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I think they care more about reputation than ranking.  Having said that, the two things are, for the most part, interchangeable...

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Visit Day -- Simulated Class
« on: March 08, 2007, 04:54:48 PM »
I only went to 2 admit weekends last year... one was at HLS, and one was at Boalt.  The one at HLS was crim with Charles Ogletree, and the Boalt one was crim with some young female professor that I can't remember.  Ogletree was pretty socratic the whole time (you have nametags) but moved on if someone couldn't answer the question.  The one at Boalt was pretty much all volunteers (people raising their hand).  I agree that most of it was sort of "What do you think?" and whatnot, which is kind of how law school is, too.  I think the general point is to lower your anxiety level about the socratic method and see how one of the cool professors teaches.  You should probably go sit in on a real class as well, though, and I'm sure whatever school it is will give you the chance to do so.  At HLS, I chose to sit in on Charles Fried's "Constitutionalism" class because he was the most famous professor on the list.  It was an upper-level elective, though, and was DEATHLY boring!

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I think there's a big, big difference between outlining the entire semester and outlining only during the reading period.  There's probably a middle ground... I started outlining about a month before my first exam, and I thought this was PLENTY of time. 

Also, I agree you should look into basics of how to write a law school exam, but I really don't think it's all that complicated or time-consuming to do so

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Don't listen to schneri's "scare tactics" - if you don't want to be an anal, over-intense weirdo, you don't have to be (and you can still get great grades, too!)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Harvard 1L taking questions
« on: March 04, 2007, 03:51:40 PM »
Practiceboy,

Do you cook your own food or do you tend to eat meals at Harkness or other cafeterias?  I heard that the kitchens in the dorms don't actually get used all that much.  Is this true?  I'm still trying to decide between getting an apartment, which would give me all the amenities I need, or to stick with a dorm for 1L and be in a better social situation (and at much lower cost).  Thanks.

I usually eat lunch at the Hark, but I almost always cook dinner at home (I live off campus).  Yeah, I don't know anyone in the dorms who cooks on a regular basis...

Do you know what they do?  Do they tend to eat out most of the time?

I think so

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Harvard 1L taking questions
« on: March 04, 2007, 01:42:36 PM »
Practiceboy,

Do you cook your own food or do you tend to eat meals at Harkness or other cafeterias?  I heard that the kitchens in the dorms don't actually get used all that much.  Is this true?  I'm still trying to decide between getting an apartment, which would give me all the amenities I need, or to stick with a dorm for 1L and be in a better social situation (and at much lower cost).  Thanks.

I usually eat lunch at the Hark, but I almost always cook dinner at home (I live off campus).  Yeah, I don't know anyone in the dorms who cooks on a regular basis...

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Harvard 1L taking questions
« on: March 04, 2007, 11:55:48 AM »
I am also wondering if many people do study abroad? HLS just announced a new exchange program with Sydney which sounds cool but I have never spoken to anyone from any law school who did study abroad?

How  have you found the workload...I know this has been mentioned before but if you could give me an idea of pages/ night? Not that it is going to sway whether I go or not but it will maybe alleviate some anxiety...

On campus food?

Dorms: are there any living situations where one would have a roommate? How are the dorms in general? (compared to college ones)

Law Review: how competitive is it? (% of people who apply that get accepted?)

That is all I have for now. Thanks for input!

I actually went to the info session on the Sydney program!  There were only like 7 of us there... it seems really awesome.  The problem is that Australian semesters don't really line up with American semesters, so you'd either have to go from like July - November or March - June.  Either way, it's kinda cutting into your summer.  I think it is possible, though.  It sounded like Sydney Law School was really eager to HLS students (actually, almost desperate...) and that they'd be very flexible.  Also, the lady from International Legal Studies said that a couple kids had done abroad programs in Melbourne before, so I'm sure it can work out somehow.  Check out http://www.law.harvard.edu/ils/ and also feel free to email ils@law.harvard.edu (or me!) with questions

The workload is fine.  It's hard to put it in terms of "pages / night" because reading cases is very different from reading scholarly articles, and you might have a mix of both.  I'd say that I almost never spend more than 3 hours a day reading, though, and it's often (actually, most of the time) less than that. 

The food on campus is really good, I think, although I think some kids on campus get sick of it since they eat it like on the weekends and for dinner sometimes, too... you can see the weekly menu at http://i-cuisines.com/SodexhoCafe/Harkness/ (there's also a salad bar, vegetarian buffet bar, sandwich-making counter, and pizza counter every day)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Harvard 1L taking questions
« on: March 03, 2007, 08:55:05 AM »
I just read this whole thread, and I have to agree with H4CS.  I feel bad that GannettHouse isn't having that good of a time, but I think maybe he got stuck with a bad section?  I'm in Section 6 (which I think has a reputation for being the slutty, drunk section), and I honestly think that almost everyone is like super laid back.  I also honestly think that most people in my section go out pretty frequently, including pretty regularly on random days during the week.  There are like 4-5 really intense people in our section, and we all sort of avoid them and joke about them. 

Also, I think GannettHouse mentioned that it's really corporate-minded here or something, and I have to disagree again... Yeah, most people go into firm work, but most of my friends (me, too!) are planning on doing something else after a short two- or three-year firm stint.  So, by the numbers, yeah, a lot of people go into firm work, but I don't think this qualifies as "corporate-minded."  By that definition, any public interest office would be "corporate-minded" because you'd be hard-pressed to find one where a majority of the lawyers have NEVER worked at a firm.  It's just sort of a reality of legal practice these days that almost all lawyers have some sort of firm experience.

Okay, so to sum up, 1) HLS is cool 2) HLS is cool  :)

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I would say that most 1Ls (at least at my school) work hard enough to keep up with the reading.  I guess there are a few people who do a little more than that and a few people who do a little less than that.  I really don't think you have to study that much.  Maybe like 2 hours of reading each day?  Maybe a little more or a little less depending on how the reading is spread out.  Also, you really don't have to outline throughout the semester... there's plenty of time to do it towards the end, before finals

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I think this is pretty good advice, but with regard to #1 (having a plan or goals), I think it's also important to be flexible with your plans/goals and to be willing to change them if you feel like it

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