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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota 2011 -- The real U of M...
« on: June 26, 2008, 02:08:12 PM »
Hey hey, I have some questions!

Can someone tell me more about Dinkytown? What's the difference between Dinkytown and Uptown (besides location)?

Is the 1L class divided into sections? If so, how much do people socialize between sections?

How many clinics do students usually participate in?
   
Is the law library a good study spot? How equipped is it for laptops? (Here at UMiami, only about half of the seats/carrels in the law library have plugs).

Do law students study on the East bank?

I’m in Miami right now. Any tips on how I can survive winter?

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota 2011 -- The real U of M...
« on: June 26, 2008, 02:01:26 PM »
Thanks for your comments.  I have found that it is really difficult to get a sense of a school as a whole at ASW, especially one as carefully organized as Minnesota's.  There just didn't seem to a lot of time for mingling with current students, faculty, and staff, so I think that the perspective students spent a lot of time talking to each other.  So, thanks for the insider perspective.

I know that I won't have to deal with admissions once I get to law school, but when everything is uncertain, you have questions, and you need to make decisions, I think that the admissions office has a lot of influence.  For anyone who is interested, I did manage to contact financial aid at Minnesota about reciprocity tuition and was told that it should be the same as in-state and that the admissions office had made an error in the total (and in the amount of my Ford loans), so I am glad that I got that cleared up. 

The above comments on public interest were useful as well.  The student who gave my tour said that she didn't really know about how one got such jobs, but supposed that career services would help, which sounded really vague to me.  And the career services person made a big deal of Minnesota's growing private practice/big law numbers, so it made me wonder...

Also, the full scholarship at other local schools comment was from the director of admissions.  Even if it is true, it seemed a little pretentious at the time. 

So, there are some of you who were at ASW this weekend, yes?  Let's hear your impressions...

I realize I’m very late on this – but I was there and I enjoyed it.  :D  ASW made the decision for me. It was my first time in Minneapolis and I was impressed.

One thing that seemed fishy was how little the ASW students commented on the workload. It was, “The professors are very friendly, the students are not competitive like they are at other schools, collegiality...”

Which, if true, would be great!

I didn’t have a problem with not seeing more classrooms… I mean, we were in one for a good deal of the time. I assume that they are all very similar? I came early on Friday and poked around the school, so I guess I saw them already…

I just wish the Starbucks was closer...but I ran into a coffee place in what I think was a tunnel? Maybe I'm confused.  ???

And I also felt like the baby of the group. I think I was the only prospective at ASW (at least of the people I met!) that was still in college.




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Current Law Students / Re: Forget MAC or PC, what laptop is the best?
« on: June 21, 2008, 07:51:08 PM »
I'm on a Gateway FX laptop, which is pretty sweet... my school has a mandatory laptop program so they'll give me a Dell in the fall.

Never was much of a Mac boy.

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Current Law Students / Re: Another Restaurant Fight
« on: June 21, 2008, 07:34:33 PM »
Glad to see you were able to turn a potentially awkward situation into another opportunity to self-promote your blog... your tireless spamming is truly an inspiration.

Haha. Hbb is hilarious.

Read the menu next time! Ignorance of the rules doesn't excuse you from $2.50.

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Current Law Students / Re: How long did it take you to finish UG?
« on: June 21, 2008, 07:22:55 PM »

Thanks for sharing  ::)

Haha!

Four (lazy) years @ 12 credits per semester. I came in with 30 credits from dual enrollment.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota 2011 -- The real U of M...
« on: June 21, 2008, 07:13:28 PM »
Dinkytown!

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota 2011 -- The real U of M...
« on: June 19, 2008, 04:44:35 PM »
Does anyone know how quickly future 1L's will get their book lists/assignments?

You'll probably get them the week before school starts. They didn't really let us know what they were until maybe a week or two before class, so I bought my books from the bookstore then returned them once I received the cheaper ones. The biggest drawback is that you can't mark up any book you plan on returning.

Thanks! Were the cheaper ones used or different books altogether? I've read that it's better to get new books for law school so you can mark them up without the previous owner's writing all over them. How distracting is another person's writing? I remember when I worked at my undergrad's bookstore the law students would throw fits if they couldn't get a new book...

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I read Scott Turow's "One L" and I'm currently reading Barron's "How to Succeed in Law School" and "Getting to Maybe."

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota 2011 -- The real U of M...
« on: June 19, 2008, 02:35:23 PM »
Does anyone know how quickly future 1L's will get their book lists/assignments?

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official I'm Going to X School Thread
« on: June 19, 2008, 02:24:15 PM »
U Minnesota!

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