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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Northwestern 1L Taking questions
« on: November 23, 2006, 11:20:57 PM »
Although Officer Rod Farva brings up good points, I'd like to suggest an alternative: One thing you can do is get a cheap place with no ammenities, and then just use your friend's building for things like the pool, free coffe, and gym.  I too would recommend finding a friend who lives in the streeter, as it has the best ammenities that your friend's money can buy. 
Also I'd agree with Officer Rod Fava in certain situations: if you happen to be the type of person who smokes 2 packs of cigarrettes a day, and gets winded walking to your couch, I'd definitely think that downtown is for you.

It bears mentioning that should you meet any freeloading hipsters at Northwestern, and I assure that you will, you should give your doorman explicit instructions never to let them into your prestigious building.

Ok, enough derailing this fine testament to NU.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Northwestern 1L Taking questions
« on: November 23, 2006, 10:38:15 PM »
I'm going to be starting next year at NU (I'm a deferred admit from last cycle). How was your housing search, where did you end up, and how has it been in terms of commuting to campus? Did you find something reasonably-priced and very accessible?

I'll speak for downtown, since Bachismo lives way in BFE. There are a number of hi-rise apartment buildings w/in a few blocks of school. Onterie is the cheapest (around 1k for a studio), McClurg is slightly nicer than Onterie, and The Streeter is the best. I'd recommend either Onterie or The Streeter. The marginal quality difference b/w Onterie and McClurg isn't worth it, imo.

If I had to do it again, I'd stay here because Chicago is too windy/rainy to be a reliable city for bike commuting, I don't have the patience for public transportation, and I didn't bring a car. If you have a car, then I'd reccomend a cheaper, more interesting neighborhood than downtown, though parking is a pain in the ass here.

edit: Looks like me and Bachismo decided to post at the same time. Bashi, don't you have adverse posession to brush up on?

Enjoy BLS!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How'd your first (or second) week go?
« on: September 11, 2006, 10:48:57 PM »
I have abandoned all of my values and sold out completely as was widely predicted.

Not me. I'm keeping it real. So real that I think I'm gonna streak the quad. WOOOOO

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Is law school really as hard as people say?
« on: September 11, 2006, 10:47:13 PM »
Others may "get it" just as well, or even better - more concise and yet with a deeper understanding and broader applications.

The above statement, I think, is what many of my friends and I are concerned about. Yeah, the material makes sense to me, and I get how the cases fit together, and I'm doing the reading. But I know there's more to "get", and that more time with the material will yield a deeper understanding of the law.

I came here expecting to study 24/7 and never go out. That's not the case. I study a good bit, but I also go out 2x a week. I'm considering whittling it down to 1 time, though, due to the workload.

So, it's a balancing act for a guy like me w/zero time management skills: study all the time and do your best Cardozo impersonation, or simply "get it", enjoy life, and hope that's enough for the grades I want. For me, the latter strategy fits my personality better, although there's a fair bit of the former in me, too.

Here's my schedule on most days:

8:45-10:00: Class
10:00-10:55: Coffee and *maybe* a little prep for next class
10:55-12:00: Class
12:00-2:30: Lunch, then waste time in a Chipotle induced coma (big mistake, i should start having sushi for lunch)
2:30-4:00: Class
4:00-6:00: study in library
6:00-7:30: dinner/chill
7:30-9:00: study
9:00-10:00: gym
10:00-12:30: study

Now, all that time you see I'm studying isn't at nearly 100% efficiency. If it was, I'd be in way better shape. For instance, it's 11:41 now - study time - and look what I'm doing.

With that said, I'm really enjoying the material and the people, and I think it was the right decision.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Northwestern Class of 2009/2010
« on: August 24, 2006, 12:59:01 PM »
And I totally lost my username and password for the NU discussion board. What is going on on that forum?


You can email johann lee to get another one, I think. There's all sorts of stuff planned for the coming week on there, including UFC pay-per-view at someone's house, a BBQ on Saturday and etc etc.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Northwestern Class of 2009/2010
« on: August 23, 2006, 04:36:26 PM »
We're going to Wrigleyville in search of cheap beer tonight.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Northwestern Class of 2009/2010
« on: August 23, 2006, 04:35:43 PM »
Did anyone else get an email from Prof. Shapo. He gave out the first assignment for Torts- a little scary.

Also whats everyone up to in Chicago? I've just been kinda futzing around. I'm living in the Gold Coast, at Maple and Clark. The area around here is really nice.

Nick, we've been going out every night, and some of us play basketball in my building. Are you folks posting on the NU discussion board on the school's site?

BTW, we've got about 5 racquetball players now, which should make it interesting.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Take a deep breathe
« on: August 22, 2006, 12:35:45 PM »
What if feelings of validation were linked to higher test scores?!?!

Law School Admissions / Re: this bad?
« on: August 21, 2006, 12:26:18 PM »
kill self

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