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Incoming 1Ls / Boston College Class of 2012
« on: January 26, 2009, 12:49:59 PM »
First I'd like to say congratulations to all the recently accepted students! Getting into BC Law becomes harder every year.

Second, I would highly encourage you all to consider attending the Accepted Students Day which is preliminarily scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2009.

Third, if you identify yourself as a minority student, please send me a message on here if you would like some very helpful information about events and resources geared toward you.

Also, if anyone has questions feel free to post or message me.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College 1.5L taking questions...
« on: December 27, 2008, 08:12:30 PM »
Eh.  I don't think that my school is that time-demanding at all, and I'm easily in the top quarter in terms of work ethic, IMO.

Top quarter of work ethic? Are you a 1L? I feel like all 1Ls universally put in their maximum work ethic--given the simple fact that first year grades are everything. My first-semester experience was extremely time-demanding. There were days when I had to wake up at around 6:30a to do leftover reading, and then other days when I would come home from doing school-related stuff at 9 or 10p.  Friday night and Saturday was really the only time to do non-schoolwork related stuff, but I often used that time to prepare for the next week: shopping, cleaning up, and laundry, etc.  During finals period it was crazier: literally studied the whole time. It was hard to tell the day of the week because I studied all day everyday. I may be somewhat atypical because I was involved with several student groups and had to do a ton of stuff for them, but generally, I've heard many others having similar experiences.

Oh, so then if you didn't report it on your law school application, that may be a problem. You might have to retroactively amend your application, unless you want to risk having the ABA finding out you misrepresented yourself on your application, which would be far worse.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College 1.5L taking questions...
« on: December 19, 2008, 03:56:56 PM »
I find more time-efficient means of exercising. But law school, wherever you go is pretty much equally as time demanding. It's like an ABA requirement: torture 1Ls.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College 1.5L taking questions...
« on: December 18, 2008, 04:46:57 PM »
I was thinking more along lines of having no time for anything but studying... but that, too.

Maybe I should've played softball for our section. not.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College 1.5L taking questions...
« on: December 18, 2008, 04:37:42 PM »
Never heard of this gym. On the other hand, I know every inch and corner of the law library... get the picture?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College 1L taking questions...
« on: December 18, 2008, 01:59:07 PM »
I'm pretty familiar with BC having had a family member go there for undergrad, but admittedly a little unfamiliar with the Newton campus. Does it have it's own gym? What's that like? Any other particularly good/bad features at Newton? What's the closest T stop?


There is no recreational facility on the Newton Campus, as far as I know. There is, of course, one on the main campus. Personally, I really like the Newton campus. I think it has the perfect mix of everything you'd want in a school. It has a really quaint suburban feel, while still having nearby access to the T and shoppes in Newton Centre. Also, there are college freshmen who live on the Newton campus and often eat within the same cafeteria that law students eat. Personally, I like the idea of having college freshmen around because it keeps you sane--i.e. not always around other law students, and reminds you that the law school is part of the greater Boston College. Also, college freshmen are not technically allowed to use the law library, so if you don't like the fact that they're around, you have a quiet place to get away from them. The easiest way to access campus is by car. Other alternatives include: taking the B line to Boston college and then the shuttle to Newton Campus, taking the D line to Newton Centre and then the 52 bus north to the campus, or bicycling, assuming you live within a few miles. One interesting fact about Newton is that it is the safest place in America for its size--there's rarely ever a crime around here.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College 1L taking questions...
« on: December 18, 2008, 01:40:10 PM »
I'm in the same boat at Tess R but maybe just not quite as non-traditional since I'm not married nor a parent.  I will be older than many incoming students, though.   Ending my 20's.  Is it a very straight-from-college feel to your 1L group? 

Also, yeah, same question with those Boston big firm prospects. 

Absolutely NOT (in terms of BC LAW feeling like a straight-from-college environment). Even though most people are two or less years out of college, the environment is one of high maturity and professionalism, rather than the carefree college environment. Everyone here is pretty much equally as mature and focused, whether 22 or 32 or older. Personally, I'm on the young end of the age range (a year out from college), but I have lived on my own while working abroad before coming to law school.

Also, some people say law school, in general, feels "cliquey," but I would have to say I disagree in terms of BC LAW being that way. College and high school were far cliquier from my experience, and here at law school there is no sense of not fitting in for anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, etc. Highly educated people are the most open-minded. I can easily strike up an interesting convo with anyone in my section, so this notion of not fitting in (for whatever reason) is definitely a myth, at least for BC Law. But there is a caveat: "fitting in" is subjective and depends on your own internal mentality. If you make yourself feel out of place, then you may be self-stigmatizing yourself regardless of how the people around view you. So all I can say is that everyone here is very open-minded, mature, and accepting, so it's very easy to "fit in".

Hope this helps. Feel free to message me or post with any question you still may have.

You should note it on your law school applications, in fact you're required to by LSAC. Quite honestly, if the bar finds out, and you never reported it, then it becomes a compounded problem with misrepresentation and fraud on top of academic code of conduct violation. If your school penalizes you, then they certainly will document the issue. Be sure to obtain a copy of the document so that you can submit it to the law school you apply to and the bar so that they can objectively assess the issue. They won't really care about your side of the story, because it's inevitably going to be biased. If you do it the right way it will almost certainly be a non-issue. Also, law schools regularly accept people who report their past mishaps, so don't think it will necessarily negatively affect you. It shows a truly moral character to report one's past mishaps. But don't report anything until you've formerly been found guilty and penalized.

I posted this on the grad board, hoping to get more response here...

So here's the situation- I got accused of violating my schools code of conduct.  Someone accused me of reviewing notes  in between sessions of my closed book exam (which is bullsh!t, was completely inadvertent, had a few outlines open when I opened my laptop and it was on my screen for a few mins before I opened the exam software, but I absolutely did NOT read the notes, I had no reason to cheat on the exam).  At any rate, I've been charged with violating the code and have to go through pretty much a trial process.  I really want to defend myself but after talking to the Dean I highly suspect that the process is not like a crim trial (ie no "innocent til proven guilty) and she's stongly recommending to come to some type of negotiated agreement. The problem with the agreement (outside of possibly receiving an F in a class that I studied my a$$ off for) is that there will be a note of the incident and agreement on my perm record and will be sent to every bar committee that I try to sit for the exam.  I feel angry/cheated/scared etc...I'm thinking that I'll never be able to sit for any bar exam once they see the note, I'll 4ever look like a cheater.  Anyone have any experience with something similar or have any insite?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College 1L taking questions...
« on: December 13, 2008, 08:07:31 PM »
Hi, since you all are answering questions...I'm currently a junior at a fellow Jesuit university and was wondering if BC gives any preference to thsese schools (I've always heard of the Jesuits looking after their own).  Thanks!

When you say take it into account do mean merely by looking at which undergrad you went to via your transcript, or by writing about it in your personal statement? If the former, I would say no preference is given at all. But if you plan to write an elaborate PS about how you embody the Jesuit spirit in your personal statement, maybe. But even so, it's not so much a preference for you following Jesuit virtues, as much as you writing a good PS generally. I didn't even know BC was Jesuit until after I applied, so...

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