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Where should I go next fall? / Re: HELP! Cornell vs. Duke vs. UVA
« on: May 02, 2007, 02:54:55 PM »
I was in a similar position last year, trying to decide between the bottom half of the t14.  After a year of school at Duke, I know I made the right choice but not for the reasons I originally considered.  I did all of the parsing of data on law schools to see which one had better placement, more clerkships, cost-benefit, to see which one would be best for getting a job.  The small differences between the schools at this level are meaningless.  0L's will tell you otherwise, but between G'town and Penn, and possibly up to anything but HYS, the effect of the school will be completely swamped by the effect of your grades.  Go to the school where you will do best.  I thought Duke would be right for me because of low cost for me/small class size/good placement in DC.  Duke is right for me because the particular environment is one in which I do well.  That includes zero competition, friendly professors, and great QOL.  If you like cities, go to Georgetown.  If you like football, go to Michigan.  Basketball, Duke.  Frats, Virginia (j/k).

And yes I am procrastinating from my final law school exam of my first year.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Duke Class of 2010!
« on: April 30, 2007, 05:26:54 PM »
Congratulations everyone, you made the right choice.  First year isn't all that bad, aside from legal writing. 

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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« on: March 04, 2007, 09:55:09 PM »
wow, you all are much more talkative than we were last year.  Thirty pages of posts?  Here's a plug for Duke Law, where all the cool kids go.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UVa, GULC, or Duke?
« on: February 20, 2007, 07:12:49 PM »
1L at Duke and love it.  Chose it over UVA and Gtown (and others).  Great small sections, great job opportunities, great profs--check out Jim and Doriane Coleman.  Hard to make a poor decision with those choices though.

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Know that legal writing will be time-consuming and frustrating.

I agree that understanding basic economic arguments will be helpful.  Maybe read Posner's blog to get a taste of it.  http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/index.html

I agree that knowing the Supreme Court justices is helpful but not necessary.

I agree that knowing the bill of rights and the 14th amendment is useful for not looking like an idiot.  Remember that looking like an idiot is really meaningless because you will be judged on your grade at the end of the semester.  If you don't understand something, ask.  Also, most of the people in the class will be sympathetic or glad for your question and the ones that will look down on you are not worth worrying about.

In my civ pro class, I realized that each case was meant to illustrate a source of ambiguity (vague text) in a certain federal rule.  Usually a subsection.  That was helpful.  Similar with contracts and the UCC.

No one knows what is going on in the first few weeks, don't worry about it.

Stay on top of classes.

If you are not, fake it till you make it when cold-called or say I'm not ready (be ready to be called on hard the next day).  None of my professors this semester came down on someone for not being prepared that day.  YMMV.

Read Glannon for Civ Pro.

Professors really really like to find complicated answers to seemingly simple problems.  Go with it.  It will make sense eventually.

Finally please don't sit behind me in contracts and talk all class, distracting me.  I hate that.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Duke Law '09
« on: July 24, 2006, 01:04:41 PM »
For those interested:  August 4 - August 6 is the NC Tax Free Holiday for school purchases.  I bought my computer during it last year and saved a bundle.  You can check it out at http://www.dor.state.nc.us/taxes/sales/Holiday_4-06.pdf


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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Duke Law '09
« on: July 21, 2006, 04:47:48 PM »
Also, I received an orientation packet in the mail today with info on student ids, reading assignments, the schedule for orientation week, health insurance info, booklist info, and other things we need to know.  I live in Durham already.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Duke Law '09
« on: July 21, 2006, 01:58:49 PM »
I just checked ACES and I have almost everything complete.  However, it still lists my federal and outside loan applications as incomplete, even though I have signed the MPNs and done the pre-loan counseling.  I know my Stafford loan is taken care of because Sallie Mae updated me with my disbursment dates.  However, it seems as if something is holding up my Grad Plus.  Incognito, do you have a Grad Plus loan?  If so, what is your status on ACES and do you know if Duke has confirmed your available aid with your Grad Plus lender?

I just checked mine and it says that my alternative loan (grad plus) has been offered and has the correct amount of money.  When I check on the financial aid info requirement though it says my federal loan application and alternative loan application are incomplete.  My suspicion is that the "Inst. Review Status:  Incomplete" is what is holding us up.   

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Duke Law '09
« on: July 21, 2006, 09:33:34 AM »
Have you all logged into ACES to check your financial aid status?  Go to www.registrar.duke.edu and select ACES, then log in using your netid and password.  I had to call the help desk number that Mark Hill sent us in the parking pass email to get my netid and password.  In ACES you can check your financial aid status and update all of your addresses.

Also, with grad plus you need to go through pre-loan counseling at mapping-your-future.org.  You have to select student loan counseling interview, and then Stafford and Perkins Combined Entrance to get Duke University.

I got the green pass in the mail yesterday.




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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT applicants in the upcoming cycle
« on: July 14, 2006, 01:16:25 PM »
NYU and Berkeley are on the top of my list.  Hey of the top 14, do you guys know any schools that aren't queer-friendly?  I'm thinking UVa and Duke...  But what about others?

And, I don't intend to come out in my application at all because it's not really relavant to any of the achievments upon which I intend to focus...  From what I understand, there really isn't much advantage in the application process given to queer folks anyway.

I'm starting at Duke this year, came out in my personal statement, and I think Duke is queer-friendly, or at least not opposed to the gays.  I've lived in the triangle area for six years and while it isn't Midtown or Dupont Circle, it is a very livable region.  I've met some of the current gay law students at Duke and they seem very happy.  In the T14 you would be hard pressed to find a school with entrenched homophobia. 

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