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Unsure.  Have some vague interests in arbitration between countries and human rights, but I am well aware that could (and probably will) change.  What probably won't change is that at the end of the day, I want to return to Canada or possibly Europe.

I think for what I am interested in doing at the moment, Columbia is as good if not better than Harvard.  But I think my unwillingness to stay in the US over a long period is where Harvard really shines over Columbia.  If I wanted to do corporate law in New York, I would be at Columbia already.  I am not interested in doing that type of work at the moment, however, and due to personal commitments I don't see myself living in the States for a long period of time after law school.

Well, you're thinking about all of the right factors, and I have to agree with you on your analysis.  Best of luck.

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I should say that getting a firm job typically (but not always) involves a lot of work 1L year.  This work comes at a bad time (late November to December), and it will be even worse with exams before break this year.  No one is going to hold your hand and force you to do it, either.

Aren't 1L exams still after winter break this year??  We were told they would be at ASW, and that's what the academic calendar shows -- please tell me that this didn't get changed recently...

Oh you'd know better than I would for sure.  I was just assuming based on the curricular changes.  I needed the break because I didn't know any civpro as of 12/1, but I can tell you that you would be better off not having it.  Everyone would be happier.

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Were the female law students more or less attractive than you had expected?

Please do not use your fiancee as an excuse not to answer.  TYIA. 

Um, 2 ruins 1.  As does the fact that pretty much everyone knows who I am.  I will say that law school represents a cross-section of society, such that you have varied levels of talent, intelligence, accomplishment, etc.  It represents the cross-section from which it is drawn as you would expect it to, I think.

OK, I'm going to bed.

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Fun is alive; it's just that non-law people in a crowd of law students can feel left out.  This likely changes over time, though I can't say for sure.

Were you active in any organizations first year, and if so, do you regret it?  If not, do you wish you had?

I was very active in a journal, and I think it was a good experience.  I might have wished I was more active in the social events of certain orgs, but to be honest, I'd usually rather just go home and hang out with my fiancee.

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How do you feel you've "changed"?

(feel free to be as specific or non-specific as you'd like)

Well, I get stupid lawyer jokes.  It's kind of vague, but here's how you can tell.  Take a non-law person to a gathering of lawyers and/or law students any time after December.  Afterwards, that person will complain about how nothing you talked about was interesting and how he/she was left out of the conversation.  You won't have noticed anything unusual.

Also, law has a certain language.  It can be pretty lame, but it's also pretty easily recognizable.

Sounds fun!

 :-\

::gulp::

It's interesting if nothing else.  Note that I listed it as among my favorite things about law school.

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How do you feel you've "changed"?

(feel free to be as specific or non-specific as you'd like)

Well, I get stupid lawyer jokes.  It's kind of vague, but here's how you can tell.  Take a non-law person to a gathering of lawyers and/or law students any time after December.  Afterwards, that person will complain about how nothing you talked about was interesting and how he/she was left out of the conversation.  You won't have noticed anything unusual.

Also, law has a certain language.  It can be pretty lame, but it's also pretty easily recognizable.

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What am I missing out on by missing dorms?  Am I going to know anyone (Assume I live in 1580 MA ave right across from Hastings)?

Damnit number 2  for the hole in the earth HLS decided to put at Mass and Chauncy instead of giving dorm rooms to 1Ls.

I didn't live in the dorms, but I'm approximately the lamest person at HLS.  I'd say you are missing out on very little to absolutely nothing, though, since many people who were very socially involved lived off campus (within walking distance, mostly).  I think most people after 1L look back and say "I should've lived off campus," but I could be wrong about that.

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Favorite, least favorite things about first year? 

Favorite: Three off the top of my head.  1) Looking back and realizing how much I've learned/changed in so little time.  This is not unique to HLS.  2) My section: nice mix of people I'd probably never otherwise talk to and people I'd probably find anyway, all were really great.  3) The really cool speakers/opportunities (Scalia coming to talk, Seth Waxman and Larry Luchino talking to the section, Going to SCOTUS arguments/Breyer talking to my section, etc.).

Least: Anything involving the registrar has been slightly more frustrating than it needs to be.  I also didn't like how people seemed to change a bit between Jan 2 and one week after fall grades came out.  Things settled down after that, but people were not their best selves during that stretch.

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Just received my Harvard aid "award": no grants, all loans.  I still want to go to HLS, but I also don't think it's worth $120,000 more than a CLS degree.

Probably isn't: what do you want to do?

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