« on: June 17, 2007, 12:39:25 AM »
Yes - it was interesting - mostly just to get a look at future classmates and have the process become more "real". It was a 2 hr program: 15 minute speech by the academic support/legal methods prof (Kamati), 15 min speech by a girl who just finished 1L (apparently very well, w/ a judicial clerkship etc), then Q& A, then hors d'oeuvres and either a campus tour or one-on-one meetings w/financial aid officers. I opted for the latter.
Here's what I took away:
For those of us doing the evening program, there's a separate evening orientation in August - yay! That means nor vacation days must be burned.
Prof. Kamati will, I gather, be very involved in the orientation. She'll be sending an "assignment" and will "teach us how to brief a case, study methods etc"...
We should fill out Loyola's financial aid form ASAP if we haven't already done so. If we're thinking of taking out extra $ (i.e. in the form of a GradPLUS loan) we should indicate that. We can always change the amount later, i.e. after they've sent the "official" award letter. Also, if we take out more than we want, we can always cancel the 2nd semester disbursement.
For us evening students, the summer session is a "header" session - meaning it starts LLS' academic schools year. So that means for next summer, when we take classes, we'll be applying for aid in March '08.
For eve students, our courses will be Contracts, Torts, LRW and Prop - year long courses for the first year. LRW is once a week, the others are generally twice a week (you probably knew that already since it's on the website).
In the summer, our course load will be lighter - generally 4 credits are taken in the summer (either one 4-credit course of 2 2-credit courses).
We can graduate in less than 4 years by taking an extra summer course (i.e. 3 summers total = graduate in Dec. 2010) or taking extra classes during the day or whatever.
I think those are the most useful things I took away. I wanted to just kiss the assistant director (Janelle someone) for admitting me - I went up to her and started gushing, and then it was clear that she had signed hundred of admit letters so it wasn't like she remembered me as THE MAJOR borderline case or something so...I'll send them a nice thanks-for-admitting-me letter when I graduate.
It was a GORGEOUS evening in Los Angeles though - beautiful balmy, clear night - not a cloud in the sky. Afterwards I just hung out on the parking garage taking pictures with my cell phone - even though I fricking commute to downtown LA EVERY DAY for work - sometimes I'm just bowled over by how awesome this city is - even the ugly parts are just so uniquely LA and different from, say, the ghetto of Springfield Mass... Also, I felt very safe in on the roof of the parking garage after dark, even though you'd never catch me parking on the streets outside the campus (and yes, I'm a paranoid female from small town Massachusetts).
Are you all on the facebook group?