If you're going to BU, I'd recommend living somewhere else other than Allston/Brighton, if you can afford it. The B-Line is awful. Brookline is a better option, or the Back Bay/South End.
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Seeing that many of us have already moved into the city, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in getting together for 'happy hour' before the 22nd. Of course, this would be totally informal -- you can come and go as you please. We could have it at a local bar on a Wednesday night (when it would be relatively less crowded than say, a Thursday or Friday night) from like 7-9 pm or something. Anyway, it's just a thought.
P.S. I don't want to get ahead of myself but provided that there's enough interest, _where_ would be a good place to meet (I'm not too familiar with the bar scene here)?? Thanks.
Yeah, it was awesome meeting everyone and I had a great time! We should definitely do another Happy Hour -- say, maybe next Wednesday (8/21)? We could do it at the same time and place though it may get really crowded early since there's a home game that night but it'll still be a blast, I bet.
I just checked Student Link, and it looks like our class times have been posted. Dude, it's gonna be rough getting up at 9 AM on a FRIDAY morning for Property (w/ Ryckman)! Oh yeah, I'm in C1.
btw, what's up for tomorrow night?
I basically agree w/ what's been said above. I also finished my first year at BU and enjoyed my experience. I am taking out about 120K in loans for my law degree and I think it's worth it. But bostonsmartass is right. It depends.
btw, get used to hearing that as law professors typically answer questions with their own questions or with the initial caveat, "It depends."
Prior to attending law school, I worked at a finance firm in NYC for two years, where I was your typical overworked, overpaid Ivy League analyst. My work experience provided me with some valuable perspective, and I can say that I'm happier today than I was at this time last year.
Getting a *paying* legal job for your first summer will be difficult. It takes a great deal of time and hard work to get one. If you're thinking of attending law school in the Fall, be sure to maintain your networking contacts now. Let your mentor-professor-future references know about your plans so that when you contact them later, they won't be so surprised. All you need is a short note telling them that you're planning to attend X law school, and thank them for their encouragement and support. That's it. Two sentences.
A thick skin will help, too. Thirty-some-odd rejection letters later, I was *lucky* to get an interview from a prestigious law firm's Boston office. Then lightning struck twice, and I got the job.
Good luck to you.
Just a couple of comments... I'm a rising 2L, and was lucky to land a firm job this summer in Boston. I only know of a handful of classmates that are working at large law firms this summer, and none of them had any prior law-related work experience. That said, all (except one) of them did have at least two years of prior "corporate-related" work experience (e.g., consulting, financial services). So while I don't think prior law-related work experience is necessary to get a summer firm job, those with some work experience were certainly at a comparative advantage.
Regarding resources at the school, you'll find that as soon as school starts, the CDO will tell you, "Don't worry about finding a summer job, focus on your class work." In the main, they're right. Your first-year grades are much more important in the long run -- employers seeking to fill their 2L summer positions focus a great deal on them. But it's hard NOT to worry about finding a summer job because, after all, you'll have to find some way to pay the rent, buy groceries, etc. Fair warning, you should expect little help from the CDO in finding a job for the summer after first-year (aside from the occasional resume review or panel discussion). You're largely on your own. That means, start networking early and often, set up informational interviews, and leverage personal contacts, etc.
You should keep in mind that you will be assigned a locker (which you will have to share with one other student) and so you won't really need to carry ALL of your books around the Law Tower all of the time. That said, your bag sounds like it has plenty of carrying capacity and will likely serve your needs during first-year.
The bag I used carried the similar amount of books as yours but I had a separate carrying case for my laptop. However, I knew people who also carried their laptop in their book bags as you intend to do.
One other thing you might want to consider is how weatherproof your bag is. After probably the worst winter on record in 40+ years, be sure to get a bag that is fairly waterproof. And what I really mean is that you want to be able to "seal" your bag against inclement weather (i.e., some bags are designed with "open" (i.e., partially-exposed) pockets that would allow the bag's contents to get a little wet in bad weather).
I'm copying and pasting a couple of posts fromm last year... the descriptions are not my own but are fairly accurate.
Bars near BU (roughly closest to farthest from school): The Dugout (our School Bar), Audobon (sexy city style), P.J. Kilroy's (tatoos and broken bottles of Pabst), An Tua Nua (your standard Irish hip-hop venue), O'Leary's (elderly people enjoying folk music), the BU Pub (not a summer place), Cornwall's (English pub in an Irish towne), Boston Beer Works (brewed on location), Cask and Flagan (go Sox!), Copperfield's (smells funny), T's Pub (big screen tv)
If you want to venture a little further into the downtown area towards Bolyston Street or Faniuel Hall... There's Tia's on the waterfront (more of a preppy financial district after-work hangout), The Living Room (also on the waterfront, nice bar with comfy couches), Pravda (a black pants lounge/bar/club, which is a little more European) or The Place (a rowdy but fun bar).
Finally, we held last year's Happy Hour at Great Scotts -- a come-as-you-are bar with $1 drafts every Wednesday. They have live bands most nights (I think) so it's best to get there early to avoid the cover charge and while it's still quiet enough to hold a conversation.
One other thing, the Fenway bars are great but probably should be avoided when the Sox are playing in town because they'll be very, very crowded.
I'm not sure how socialable the new 1Ls are but I wanted to recommend organizing another 1L Happy Hour before Orientation. Of course, this would be totally informal -- people could come and go as they please.
Last year, we had it at a local bar on a Wednesday night (when it was relatively less crowded than Thursdays or Fridays), and it worked out really well.
After about a month of school, you'll quickly find that the opportunities to really get to know your classmates outside of your section are limited. So take advantage of all of this *free time* before classes begin in earnest and try to meet as many people as you can.
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