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Transferring / Boalt or Georgetown
« on: July 11, 2007, 08:40:16 AM »
I think so. I am a bit torn though.  I was accepted EA at Georgetown back in early April.  The conflict essentially comes down to the fact that Georgetown has a really excellent and comprehensive program in health law and policy, the field I am 99% sure I would like to go into. 

Otherwise, Boalt wins out in almost every other category.  I live in San Francisco, already have a social network there, plan to settle there, and just love Northern California.  Boalt has a slightly better reputation (although this is arguable) and is smaller.  Logistically, it is a better fit, but I would be eschewing the chance to study health law nearly altogether (Boalt has one course).  Georgetown on the other hand has two of the leading health law scholars in the country and its location makes it an obvious choice for someone interested in public policy. 

Any thoughts out there?  I thought about posting this in its own topic a few days ago, but just thought that people would be annoyed by it.  To tell the truth, I was not really expecting to get in anywhere as I know how tough transferring is.  As a result, I just feel incredibly lucky to have been given an enviable choice. 

Transferring / Re: In at Boalt!
« on: July 10, 2007, 08:10:06 AM »
In yesterday - e-mail from Edward Tom around 10:30 in the morning.  Two other classmates of mine also got in. 

Transferring / Re: In at NYU!!
« on: July 09, 2007, 02:33:29 PM »
Congrats.  I think NYU sounds like it would be great.  I would beware of those who would urge you to stay at your current school but who may themselves be waiting to hear from NYU.  Tough decision of course, but I personally would take NYU hands down. 

Transferring / Re: Has anyone heard anything from Stanford?
« on: July 06, 2007, 03:20:45 PM »
No word from Stanford yet on my end. 

From transferapps, there are four records in the dates and methods section.

7/26; 7/31; 8/5; 8/16.

Current Law Students / Re: Is life as a 1L really that difficult?
« on: June 20, 2007, 04:01:36 PM »
It's not nearly as bad as they say it is.  First semester, I had class 9:00-12:00 Monday/Wednesday, 9:00-12:00, 4:00-5:30 Tuesday/Thursday and I had Fridays off.  I woke up early every day, and was at my desk at 7:00 to review that days material for two hours before class.  I would come home at noon, eat lunch, then do work for a few hours, taking a break when I felt like it to eat dinner, go for a walk, go to a friend's, talk to my girlfriend, whatever.  In the evenings, I usually put in a couple more hours, but rarely worked past 10:00. 

I agree that treating school work as a job is the best course of action.  I always felt in college that people devoted more mental energy to stressing out about an assignment than just sitting down and doing it.  I had several years in the work force before starting school, which I think was a big advantage.  When I got an assignment, I immediately went home and did it.  For larger assignments like Legal Writing papers, they required more than a day to complete, but at least beginning them straight away was a big help.

The most important thing to keep in mind, though, is that the work will not stop.  It is not at all like undergrad where you could slack off and then catch up at the end of the semster.  You might only have 20 page assignments for law school, but one of these will be due for each and every class all semester long.  Multiply this out across your four substantive law classes in a semester, and the work can become daunting.  The best way to deal with this is to develop a schedule and stick to it.  I work the best in the mornings, so I made sure to wake up early, but if you work better at night, then alot your time then.  Just stick to it and you will stay ahead of the game.  I would compare it to running along a moving train.  As long as you stay just in front you will be fine, if you get behind your screwed. 

A few weeks into the semester, I noticed that I had much more free time than I had originally anticipated.  This actually made me nervous.  I thought that I was missing something or maybe simply not being thorough enough.  I actually scheduled an appointment with a professor to talk about it, and he assured me that having free time was perfectly normal.

One final thing.  Early in the semester I busted my tail and worked a couple of days ahead, finishing my work for Monday and Tuesday before my last class on Thursday.  I stayed to this schedule the rest of the year.  From then on, I was doing the same amount of work each day, only two days ahead.  For example, on Monday my goal would be to finish all of Wednesday's work.  On Thursday, I was working on Tuesday's work for the next week.  This was invaluable.  First, it allowed me to keep my weekends free for much of the semester.  Second, when a big assignment like a Legal Writing paper or a Moot Court brief came due, I had some fudge room in my schedule during which I could skip daily assignments without getting behind.  Third, once it came time to begin outlining, I had entire weekend to work on my them, never sacrificing the daily assignments. 

I very much enjoyed first year.  I hope you will too.  Good luck. 

Transferring / Re: Any Chance at Columbia??
« on: June 08, 2007, 09:12:26 AM »
Just saw that KrazyNazi was class of '09, my bad. 

Transferring / Re: Any Chance at Columbia??
« on: June 07, 2007, 09:43:51 PM »
I second lovestolearnintern's point.  I doubt anyone thinking of transferring is interested in hearing the opinion of a 0L, Yale Law admit or not.  

Both of you have better than even chances of tranferring to nearly anywhere you wish.  As I am sure you are aware from reading these boards, you both have great chances at Columbia, NYU, Boalt and Georgetown.  Of the remaining top 14, most are not known as being "transfer friendly" but with such great grades, I think any of the schools you are interested in are worth the $75 application fee.  After spending $53K for a year of law school, it's basically a throw away cost.  I say go for it.  The answer is always no if you don't ask.  

Good Luck!

Current Law Students / Re: How important is case briefing?
« on: June 05, 2007, 02:20:58 PM »
I religiously briefed every single case all year long.  I found it to be very helpful, but I also recognize that the method may not be as effective for others.  I also did not find it to be especially time consuming - you should know the cases, and I found briefing simply to be a way of both anchoring my understanding and staving off a tendency to gloss over the entire case.  My results were good, a 4.0 first semester, and with one grade in thus far second semester, still a 4.0.  We'll see how Property, Contracts and Civ Pro affect that though. 

Transferring / Re: GULC registration
« on: May 22, 2007, 08:42:24 PM »
Registration happens after the second deposit gets sent in, I hear as late as late July or early August. 

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