« on: May 18, 2007, 03:22:34 AM »
If it's anything like last year the $600 serves as a seat deposit. It's nonrefundable if you don't pass because 1.) they want to make sure you take things seriously and 2.) they don't want to spend a ton of money on you guys for nothing. As much as this is an investment for you, it's an investment for the school too. As I said, last year they provided a place to stay (for free), occasional lunches w/speakers (for free), books (for free), plus the cost of administrators and professors that handle the program. So trust me when I say this, $600 is not that much compared to what you're getting. Plus, if you get in, it goes towards your seat deposit/tuition so you would of had to pay for it anyway.
It sounds like they are keeping the program about the same. Yes, you have to pass a bunch of tests (it was 1 every Friday so 4 or 5 total) but it's NOT THAT HARD. Trust me. . .we sweat it a LOT more than we needed to I think. It's kinda like 1L, people put a lot of pressure for no good reason. I don't know why, but it happens. The stuff the test you on ranges from what's IRAC to how does the judicial system work. So it's nothing you can't pass. Plus, it's not like they grade you on a curve. In fact, I can't even remember if we got a letter grade. Don't sweat it.
The Academic Acehievement Program - AAP is mandatory but it's not like ANYONE in the law school will ever be able to distinguish you from it because AAP is open to ALL 1Ls. I actually think it is REALLY beneficial to have a 2L to ask questions about law school, the professor you have, etc etc. Even if AAP wasn't required, I probably would have done it anyway.
Bottom line is . . .don't look at the conditional program as such a negative thing. As much as this seems to suck right now, look at it as a blessing. There's people who have MUCH better scores than you that did not get in and/or who are waitlisted. A guy in my section was admitted the Monday of orientation and I know for a fact that his scores were MUCH better than mine. Plus the program at DU is not designed to be sink or swim nor is it a chance for them to weed people out. Think of it more as one of those commercial law school prep courses. You get to meet a group of people who are in the same position as you who you'll be very close with by orientation. Your anxiety is understandable. I was on this board last summer with the same concerns as you. Relax, enjoy the summer, and get the most out of the program. You'll get the opportunity to meet adiministraors, professors, and local attorneys before any 1Ls even think about showing up for classes.
SMO - I hope CU takes you off the waitlist but if they don't. . .enjoy your summer. Your soon to be summer TA and your professor ("again". . .you'll see what I mean by this) are both amazing people/mentors/friends! They opened the door for you, you just have to let yourself in. Good luck!
Cesco - My section had a 24 hr con law, 24 or 8 hr crim (depending on the professor), and 8 hr property. . .it was hellish, but we were done last Thursday. I have a few friends in your section and I know they were ready to kill themselves with the 2 week con law final. Plus you guys had Marsh who I hear is love or hate. Congrats again on finishing 1L!! Good luck with the grades. . .half my section already got LP grades so hopefully this means we don't have to wait as long as last semester for grades.