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Tulane / Who's going to Tulane?!
« on: February 13, 2002, 08:11:53 AM »
I'm not going to Tulane - but if you are ;), you can post your messages here.

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Boston U / Re: New 1Ls
« on: August 03, 2002, 03:14:40 PM »
I wrote that last year when we really did have sections assigned.  I think the way to find out is to go on student link (via the BU (not law) web page) and check with your kerberberorberos password.  But then I think they changed them on us before classes actually started.  There is one section this year that is going to be tough... but I don't know which one it is, B or C I think.

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Boston U / New 1Ls
« on: August 17, 2001, 03:32:51 AM »
Hello BU 1Ls.  It appears we have our sections assigned.  Does anyone know which profs we should be glad or unglad to have?

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Boston U / Books & Pictures
« on: August 06, 2002, 01:24:29 AM »
As for books, I made a little spread sheet with the specifics:

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/books%20for%20sale.xls

If anyone is interested let me know ASAP (via email andrew.j.sinclair@verizon.net) so I can take them off of half.com (just sold two more this morning).  Then you can just come by and get them when you get to Boston.  I know it's a little early and you probably don't have your book lists yet - so please wait until you're sure I have the edition you need.

I'll ask around and see if anyone else is selling books.  A lot of people seem to want to keep them.  The Student Bar Association sells some used books too.  You can also try lawswap.com, though I've emailed them a couple times and never heard back.

As far as dress for the pictures... It's just from your chest up, so it doesn't matter if you're wearing board shorts, slacks, tighty-whiteys, etc.  In last year's face book the tie:no tie ratio was about 50:50 (for guys of course).  So that should give you an idea.  The pictures have three purposes:

1) employers supposedly get the face book to "identify" students
2) professors get your picture (in color!) to paste onto their seating chart so they know who they're calling on
3) most importantly - your classmates will get a copy of the face book.  This will be used to identify people that come in conversation ("Mr. Who? - face-book-em please"), to make fun of people amongst friends (the same way you've probably been making fun of me based on my picture), and to figure out where people are from / what school they went to.  (don't know why anyone needs to know that, but it's in there and it's interesting)

Because at least a couple of your classmates will be talking about you at some point - face book in hand - you'll want to make sure you don't have a big piece of dried nasal mucus hanging out of your nose.

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Boston U / Re: Welcome Class of 2005
« on: August 05, 2002, 10:50:06 AM »
I agree completely, except for the part about Mike being my friend (ohhhh...  just kidding)

Technically most of the casebook is available from the books and online (once you get your lexis and westlaw passwords - not right away).  I would definitly get the casebooks though...

1) they are edited - you don't have to read every line of every case
2) they have notes after the cases - often required and discussed in class
3) many professors follow them - so they're useful in understanding the course as a whole
4) they are oh so nice looking

If anyone is looking for some used casebooks... I have a couple.  Assuming no new editions...

Crim with Lawrence
Torts with Hylton
Contracts with Pettit
Constitutional with pretty much anyone (they all use the same book)
Writing class with anyone (all the same books)
Property with Lawson
Civ Pro with... well Hathaway left, but its the red civ pro book
etc.

Let me know if anyone is interested.  I've got a lot of these listed on half.com under ajsinclair2 and ajsinclair, but I'd just as soon sell them locally and save the shipping / commisions.

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Boston U / Re: Welcome Class of 2005
« on: August 03, 2002, 03:10:02 PM »
Plus there's wireless internet access in the building - which means you can get online and read the ny times and what not during class.

Ponder this when choosing seats (usually not determined the first day) - everyone behind you will be able to see your computer screen.

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Boston U / Welcome Class of 2005
« on: July 17, 2002, 01:25:11 PM »
I just wanted to say welcome to the new 1Ls.  I was in your shoes last year.  What do you want to know about BU?

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Boston U / Re: Question for Andrew
« on: August 20, 2002, 04:13:14 PM »
Sorry - been out of town...

Ryckman has a reputation for being the toughest professor.  I don't really know if it is true.  A couple of my roommates had him so I'll try to get one of them to comment.  I know that Ryckman is respected for being a good professor, not just a hard one, so it's not all bad if you have him.

The whole socratic method thing can be a bit tough for some people.  I didn't particularly enjoy it.  Different people have very different opinions of professors - sometimes it's the nice one's that people fear (it's not the way they ask the question - it's the difficulty of the question).

At orientation we'll tell you what you need to know about your professors so you'll be ready.  Don't worry.

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Boston U / Re: Tell me about BU
« on: March 02, 2003, 11:26:04 AM »
Finding a summer job as a 1L is definitly not easy.  I found out today that the place I worked at last summer (a legal services center) is already wait-listing people (btw - they don't pay).  A lot of people work as research assistants for faculty, but they don't get paid much.

With regard to demand for patent attorneys, the impression that I get is that you can land a job at a big firm your second summer as long as you're above average in your class (as opposed to the rest of us without a science or engineering degree - it seems about 20% got big firm jobs).

I think it's especially hard to get into law school right now, but I wouldn't expect the sour economy to remain bad for 3+ years.  It shouldn't be AS competitive in future years.

I don't know what I would say about BU students in general.  There are all kinds of people and nothing that stands out as being abnormal (for law students).  For the most part people are friendly, helpful, and quiet about grades and jobs (sometimes annoyingly so - I don't think it's inappropriate to ask "how'd the interview go?" but others disagree).

The professors have mixed personalities.  Some entertain (sing in class, act strangely to the point where it becomes funny), some give students a tough time, some are clear about the law, some prefer to talk about the policy implications of decisions.  All are brilliant.  Most explain / teach very well.

The building is ugly.  The elevators don't work well.  The 1L classrooms are very nice.  Other classrooms are older.  There is a wireless network, great views, and good location (relative to places you might want to go in boston: downtown, allston, back bay, etc.)

What else do you want to know?

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Boston U / Re: More About BU
« on: April 28, 2003, 05:34:01 AM »
Sorry - meant Stanford.  I got waitlisted at Princeton Law too.  ;)

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