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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 23, 2008, 03:52:18 AM »
Any other rising 2Ls on the board of an organization kind of freaked out by the Blawck Party email?

Yes.  Very yes. 

ghil04: There's no week-long responsibility class for you, either (yet).  Also, the E train is considerably zippier to JFK than the A and at many times breaks even with the LIRR if you're coming from the Columbia area (use hopstop with the appropriate day/time set to fight it out).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 21, 2008, 05:19:03 AM »
You're in the JD program, not the LLM program, right?  If so, you aren't taking that exam.  It might seem like a sensible time for you to be taking an exam, but in fact the legal methods exam is at the end of September.

In general, though, changing exam dates doesn't really happen.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 12, 2008, 02:55:29 PM »
No, first.lasts work fine with gmail. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 08, 2008, 05:47:13 AM »
So sorry to miss all the alcohol...

discussion, that is... but I just want to chip in that there are plenty of legitimate reasons other than "recovering alcoholic" not to drink, and I and most of the people I know aren't going to assume the worst about you if you don't.  It is true that reasonable social drinking will work to your advantage, but the take-home lesson: drink as much or as little as you want.  There are enough pressures to conform already.

Don't get too excited about all the advice.  There's a sizable dose of self-congratulation and ego-stroking mixed in with genuine helpfulness here, even if you fresh-faced 0Ls don't recognize it for what it is yet :-)  You'll find a lot of both here.

We didn't have a community service event or a baseball game last year.  I can tell you which one I would have felt better doing after nearly passing out from the heat and humidity on my move-in day (no a/c?  BRING A FAN), but it'd make me look bad. 

Everything that's been said about legal methods is true... except for the poor people with the hard section last year.  Even he didn't end up getting to fail those he wanted to--somebody at CLS is protecting the Sanctity of Legal Methods.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: CLS Admits Lounge
« on: March 05, 2008, 07:13:50 AM »
On Lenfest as glorified hotel: it's nice, shiny, new, and absolutely sterile feeling.

Don't live in law school housing (115th on the Amsterdam side) unless you are extremely lazy--it is < 2 minutes from school but overpriced and undersized.  I am living there and regret it.  Non-law UAH (I'm moving to 115th Broadway side next year) has gems (some huge rooms (like MCB's living room), the occasional full mantel and fireplace), a tiny bit of character hiding under all those coats of paint, and much saner rent.  I've also seen some nice places on 113th and 112th.  And 118th.  And... everywhere else, really.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Columbia 1L taking questions
« on: January 30, 2008, 05:14:15 PM »
I'm on record saying that there is a (small) restaurant dead zone around Columbia--plenty of places, but almost all overpriced and mediocre.  Give yelp a shot between Columbus and Broadway and 110th and... 100th or so for some places which aren't quite down to the UWS, or try the 120s on Broadway or Amsterdam. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Problem with being out of country in the spring?
« on: September 11, 2007, 01:17:00 AM »
Yes, it will be a problem in that you'll miss most if not all ASWs, and that any reimbursement they offer will be much less enticing.  Just make sure you have Internet access and someone willing to scan you your mail, and the applications themselves will be fine.

I ended up taking a(n expensive) trip back for a couple weeks to go to 4 ASWs and those schools pushed the others out of consideration because I had personal experience with them.  I don't think I would have been terribly unhappy with any of my choices, but I'm definitely happy I got those ASWs in.

Law School Admissions / Re: LSAC cannot convert to PDFs?
« on: September 11, 2007, 01:09:48 AM »
I was using a Mac, so I used the built in PDF printing.  There are free print drivers for Windows that will make perfectly good PDFs in the same way for free: see CutePDF, PDFcreator.  Having one installed is useful for far more than LSAC.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2010: FINAL COUNTDOWN!
« on: August 11, 2007, 09:11:12 PM »
hopefully you have complete the online computing test to get your lawnet id

And if you haven't, do it here:

I don't know about BC/BU, but about Duke:

Lots of people--I was one--submitted a generic PS against the same prompt and got in last cycle. 

My generic PS (used for all my apps) was written with the Ivey book in mind, barely sorta-kinda-indirectly mentioned "why law"/personal ambitions, and certainly didn't mention Duke or career ambitions.

If Duke is a huge reach or first choice, you should probably ignore this and tailor a PS directly to the prompt anyway if only to save yourself the "what-ifs" later.

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