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As a (long time ago) grad of Oyster Bay High School, I hear your comments about wanting something different than Long Island... but law school doesn't leave a whole heck of alot of 'fun time'... especially if you want to be in that top 20% of the class that gets BIGLaw opportunities. As for the appeal of New Orleans, my first visit there was for a bachelor party in mid-March... it's DEFINITELY a place to go for a fun time, but I don't know about living there. In fact, my gut feeling is that the things that make it such a fun place to be are really the last temptations a law student needs if they want to be a top student... I know I'd be sucked into Bourbon Street far too often. ;-)

Well, Rob, I will trust you on every thing else, but I just wanted to speak to living in New Orleans while going to law school, since I'm at Tulane now.

Bourbon St, I have found, is not really a problem.  Uptown can be a world away from the French Quarter and Bourbon St if it needs to be.  I guess it could take self-control not to go there, but honestly, you will be so busy your 1L year, you will not even think about it.

Granted, I don't have any other law school experience to compare it to, since this is the only one I have.  But as I've said, Bourbon St is really not a problem.  It just provides a nice place to unwind/go crazy when it is time to do so.

I'm at Tulane with KC'sGF, and I'm going to go ahead and second her sentiments. In the two years I've been here, I've been to Bourbon street maybe 5 times. I think every one of those times was because I had people visiting me from out of town. Trust me, Bourbon gets old pretty fast. When I go out, its usually to a bar a few blocks from where I live, or down on Frenchman street. But I really don't feel any temptation to go out when I'm studying. Facebook interferes with studying a lot more than the party scene down here.

One of the best things about going to school in New Orleans, though, is the Mardi Gras break we get every year. Everything in the city shuts down for 4 days and everyone just has a great time.

Also, I don't know it it helps the OP or not, but I can definitely see firsthand Tulane's national reach. I'm from the Midwest, but I worked here in New Orleans last summer and I'll be in New Jersey this summer. (I have absolutely no contacts in New Jersey.) I have friends that have spent their summers in Birmingham, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, DC, NYC, Atlanta, LA, San Diego, and Rwanda (to name just a few).  Some of them clerked for judges, some worked at mid-sized firms, and some worked in BigLaw.

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My goodbye to the dean.

http://lawschoolheadlines.com/?p=415

http://ponorofflove.ytmnd.com/

Bravo.  A fitting tribute.

If our next dean isn't sarcastic, chain-smoking, work-out-aholic, I will be let down.

You seriously have to admire someone who pulls out their cigarettes while they're still cooling down from an intense workout.

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I've talked to profs on a few occasions and found them glad to talk to me. Some are not ok with emailing them questions but they're all fine with stopping by the office.


Least favorite thing about Tulane is probably some aspects of New Orleans. I live in a nice neighborhood, as does my girlfriend. Both of us had had attempted break ins, my car broken into once, and generally some creepy vibes.  We're also cat people, so the large dog recommendation does not really hold for us :) The key is, buy into a safe area though. Nothing bad has happened because we're vigilent, have alarm systems and neighborhoods have private patrol.

I love private patrol, their response time has been approx 90 secs every time I've needed them vs. NOPD may/may not decide to show up.

Yeah, you want to live in a nice neighborhood. The thing about New Orleans, though, is that there isn't a truly safe neighborhood. It's completely true that NOLA is "checkerboard". One block will be amazingly charming and lovely and it will look like nothing bad has ever happened there, and never could. But then you cross the street and you're in scary land.

That doesn't mean, though, that something bad is definitely going to happen. You just have to be smart. Always be aware of your surroundings, lock your doors (I know too many people who don't), don't go for a jog after dark, and pretty much take every precaution your parents and teachers ever taught you to take. Don't let your guard down, and don't ever walk by yourself at 5 am. Ever. Anywhere. That goes just as much for guys as girls.

That being said, I think I'm going to move. I have an amazing apartment and my neighbors are super sweet, but there have been 2 shootings within 2 blocks of my apartment this semester alone. Not cool.

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Hey guys, I have a question about Tulane. How accessible are the professors? Are they typically open to providing extra help for students that show initiative? Interacting with professors during office hours was an integral part of my academic success in undergrad, and I would like to continue this during law school.

From what I hear, they love it when students come talk to them.

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I'll miss LP.



Me too. He was always entertaining.

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P.S. When did this thread get so hostile? I liked coming here because it was Tulane folks giving other (sometimes potential) Tulane folks advice and venting about how much law school sucks. I'd really like all the unpleasantness to stop. This was a happy place not too long ago. I'm not criticizing anyone for voicing their opinion, but can we please just keep this thread positive? 

Sorry.  I am at least partially responsible.  I'll try to compensate by saying something positive.

That puppy in LawDog's avatar is really, really cute.  :)

Yes, the puppy IS cute. Yay for positivity.

Good luck on your finals, STLGurrrlll.  Even the one we have together.  ;D

Thanks. You too!

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P.S. When did this thread get so hostile? I liked coming here because it was Tulane folks giving other (sometimes potential) Tulane folks advice and venting about how much law school sucks. I'd really like all the unpleasantness to stop. This was a happy place not too long ago. I'm not criticizing anyone for voicing their opinion, but can we please just keep this thread positive? 

Sorry.  I am at least partially responsible.  I'll try to compensate by saying something positive.

That puppy in LawDog's avatar is really, really cute.  :)

Yes, the puppy IS cute. Yay for positivity.

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P.S. When did this thread get so hostile? I liked coming here because it was Tulane folks giving other (sometimes potential) Tulane folks advice and venting about how much law school sucks. I'd really like all the unpleasantness to stop. This was a happy place not too long ago. I'm not criticizing anyone for voicing their opinion, but can we please just keep this thread positive? 

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Speaking of class scheduling, is there a general strategy for picking classes that anyone would like to share? I debating whether I should try and get a lot of the pre-req classes out of the way at the expense of hating myself, or if I should try and take some "fun" classes that I might enjoy.

Also, what's the deal with the mini-courses? Worthwhile? Waste of time?

My only strategy for scheduling classes is that I want my final semester to be as enjoyable as possible, so I'm saving what "easy" classes there are for that semester. I'm also saving my pass/fail option for that semester. But I pretty much try to take one class I think I'll enjoy each semester so I'm not completely and utterly miserable.

I took a mini course this semester and was iffy about it. I liked it and I liked my professor, but the exam was harder than I thought it was going to be, and it sucked having an exam in March when I didn't really have the "exam mentality" thing going on. I guess in the end I'm pretty neutral about it. Maybe I'll have a stronger opinion either way when the grades come back.

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