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Law School Admissions / Re: University of Denver...HURRY UP!
« on: May 03, 2007, 11:14:13 PM »
I don't know if this will make any of you feel any better but I applied in late Dec/eary Jan last year.  Didn't hear a thing from DU so I called a couple times to check on my status (around late March/early April).  When I called I literally said, "Hi, I'm just calling to check the status of my application" and when they told me, I thanked them and hung up.  I didn't call everyday or even every week.  I think I called a total of 2 times.  I don't know for certain, but I get a feeling that they keep a record when you call and maybe that indicates to them that you are interested.

Anyway, out of the blue in early/mid May, Wende calls me and invites me to a conditional program (completely free, housing included. . .just need to get myself to Denver).  My scores are WAY below the average #.  I go through a one month program (kind of like a study skills/overview of the law kinda thing) and got accepted.  Every single one of us that went through actually got in (either PT or FT depending on what you applied to. . .a few of the people actually even switched divisions by orientation).  I guess my point is this. . .

1.) DO NOT give up hope
2.) Your calls are not ignored in the admin office
3.) Wende and Karen (admissions director) are the most approachable, nice people in the world. . .CALL THEM, VISIT THEM, they want to accept people who's going to attend.  They still call me by first name when they see me.
4.) DO NOT give up hope
5.) Be patient
6.) Yes, they REALLY do read your PS.  I talked to a professor on the admissions committee at a reception recently who said he takes it very seriously.  I think this was the ONLY reason they even invited me to a conditional program.
7.) Do NOT be scared to call, visit, write. . .of course, don't over do it.

I too am a student at DU so if you have any questions, PM me.  No, I don't work in the admissions office.  I just know what it feels like to check the mailbox everyday (even after the mail man has come and gone), wait by the phone, computer for some change in the status.  Good luck!  Back to studying for finals. . .

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: May 03, 2007, 10:42:49 PM »
I personally wouldn't live in any apts near campus but it's not because of the noise (it's not THAT bad. . .DU undergrad is the farthest thing from a party school. . .I actually think law students party harder than the undergrads) but because of the ameneties/conditions of the apts.  Also, I can't imagine all day at the school and only going across the street to go home.  A lot of my friends do live in the apts right near the law school and they don't seem to have a problem with it.  To be honest, I do get jealous of their ability to walk home for a quick lunch/break.  Or rolling out of bed 5 mins before class (esp for a 9am lecture).

Wash Park area is really nice.  It's close to campus and has a lot of cute little shops.  Rentals in Wash Park are hard to come by but if you keep checking Craigslist I'm sure you'll find something.

Oh, and light rail is free with a DU ID.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: May 03, 2007, 03:06:37 AM »
Thanks for the info.  I'll be sure to check the websites out until I can make it out there later in May or beginning of June.  Does anyone know how quickly apts fill up around campus, will looking in June be sufficient?

Yea, you'll have plenty of options even if you wait.  I actually didn't find my apartment until late July.  Plus Colorado has a weird 30 day law so a lot of apt complexes can only estimate what they'll have available 30+ days in advance.  You'll definitely find a place to live.  It's just the shopping around part that sucks.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: March 29, 2007, 08:29:05 PM »
The law school is on a semester system while the rest of DU is on quarters.  That and Break (as mentioned) is probably why it was empty around the campus.  I don't notice it much because I spend most of my time on campus at the law school.

I don't know what you consider "not that many students" but our entering class is about 350 (85-90 x 4 give or take some).

If you're interested in corporate law, talk to Professor Taylor, Price, or Brown (SEC, founder of  I think Taylor was at the ASD (well, at least I saw her talking to people with name tags in the forum).

Oh and about the snowed today!  We had beautiful 60-70 degree weather and now this?!  SO mad! :P

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your visit.  It was certainly weird seeing you guys around. . .I mean, that was us last year! 8)

When I was looking for apts last year, I only looked at DTC and Cherry Creek.  I settled on DTC because of the drive and cost.  There is hardly any traffic (15 mins to DU during rush hour and 5-10 mins any other time) and the grocery stores, malls, and lightrail are conveniently located.  I don't know what you consider traffic but Denver traffic isn't that bad. . .however, Denver has more slow drivers than any place I've ever lived.  I liked Cherry Creek too but wanted to save a few bucks.  Look around, I have friends who live downtown who are perfectly happy paying and commuting for the convience of downtown living.  Other areas to check out (that others mentioned already) are Washington Park and Capital Hill.

Yes, the curve sucks but it's the realities of law school (except the select few) and sometimes it can actually help you out.

Oh, and I got into DU with EXTREMELY low numbers (Below 3.0 GPA/150 LSAT).  I actually got accepted through a conditional summer program (I think due to my essay and/or diversity).  I was told by the director of that program that they were doing it again pending budget approval.  The point is, DU accepts people for different reasons, not JUST numbmers.  Remember that once you get here, it's a clean slate and nobody will bring up your UGPA/LSAT. . .nobody really cares.  Good luck! 8)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EVERYTHING on DENVER STURM LAW
« on: March 02, 2007, 11:15:06 PM »
Yes, welcome back Matthies!!  You were SUCH a huge help last year when I was going crazy before law school.

They curve ALL first year courses and professors have the option of curving classes with 20 or more.  From what I've seen in the grade distribution, most don't curve after 1L.

Academic probation is 2.2 for 1L but the faculty just passed a proposal to raise that to a 2.3.  I agree, it is really hard to flunk out of here.  You really have to try.  If your grades suck, they will work with you.

If you ultimately decide on DU, get a parking pass for the garage.  SO worth it.

Lexis and Westlaw are lifesafers.  Not to mention a good source for free stuff.

I keep hearing how unusual this winter is.  Apparently all this snow we've been getting is not normal.  But it's snow one day, and 70 the next.

I agree on the Guerilla book.  A lady in the career services recommended it and it is awesome!!

Yes, there are social events on Thursdays.  I believe they are called Thank Goodness It's Thursday Night.  Even if you don't go to SBA sponsored events, there's plenty of people willing to go grab a beer with you.

Oh, and if there are any other current DU students reading this...GO TO THE PILG AUCTION tomorrow!!  $25 for dinner, drinking (open bar!!), and dancing with your professors and fellow law students. Bid on brunch with the dean, home cooked dinner from professor, lunch with CO supreme court chief justice, etc etc.

Good luck with your midterms cesco!  I know people in Marsh's property were going crazy.

And good luck to all of you awaiting your acceptance and/or making your final decision.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Denver
« on: February 22, 2007, 11:04:15 PM »
Guys - I am a 1L at Denver.

I dont have a lot of time to respond right now - but check out some of my past posts for info on Denver. I am really happy here, and I think my posts generally reflect that.

I'll check back here a little later and try to answer some questions.   ;)

Me too.

On a side note...I was at CU law a few weeks ago for a competition and I think CU & DU law school buildings are comparable.  Both are very recently built.  I like DU slightly better because the high ceilings don't make me feel so me, you don't want to feel any more trapped than you already do in law school.  Visit, be your own judge.  Both are great schools with a great new building.

I'm a 1L @ DU.  PM me if you have any questions.  I'd write the good/bad/ugly about the law school but I've done that (along with a few others from DU) a few times on this board...just search for it.  If you don't find answers to your questions, I'd be more than happy to try to answer them for you.

Yes, our tax program is excellent (as there are many accountants/lawyers taking classes at the law school for graduate tax programs) here but that's not the only area of law people come here for.  I'd say there's a large group of students here interested in environmental law, international law, and business law (evidenced by the active student groups in those areas).

Congrats on getting into school and good luck with the rest of this cycle!

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: U of Denver
« on: January 29, 2007, 08:34:37 PM »
I concur with Cesco's comments.
AAP is great.  Having a 2L or 3L to ask questions, get study tips, or just rant is a major major plus.

Other positives -
The building is accessible 24/7.  All you have to do is ask student affairs and you can get into the building at 3 o'clock in the morning if you want to.

There are so many student organizations.  Not only do they have free lunches, but they bring awesome speakers.  Think Justice Scalia last year, Judge Edwards (former member of European Court of Justice) and Former President of Poland (can't think of his name) just to name a few.  It seems like there's always something going on in the building.  Oh, and we a lot of great journals you can get involved with.  I'm sure that's the case for most schools.  Our Law Review is 100% write on - which allows everyone a fair chance to get on the board.

Negatives -
Right now the only thing annoying me is the weather.  Oh, and the reading I have yet to do for con law.

When you come to visit, be sure to go to the forum and sit with some current students.  Let them know why you're there and ask questions.  Unless they are studying for midterms (in which case they shouldn't be in the forum anyway) or frantically reading for their next class, they should be able to help.

Back to Chemerinsky... :-\

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Denver
« on: January 19, 2007, 03:31:11 PM »
Congrats everyone!  Good luck to those who are still waiting.

I'm a 1L @ DU, let me know if you have any questions about the school, city, etc.

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