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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Questions to law students
« on: November 07, 2007, 07:02:35 PM »
People definitely go play basketball, and at Mich we had a law school softball team this fall - we made it to the semifinals before being eliminated by some undergrads  :-[

Incoming 1Ls / Re: I Want To Prep for 1L: What Should I Do?
« on: November 06, 2007, 05:56:01 PM »
oh please, please please please for the love of God do not study law right now. If you really feel like "studying" then do some reading of the classics or something. Please? Read newspapers, study up on current events or something IF YOU MUST. But have fun. Seriously.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan kicks some serious @$$
« on: November 06, 2007, 04:46:02 PM »
There is a guy in our section who went to Michigan State - we gave him a lot of crap last week and this week, but it was all in fun :)  (Plus he kind of asks for it because it seems like he wears Michigan State stuff every day)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan kicks some serious @$$
« on: November 06, 2007, 02:30:06 PM »
Thanks for starting this thread...

Did you write the "Why Michigan" essay and, if so, what aspects did you focus on?

Do you have any info to share in regard to the Darrow?

What about the JD/MBA program with the Ross School of Business?

Any insight you can share would be most appreciated.

Thanks!  :) 

I did write the "Why Michigan" essay, but honestly I can't remember exactly what I wrote... I think as long as you just honestly describe the reasons why you think Michigan's a good fit, it is a definite plus for the admissions office that you took the time and effort to write it.

I don't know much about the Darrow - I wasn't ever really hoping to be in the running. But I'm sure Pikey could help you out, if that is who I think it is, they are good person to talk to :D

As for hours per day/week devoted to school work... it really depends on the day/week. I try to get as much done during the day between meetings and classes so that I can quit by around 6 or 7 (and so I don't have to carry my heavy books home!). Oddly, I tend to get a lot done on Thursdays between my last class (2:30) and law school bowling league (10 p.m.) and then on Friday all day because I don't have class on Friday. Usually on the weekends I can get a few days ahead in all of my classes. I'd say an average of 20-30 hrs per week, outside of class.

I definitely still have time to pursue other interests. As an avid runner one of my greatest fears was not having time to run, but I run only slightly less than my pre- law school days, and the arb is a great place to run! I also have time for IM sports, and I don't think I've ever avoided a social event because I felt like I had too much work. However, finals are just around the corner so I imagine my hours will start to change soon. I still sleep between 7-8 hours per night. I don't know, it's not as bad as people make it out to be, although I probably have to start studying for finals in a couple of weeks, at which point the time commitment will get a lot bigger.

One of my favorite parts of Michigan as far as time management is concerned is that legal practice is pass/fail. Everyone still tries, but if it were graded, my stress level would be a lot higher than it is right now. From what I hear, it's almost impossible to fail, and although the memos are important because you might use them as writing samples for job applications, you can always revise them over winter break, and I still feel like I'm learning everything that I should be learning.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan kicks some serious @$$
« on: November 06, 2007, 01:49:11 PM »
Oh yup I have some questions...

1. What's the atmosphere like...very competitive during 1L? Or more supportive?
2. Is there a lot of inter-mingling with the undergrads or do law students tend to be more isolated (i.e. is the whole football culture big among the grad students)?
3. What's your take on AA? Was it what you expected...better...worse?
4. How are the professors in terms of approachability?
5. Will I get in?
6. What kinds of options do 1Ls have for summer employment?
That's a lot of haphazard questions, so answer whatever you would like--and you don't have to comment on #5, but a "good luck" would certainly be appreciated. :)

1. I don't feel that it's competitive in a bad way at all - people here want to do well, but I've never had a problem where I thought someone was too competitive or a jackass or something. I've always been able to get notes if I missed class or a meeting, and actually just yesterday I was complaining about the legal practice memo we have due tomorrow, and friends from my LP section were offering to help me with figuring out which cases to use and stuff. People widely forward outlines that they get from older students, and we compare strategies for studying and share tips that older students have given us.

2. Law students do like to go to football games and we have our own tailgates and stuff, but I don't think there is much intermingling with undergrads, in fact I try to avoid undergrads if at all possible because they tend to be pretty, well, undergrad-ish.

3. I like AA a lot - I live in a great area, there is lots of good and cheap food around, lots of fun places to go out, and I like that most of the time when I go out I tend to run into other law students which is great. The best parts of AA are the Michigan Theatre, and Zingerman's. Worst things: Today it was really cold! But that's really my only complaint about AA so far.

4. I love my professors and they are very approachable, actually this week a friend and I are having coffee with our Crim Law prof, and next week we're having lunch with our Contracts prof! I think just about everyone in my contracts class has had lunch with our prof, in fact, I think if you do it early enough in the semester the school will pay for it.

5. Good luck! :P

6. We just had a summer job meeting last week - basically you can do anything - go abroad, do nonprofit stuff with an SFF grant (which pays you to do nonprofit work in the summer), go for a firm job (which is what I'm probably doing), work for a judge, assist a prof and stay in AA, etc., etc. A lot of people plan on doing public interest stuff or going abroad since it may be the last chance they have to do that for a while, if they are planning on doing firm stuff as a career after law school.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan kicks some serious @$$
« on: November 06, 2007, 01:36:59 PM »
I took only one year off between UG and law school, but a lot of my friends here took 5+ years off, and I'm pretty sure they like the environment. :) I don't think Michigan has more nontraditional students than other schools but it sure feels like it based on the people I hang out with most of the time.

There is also an organization called SQUALSA (Senate qualified law students association) which is basically the organization for people who will be 30 (hence senate-qualified) by the time they graduate. (I won't be 30 before I graduate, but I still go to SQUALSA stuff because they are really cool).

If you wanted to live in the lawyers' club, it might be a little weird because it seems like most LC residents are fresh out of college or have only been out one or two years. But, I don't live in the LC and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.

If you ask the admissions office or Dean Z directly to put you in touch with some students who have been out of school for 5+ years to ask them about it, I'm sure they would get you in touch with someone pretty quickly.

Choosing the Right Law School / Michigan kicks some serious @$$
« on: November 06, 2007, 01:22:34 PM »
I'm a 1L and I love it so far. Just wanted to put that out there because Michigan wasn't really a school I was thinking about at this point in time last year until I started reading LSD, ended up applying, getting into, and visiting Michigan, and realized it was the $hit.

I know that, despite our former claim to the most active 2010 thread, there aren't a lot of Michigan people present on the board right now. Between classes and the insane amount of fun stuff we get to do despite the fact that we are law students, there isn't much time for LSD anymore. But don't forget about us!

Any questions?

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