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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: June 17, 2007, 02:56:37 PM »
I thought the syllabus mentioned the first session being 5-8pm on Monday (25th). At least that's what I think it said, I have to double check.

I don't know what they're doing this year but last year there was a dinner/meet & greet on the first day.  I assume that's what the Monday event will be.  Dress nicely (like you're going to church) & have a 2 min intro ready. :)

Class starts on Monday 25th, and is from 9-12pm. So when are we getting together to meet?  Are we waiting til Monday morning, or in the dorms on Sunday?  SMO, how far do you live from campus?  SOMANY?, I was looking forward to meeting you.  Where are you going to study abroad?  Do we have anyone who wants to hit the gym?  I am trying to be fit and fine by the time fall classes start.

I know!  I'm going to Europe for 7 weeks.  My internship's been fun but damn, I can't wait to take off for Europe!

Be ready to pay about $40 for the gym.  Last year it wasn't free.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: June 16, 2007, 03:11:51 PM »
Seems like you are all soon. Since I live here I don't have to worry about traveling, that makes it nice. I am getting excited and nervous. But I guess we have until the one more week of "stress free life" for a while. Can't wait to meet you all!!

If you ant to do something in the meantime, I would recommend skimming though a book called 1000 Days to the Bar, it’s a law school prep book, but I found some of the advice, especially about time management to be pure gold. They have it at the DU bookstore I think. It was recommended to us in summer prep.

Also post on my cat thread:,87481.0/topicseen.html

Hahaha I love your cat thread!!   ;D

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: June 15, 2007, 10:17:28 PM »
Okay, great. Steve, the longer you wait to book, the more you are going to pay.  I want to go Saturday too, so I may change my flight and just get a hotel.  But then again, if we do it all before SI starts, what will we do after class lets out.  We can't study all day and all night.

You are a wise wise human being Ellis.  You HAVE TO take time out and do something fun.  Are classes from 9am - noon again this year?  If so, you'll have plenty of time to look around campus (takes about an hour MAX - campus is small) & Denver.  Even with studying/exams/memos, you'll have time to get out.  You have to otherwise you'll drive yourself crazy.  Last year we stayed at Centinnial Hall & the light rail wasn't open so the TV lounge was our refuge.  Luckily, one of the guys had a car so he drove us around sometimes (movies, bars, etc).  There are some things around campus but you guys have the light rail so take advantage.

If I wasn't leaving for my study abroad program on Saturday, I would have loved to meet ya'll & grab a drink/give you my binder from last year.  In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: June 15, 2007, 08:43:51 AM »
I spoke with Wende yesterday and she says that as of right now we can come on Sunday, but she is still working on Saturday.  My flight is already booked for Sunday  morning.  I fly in at about 10am.  Does the bus or train come from there to the school area? 

You can always take the Super Shuttle or Sky Ride.

You all must be so excited/anxious!!  I can't believe it's already been a year since. . .

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: June 14, 2007, 01:20:12 PM »
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to imply that the one student failed, I knew he had family emergencies, I think I referred to one who actually was accepted, and didn't do well the first year.  He didn't fail or anything, he just isn't doing as well as the other SI students from last year.

 Anyway, thanks for all the comments.  This really is a great forum.

Nobody's failed out yet. . .I know a couple people (SI & regular accept) that are borderline/AP.

One more thing before I quit rambling for the day.  NOBODY besides the people in SI (& maybe a few admin) will EVER know that you were in SI nor will they care.  Once school starts your LSAT, GPA, and how you were admitted become meaningless.

Ok now go out & enjoy your freedom while you've got it. . .some of us are stuck in an office all day.  :-(

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: June 14, 2007, 01:15:38 PM »
I donít very often disagree with Somanyquestions, but I really liked summer prep (however it was free then). I met some of my best friends ands study partners there. It was nice to have friends already made by the time classes started. However, she is right in that AAP teaches everything you need to know once classes start.   

I agree. . .I think the summer prep program & orientation is really important.  The information is good but more important is meeting people.  Most of the people I hang out/study with are those that I met at SI, orientation, or sat next to me in class.  I liked the summer prep program too. . .it just sucks they are charging for it this year.  If you want to meet people & think it'll help you going in, do it. . .I just wouldn't pay $300 for it is all.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: June 14, 2007, 09:54:25 AM »
I just received a pamphlet in the mail from DU offering a weekend or a full week, summer prep program....sounds interesting, I might do it. Cost is $300 though. Anyone else done this?

Honestly, I wouldn't do it.  They'll repeat this information at AAP.  I don't know why they're charging for this this year.  Last year, they were free during orientation.  Sign up for AAP small group (at the beginning of the year) & you'll get all the info for free.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: June 14, 2007, 09:52:23 AM »
Ellis - You have the right attitude.  Really, you do.  As I've been saying all along. . .ya'll are 99% in, basically you just need to go through and finish SI.  They picked you out of a big pool of people.  If you want the exact numbers, ask Wende she should give you some idea.  Basically they took possible rejections & read, re-read essays and the ADCOMMs decided on you.  They want you to get in.  This is not sink or swim, it's more like here's the life jacket please help us help you.

The guy who didn't come back didn't exactly fail.  As far as I know, all of us passed.  He decided not to attend law school because of personal reasons.  I don't want to get into detail but his mother had a medical emergency in the middle of the program & I think he ultimately decided not to come back.

On financial aid. . .you need to fill out FAFSA if you haven't already.  As far as the loan, there will be money available to you even if you wait til you are fully accepted.  BUT. . .most of us went & talked to Julie during the program.  You can fill out everything you need but the funds will not be available until you are fully accepted (obviously).  But there should be no delay in getting your tuition paid/refund for living expenses.

Computers/supplies/books. . .You can buy your laptop but most of us (who bought a new one) bought one towards the end of the program.  You don't necessarily need to get the computer DU recommends so shop around & go talk to the tech guys to get your computer set up.  There's really no other school supplies necessary. . .maybe just some pen & paper if you want.  Books/commercial outlines, etc. . .get those after you find out your schedule. . .I recommend Amazon/SBA bookstore.  We ended up getting 2 free books from SI last year & one was required for my LP class.

They're charging you to live in the dorms this year?!  Wow, that sucks.  Guess it is kinda nice to be the experimental group sometimes.  I guess it's better than paying for a hotel (which I was going to do last year until they told us it was free).  There's a lot of benefits to living in the dorms with SI people.  You get A LOT closer & really bond with the people than those who opt to commute from home.

Good luck with the program & let me know if you have any questions.  Oh, & start loving the word "AGAIN". . .cracks me up every time.  ;D

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: June 12, 2007, 11:35:57 AM »
SMO - Another thing. . . think of it as a blessing that you guys get almost a month off between SI & classes.  We had two weeks between SI "finals" & class so it was like we never even got a break.  We told them they needed to start earlier and I'm glad they listened to us.  The nice thing is you can celebrate being "fully" accepted for a while before you need to pack up for school.  If it's anything like last year, they should let you in less than a week after your finals.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: June 12, 2007, 11:31:10 AM »
The transportation office (where you get the RTD sticker) is no longer in Driscoll.  The office moved to an obscure location on High Street. . .by the parking structure.  I went by there today and they were closed. :'(

SMO - Seriously, don't sweat it.  I wouldn't tell you that if I didn't mean it.  We had a "final" every week. . .and then a final final the last Friday of class.  After finals, they had a farewell lunch.  We were all so exhausted it was kind of funny.  If it's anything like last year, do your best & you'll be fine.  We really put more pressure on ourselves than was necessary I think, which is probably what's going to happen for you guys.  You are 99% accepted. . .it's your job to allow yourself to walk in the door.  We all thought we were going through hell when we were there but most of us are happy that we had the opportunity.  Don't neglect the other SI people, get to know them. . .they will become your closest friends & advocates once school starts. 8)

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