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Just as a note for those who will be around during HLS admit days:

Lambda is co-hosting a showing of Yossi and Jagger, a film about a couple in the Israeli military.  All the details can be found on our events page:

We also, of course, will be representing at the org fair and hosting one of the student org dinners.  See you then!

Just wanted to invite anyone who might be in the Boston area during March 2-3 to come to HLS Lambda's second annual GALLA Conference, this year focusing on Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  All the details and a (free) registration form can be found at

Law School Admissions / Re: Harvard 1Ls Taking Questions
« on: January 12, 2007, 04:54:06 PM »
eh, the complete experience extends beyond the first semester.  I'm now half-way done, so I can answer questions too.

I'm sure everyone has their own interpretations and own definitions of what constitutes "liberal." I have never been there so I have no idea...

I thought Duke was pretty gay-friendly even though others would probably fiercely disagree. *Shrugs*

I was actually going to use the example that Duke was decried by the northernors as being too southern and the southernors as being too northern. 

In retrospect, I don't really think the student body as a whole was not gay-friendly, but it felt like a bad place to be gay and single and acclimating to your identity. 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: HLS vs. Stanford
« on: December 16, 2006, 10:29:57 AM »
...and on the flipside: how easy is it to avoid him?  :)

I can answer that one.  I haven't tried to avoid him (I don't really have an opinion one way or the other), but I haven't ever come in contact with him.  don't let that worry you.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: You have 3 words. Come up with a short story.
« on: December 16, 2006, 02:02:42 AM »
(I don't think I've posted off-topic in AGES, but I'm fiercely procrastinating.)

when I saw the title of the thread, I thought it was going to be similar to Ernest Hemingway's six-word story: "For Sale: baby shoes, never used."

I was excited by the contest on Wired (, but disappointed by the results.  Nothing I've seen really gets the understatement and the sense of finality upon first glance.  Most of those are just quips.

My favorites are:
He read his obituary with confusion.
Osama's time machine: President Gore concerned.
It cost too much, staying human.

I really should get started on that paper...

(I apologize for the hijack.  As you were.)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: HLS vs. Stanford
« on: December 15, 2006, 10:46:19 PM »
my ears were burning, and I'm desperately procrastinating from writing a paper.

I can chime in about faculty interaction, and as a 2L I've moved beyond the 1L required curriculum and section bonding.

During 1L, I had some great professor interactions.  I got to know my torts professor a bit better at our section dinner at the beginning of the year.  We hit it off, and he became my advisor.  He guided me through course selection (speaking very candidly about classes and professors), mulled ideas about exams, and encouraged me to follow my dreams (which included taking a year off to travel and do a bit of research; he got me going on the right path to make that happen).  He also joined me and a dozen classmates at my apartment for wine and cheese twice. 

With my civ pro professor, I never really caught on with the class.  It was a lot of reading, and I tend to be lazy, and so I didn't read for much and attended at most 20% of classes.  During second semester, I regretted that I didn't get to know her.  I dropped by office hours and had a wonderful chat with her; she continues to advise me on life and classes.

But now that 2L has started, things have changed a bit.  There aren't the artificial, institutionalized means for getting to know professors.  And class decisions were now my choice.

I ended up choosing two courses, a clinical, and a reading group.  Those have about 31, 42, 61 (but the class is less important than our clinical placements), and 18.  (I'll have two large lecture courses and a smaller course for the spring.)  I'll be writing a paper advised by one of the professors during the winter term, and I went to a party at one professor's house recently. 

I wouldn't say that my experiences represent the majority at HLS, but they are what I have sought out and have had no problems finding.  (And I continue to be amazed from time to time.)  Certainly we have a couple people (Larry Tribe is a good example) who are difficult to get in contact with.  But there are plenty of people who are eager to get to know you and help you out.  If you come here with the goal of having excellent professor interaction, you will find it.

This post wasn't really meant as a comparison; I have no knowledge from which to judge experiences at SLS.  Just my experiences to date.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Social life at Harvard - does it suck?
« on: December 14, 2006, 05:13:24 PM »
My best friend from high school lived in Harvard Square...the townies in Cambridge (many being the family of Harvard or MIT faculty) are of a significantly higher extraction than most in New England. To get that Good Will Hunting feeling I think you'd need to hang out in a Cumberland Farms parking lot in North Peabody or something.

I agree with this.  I have a hard time considering most of the surrounding denizens "townies".

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Social life at Harvard - does it suck?
« on: December 12, 2006, 12:40:52 PM »
yes, there are lots of different types of people at HLS.  and there's an Arts & Literature Law Society, if you're interested, as well as an indie theater just a five-minute walk away.  and Harvard college has plenty of opportunities to hear classical musical performances.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Social life at Harvard - does it suck?
« on: December 11, 2006, 02:38:34 PM »
They have extracurriculars (including a drama society that puts on a show each semester) and intramurals and things like that.  These were a draw for me.

Is it very competitive to become involved with the drama society? Also, is it relatively do-able to balance it with coursework? Theatre was my life in high school, but I only involved myself with a play or two in undergrad because the drama groups here don't really respect the importance of that whole "academics" thing and really dominate your life for the entire duration of the rehearsal process. I really miss it, though, and would love to get back into theatre again somehow!

it's a lot less competitive for the guys, and less competitive for the Parody (40ish people) in the spring than for the fall musical (15ish).  generally, it's more about having fun and continuing theater.  we're all law students, so we understand the needs of law students.  I highly recommend joining if you come to HLS (which I also highly recommend).

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