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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: June 11, 2007, 09:16:23 PM »
Wow...that does sound like a once in a lifetime case.  Congrats on getting yourself in on that!!  I am sure that you are getting some amazing experience.

Good to know about the part-time, seems like after 1L there is really not that much of a difference between the 2 divisions. 

Thanks for the info, and good luck with the case you are working on.

There really isn't except registration.  This year day division got first dibs on day classes and night division got first dibs on night classes.  How I ended up with mostly evening classes a mystery.

You can switch divisions very easily.  All you have to do is go to the Dean's suite and submit a 1pg paperwork on why you want to switch.

For the day division, you can register up to 18 credits per semester. . .not sure what it is for evening. . .I assume it's about the same.  I hear it's pretty common for people to come in part time and graduate in 3 years.

Oh and the lightrail is free for DU students with the RTD sticker.  I love that I can park and ride to my internship dowtown for free. . .no traffic, no $ on parking, and no hassle!  If you're in town, go by the ID office in Driscoll and get your ID and get your RTD sticker.  They might ask for your driver's license &/or SSN.  That reminds me the RTD sticker expires tomorrow. . .I need to go get a new one.

I'm getting nervous, the Summer Institute starts up soon....

When do you start?  I'm so excited for you!  It's subks but it's a lot of fun too. . .mostly because of the people you bond with.  "Again" will become your favorite word.  LOL

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: May 31, 2007, 05:29:35 AM »
Cube Farmer & ShakedownStreet. . .Congrats on making your decision & WELCOME to DU!!   8)

Good luck finding a place to live & enjoy the rest of the summer!  See ya'll in the fall!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: May 24, 2007, 08:21:46 PM »
Last year they were very accommodating.  Make sure you have your FAFSA filled out.  Julie Spradley (the Fin Aid person) & the rest of the administration (registrar, etc) were aware of our situation.  Last year there wasn't a delay (in fin aid, registration, setting up email, etc) because of Summer Institute.  We got our aid & refund (if any) at the same time as everybody else.  If there was a delay in the loan coming through, we just let them know & it was taken care of.  They chose 4 summer institute people for scholarships last year (it was small like 2 grand but it still helps).  I'm speaking in past tense here because that's how it was for us, I assume it will be the same this year.

As for paying for school, I get loans through school/fed govt (stafford, perkins) and through a private lender.  I HIGHLY doubt the money will be gone.  About 2 or 3 weeks into SI, I visited fin aid, got my computer up to date, etc.

Are they requiring you to stay at the dorms this year?  We all thought that it should be required. . .the people who opted to commute from family/friends/etc felt a bit left out last year.  If you have any other questions you need to ask Wende and she will tell you how to proceed.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: May 23, 2007, 02:41:00 PM »
Have a fabulous trip, Cesco!!  I'm leaving the country too. . .but it's not for another month.  I'm jealous that you're getting an early start while I slave away at my internship.  Safe travels!  Have fun!   8)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Pepperdine v. CU Boulder
« on: May 21, 2007, 01:08:32 PM »
Personally, I'd go to a school in the area I would like to practice in for the sake of networking.  CU - Boulder has a lot of connections in CO and the mountain states but I'm not sure about CA.  Call career services and ask for a employment data sheet based on region.  Either way, you have a tough decision to make.  Good luck!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: May 21, 2007, 01:01:03 PM »
Hey everyone, I'll be going to DU this fall. Thanks for all the info, I've only ever been to Denver on an 8 hour stopover so I pretty much no nothing of the city. Seems like my best bet on a place to live would be Wash Park from what you're all saying. BTW Is it uncommon for people in law school to have roommates? Sounds like you all lived alone.

I would say it is about 50/50.  There were a lot of people in my section who had roomates or are going to be roomates next year.  Some people had roomates for obvious reasons (married, dating) others just wanted to save some money/meet people.  It all depends on what you want and what you are willing to put up with.  I chose to live alone because I took a year off between undergrad and law schol, liked my freedom, and didn't want to manage law school stress and a roomate.  Having a roomate has its perks too. . .for one thing, you can get a bigger place for less $.

Wash Park is a nice area but as you will find out, a place is hard to find in that area and/or expensive to do alone.  Look around to different areas . . . around campus, Wash Park, Capitol Hill, Downtown, DTC, Aurora, Cherry Creek area, Englewood. . .you just never know what you might like.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: May 20, 2007, 02:51:33 PM »
Although everyone on here has been incredibly nice and helpful with information on Denver, I sent an e-mail to Wende withdrawing. I expect an e-mail back Monday, but barring an offer of a lot of money it looks like I'll be in Villanova this fall.

Congrats on making your decision.  Good luck @ Villanova!  :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: May 18, 2007, 09:36:03 PM »
Hey thanks for all the advice everyone. Somanyquestions, I am especially thankful to you for all your advice regarding the program. I am really excited but very nervous at the same time. I have no problem being tested on things I can really study, but things that are similar to the LSAT just make me nervous. So I guess my biggest fear is just failing those kind of tests. I am so grateful for the chance to prepare myself for law school and I think this program can really do that for me. I am just going to work my butt off and be so intense the whole time. 

What did you mean about the IRAC tests? And tests about the judicial system? Are these just general tests or do you study it and you know what the tets will cover??

I actually think the AAP thing would be really good for me. Especially after hearing what you all think of it, I would be happy to be in that group just to make sure I was doing well at all times.

And you are right, I should look at it as a blessing!! And I totally am! I had a really hard year and I didn't think I would even get to go to law school. My grandmother died a slow and painful death from cancer this year and it really had a huge effect on a lot of my school and LSAT stuff. I'll never forget one of the last conversations I had with her, I told her I'd make it to law school and I'd work hard for her. She was a very strong woman and really had a huge hand in raising me. Ok, better stop before I get to crying.

Anyway, I really hope to join DU and I am so ready to work hard and make it happen. I'm going to work like crazy to get through the summer program and joing you all at DU. Then I will worry about paying tuition... :-\


IRAC is an analytical way of answering law school exam questions. A lot of people use it first year to answer exam questions in an organized way. It stands for: Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion. For example on a Criminal law exam an answer set up in IRAC might look something like this:

Can A be charged with the Murder of B? (Issue) Murder is the killing of a human being by another human being with malice aforethought. (Rule) A told C the day before that he was going to kill B for stealing his car. A also went to the store and bought hollow point bullets, he then drove to B’s work, but B was not there. So he drove to B’s house and waited in the parking lot for three hours for B to come home. When B came home A jumped out of the bushes and shot him six times in the back. (Analysis, based on the hypo you were given for the exam). A’s action in threatening B the day before, preparing for the crime by buying the bullets and traveling to B’s work, along with laying in wait for him and firing into B’s back shows the kind of premeditation, malice and aforethought that would allow a prosecutor to charge A with murder. However, A might have an excuse that could mitigate the crime to manslaughter. As well any defenses must be considered. (Conclusion).

Its likely in the pre program they will teach you IRAC and want you to apply it to some hypos they give you. I would recommend getting a book, ASAP, called 1000 Days to the Bar by Dean Dennis Tonsing. It was recommended to me by the guy who ran AAP when I first started. I thought it was a great “how to” book for law school, written for students like me, not Yale types. Of course if you do everything he suggests you will be at the top of your class, but you also won’t have any life outside of school. I took parts of it and used them, and other parts I did not. But either way it was very helpful, best pre-law book out there in my view.

Where were you when I was taking my crim law final?  Ha!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: May 18, 2007, 09:33:51 PM »
SMO - They test you on the things they teach you.  Some stuff is so easy you'll think they're joking, others are more on the line of law school exams (fact pattern, etc).  There's NOTHING like the LSAT on the exams they give you (nobody will ask you to put different color lightbulbs in certain orders).  EVERYTHING tested are from books or lectures they provide and they will explain EVERYTHING to you.  The ONLY multiple choice test we had was a grammar diagnostics that we took (most of us failed miserably) but then we saw the test again once law school started because its required for all 1Ls.  Essentially we just got to see it before everyone else and had the "privilege" of retaking it (sense the sarcasm?).  After the computer diagonistics, you take a MUCH easier paper one that you have to pass to get your LP grade. . .but you don't have to worry about that until after you start law school.  DO NOT WORRY ABOUT IT NOW!!!  Oh, and I would suggest working hard but not being so intense that you become "that person" (i.e. gunner -  we had 1). . .just work hard and make friends while you're there.  If I were you this is what I would do right now. . .CHILL, RELAX, DO SOMETHING FUN, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING, DO NOTHING.  There's NOTHING you can do at this point. . .you will get ALL the information for the program, tests, papers, etc once it starts.  Nothing you do now will help you so just have fun til it starts!! 

Hope everyone's enjoying the BEAUTIFUL weather!!  8)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: The Do Not's
« on: May 18, 2007, 02:31:50 AM »
Thank you for a great laugh. . .really. ;D

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