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Incoming 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: December 22, 2007, 11:34:33 PM »
i got mine through personal connections, to be honest.  use any connection you have or can find, or even just network with alumni from your alma mater. 

Hey m1, how bout them Cowboys?

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: December 18, 2007, 10:15:51 PM »
Hi guys.  Congrats on being done!

I have a few questions...

1.  I've heard differing opinions on the whole housing situation.  I'm now leaning toward trying to find an apartment in Center City.  Good idea?  Also, when should I start looking, and what's the best way for going about all of that?

2.  I'm guessing that because I applied ED, I'm screwed for financial aid.  Nevertheless, do you have any suggestions on how to improve my chances at any?

3.  I hear that most Penn students aren't too interested in clerkships.  I really am, though.  Is Penn not strong in that area (relative to similar schools), or is it more of a self-selection result?  Also, do you have any advice on early steps to take to prepare for trying to get one from Penn?

4.  What mistakes did you make as a 0/early 1L?

5.  How do you personally go about explaining to people that Penn is not the same thing as Penn State?   :D

Thanks!  Looking forward to next year.

I'll answer what I can.

Housing - I live in University City this year but next year I'm most likely moving out to Center City.  The question is would you prefer to be closer to the LS or closer to the bars.  University City is fine as far as the essentials, but there is almost nothing to speak of as far as quality bars.  There's a good pub across from the LS and there are some good sports bars but the main hang outs are in Center City or Old City.  Personally, the main reason I lived in University City was because I wasn't familiar with the area, so I figured that it would be better to live closer to the law school.

Also, West Philly is relatively safe.  I'm living out on 42nd and I've never really felt scared walking home at night.

Financial Aid - Can't speak to that, cause I didn't apply ED.

Clerkship - I don't know whether the lack is due to strength or due to lack of interest.  I do know that I plan on working at a judicial internship over the summer in Texas.  I've applied to several Federal judges and of course, there were a lot of judges that don't hire interns, or don't hire 1Ls in particular but I've gotten alot of good responses too.  I've already received an offer, I've had a phone interview with the clerks of a district judge in Dallas, and I've set up some interviews with a couple of judges over the Christmas Break.  So there is definitely a chance for internships.  I think as far as a clerkship goes, it primarily depends on how well you do on grades, or at least that's the way it seems.  I would think that if you can pull good grades and you show the interest then you should have no problem getting a clerkship.

Mistakes as a 0/1L - As far as what to do leading up to your first year, I would say do nothing.  Have fun, work, make money,read, play games, whatever.  I wouldn't recommend doing any prep tests or anything like that.  While personally I didn't take any prep classes, so I don't know if they help or not, it just seems like they wouldn't be that helpful.  Most of the teachers have such diverse teaching styles and their classes cover such different things, that a prep course likely wouldn't help all that much  During this semester, I went out quite abit, at least at the first of the semester.  I would totally recommend that, because it allows you to kinda bond with your other classmates and you can gain alot of friendships this way.  I don't really know about any major mistakes or regrets for this semester.  I guess since Contracts final is upcoming, I made the mistake of not paying enough attention in Contracts.

Penn State - Funny thing is there is shirt that they sell in the campus bookstore that says "Not Penn State" on it. ;D  But yeah, if your family or friends don't know the difference then get used to it, because it'll happen alot.  Just make sure that if you do have to explain it, drop the following words "Philadelphia" "Private" "Ivy League" and "Benjamin Franklin"  ;) This lets people know how super prestigious you are for going to Penn.  8)

Also, if there's anyone who isn't sure about Penn, I would advise you to visit.  For me, Penn was not even on my radar until I went to the admitted student's day and saw how good it was.  Also, if you do visit, don't be too shy to talk to the law students.  Most everyone is friendly and if they are not, just tell us who they were and they will be shunned.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: December 18, 2007, 09:17:37 PM »
Hello class of 2011!  1L here. Had CivPro today and although we have Contracts left, I consider the semester to essentially be over.  So if anybody has any questions I'd be happy to answer them.

Also, hi Team Pam.

Hi Rusty.  :)  Did you enjoy the multiple choice from hell?

Eh.  Wax was quite tricky with several of the questions.  But I expected her to be that way.

I bet she was laughing maniacally while she was writing the questions.  I didn't think the essay was too tough, though.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: UPenn Class of 2011
« on: December 18, 2007, 07:43:52 PM »
Hello class of 2011!  1L here. Had CivPro today and although we have Contracts left, I consider the semester to essentially be over.  So if anybody has any questions I'd be happy to answer them.

Also, hi Team Pam.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Penn 2L taking questions for a little bit...
« on: December 05, 2007, 09:54:38 AM »
Down with Finals!

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Pennsylvania Class of 2010
« on: August 24, 2007, 09:35:25 AM »
did you order books online, or just go to the bookstore today after getting your schedule?

A bit of both.  I got Civil Procedure, Torts and Contract Law from the Bookstore.  I got the Civil Procedure Supplement, American Courts, and Property Law books from Amazon.

how come u didn't try and see if any 2Ls were selling there books?  I got great books that way (with hardly any writing, no highlighting, etc).  i saved a lot of $$ that way.

Yeah I didn't really know any 2Ls, and I was already at the Bookstore, so I was able to compare their prices with those on Amazon and find the best of both.  I am kinda worried about the Amazon books, but I believe all of the books I ordered were either "like new" or "new."  Here's hoping that they are right.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Pennsylvania Class of 2010
« on: August 23, 2007, 08:55:58 PM »
did you order books online, or just go to the bookstore today after getting your schedule?

A bit of both.  I got Civil Procedure, Torts and Contract Law from the Bookstore.  I got the Civil Procedure Supplement, American Courts, and Property Law books from Amazon.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Pennsylvania Class of 2010
« on: August 23, 2007, 08:00:23 PM »
Also, does anybody know when we'll find out about when our Legal Writing classes are?

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Pennsylvania Class of 2010
« on: August 23, 2007, 05:43:58 PM »
There seems to be alot of people in Section 2.  I hope they don't end up changing things later though, cause I've already bought my books.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Pennsylvania Class of 2010
« on: August 23, 2007, 01:09:04 PM »
Section 2 here!

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