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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Washington and Lee Vs. Emory
« on: May 03, 2009, 05:28:47 PM »
I have been to both schools and they both had their pros and cons.  Washington and Lee being a small school, I am intrigued by the possibility of much more interaction with the faculty and classmates than I had at my undergrad (NYU).

I can say that there is a lot of faculty student interaction at Emory.  The student/faculty ratio is lower than most schools ranked around Emory, and a lot of those ranked above us.  I've also found the faculty to be very responsive to student questions both in and outside of the classroom. 

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: New US News Rankings...
« on: April 21, 2009, 02:05:22 PM »
I'll take that bet any day.  Emory's numbers are around the same as GW's. If GW dropped, so too would Emory.

Most importantly, IU would not ever be 23 in any realm of the world.

I'm not defending the potentially fake rankings here, but if you look at the numbers on that sheet, Emory and GW's numbers are not "around the same".  While the LSAT and GPA ranges are similar (GW's is wider on both), Emory's student to faculty ratio was 4.3 lower than GW's and the employment at graduation number was 9% higher for Emory.  I'm not sure if that makes enough of a difference to warrant an 8 spot gap, but it is different.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: May 13, 2008, 05:33:52 PM »
I did Grad PLUS because I was concerned about the market and I like having the fixed interest rate.  After all the perks, my interest rate will be down around 7.2% fixed.  Sadly, after all the market nonsense this year, most of the lenders have either stopped offering perks for new loans or have quit offering student loans altogether (like my lender did).  I'd lock down those loans ASAP just in case there are further liquidity problems in the market and more lenders in up pulling out of the student lending business.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Advice for 1Ls to be
« on: May 05, 2008, 08:52:20 PM »
Stay away from the commercial outlines/notecards/study aids. I haven't used a single one, and I am top 3% transferring to Georgetown in the fall. There is no need to be in the library with 3 different study aids for contracts. Do the reading. Go to Class. Make your own outlines/notecards.

There is more than one way to skin a cat.

As a rising 2L at a T25 school, I know plenty of other students who spent their time making their own outlines and did very well, but I did not write a single outline for the entire year.  I either used outlines that I snagged from upperclassmen or commercial outlines.  While I don't have my spring grades yet, my first semester grades were very good.  Basically, after taking a class, you'll know what kind of study aids will or won't help you.  Use them during the semester to see if they work for you.  They don't cost that much and they might just be a lifesaver. 

I had a Contracts professor in the fall that confused me so much I had no idea what was going on.  In the last few weeks before the exam I read through the Contracts E&E and the Contracts Crunchtime.  I ended up with an A in the class.  I'm not suggesting that commercial outlines work the best, but don't be afraid to use them if you feel that they might help you. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Taking notes in law school
« on: May 03, 2008, 03:21:20 PM »
I use OneNote and I love it.  Say what you will about Microsoft, but this is easily the best piece of software that they've every put out.  It just does everything you would want such a program to do.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 28, 2008, 09:36:31 PM »
Coming from my Decatur Cemetery direction, which parking deck should I choose?

Every deck has shuttles that will get you to the law school, although the Michael Street Deck's shuttles suck.  Clairmont Deck would be better for you given your location.  You'll just go up Clairmont Rd and turn left into the Clairmont campus to part at the deck.  If you choose Peavine you'll have to come down N. Decatur Rd for a bit then go past Emory village or through campus to get to the Peavine Deck (an extra 5 minutes of driving, easy).  Peavine has the advantage of being near the gym.  Either way, it won't be a terrible drive. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Charleston school of Law
« on: April 20, 2008, 07:09:51 AM »
The prospects are certainly regional (SC, initially, then probably GA and NC).  This is the case for USC (University of South Carolina Law School), which is already well established and ranked 95.  Charleston School of Law is operating on provisional accreditation from the ABA, although it will probably get full accreditation.  Their first year class passed the South Carolina Bar Exam at 69%, which is pretty respectable for the first graduating class.  As for the legal market, Charleston is not easy to break into because lawyers from better schools come from out of state because they like the city.  Even USC grads have difficulty getting into the Charleston market.  That said, students who spend three years in the only law school in Charleston will probably have some advantages in that city. 

Law School Admissions / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: April 18, 2008, 01:28:45 PM »
My brother has a thinkpad and everytime I use it I feel like I'm playing with a dinosaur. Also, after less than 2 years, the battery is shot. Just some anecdotal data, but maybe worth looking into...

I have an X61s with the extended battery and it will last for 8 hours of intensive word processing and internet/wifi use.  It all depends on what kind of battery you get.  If you get an extended battery for the T series you'll get around 4 hours of use out of it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 10, 2008, 07:54:56 AM »
But if you don't get a parking pass for your 1L year, you don't have to worry and you can park in the hospital lot because you won't have a sticker.  The max charge is $5 per day.  If you parked every day for the whole 1L year, you'd only have to pay $700 (28 weeks of class x 5 days per week x $5 max charge = $700).  That's not much more expensive than the normal parking pass and you can certainly save money if you live close enough by walking or riding a shuttle on the days when the weather's nice.  I know a few 1Ls who've parked there the entire year.  The lot is a short walk from the school and is connected to the upperclass deck (Lowergate South) by a covered walking bridge.  All that said, they discourage you from parking in the deck because it's for hospital visitors.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 08, 2008, 07:53:37 PM »
You guys better be kidding!  I work 40h/w right now and I have plenty of free time on my hands.  Do you spend more than 50h/w in class or studying?

If you could organize all your time perfectly, you might be able to do everything in under 40 hours honestly, but you won't do that because it's draining and annoying.  It's hard to just leave this stuff at school like it was a 40 hour a week job.  This stuff comes home with you because the amount of work you can put in is open ended.  Since you are graded against your peers, it's obviously advisable to do the best you can manage and hope you've put in more work than others. 

-There's a lot of undergrads..  But, supposedly, there's not a lot of complaints during the week, just Th-Sa night.  And they generally try to match grad students in the same building as other grad students and such.  These are Emory UG's anyway.  They probably stay out until like 11.

I know law students who live there now who complain about undergrad noise in that apartment complex.  That said, if you live close to campus and the apartment complex doesn't forbid undergrads, then you're going to get undergrad noise. 

And you're correct about Lincoln.  It's trashy. 

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