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Where should I go next fall? / Re: GULC vs. UVA?
« on: June 17, 2007, 10:48:10 PM »
Just got into UVA off the waitlist.  I don't know what kind of law I want to practice or even where I necessarily want to be geographically.  I think right now that I want to do biglaw or corporate law, but even that could change.  I guess I'd like to keep my options open and know that opportunities after graduation will come easily.  That said, would sticking with GULC over UVA be absurd, or is the difference really negligible?  I know the class size at GULC is huge, and I just don't want to be someone graduating in the middle or bottom of the pack with very limited exit opportunities.  Thoughts?  Thanks to everyone in advance.

Don't listen to all thse UVA trolls! If the class size is bigger at GULC, there are more people in the top 25% of the class. That means your odds of being there are better.

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Got into an interesting discussion on another board and am curious to hear what other ppl think.

I'm planning on heading back to NC after graduating from UVA; some ppl were saying that UNC would be a better choice for practicing in any NC city, despite UVA's decided advantage.  I disagree with this, and think that any T-14 (or t-20 or whatever) would serve better for Charlotte, the Triangle, etc.

But beyond this, I suspect that this principal would hold for almost any major city.

I'm headed to UVA  :)  I'm certainly not worried about finding a job in NC.

But I would like to hear what others think, about NC or other state scenarios?

If you wanted to be in NC, you were getting full tuition + living stipend, you didn't have to maintain a GPA for it, and the curve wasn't so bad, then i'd go for UNC. Otherwise UVA.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Hastings class of 2010
« on: June 15, 2007, 05:35:14 PM »
http://ontheothersideofthewall.blogspot.com/2007/04/blissful-ignorance-or-dangerous.html

"According to the San Francisco Police Department in the last 90 days, there has been 71 assaults, 6 burglaries, 418 narcotic offenses, 1 homicide (more on the gang-related murders here and here), 96 thefts, 37 robberies, 23 incidents of vandalism, and 7 vehicle thefts, all within 1000 feet of McAllister Tower.

418 of those are either drug possession or drug sales - are you afraid someone's going to sell you drugs against your will?

Unless you live within 1000 feet of the tower, burglaries shouldn't be a problem - the tower itself is cool. Ditto for the thefts and vandalism.  The robberies and assaults might be worth worrying about, but its' unlikely those people assaulted or robbed were just innocent bystanders. Hastings is also right by Civic Center, a bunch of theaters and city hall. If people were to engage in random and wanton criminal acts there the police would quickly crack down.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: UC Irvine Law 2009
« on: June 15, 2007, 12:25:52 PM »
The only way this makes sense is if they can leverage their UC status to poach whoever (if anyone) decent at Chapman and Whitteir - if it can gut those two schools it has a niche to fill. If it just mucks about at their level of tepidity then it's a huge drain on my resources as a taxpayer.

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Hmmm, that's not what I heard about Silver Lake.  Anyone else care to opine?

Who disparaged silverlake?

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Acceptances / Re: Where would you go: MICHIGAN or UCLA?
« on: June 05, 2007, 10:08:41 PM »
Yeah, the only think that makes 1L tolerable are a) being able to go outside, and b) having friends. So I liked it at UCLA. Normally I would tell people in your situation to go to Michigan, but I dunno. What do you want to do besides SCOTUS? Did you go to loyola for undergrad?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The lawyer/activist
« on: June 05, 2007, 01:39:36 AM »
So law school seems to draw in lots of idealists who end up doing the corporate grind to pay off loans. But let's assume that you're a true idealist who finds a job in a public advocacy group after graduation.

How effective can you be? Does the "erin brockovich" model work? That is, using the legal system to affect policy change? Or does it just gummy-up the court system and create a narrow and unbalanced system of remedy?

impact litigation works sometines, but i think if you really want to make a change, be any kind of lawyer then go into policy.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UCLA Class of 2010!
« on: June 04, 2007, 01:18:45 AM »
Well I just feel that I have to tell all my future UCLA Law friends that I just made an offer on a condo in Westwood! I'm so excited because up until a few days ago I thought I was going to have to commute from the valley.

What about the rest of you (those not doing Weyburn)? Anybody else going to be around in the area? Or are people generally commuting a bit?

wait, you didn't actually do that club CA thing, did you?

Ok...I'l bite.

Yes, we're making an offer at "club CA". Place is really nice, close to campus, nice facilities. Plus it's almost the only show in town - I couldn't find much else in that price range in the area.

So why do you ask? Bad experience?

It's right in the middle of westwood, which is noisy, unkempt and hard to park in. traffic sucks on the 405, and you're surrounded by students. when i peeked inside some months ago it looked like poorly refurbished run-down student apartments and not worth the value - but i haven't shopped around in the condo market previously. if i had to choose to live some place in LA i'd probably go with somewhere not westwood. i figured they were as bad as my initial impression since they're taking so long to sell. 

but i'm sure you did more research than i did on it, and if it's no more expensive then it'll probably appreciate and odds are you will avoid being pubblepwned.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UCLA Class of 2010!
« on: June 03, 2007, 04:24:59 AM »
Well I just feel that I have to tell all my future UCLA Law friends that I just made an offer on a condo in Westwood! I'm so excited because up until a few days ago I thought I was going to have to commute from the valley.

What about the rest of you (those not doing Weyburn)? Anybody else going to be around in the area? Or are people generally commuting a bit?

wait, you didn't actually do that club CA thing, did you?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UCLA Class of 2010!
« on: May 25, 2007, 12:49:59 PM »
FYI

The financial aid office is COMPLETELY SWAMPED. Im pretty good friends with Veronica (the director) and

1) there are only two financial aid officers (Veronica being one of them) and

2) the other one is out on maternity leave



So, please dont take silence to be bad ...and its probably not extremely helpful to e-mail repeatedly. Veronica is taking things one day at a time and plowing through stuff methodically. Hopefully they'll have a (skilled) replacement in for the 2nd lady at some point this summer.

I was just there on Tuesday and they have some completely unknowledgable student manning the front desk and all he does is basically take messages for Veronica.

Be patient.

(I still have a finaid issue and I just graduated! But they will handle it in due time)

How is Biljana's kid?

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