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« on: March 03, 2009, 12:59:08 PM »
I thought I'd share an email a friend sent me after I decided on Columbia, which was (as the title of this thread suggests) the absolute best advice I got about success (academic, social, psychological) in law school:
oh mang. i've got plenty of words of wisdom about law school in general. i guess we can skip the whole "should i go to law school" discussion since you've already made that choice. here's some hints on first year:
(1) At first, it will kind of suck. How hard it sucks depends on your attitude about a variety of things, but overall, I'm not going to lie, it is going to suck to some degree.
(2) You will meet A LOT of crazy people. In the begining, people are still feeling out the situation and don't really know where they fit in. This makes them act weird. After awhile, you'll make friends with some cool people, and you'll also find out that some of the crazy people are actually cool as well. Then again, you'll find other crazy people that are, in fact, f-ing insane. But you won't figure all that out until at least second semester, if not later.
(3) The key to getting through the first semester is to not freak the @#!* out. This is hard to accomplish because a majority of people around you will be freaking out. In that first semester, and even second semester, you'll constantly doubt yourself, and wonder if you're studying enough, because you heard about this girl in another section who is studying, like 30 hours a day and has already written all her outlines, 3 months before finals. Try to keep calm, and keep it all in perspective, which leads me to . . .
(4) Do your own thing and don't worry about what other people are doing. You have no idea what other people are doing, how much they need to study, or whether they're even telling the truth about how much they study. You're going to need to study of course, but study the amount you feel comfortable with to grasp the understanding of stuff. Don't study 12 hours a day just because your roommate is.
The thing about a law school like Columbia is that everyone that is there is used to being at the top of their class. However, everyone knows that this will no longer be the case. And because you all have just started there, and you don't know each other, no one knows where they stack up yet, which just contributes to all sorts of anxiety. You're going to experience it, at least at some point, but you can totally minimize it by just breatihng and keeping it all in perspective. You've done fine in school so far, you'll do fine in law school.
Also, this is why things get much better second semester after first semester grades come out. Plus, you won't freak out about second semester finals as much because you finally know what a law school exam looks like and (hopefully) will know how to take it.
That's about all I can think of for now. Let me know if you have any questions. I really liked Columbia; it can be a great place. Good luck!
I know there are a handful of CLS 1Ls who troll these boards...I hope they will jump into this thread with me and take questions!
Possible topics, if you're blanking:
- common myths about CLS
- what it's like/how much it costs to live in NYC
- public interest at CLS
- course quality/professors/extracurriculars
- awesomeness of the student body*
* As I write this, I am just about falling over in my seat after a CLS 1L poker night, followed by a CLS-poker-winner-taking-us-out-for-drinks night.
« on: October 30, 2008, 02:00:43 AM »
Yes, people female dog and moan about the workload. Yes, you have to manage your time and put in 8-12 hour days, just like you would at a demanding job. But yes, it is FANTASTIC.
It's fun to complain about law school, but a lot of people (yes, non-gunners!) actually like it. It helped me get through the application cycle last year to talk to people who were enjoying themselves, so I figured I'd start this thread.
Just a few of the things I am loving about law school so far:
1. Free food. All the time. Everywhere. Lots of pizza, with the occasional smattering of veggie plates, soul food, sushi, and frequent receptions (not firm receptions, but school ones, open to 1Ls!) with open bar (featuring top shelf liquor) and fancy hours d'oevrs.
2. Free highlighters and pens. Geeky, but fun.
3. Lexis and Westlaw fight over you like you are the captain of the football team and it's time to pick a date for the homecoming dance. It's a little pathetic, but it's fun to have rewards points thrown in your face by one of the services as the rep for the other service starts to look squeemish.
4. Great people. If you pick the right school, you will really love your classmates.
5. Accessibility of professors. Besides for standard office hours, I think CLS gives profs money to take students out to lunch in small groups, which not only helps you get to know them informally, but also relates back to item #1.
6. The material is kind of great. Maybe this is just because I was working in a very uninteresting job last year reading material that was totally irrelevant to my life and career goals. So perhaps casebooks are just more interesting by comparison.
I know there are a bunch more of us closet law school-lover 1Ls out there...time to come out of the closet...
Since moving into an apartment with a nice kitchen, I've been on a crazy cooking kick. I refuse to believe I'm alone in my love for the discovery of new and delicious recipes. How about an LSD recipe swap?
I'll kick things off with something sweet...
Best Cupcakes in the World:
3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk
8 large egg whites
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9-by-2-inch round cake pans; line bottoms with parchment paper rounds. Butter parchment, and dust with flour, tapping out excess; set aside.
2. Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with milk and beginning and ending with flour; beat until just combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; set aside.
3. In the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on low speed until foamy. With mixer running, gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar; beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 4 minutes. Do not overbeat. Gently fold a third of the egg-white mixture into the butter-flour mixture until combined. Gently fold in remaining whites.
4. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans, smoothing with an offset spatula. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until cakes are golden brown and a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool 20 minutes. Invert cakes onto rack; peel off parchment. Reinvert cakes, and let them cool completely, top sides up.
5. Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cake layers to make level. Place one layer on a serving plate, cut side up. Using a pastry bag fitted with a coupler, pipe frosting around the perimeter. This dam will prevent the lemon curd filling from seeping out. Fill cake with lemon curd. Place other cake layer on top, cut side down. Spread entire cake with frosting, swirling to cover.
4. Pour into cupcake tins, bake for approx. 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (I can't remember exactly how long it took me when I did this...the original recipe does not have cupcake instructions)
FROSTING (Really not that difficult. Tastes better and wins you domestic goddess points):
4.5 cups powdered sugar
3 sticks room temp. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Mix and frost generously.
Anyone else apply to Michigan in early- to mid-January who still hasn't received info about the online status checker? I guess it hasn't been THAT long for me yet, and I'm sure their office is swamped, but I'm just curious...