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U of North Carolina - Chapel Hill / Re: Who is applying for 2006?
« on: October 11, 2005, 07:06:29 PM »
I'm a current 1L at UNC. If you have any more questions you need answered, let me know.

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General Board / Re: Class is getting in the way of my studying.
« on: August 20, 2005, 12:41:56 AM »
If you think it's not benefiting you at all, just stop going and do all the work on your own.

I just said its getting in the way of studying, nothing about lack of benefits, though they are minute when compared to the big picture.

Thanks for the input.

I could be wrong but doesn't the fact that you'd rather be studying kind of imply the thinking that you can get more benefits by doing something else.  I mean it seemed pretty obvious that you were thinking you could use your time better by studying vs. sitting in class.  To me, this seems to mean that you get more benefit out of studying.  So while you didn't explicitly mention benefits, it was certainly implied in your OP.

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General Board / Re: Class is getting in the way of my studying.
« on: August 16, 2005, 04:34:28 PM »
Assuming you are not on full scholarship, you are paying lots of money to attend each class.  You might as well get something out of it.  If you think it's not benefiting you at all, just stop going and do all the work on your own.

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General Board / Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« on: August 10, 2005, 03:22:24 PM »
Wow, great posts... I only have one thing to add, it worked great for me, might not work for you:

1. Do everything over the weekend.

I did all my reading (keeping up with the syllabus not the class, the class falls behind) on the weekend; I did not read for class during the week. Also little piddly assignments and things that we had, did them on the weekend, in advance. Also condensed notes/outline from the week prior, on the weekend. Reduced my stress 300% over most of my classmates. Pitied the people frantically trying to read right before class. Pitied the shock of people who realized two weeks before finals that the 300 pages we didn't get to in class actually were going to be on the test.

Obviously there are exceptions - those memo/brief assignments you have to work on pretty much constantly, for example.

But otherwise, give it a shot!

On average, how long did it take you to do all of your reading on weekends?

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General Board / Re: What's Your 1L Cirriculum?
« on: July 12, 2005, 04:42:16 PM »
Do you think having 5 hour classes is easier or harder than taking 4 substantive classes for 3 or 4 hours each?  I'll be attending UNC in the fall and the schedule seemed a bit different from that of other law schools.

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General Board / Re: law school depression
« on: June 23, 2005, 06:18:00 PM »
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If you are at all outgoing, law school will suck the life and personality out of you.

That's a bit of a ridiculous statement.  Are you implying that if you're not outgoing then you have no personality or "life" and that law school will be a sound decision since there is nothing else to be excited about anyway?  Also, if you are outgoing and law school starts to drag you down, you manage it and find other outlets to express your creativity, sociability, whatever it is that makes you "outgoing." You don't say "I'm outgoing, screw law school that's for people who have no personality." 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UNC
« on: November 03, 2005, 04:45:52 PM »
Hmm... don't know her.  Do you know what "college" she is in?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UNC
« on: November 03, 2005, 04:18:56 PM »
1L?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UNC
« on: November 03, 2005, 12:24:32 PM »
I'm really liking UNC so far.  Like another poster said, it is a very laid back environment.  I really like all of my classmates; they are friendly, intelligent, generally very collegial.  There's none of the cutthroat stuff that you hear about from other schools.  People are competitive but they're not competitive in the sense that they're going to step on others to get where they want to be. 

I'm also enjoying my professors this semester.  The classroom environment has been respectful and there's more of a "softcore" Socratic method.  If you say "I don't know" or you're having trouble coming up with an answer they'll usually just move on and not try to embarass you in front of everyone.  In fact, I just came from torts where the professor asked me a question that I really had no clue about.  I told him I wasn't sure and he moved on to the next person. 

As far as jobs, I'm sure that you're aware that UNC does very well in state. It also does well in major mid-Atlantic and Southern cities such as D.C. and Atlanta. Finding employment in California would probbaly require good grades, good connections or possibly both. I know that at least a few people from UNC do end up out there so at least it's possible. 

For the town, I generally think there is enough to do if you like the college environment. Top Of The Hill, referred to by another poster, is not the only bar in town.  I don't even like it that much; it's has too much of a popped collar feel for me.  There are plenty of other bars and restaurants on Franklin St. and in other parts of town.  If you don't like CH, Durham and Raleigh are nearby. 


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UNC
« on: November 03, 2005, 07:34:38 AM »
They took forever last year too.  I was quite fortunate in that I was accepted in early January, but some people applied in late Sept. early Oct. and heard nothing until May.  You just have to hang in there.  If you have any questions about the school I'll be glad to try and answer them for you.

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