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how did you get the parking pass, and how much did it cost?  while i have not made my choice about where to attend, colorado is in my final, i got the email describing the sale, but i have no CU identification number, and did not know how to proceed. any details would be appreciated.


Hey, in order to get a parking permit you need to register on the parking site, which requires that ID no. You'll only get that though if you at least verbally commit to enrolling at CU. If you plan to get a permit (and obviously go to CU) you should really do it as soon as possible, as I've heard I might be one of the lucky ones to get a permit (they sell out very fast). It cost me $323, which is a lot, but judging by the fact that their website was overloaded and actually crashed several times this morning as soon as the sale went on, it's worth it.

So, everything's done. Sent in all the forms, the $200 seat deposit (I took a $750 hit for the non-refundable deposit at St. John's however), I even bought a parking permit for next year (right next to the Wolf Law building... nice).

I'll be joining you Coloradoans this Fall. Thanks for helping me make my decision. When I made it I felt much less apprehensive because of the insights I read up on here.

BTW when you get here send me an IM and I'll introduce you some of the networking events in town I go to on a regular basis. Inns of the Court, bar association lunches, a weekly breakfast I go to with a few judges etc. It helps if you know what area of the law you want to practice, but its not critical.

The legal market in Denver, while of a decent size, in small in the respect that everyone knows everyone else in the bar (or it seems like that). I have gotten all my job offers just from knowing people, never had to worry about OCI or mass mailings. In fact every offer I have had was from people asking me if I was interested in working for them either from knowing me personally or me being recommended by someone I know in the local bar. Thus I think you have more options the more people you know.

Certainly, I'd love to be plugged into the pipeline in the area, especially considering I'm going to be a stranger to the area.

One thing, how hard is the Colorado bar to pass?

Wow, thank you for the wonderful insights guys.

What I gleaned from the above is that I should expect to stay in the Rocky Mountain region, unless I'm at the top of the class and can thereby take my credentials out of state.

While I would prefer to go to a big legal market like CA or NY, I think I might forget that once I'm in CO. I might fall in love with the state and stay there permanently. I'm speaking from a very limited perspective (at least when it comes to living in the U.S., I spent 5 years abroad in a South Asian country) as I've only lived and know New York.

I'm more than willing to expand my horizons. And CU still seems like a nationally recognized school, which leads to my next question-

How did CU get to be ranked so high? The question might seem elementary given the information already disseminated, however I would like to know what specifically about CU's reputation as a law school has pushed it into the top 40.

Understood. If you think that's not the case, your opinion is as valid as his and I'd love to hear your take on it (i.e. Boulder isn't as hippy-ish as he made it out to be).

To tell the honest truth, I don't really care either way. My sister's a hippie (she went to a school in Boulder for undergrad), and even though I get annoyed by some stuff she does, I don't mind it nearly enough to make it an issue for whether I'm going to law school. I mean, after all, even with such a laid back atmosphere that has been described, this is still a tier 1 law school that's got a national reputation, people do have to work hard.

Hey hey guys... ANY advice, regardless of whether it's positive or negative, is welcomed... and Matthies is right, he's only giving his own perspective on it (which I asked for)... maybe it's right in general, maybe it's wrong in general, but it is just his perspective on things. No need to come down on him for that. Besides, he's highlighted a bunch of good things about going to CU, so he's actually helped me pick it.

Oh, and their football team bites the big one....that's what a crooked coach can do to ya. 

Hahaha, I'll note that and the hippies. However, my sister is/was a hippie so I'm used to them (and may become one :O) and my school (SUNY Albany) had a terrible D-II football team, so anything else would be an improvement.

I've been offered a full ride for all 3 years, provided I maintain a B average and take 12 credits a semester.

That is a pretty SWEET deal, I think they have a B or B+ curve, so you should be OK. One suggestion, just to cover your a$$, get all set-up as a CO resident as soon as you get here, if you loose your scholly, at least you can get instate if you have been here a year as a resident (I think).

Oh yes, in fact the scholarship says that it'll only cover my out of state tuition for one year, afterwards they'd only cover in-state tuition/fees. I'm sort of forced to become a resident, which I naturally planned to do anyway.

Oh, and their football team bites the big one....that's what a crooked coach can do to ya. 

Hahaha, I'll note that and the hippies. However, my sister is/was a hippie so I'm used to them (and may become one :O) and my school (SUNY Albany) had a terrible D-II football team, so anything else would be an improvement.

So I just received the scholarship info in the mail today... it's official, I've been offered a full ride for all 3 years, provided I maintain a B average and take 12 credits a semester. Very, very manageable restrictions (I believe CU has a very big B curve).

I think I'm all but set to make my mind up. Now, how do I get that deposit back from St. John's?


Boulder can be very pricy, but itís a college town so there is affordable stuff as well.  Iím not sure what rents is, but to buy is outrageous for what you get for the $. My only comment on where to live, is, if was me, I would live someplace where I could get to Denver quickly. I do a lot of networking in the legal community in Denver, I have yet to meet one CU student, they just donít seem to want to make the drive down here (its 45 mins to 1 Ĺ hours in traffic). And that gives DU students an advantage in town. If I was going to CU I would try to live closer to Denver than school. But I am also a study at home guy, so as soon as class is over Iím out. If youíre a at school all the time person, maybe I would live closer to school. I still think the networking in Denver is worth living closer.

I take it you're not quite familiar with the commuting in NYC? :) From a borough like Queens, or the 'burbs in Westchester or Rockland, it takes about half an hour to an hour to get to Manhattan, even though the distance is 10-20 miles. The traffic here is horrible... so I'm used to long drives. Don't worry, I won't let that stop me from going to Denver.

Funny that u know someone at UW ex is actually a 3rd year there now.   Maybe they know each other...actually, maybe we know some of the same people at SUNY!  We'll have to discuss sometime.   

Anyway, I visited CU before the new building was built, so it could only be even better now.   I wrote up a somewhat thorough review on LSD after I had visited, when the trip was still fresh in my mind.   It will do a lot more justice then if I tried to explain everything to you now:,56316.0.html   (btw, I seem to have had an obsession with attractive women when I wrote that post.  I must have been going through a phase or something)

Let me know if you have any other questions about CU (or about BC if you have a sudden change of heart  ;D

Haha, come to think of it, this UW Med student has had a few relationships, maybe she's someone you know :O

Thanks for that link to your review of the school. It's the best thing next to a personal tour of the school as I could ask for (both in terms of the scene and the academics).  And, no, it's not a bad thing to be preoccupied with women, haha. I actually vacationed around Boulder a few years ago to visit my sister (who was an undergrad at the time), and I too noticed all the absolutely beautiful women there. However, when it comes to law school, that could kill ya, so I've been resisting the urge to use that as a motivation (but in this case, it wouldnt hurt :) )

And the new law school building looks amazing in the pictures and the virtual tour and such... I would imagine the school's only gotten better.

I'm almost 100% sold on the school. I'm actually wishing for someone to say something negative about CU so that I can know that there aren't any hidden Cons to the Pros that I've already racked up (I'm sure they outnumber the Cons)

Have you specified where you want to practice after school?

To be completely honest, I don't have a clue. I don't know what part of the law I'll love doing, I'm leaving that up to law school and what I discover I love doing during 1L and 2L. I could wind up doing anything between environmental law and corporate law, so I'm looking for a school that has good clinics for me to figure out what'd be more appealing to practice.

They have a great environmental program, and a bunch of enviro groups have offices in Boulder, good for internships.

Yeah, I learned about that too (4th  best enviro program in the country). Who knows? I might become a green lawyer. It's all up in the air for me. I just want to do something I'm happy with.

Is Boulder an expensive place to live in?

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