM »
That was Professor Fruth last night - I have her for the breakout skills sessions and I really like her.  I was having a devil of a time hearing her last night (that was me that raised my hand and said I couldn't hear her near the end) so I am bringing my hearing aids tonight!  She is 100% understandable in the smaller groups - she also seems like she is really fair and very realistic as well. 

I am looking forward to hearing Lee speak tonight - he sounds very interesting! 

I don't know if we all have the same books for Civ Pro but part of the first assignment reading for my section (N) is all the same stuff we are learning in Intro re: court systems and government.  We will all know it like the back of our hands shortly! 

 

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Widener U School of Law / I'm a dumbass . . .
« on: August 16, 2005, 08:11:51 AM »
I focused so much on the Intro schedule (7:00 p.m. start) that I completely missed the larger schedule with "orientation/registration" (4:00/5:00 p.m. start) on it and missed registration!  Luckily, it wasn't a big deal and I just have to go to the Admissions office and fill out some paperwork but boy did I freak out when they called me and asked if I was still planning to attend!  Way to start off law school, eh?  Plus, when I showed up for class it looked like a lot of people had met others already - not me!  Oh well.  I'm pretty outgoing so I'm not too worried about meeting people.

PeonM - I too am in Section N.  We will meet soon I'm sure.

I bought my books yesterday, bought new, and my grand total was $673.  ICK  >:(  Necessary evil I suppose.

What did everyone think of their first Intro class?  I have Professor Fruth who seems very fair and not overly aggressive.  I wouldn't mind her for Legal Methods, but then again I don't know any of the other professors yet so I have no point of reference. 

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Widener U School of Law / Re: Widener Harrisburg
« on: August 03, 2005, 07:12:37 PM »
Hi everyone! 

Legalkitty - yes, you can call the bookstore and have the books shipped to you, at least as far as the books for Intro to Law.  I haven't asked about any of the other class' texts yet because the first assignments have not been released.  It doesn't appear that they will be released until August 15th either.  I am slightly disconcerted about that because I will be out of the country from August 6th until August 13th.  I an considering just heading to the bookstore to see if it's set-up the way undergrad was, by professor. 

Let me know if any of you have tried a different approach.  I would love to have bought my books before I leave! 

I am here in Harrisburg now, and have been since July 31.  I have found enough to amuse myself although I have spent a lot of my time at the barn (since I won't have any time during school).  I have a restaurant recommendation for you -- Zephyr Express on North Street in downtown Harrisburg has yummy food and a great courtyard.  I ate there the other night and they let me sit and read as long as I wanted too.  The manager seemed nice as well.  I try to avoid the chains so this was a welcome atmosphere. 

As to furniture, I bought a lot of what I didn't already have from Target or antique stores.  Nothing elaborate or expensive here!  I am in dire need of a dining room table though and would love to have an old butcher block one; however, at this point I just want something to spread all my crap on come the beginning of classes. 

I hope the information helps!  See you all soon. 


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Widener U School of Law / Re: Widener Harrisburg
« on: July 22, 2005, 06:41:19 PM »
Scott - for two used books/texts, $37.40.  I don't mind other people's highlighting especially because it's Intro. 

Hope that helps!  Josh at the Bookstore is super nice and helpful. 

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