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General Board / Re: Should I do Mock Trial?
« on: January 12, 2009, 12:58:47 AM »
I don't see the point much... just a ton of extra work.

Is it worth the pain?  It seems "everyone is doing it".

Do it. It's fun, and believe me--it's hardly any work. I did barely anything, and made the board for it.

Since you went to GW -- what about the ADR board?

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General Board / Should I do Mock Trial?
« on: January 12, 2009, 12:41:25 AM »
I don't see the point much... just a ton of extra work.

Is it worth the pain?  It seems "everyone is doing it".

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Law School Applications / Re: GW Law 1L ... taking questions
« on: January 02, 2009, 11:17:09 AM »
Are there quite a few students at GW going into patent law? I plan to go into patent law (Electrical Engineering undergrad), so would this "diversity" advantage actually be a disadvantage at GW?

Thanks in advance.

Due to the large size of the school, and the fact that GW is known for patent law, there's a lot of IP/patent law students.  However, it's not everyone, and this is still an advantage.  Remember you are competiting with different schools for jobs, not just your classmates.  The strength of the program at GW means there's a lot of IP alum - this will only help you.  From what I hear from the career center, students with science backgrounds concentrating in IP still have a leg up in the job search.

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Law School Applications / Re: GW Law 1L ... taking questions
« on: December 21, 2008, 01:18:27 AM »
Do you live in a community with other law students?

If not, how easy is it to socialize when your only mode of transportation is the train (I'm assuming that you don't have a car. I could be wrong)

How is living in DC?

I don't live in a community with other law students.  There's only one law school dorm at GW - the Aston and it only has studio singles.  I'm married so that wasn't an option for me anyways.  I know some people who live there and like it, but oftentimes, they describe how they can "never get away" from the law school environment.  On the other hand, I'm sure it's convenient to have classmates on hand next door.  Funny enough, with 500 1L's at GW you invariably end up living in the same apartment buildings as other law students.  Someone in my section lives in my apartment building in Arlington, and I know other people live within walking distance of my apartment too.  There's one building around McPherson Square that FOUR 1L's ended up living in, and they threw a couple parties on their rooftop this semester.

It's SO easy to socialize with other law students when you don't live in a building with law students, or if you don't have a car.  My husband and I do have a car, but mainly he uses it for work and I stick to public transit.  The car is mainly used for him to commute to work.  Anyways, the social events in law school are mainly bar review, which at GW is *every* Thursday, and the post-midterm and post-finals bar events.   I'm also in a couple student groups which was a great place to meet people. I invited people over to my place a couple times, and it was easy to get to given my proximity to the Metro.  The key is to just live within close proximity to a metro station (in a safe area) and it will be easy for you to just hop on the metro whenever you like.

I live in Arlington, on the orange line, and I really really love Arlington.  While I'm sure DC is great, I live in an area with plenty of restaurants, a movie theater, and a library which I hit up for free movies all the time.  There is something to say for choosing to live in Arlington, though I wouldn't recommend living further out than Ballston.  That's when it starts getting more suburban.  The Rosslyn-Ballston corridor is quite urban.  And since Foggy Bottom is on the orange line, living in Rosslyn or Courthouse, only 1-2 stops away from Foggy Bottom, is, I think, a lot more convenient to commute to school than if you live on Capitol Hill (you have to go through more stops) or Adams Morgan (where you'd have to change lines).

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Law School Applications / Re: GW Law 1L ... taking questions
« on: December 21, 2008, 01:01:22 AM »
How close to school do you live?

Do you know anything about the people accepted ED?  The literature says that they get some extra mentoring or something; is that legit and actually helpful, or just fluff to go on the website?

Thanks!

I live two metro stops from the school, and door-to-door it takes me 30 minutes (if I'm walking slow).

Yeah the presidential merit scholars were assigned mentors right before finals.  They had meetings with the presidential merit scholar board members to determine who best to pair them with mid-semester.  Since it's a new program and mentors haven't been contacted really yet (given finals and all), the extent of this relationship is TBA.  It will probably depend on how far the student chooses to take it.  Thus far, the professors have all been really enthusiastic about it.

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Law School Applications / Re: GW Law 1L ... taking questions
« on: December 21, 2008, 12:58:54 AM »
What do you think about the GW class size compared to other schools that might have only 200-250 students?

I think there are pros and cons for sure to the size of the school.

Pros:
- Allows for huge faculty and course selection.  GW's course catalog is quite lengthy.
- Less like high school than other law schools.  While I have no direct comparison, by talking to some friends at other law schools, this seems to be the case.
- Wider alumni network.
- More resources (goes back to staffing, but I mean overall)
- Amazing SBA (student bar association).  Not sure if this has to do with the size of the school.
- Allows for wide variety of clinical opportunities.
- Tons of student organizations.

Cons:
- Some crowding in the school.  While it certainly fits everyone, it's a crowded place overall.
- Lack of a tight knit community you might find at a smaller school.
- Large 1L classes.  However, I should note the school makes an effort for 1L's to have at least 25% of their 1L classes with less than 50 people in them.  But because of this, I think it can be more taxing on a professor's availability.  
- 1Ls have to share lockers.  

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Law School Applications / Re: GW Law 1L ... taking questions
« on: December 21, 2008, 12:40:18 AM »
how competitive are the students with each other? how approachable are the professors? as a 1L at GW, what is a reasonable expectation for employment that first summer if your preference is a government position?

1. I haven't observed any competitiveness.  Whenever I'm out, many people offer to send me notes, and I try to do so automatically for others if my notes weren't too shabby on that particular day.

2. It really depends on the professor.  Most of my professors were approachable this semester. There is at least one professor at GW that some 1L's invariably have who is pretty notorious and unapproachable.  I had that professor but my section also had one of the most approachable professors in the school.  He basically made himself available to us throughout finals, and promptly replied to any questions posted on the class forum.  He even came into our final and reminded us we would all be fantastic lawyers no matter what happened on the exam.

3. Government jobs hmm, hard to say to be honest.  With the economy the way it is, I think law schools are all going into uncharted territory.  We were told firm jobs were tough for 1L's to get.  I know there are specific numbers for those GW 1L's who get gov't jobs, but I don't remember.  My understanding is that it's definitely doable.

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Law School Applications / Re: GW Law 1L ... taking questions
« on: December 20, 2008, 11:54:51 PM »
when will your school start sending out acceptances?

ha.  no clue.

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Law School Applications / Re: GW Law 1L ... taking questions
« on: December 20, 2008, 11:51:54 PM »
How'd exams go?

They were okay, but there's no way to know how the curve will go.

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Law School Applications / GW Law 1L ... taking questions
« on: December 20, 2008, 11:47:39 PM »
Alright so I used this board last year so I'm "paying it forward" here.

Ask away :)

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