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Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010
« on: May 04, 2007, 01:38:27 PM »
Anybody else get their affiliated housing select and view dates today? I'm not sue how the selection process works. Is there a mad rush at 6am on the select day?

I take this to mean that you received notification of your view/select window.  If so, congratulations, you are in teh first window.  I sent in my app, but cannot view/select yet.  You should have received a lottery number.  That number determines your priority.  Anybody with a lower number than yours has priority over you.  They can basically "take away" any apartment you select if they want it.  Not sure if HAH notifies you if you lose your selected apartment.  If you don't have a very good number (assuming they let you know the range of numbers that are viewing/selecting in your window), it might be best to wait till the end of the window to make your selection.

I didn't receive a lottery number and I haven't heard anything about one. Is it possible you're confusing the on-campus housing lottery with the affiliated housing? Or did I miss something?

road,

your post asked if "anybody else got their...today."  I took that to mean that either you, or someone you know of, received information about their select window.  Everything else I said about affiliated housing is correct though (assuming what the told us at the housing panel still stands), you will receive a lottery number and a view/select window which, together, determine when you can pick an apt and give you "trumping" rights :D.  I called the housing office today and they said that we should receive notifications today or tomorrow.  So far, nada.   

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Question stem first?
« on: May 04, 2007, 11:32:04 AM »
I've been reading the PS books closely, and they advise you not to read the question stem first. But I feel a little more like I know more what I'm looking at if I read the stem first and then read the stimulus. It doesn't seem to alter my performance on the exam either way, though. 

So I was wondering what do other people do, do you bother with reading the question first? This should, in theory, knock off a few seconds per question, because I'm reading every question twice. What do you think?

If you can train yourself to read the both the question stem and stimulus once (most of the time), it's better to read the stimulus first.  The issue with reading the question stem first is that, in most cases, you end up reading the question stem twice (because you re-read it after reading the stimulus), which can be a time waster.  I used to read the question stem first to avoid reading the stimulus twice.  But once I learned to read the stimulus once (by following advice in PS on what to look for when reading the stimulus), it was pretty easy to not read either one twice.  Overall, I found it much more efficient to read the stimulus first, then the question, and then employ the PS techniques to eliminate answer choices.

EDIT: Also note that for multi-question stimuli, you end up re-reading the stimulus for each question if you read the stimulus with only one of the questions in mind.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010
« on: May 04, 2007, 10:58:09 AM »
Anybody else get their affiliated housing select and view dates today? I'm not sue how the selection process works. Is there a mad rush at 6am on the select day?

I take this to mean that you received notification of your view/select window.  If so, congratulations, you are in teh first window.  I sent in my app, but cannot view/select yet.  You should have received a lottery number.  That number determines your priority.  Anybody with a lower number than yours has priority over you.  They can basically "take away" any apartment you select if they want it.  Not sure if HAH notifies you if you lose your selected apartment.  If you don't have a very good number (assuming they let you know the range of numbers that are viewing/selecting in your window), it might be best to wait till the end of the window to make your selection.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: XOXO Admin Loses Job Offer
« on: May 03, 2007, 12:24:21 PM »
I guess the real question for me is: everyone always says "You can't say that" yet you rarely if ever hear "You can't believe that," even though I would imagine it's the latter that actually bothers us. Why is that?

How will anyone know what you believe if you don't at least externally exhibit some symptoms of that belief (e.g., by saying or doing things that suggest you hold that belief)?

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010
« on: April 27, 2007, 11:00:16 AM »
I didn't have trouble with the domestic partner thing. (Except for convincing the bf to set up a joint bank account [financial interdependence grumble grumble]. I think right now the solution is that he'll put some money in, put my name on it, and then not give me the checkbook or the debit card.)

 :o does Harvard require a joint bank account for domestic partners?

I know, right? The HAH website said blah blah over eighteen, long-term relationship and financial interdependence. I took that to mean a joint bank account.

hmm, I'm really confused.  This is what a (possibly outdated) document on the website says on the subject:


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LISTING A SPOUSE/DOMESTIC PARTNER
A Statement of Marriage/Domestic Partnership form (available at the Residential Leasing Office—see page 1) should be completed and returned to our office as soon as possible in order to add your spouse/domestic partner to our tenant files as an authorized occupant.

Harvard Real Estate Services will consider an individual to be the domestic partner of a tenant if the couple is involved in a committed relationship for their mutual support and benefit; if they interact as a family and share expenses of living, including rent, food, and other daily expenses; if this relationship has lasted more than six months; if both people are over 18 years old; and if neither person is married or involved in another committed relationship with any other individual.

Only a Harvard affiliate may be named as a tenant on a Harvard Residential Lease. A non-affiliated spouse/domestic partner is not eligible to be named as a tenant on a lease and may not retain possession of the apartment if the Harvard-affiliated tenant vacates the apartment.
Tenants shall not permit any other person or persons to occupy any part or all of the Premises for longer than a temporary (i.e., no longer than a week) visit, without on each occasion the prior written consent of the Landlord.

what exactly does "if they interact as a family and share expenses of living, including rent, food, and other daily expenses;" mean?  Does that mean you have to be doing that now, to be able to list the person as a domestic partner?  Or that you have to be doing that while living in UAH housing with your dp?  My bf and I don't live together now, but we would be in Cambridge. 

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010
« on: April 27, 2007, 10:43:10 AM »
I didn't have trouble with the domestic partner thing. (Except for convincing the bf to set up a joint bank account [financial interdependence grumble grumble]. I think right now the solution is that he'll put some money in, put my name on it, and then not give me the checkbook or the debit card.)

 :o does Harvard require a joint bank account for domestic partners?

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Law School Admissions / Re: Taking NYU over Columbia
« on: April 25, 2007, 04:16:30 PM »
I'm an NYU troll now. I had this problem with my parents as well. It took a lot of effort on my part to make them happy about my decision. Besides Columbia and Chicago, they thought Michigan, Virginia, Penn, and Boalt were all better choices than NYU. Here's what I showed them:

1. Rankings (Harvard/Stanford 90, NYU 87, Columbia 85, everybody else 80 and lower). NYU is top-3 in 3 specialties, including #1 in tax, #1 in international law, and #3 in clinical training. Columbia is top-3 in 1 specialty (international law, behind NYU). NYU is exceptionally good at what it focuses on.
2. Pictures of Morningside Heights and Greenwich Village side-by-side and demographic data for each neighborhood (median income, property value, percentage of high schoolers who go to college, etc.).
3. Larry Solum's data on entry-level professor hires from the past 2 years (http://lsolum.blogspot.com), in which NYU and Columbia are virtually tied, only behind HYS and Chicago when adjusting for class size.
4. Public interest placement data, in which NYU places 10-12% annually (easily the best of the T14) and everybody else places about half that much.

Higher ranked school. #1 at tax and international law. Much, much, much... better location. Virtually equal academia placement. People who want to save the world rather than drive Porsches.

The only significant edge that Columbia has is in biglaw placement. NYU trolls will cite self-selection, but admittedly, the difference is more significant than that (http://lawfirmaddict.blogspot.com/2007/03/vault-selectivity-placement.html). Columbia beats everyone but Yale there. Just don't show the biglaw stats to your parents.

impressive work!

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Law School Admissions / Re: Harvard 1Ls Taking Questions
« on: April 25, 2007, 11:23:49 AM »
Have you been happy at Harvard? Does it ever feel too impersonal? Do you feel like it's especially difficult to establish relationships with professors? How are the other students on the whole? Was it difficult to find a social niche? And is winter substantially worse than winter in New Haven?
Thanks.

It's ridiculously easy to establish relationships with professors.  On Monday I spent the afternoon with a professor who was editing an op-ed the NYT wanted to publish and she asked me to work it over in her office.  I had to leave early to have dinner with Martha Nussbaum and four other students.  Neither of these two professors taught me for credit (but I know those too) and instead are just people I've gotten to know over the year.

H4CS, thanks for posting this.  How did you get to know these profs, especially the ones you didn't take classes with?  I guess my question is, what's the first step in establishing these relationships?

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Law School Admissions / Re: Taking NYU over Columbia
« on: April 25, 2007, 08:42:07 AM »
LSD supports your decision!!!!!!

i don't know how much that helps but knowing that internet strangers are in favor of your NYU pick is strangely comforting

TITCR.  I would change the title of this thread to "ITT, we support Toodle's decision to choose NYU over Columbia."  But then the Columbia trolls will invade and ruin everything!

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