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so I bought the E&E books and Crunchtime books. 

Crunchtime rocks, dude!  Also, if you're a visual learner, get a Mindmanager software from academicsuperstore.com.  It helped me outline so much more effectively.

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Ok, I guess I'm probably late with my reply about student housing at Willamette but if you still consider obtaining a student housing, although it may be too late, my answer will help you.  During the first semester at WUCL, I lived in Haseldorf.  The place was absolutely crappy and sometimes the hallway smelled like piss.  Ok, I didn't mind that too much honestly but two other things really bothered me.  First, the residents (some crazyass undergrad mofos) who lived right above me were always throwing parties, yelling, and ashing their pipes by the window.  The problem was that wall and ceiling were too thin and my complaints did not really help.  The wall is too thin that I can hear the guy above me talking on the cellphone, walking around, taking a piss, and sighing about his sorryass midterm grades.  Also, when the weather was warm, I had problems with flies coming into my apartment.  The place doesn't have a screen window so I went to Home Depot and installed screens myself later to find out the flies were coming in from a crack hole on the wall.  This place really drove me insane.  Unable to deal with anymore drama with the apartment, I moved to UAP before the second semester although there was about $250 to $300 difference in the monthly rent.  It was the best decision I've ever made in my law school career so far.  My grades improved and my mental health is recovered.  In conclusion, my advice to you is to find a decent place whether it's on campus or off campus where it's quite and good enough for you to enjoy yourself while dealing with the stress from law school.

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Hope it is still the case I can answer the original question of the thread.  I hated the fact that every single day in law school was a grind.  I never really saw much sunshine or enjoyed myself during 1L.  I'm, however, an optimist.  I learned so much about myself (learning style and what I want to do) and that really excites me.  I'm a type of person who has more quantitative thinking styles (math was my strong subject).  I really hated gray stuff like con law and did not do well in it but I excelled in classes like business law, contracts.  Now I'm becoming a 2L and the fact that I can now take classes that I want to take (mostly business, tax) really keeps me going.  I think of it as an opportunity of gathering the tools that I REALLY want and need not only for my career but also for my personal growth.  I may have a non-traditional view towards learning the law since my career focus is slightly different as well. One day I want to get into business instead of being a lawyer for the rest of my life.  For that reason, I am less concerned about winning/losing or getting my point across, but more about figuring out something complicated, and learning some methodological skills. However, I wonder if I was more into arguing, winning and turning something gray into black or white, whether my view towards law school learning would change.  Probably.  But regardless, I still do think that whether I would still like law school or dislike would depend on whether I am an optimist or pessimist or whether I am more risk adverse about my current investment or whether I see it as an opportunity.  No matter what my interest was as a law student, for me, I will still find an opportunity in law school learning to make my investment worth it and will try my best to make it worth it. 

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General Board / Anyone goes to Seattle U?
« on: March 22, 2006, 04:46:55 PM »
Hi, for those who go to SU, I would like to know what your experience is like especially after the average grading curve changed to B(3.0?).  Also, how is SU's career prospect in Seattle?  I'm thinking about going there.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: torts question
« on: December 25, 2005, 12:32:39 AM »
Yeah those questions are so confusing how they are worded.  Did you copy exact words from what the professor questioned on the exam?

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Interesting... so which school did you transfer from and where do you attend now?


My biggest fear about attending Willamette is losing the scholarship... because not only will I be making less money, I will be in substantially deeper debt than if I were to attend Tech.

I guess with all the banter back and forth, we kind of lost this important part of the puzzle.  I faced this same decision as a 0L.  I took a full scholarship to a school contingent on a 3.0, and ended up with a 2.9.  I was fortunate to have transfer options and Willamette was the program I really wanted.  I was flatly told by those I was put in contact with that Willamette was like many lower ranked schools (my former school included) who offer more scholarship money than can possibly be kept by its entering class.  They count on the curve to negate scholarships and prevent transfer.  That way they have full tuition paying students for the 2nd and 3rd years.  Make no mistake, there will be people who are good students and work hard who will lose their scholarships. If you wouldn't attend a lower ranked school if you had to pay full price, don't.

***my bad for taking your thread a different direction, I'll stay out of any additional back and forth. 
***Salem is a nice town, just boring.  Portland is a pretty easy ride, tons of people make that commute easily.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Willamette, Class of 2010 Thread
« on: August 02, 2007, 12:59:55 AM »
Hey thanks, Willamette for all the information!  I also read some of your other posts and you sound like you really enjoyed your law school experience at WUCL.  Have some or all of your 1L exams been open book or open outline exams?  If so, can you remember which classes they were?

As fas as the cafeteria food goes, since you and littlelisalaw disagree, I will just have to test it for myself when I move to Salem.   ;D

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Yeah at the time I wasn't that sure I'd go to Willamette but I reserved my name on the list anyway just because it was free to do it. 

Willamette supposedly has pretty good cafeteria food.  I heard they have a lot of organic food on their menu.  But yeah, I'm sure at one point I'd be tired of the school food though.  I'm thinking about just getting the cheapest meal plan. 

Well I just did a restaurant search on google map and was surprised by how many restaurants are there near school.   :o

http://local.google.com/local?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B2GGFB_enUS219US219&q=restaurants+near+willamette+university

Awesome.  We shouldn't be starving then.   :D

I just noticed that you mentioned people that get on-campus housing can start moving in on 8/14.  That makes me glad I chose to live off-campus, as I'm going on that OLIO retreat for minority students the previous weekend.

Maybe you can PM me more about yourself, and I just may see you at orientation.  In the meantime, I should probably start the packing process now, as I leave for Oregon in eight days.

Good luck!  Also try to get tanned as much as possible before coming to Oregon...  and bring an umbrella.

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I'm moving to Salem on the 13th.  I've got a place about 1 mi SE of campus.  That should be enough time to get settled. I didn't think getting the meal plan would be worth the money, so i didn't get one. the meal plan will be convinient until you get tired of the food though.

Did anyone get any kind of summer reading list or are we all jumping into class after orientation without haveing read anything?

also, what is the OLIO retreat?

OLIO stands for Opportunities of Law in Oregon.  You can read the explanation on this site here.  http://www.osbar.org/aap/programs.html#olio

I didn't get any summer reading list.  Everyone I know in law school told me to just relax my brain during the summer so I have been just taking it easy.  During the orientation, we will get a chance to buy the books.  I wonder if it's a good idea to get a head start.  Is there a link up where I can see the required books for 1L this year?

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Ah, I didn't know the waitlist for on-campus housing had that many people.  I guess I did get lucky to get a spot.  I've been emailing the housing office lady since March to reserve a spot though. 

The only bad thing about the on-campus housing is not being allowed enough time to move in and out.  Earliest day I can check in is 8/14 (Orientation starts next day) and I think I only get one day in Spring Semester after the final is over to move out.   :(

Are you planning to purchase the meal plan by any chance? 

Wow...in March, I hadn't even come close to making a decision of where to go to school, so that probably led to me not getting on-campus housing.

No meal plan for me.  Although it'd be nice to have one (as you will probably will save a bunch of money that way), I prefer the independence of being able to choose what to eat.  That is, if I don't turn lazy and start skipping meals.

Yeah at the time I wasn't that sure I'd go to Willamette but I reserved my name on the list anyway just because it was free to do it. 

Willamette supposedly has pretty good cafeteria food.  I heard they have a lot of organic food on their menu.  But yeah, I'm sure at one point I'd be tired of the school food though.  I'm thinking about just getting the cheapest meal plan. 

Well I just did a restaurant search on google map and was surprised by how many restaurants are there near school.   :o

http://local.google.com/local?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B2GGFB_enUS219US219&q=restaurants+near+willamette+university




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