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Oh wow I guess I'm officially a seasoned veteran now that there's a whole New Section 6.  Weinreb is great, as is Hanson if you learn to appreciate him.  And there's NO doubt that he's a devoted section leader, I think I can fairly safely say the BEST section leader, which in my opinion has a lot to do with why Section 6 has been unofficially known as the best or one of the best sections to be in for the last 3 years.  (And yes, I do think there's such a thing as a best section and I do think ours was the best last year. ;))

Can only speak for Weinreb and Hanson and neither allow laptops, which I think is a good thing overall.  Especially for Weinreb, since it's really necessary not be distracted at all in that class (you won't want to be anyway, he's extremely engaging).  Definitely a tough but fair exam which makes you know your stuff since it's closed book.  Start memorizing those cases and how they relate to each other and you'll have a leg up during finals.  But as Dash said, I think the curve is fairly generous since I f*ed up one of the questions (I thought) fairly badly and still did ok.

Thanks for being the bearer of good news Dash.  I'll be sure to be extra nice to Hanson.

Got my section assignment through the mail today.  I'll be in section 6.  Anyone else going to be with me?

V. cool. Weinreb (eee!) for Crim, and Hanson (double eee!) for Torts. Issacharoff, visiting prof from NYU for CivPro, Berger (Am Indian law prof from UConn) for Prop, and Triantis for Ks. I think I've heard good things about the latter.

Weinreb advice: try to keep current on the reading, because there will be periods of time where he will suddenly wallop you with a hundred pp in a night. Also, our final was closed-book, but he didn't care about case names. Study accordingly if he has the same MO for this year. It was really hard, but I think the curve was generous. Also, he's frakkin awesome.

Hanson advice: be nice to him. Or you'll have me to answer to.
(Also, I did all the reading. I don't know whether or not that's necessary, but I found it helpful, although some really are just unintelligible 'til after class. But he's not Socratic, and there are relatively few cases. It's a really mellow experience, I thought. Oh, you're so lucky. Oh, oh, oh. So jealous.)

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2L job search / Re: below-curve hls 2L re: oci prospects
« on: June 20, 2008, 01:18:55 PM »
Rainyday- I'm just another 1L too (were you in Section 6, btw?) so I guess my thoughts need to be taken with a grain of salt, but here they are:

Yes, your grades are likely below the median at HLS.  Ten years ago the median was between a B and a B+, and I'm guessing that has gone up to around a B+ just based on my observations.  Still, a 3.1 is by no means terrible.  There are people who get C's here, and they still get jobs.  That being said, with the economy as it is, you may have a tougher time than some getting a BIGLAW summer job, but you WILL get one, especially if you want to be in NYC.  While the top firms are more picky, the consensus is many of the middle to lower Vault 100 won't even look at grades, or just give them a passing glance, especially if you interview well and they like you.  Of course, OCS may be lying to us, but they likely aren't, and I've never heard of someone not getting BIGLAW who wanted it.  Have you looked at the spreadsheets of who's going to these firms from HLS (they're on the OCS website)?  Many, many very good firms do not even get one 2L for their summer program.  These firms want people from Harvard, if only to make the other summers at the firm think "oh, this firm must be good, people from Harvard come here!"  We get a lot of bids for OCI, and as long as you bid strategically (ie. not putting down the top 20 firms) you should be just fine.

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Law School Applications / Re: Toby Stock Call-- WL???
« on: May 09, 2008, 09:36:24 AM »
Hey guys- I got the TS e-mail at this time last year.  The call lasted about 2 minutes and he really only asked if I was still interested in coming.  I was in the next day, and not to get your hopes up, but almost everybody was.  So, you too can be procrastinating from exam study at HLS this time next year.;)

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1-2-3 Ivy Friends!!


I don't know who you are either Cassise, although Dash and I are in the same section.  My roommate is in Brewster and she doesn't think much of it.  Says it goes painfully slowly.

As for lunch, I'm not sure, but the free food has been abundant lately.

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I'd like to hear some other people's take on this, but I think the International classes have been a huge failure this semester.  The purpose was to locate the US law in the international scene and I have only heard of one (perhaps two) of the seven classes doing that.  Overall, I feel like they rushed this component and should have held off for a year and put it in with the problem solving class.  My profs didn't even have a sylabus ready until the semester was half over

If you want to save the world, maybe the basic "International Law" will have some use for you,but other than that, these classes seem like rushed nods to the "internationalizing legal system."

My international law class is awesome.  At times frustratingly difficult, but I think I've learned far more in this class than any other.

Damn. Lucky. Kennedy or Feldman?

Feldman.  Ooooh he's amazing.  And those curly locks.;)  Too bad you're already in 1st amendment...

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Harvard vs. Stanford
« on: April 15, 2008, 10:13:50 PM »
Yeahh...architecture is a pretty poor reason to choose one school over another.  And our campus is awesome...we have a volleyball court/skating rink, and construction snack cart... don't forget that.  I doubt Stanford has a construction snack cart.

Also, the 1L experience here is better than at Stanford.  Not that I have any basis for comparison, but I doubt there's any school on the planet that does more for us.

//complete trolling

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I'd like to hear some other people's take on this, but I think the International classes have been a huge failure this semester.  The purpose was to locate the US law in the international scene and I have only heard of one (perhaps two) of the seven classes doing that.  Overall, I feel like they rushed this component and should have held off for a year and put it in with the problem solving class.  My profs didn't even have a sylabus ready until the semester was half over

If you want to save the world, maybe the basic "International Law" will have some use for you,but other than that, these classes seem like rushed nods to the "internationalizing legal system."

My international law class is awesome.  At times frustratingly difficult, but I think I've learned far more in this class than any other.

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Should those who have been accepted be looking into housing already?  I'm slightly paranoid about how that will work out...if you have any general info on housing (on campus/off, if off - affiliated versus unaffiliated), feel free to share.

Also: dont know if anyone can speak to this, but any idea how the LGBT scene is on campus?  Do they seem to have a good presence on campus?  Is the community fairly active?

And if anyone knows anything about Jewish life...well, you can share that too...

Well you should decide if you want to apply for dorms or not.  If you're looking off campus, the affiliated housing lottery doesn't happen until May, and if you want to go privately probably you would be best off looking in June or July.

LGBT scene seems to be fairly active, although probably better for guys than girls I'm guessing. And you have all of Boston, too.

Jewish life?  Well, there are a lot of Jews.  There is a Jewish student law association and I think that Hillel also does graduate stuff.

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That's not too bad, but how much do you spend every day outside of class studying? 

Do people take advantage of Boston - go to museums, shows, bars, etc?  Or do most people stay holed up in Cambridge working all the time?

Meh, it really depends on the person and the day.  I honestly rarely get out of Cbridge, but I go out 2-4 times a week, and probably on the higher side of that (although I probably shouldn't).  And that's pretty common.  There are a lot of good shows as well even in Cambridge, although that's not really my scene.  If you don't want to be working 24-7, you really don't have to.  And if you want to work all the time, there's no shortage of work.  I think "0Ls" are too concerned about the workload.  To get at what I think the real meat of your question is: you can party a lot at HLS, don't worry.

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Hmm. Who were you thinking? Tushnet comment led me to CA, but the tone's too mean for CA.

Yeah, CA, no.  CT?

How many hours of class are there a day? Is there class every day, Monday through Friday?

There are around 17-18 hours per week for 1Ls, including 2 hours for Legal Writing, which we don't have every week.  Most people have class every day, although a few people have worked it so they don't have class on Friday this semester.  This wouldn't be an option for my section, though.

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