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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: YLS Admit Weekend
« on: April 18, 2006, 11:29:13 AM »
These are great--thanks for posting them!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Yale Law
« on: April 15, 2006, 07:05:31 PM »
So it's official: I'm coming to Yale! 

I had a great time at admit weekend, meeting TXcal, HD, BlueSmoke, Eclair, and others...sorry I didn't get a chance to meet the rest of you! 

That's great, veeleigh!  I'm excited we'll be classmates next year (yeah, I'm official too!).  I didn't get to spend nearly enough time with you over ASW, but we'll make up for it in August. 

And:  I don't know how this happened, but I never ran into Annabel or Galt or Curly!!  Did missing out on Bottega really make that much of a difference or were you two just a little scarce throughout the weekend?

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Great review, badmammajamma (and I like your microsoft-paint art, too).  I'll try to amplify some of your points. 

The phrase "everybody knows your name" came up a couple of times as 1Ls and faculty tried to explain the environment at YLS--and it's totally true.  By the second time I was in the law school, Dean Thompson knew me by face.  Students I met my first night there would smile and check up on me throughout the rest of the weekend when I ran into them in the halls.  A word that was used a lot (another admitted student said she was actually sick of hearing the term) was "intimate" and that was accurate in my experience.  For better or worse, everyone knows your name--and is likely to know your business.  I'm actually OK with that, but there it is.

I met tons of 1Ls that I loved.  I attended just about every social event possible (w/ the notable exception of Bottega.  sad.) and at moments when there was no way that people were talking were trotting out talking points or in recruitment mode, I heard about profs at Yale who helped their students out by picking up the phone and making a 1L summer job happen.  "Picking up the phone" was another repeated phrase.  Every single first year will have a summer job.  If anything, I'm a bit anxious about having the imagination to find an interesting, you-could-only-have-done-it-at-yale first summer job.

The architecture is impressive--but it also has a sense of humor.  The sculpture right above the two doors at the law school, e.g., have students snoozing as their tutor jabbers on on one side and judges snoozing as a lawyer makes his case on the the other. 

Dean Koh rules.  (OK, that's not an amplification, just agreeing with you.)

There are certainly parts of NH that feel depressed, where you need to be careful at odd hours when alone.  These places, however, are not in the "grad ghetto" which is an ironic nickname that grad students give what is a residential neighborhood full of Victorians.  (GG's real name is the Science Hill/East Rock area, for those who are looking for housing.)  For some reason, word had gotten around among the admitted students that it's unsafe (probably because of the name).  As actual New Haven residents will tell you, the grad ghetto is out of the question for some, but only insofar as it's a good 15 min walk from there to the law school.  The 15 minute walk is a good trade-off for the amount & quality of house you get for your money, in my opinion, so I'll be there next year for sure. 

So yeah, what badmammajamma said.  It was awesome.

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Acceptances / Re: Yale Admit Weekend--Who's Going?
« on: April 14, 2006, 02:58:18 AM »
yeah Koh's speech was incredible.

I liked Monday better than Sunday, actually, as it was less scheduled...I think the most important thing I did on Monday was sit in on Koh's class in the morning and, later in the afternoon, watch people in lobster costumes play wiffle ball in the courtyard :D :D :D :D :D

Damn, sounds like I missed the best part of visit weekend! 

I took pictures, I'll email them to you if you want!!!! They're absolutely priceless :D :D :D :D :D

sweet.  pm me & we'll trade contact info.  did we meet at the visit weekend? 

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Acceptances / Re: Yale Admit Weekend--Who's Going?
« on: April 13, 2006, 09:04:31 PM »
yeah Koh's speech was incredible.

I liked Monday better than Sunday, actually, as it was less scheduled...I think the most important thing I did on Monday was sit in on Koh's class in the morning and, later in the afternoon, watch people in lobster costumes play wiffle ball in the courtyard :D :D :D :D :D

Damn, sounds like I missed the best part of visit weekend! 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Yale Law
« on: April 06, 2006, 07:41:01 PM »
Josef K (whose query, appropriately enough, required a lot of confused, desultory navigating at the CT DMV website): 

Looks like you have to get your out-of-state car registered in CT within 60 days (http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=810&q=245080).

You'll have to get a CT license even sooner:  30 days (http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=805&Q=244776&dmvPNavCtr=|#29014).  Exceptions made for full-time students who maintain perm. residency somewhere else. 



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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Yale Law
« on: April 06, 2006, 02:53:55 PM »
Excited (and 'tarless) over here, too!

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Yeah, I was thinking of you and your situation when I read that email today.  I'd be pretty put out by it, too.  It's just such poor form to announce something like this so late in the game.  But (if she comes) you'll definitely have to bring her along to the social events, where she can meet your future classmates and we can talk about the events she missed.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: YLS Admit Weekend
« on: March 31, 2006, 10:18:42 PM »
I'm staying with a student host.  Because I'm cheap and I think it'll be more fun.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / YLS Admit Weekend
« on: March 30, 2006, 12:54:47 PM »
The prelim schedule is now up on blackboard.  And they're screening "Thank You For Smoking," which I'm pretty excited about.   

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