« on: December 22, 2008, 09:22:06 PM »
Durham lives and dies by Duke, so, you will be the center of a little universe while here, but that has its limits. Mostly those limits are perceptions about locals.
But, I think there is a enough to keep you entertained. Unless you are from NY because everyone from NY is programmed to hate anything shy of Times Square.
I mean, I would disagree. There's really not much to do in Durham if you're not an undergrad. Like, I would endorse Duke Law to someone who didn't like going out or doing much of anything, but otherwise...
I highly doubt it's worse than Ithaca in that respect, though.
Supposedly it is, ... though I'd love to hear some input form Duke Law students. My info just comes from people who have visited both. I, personally, never did visit Duke.
Is Cornell really as intense academically as it is made out to be? The dominant impression I get is that it's a great place to go lock yourself in a study room and never come out.
I don't really like this question because I have nothing to compare it to. I mean ... Cornell is the only law school I've attended, so I don't know if it's more or less than other schools. I can definitely say that for the most part, it's been less work than I had anticipated/feared/expected. During finals things can get intense, but people go out all the time - multiple times a week. So I guess my answer to your question is "I don't think so?" But yeah, for the reasons I've mentioned that's hard for me to answer. I certainly wouldn't not choose Cornell for fear that it would be too intense ... cause it's not. Is it more intense than other schools? Possibly, I don't know.
EDIT: I think the reason Cornell gets this reputation is because it's legal writing course is graded, rather than being pass-fail (many schools are pass-fail). I'm not sure how much more work this really causes ... some, no doubt, but perhaps not as much as people make it seem. Also, from what I'm told, employers are aware of this grading system ... and often prefer it because it forces you to learn how to write like a lawyer more than a pass-fail system would.
Do you have any specific questions re: workload... I'm sorry if this wasn't a helpful response