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How far is Newton from Boston, anyway? Does it have more of a small-town or big-city feel?

What's the on-campus law student housing like?

Would you say the student body seems diverse?

How helpful did you find Employment Services?

Just noticing that these questions were never answered, so I can field the first two.

Newton is not that far from Boston.  By T it takes probably half an hour to 45 minutes to get to the very heart of downtown but that is kind of touristy anyways.  When I lived in Boston last I lived pretty downtown and didn't go out towards Newton much but when I was there for visits and the most recent incoming students events I was surprised about how city-ish the "suburbs" are.  Newton is pretty residential, with some huge ass houses, but most law students live in Brighton/ Allston which is still part of the City of Boston (others live in Brookline, which is not Boston but you can't tell the difference).  There aren't skyscrapers but it is still an urban environment with stores and bars and stuff lining the main roads.  I'm actually really psyched to live in tat kind of in-between environment.

As for "on-campus" law student housing, there is none, at least not like there is at someplace like Cornell.  There are like, 3? apartment buildings that BC bought two years ago that are regular apartments for grad students.  The general consensus seems to be that these apartments are 1) not that nice and 2) overpriced.  They're in a nice area, and the people I met who got them didn't seem too upset ... and it did save them from the awkwardness of the grad student housing fair.  But that thing wasn't that awkward anyways.


I just want to follow this up with a comment about living on campus.  No matter where you attend, I would think hard about living on campus. I really enjoyed the ability to get away from the law school environment; I would have gone crazy had I been forced to live at school, even at a low pressure school like BC.  I really enjoyed having a bit of a life off campus and having a world that didn't involve law school.  Just a thought.  On a lighter note, I have heard that the BC graduate housing is very nice.

BC grad housing is decent. The small singles and studios are indeed small, the doubles and large singles are bigger. The problems that students complained about during the first year that grad housing was offered (Fall 06-Spring 07) have been attended to

(A few examples: 1) Students complained that the Internet was slow: now the apartments have Comcast, 2) Any and all remaining private tenants have left the grad housing properites leaving only BC grad students, 3) The woman who was in charge of the grad housing process last year has been replaced. It seems that all systems are a go for the coming year (Fall 07-Spring 08).)

Another bonus is that the school lets you sign a 10-month lease as opposed to a 12-month lease if you like - great for those who plan to leave Boston for the summers.

That said, unless you are coming from abroad or simply cannot find the time to search for your own place/get your own furniture, it pays to take the time to look for non-grad-school housing. There are many available apartments, houses, and even rooms you can sublet from local families in Allston, Brighton, Newton and Brookline. It's worth it to look on your own for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to the following:

1. Potential for cheaper rent rates
2. No ugly undergrad-like dorm furniture
3. Potential to stay in the place for all 3 years and fill it with your close friends/find a good landlord and stick with him/her
4. Ability to live as close or as far to the school as you like

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Adopting a kid/ Being a foster parent
« on: July 18, 2007, 12:20:34 PM »
If I decided to adopt I think I would feel obligated to adopt at least two children so that the first one could have a brother or sister... if I adopted from abroad, I would try to adopt both children from the same country.

Then again, if I had biological kids, I would also have more than one so that the first kid had a built-in friend. They say you have the first kid for yourself (and your SO) and the second child for the first.

When do you guys think they'll actually tell us what our sections are?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Adopting a kid/ Being a foster parent
« on: July 17, 2007, 09:48:23 AM »
I may be way off mark here, but my impression is that international adoption is open to a lot of people for whom domestic adoption isn't a realistic option. 

My parents adopted my sister from Chile - I'm not sure why they didn't adopt domestically.  Now I'm kinda curious and I'll find out.  Is it harder to adopt a kid from the US?

Healthy American babies (especially Caucasian children) are the most expensive to adopt. Would-be parents have to jump through more hoops (in terms of screenings and background checks) than for babies from other countries.

It's an uncomfortable reality that children are "priced differently" depending on where they come from, what their ethnic and racial backgrounds are, how old they are (babies are most expensive) and whether or not they have mental or physical disabilities.

Adoption is pretty much an industry on both the national and international levels.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC over UMN?
« on: July 17, 2007, 09:08:38 AM »
I was all set to attend UMN in the fall (paid second deposit, found an apartment, etc) and then I got a call from BC yesterday asking if I interested in a spot.  I really liked both schools when I visited, though I definitely tried to be cautious about liking BC too much since I was waitlisted.  I'm wondering if I would have had the completely love it reaction had it been an option at the time.  I'm not sure where I eventually end up, though I am leaning towards Chicago where I have connections.  I'm hoping to be involved in banking law and would like to work for either a medium or big firm.  I have a minimal scholarship from UMN, but not enough to make much of a difference.  If I had heard from BC a month ago, I would be much more inclined to go, but I'm wondering if it's really worth it at this stage in the game, especially when I'm happy with Minnesota.  I feel like I would really enjoy both schools, the student bodies at both seem wonderful and friendly, and the weather is pretty bad in Minneapolis and Boston. 

So is there any compelling reason for me to take BC over UMN?  I'm thinking that I will stick with UMN, but I'm wondering if there's something that I'm overlooking.  Thanks!       

Congrats on the tentative BC Law offer - good for you! I would suggest using NALP to see whether the Chicago firms you might be interested in working for employ more BC or more UMN grads. I think that BC is the more national school and that if you aren't 100% set on any part of the country, it will take you farther, but since you have expressed an interest in Chicago, you may as well do a bit of research. It never hurts to call the Career Services office as well and to explain your situation - they are really helpful and gave me tons of information when I was choosing between my "final choices"!

As far as moving and finding a place, join the BC Law Facebook group - there are TONS of guys and girls with space available in their apartments and houses who would love to meet you to see if there is a fit. We're friendly (BC Law is known as the "Disneyland of law schools"), so post your questions about the school on the site and we'll respond!

Have a frank conversation with both potential recommenders to see what they might write about you. Ask them if you can provide them with a list of suggestions and if possible, give them copies of the work you did for their classes (lab report, essay, evaluation they gave you based on a presentation, whatever) so that they can have a sample of your work in front of them when they write the LOR. Give them the best stuff you can find!

It also doesn't hurt to give them both a copy of your resume so that they can talk about you as a "whole person." If both sounds like they'll write good things, why not use both? Good luck!

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Going NUTS!!
« on: July 13, 2007, 10:13:45 AM »
Hi, I was in school for 2 years doing the general ed. stuff, and when I finished that, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I took some time off, figured it out, and now I'm re-enrolled in school, majoring in criminal justice with an aim towards going to law school.

However, I don't start school until late September (9/26 to be exact), and while I am enrolled in the classes I want to take, it is too long before the quarter starts to find out what my textbooks will be. I am really excited about this, and I want to DO something, but I can't figure out what to do! I can't get a head start on my text books, because I don't know what they will be yet. I still have another 2 years of school (and life) before applying to law school(s), so doing in depth preparation for the LSAT or my personal statement is kind of pointless (isn't it? correct me if I'm wrong and should be doing this). So what can I do?

Please give me some advice on something... constructive, i guess... that I can do during this "down" time. Um, by the way, please don't tell me to "just enjoy it", because I have been "taking a break" for a year and a half now, so it's nothing new (yes, I've been working).


You seem to be assuming that you should take the LSAT as a senior in college. The score is valid for 5 years, so why not study now and take it this coming school year (when you are ready)? It will be nice to have the test out of the way, and if for some reason you are dissatisfied with your score, you will have plenty of time to take it again.

Once the exam is out of the way you'll be able to focus on getting LORs, enjoying your ECs and filling out applications. Taking the exam in the equivalent of your junior year of college (I say equivalent since you are returning to school) is a great way to ensure that you'll be able to focus on other aspects of the application process as a senior while still leaving time for schoolwork and fun.

I've heard that if you plan to live in one city/town for 4 or more years, it makes sense to buy if you can afford it... and by buy, I don't necessarily mean pay for the whole thing upfront, I mean get a mortgage.

So I'm thinking that I should try to close on a place in the city that my post-2L summer job is in. If that's in Massachusetts (I'm attending BC Law), then I can live there for 3L year and then for at least three years afterwards.

Anyone have any stories or words of advice for apartment or house-hunting while a law student?

Anyone considering it?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Michael Moore v. CNN
« on: July 12, 2007, 12:08:20 PM »
sorry, assholes, but moore right to take on cnn for nonsense hack job on him.  left has stop apologizing for having opinions and say something real rather than always playing defense.

It would just be really nice if those opinions could be conveyed in a civilized manner. Dr. Gupta came off looking reasonable, rational and collected, while Moore came off looking like his usual whining, glib, smug, obnoxious, etc, self.

If CNN basically told you your life's work was completely fallacious, would you be calm and collected in your rebuttal on live television?

I seriously question whether it was that his "life's work" was being questioned.  It seems far more likely that he was pissed at their critique of his "chery-picking" (Gupta's words), misrepresentation, and manipulation of data. 

Since they agreed with his premise, they were indirectly implying that he was unable or unwilling to make a good "documentary". 

TITCR. Thanks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta (whose CNN columns are awesome, read them), Moore came off looking like a fool. Meanwhile, I thought Moore's movie was terrific, if sensational.

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