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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Davis v. Hastings
« on: May 28, 2004, 11:00:25 AM »
Yeah, a bubble could be good for you. I suppose that when it comes down to it, home is whatever you make of it. If you haven't already, I really suggest visiting the Tower to see if you think it's livable. The dirtiness and atmosphere of the place isn't a big deal for me - a lot of the apartments and other living situations I dealt with in Berkeley (my frat house) are basically of the same standard. I can easily see how others would think that McAllister is too disguisting/depressing to live in.

Hmm,

I am sending the deposit just so I can have the option of living in the tower. Altrnet, can you give me the names of some areas in SF that are somewhat safe, somewhat reasonable for rent, and near public transportation lines? I am about to make the 30 hour drive to orange county, then chill for a week or so, then make the drive up to SF for housing day (mainly to look at the tower). I want to have some other possible areas in mind just in case I choose to live elsewhere.

Anyone ever driven across texas? I am not looking forward to this....

Thanks

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Law School Applications / Re: Timer
« on: May 27, 2004, 04:34:25 PM »
You can buy a really inexpensive timer at radio shack (I think it runs about 10-15 dollars).  It does have a speaker, which obviously makes sound, but it is very easy to disconnect (I just removed the whole speaker).  Good luck!

P.S.  Please, please, please do not take a timer with sound to the LSAT test center.  When I took the test last December an individual failed to disconnect the speaker and it beeped for about 10 minutes during the middle of the test (an LR section).  Needless to say, it was very difficult to concentrate during, and following, the person's attempt at shutting off the damn thing!   >:(

I used a baking timer from walmart. Take a couple screws out, slide the cover off, then cut the red wire = no beeping and it only cost 5 bucks.

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Law School Applications / Re: Extra LSAT Time - Good Or Bad?
« on: May 27, 2004, 04:32:35 PM »
a "processing problem".  i have this problem too.  i think its from too much drug use in my late teens.

sorry, but are we going to give special accomodations to people with lower IQs also?  Isnt your "processing" ability, one of the things the test is designed to guage?  are the 3/4 people out there who are good at LRs and RCs but suck at games suffering from this processing problem also? 

this sounds like the biggest load of BS ive ever heard.

I can just hear the doctors telling all those kids... "now son, it is a processing problem, don't worry about it."   :P

I agree grn eggs; maybe after taking time and half on the lsat and time and a half for law school exams, they can take time and a half for a firms billable hours? 3000 hours of work billed for the same salary? Sounds fair...





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Nola8688--
I plan on living off campus because I don't want the Tenderloin to be my only SF experience.  I want to have a diverse experience and get to know people outside of law school.  My hope is to find a roommate or 2 on housing day and find a place off campus.  That way, I get the experience of living w/ several students, but not hundreds.  I just think exam time would be a total frenzy in the tower.  I think living off campus will help me keep perspective.  I also agree that the tower is quite expensive now compared to what you can get off campus.  So...hopefully I will find some nice folks on housing day.  I spoke to a 1L at admit weekend and she said that is how she found her roommates.

This is giving me great information. Thank you both. I am now debating whether to send my deposit today... 75$ of the 300 is not refundable...

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Davis v. Hastings
« on: May 27, 2004, 09:39:44 AM »
Went to Hastings today. After taking a self-guided tour of the 3 buildings that makeup the school, I've decided to attend Hastings. I'll withdraw from Davis the first chance I get. The facilities are nice (some parts are fantastic, such as the Skyroom at the top of McAllister Tower which has a 360-degree view of SF, and the Gold Room in Snodgrass Hall) but in general are not balls-out impressive. McAllister Tower is... eh, well it's undergoing a lot of renovations so it was basically in shambles. In case you don't know, the tower is a former hotel, and this becomes immediately obvious upon enterting the building. I would suggest that anyone interested in living in the Tower visit first.

The surrounding area is also eh. It's not bad during daytime when it's busy, however I can easily see how it can be a tad on the scary side at night.

SUp altr,

I am thinking of living in the Tower. Have you ruled it out? I suppose it would be nice to meet new people etc (I am coming from out of state), yet at the same time I would want to get away from the madness during finals. Or maybe that would motivate me? Who knows. Lemi know your thoughts.

My friend who is going to be a 2L at Hastings recommended NOT to live in the tower. It's not the cleanest place, plus you'll be right next to the school (it's literally on the same block as the classroom buildings). Being that you don't have any prior links to Ssan Francisco, you might find yourself literally living in a bubble if you live in the Tower. Your entire life (class and home) will be on the same block. Of course, you can always go out and explore SF and the Bay Area any time you want to. However, keep in mind that during your busy days where you only go to class and then go home, you might feel a bit isolated from the rest of the city. I hope that makes sense.

Despite this, I plan on living in the Tower (if I"m lucky enough to get a space). Why? My girlfriend will be out in Berkeley, so if I ever get sick of school, San Francisco, or anything else, I can easily head out to Berkeley to get away. I can also spend my weekends away from Hastings. If you live in the tower but you don't have know anyone else in the Bay Area, you might get really sick of living right next to school.

I really hope this makes sense, I realize that I'm not communicating my point very well... Anyway, that's just my opinion.

 
I understand what you are saying about being in a "bubble," but at the same time since I am moving to SF without knowing a soul, I feel that meeting people will be much easier in the tower. At least people with similar interests/career direction etc.

I just feel uneasy about moving into a single apt somewhere else in the city. I am going to be busy enough trying to float to the top of the class, I doubt I will have a whole lot of time to invest in socializing and meeting new friends. Plus, I have some family in SF, so I will be able to get out of the loin on the weekends. It is only one year right? Maybe a bubble of law school will be good for me for that first crazy year?

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Can't help you there...I plan on living off campus.

Where tahoe? Why are you so sure?

I am trying to figure my living situation out right now. :-\

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Law School Applications / Re: 'As Easy To Get As Candy'
« on: May 27, 2004, 09:21:55 AM »
  And, instead of swallowing the pills, they crush and snort them through her nose to get high. To achieve an intense high, some say they need to snort Ritalin, also nicknamed Rids. While marijuana, cocaine, Ecstacy, and other substances require students to have underground connections to drug dealers, Ritalin's distinction is that any student with a prescription has the potential to be a dealer.

"Officials describe new epidemic: 4 year olds wandering the streets, slanging their rids for an extra buck. A 4 year-old who goes  by "Snell" a street name used to protect his identity, states "man, when mom won't get me ice-cream, i'm like, 'listen female dog, i want some ice cream! she tells me 'no' so then i tell her i'm going to the sandbox.'" The 'sandbox' is a term these toddlers use to describe the new black market. Says 'skimendrick', "It used to be a different kinda place, this black market...kidneys used to go like hotcakes. But now its  rids people are after. All these feminine hygiene product law students running around, bitching about some LSAT. Suddenly, nobody needs kidneys anymore. It's like, they've lost sight of what really matters in life." 

Is that you in your pic?

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Law School Applications / Re: Extra LSAT Time - Good Or Bad?
« on: May 27, 2004, 09:19:38 AM »
at the risk of sounding like an a-hole i am going to chime in here.  (well, that wouldnt be entirely out of character for me anyway).

i too have been diagnosed with adult ADD.  you know what though.  this absolutely does not entitle me to more time on the LSAT. some people are smarter then others.  some people (like me) have a hard time focusing and have poor attention to detail that can be diagnosed as a medical condition.

so what.  i am going to need to compete with people in LS and later on the job without special accomodations.  the LSAT is highly timed, asking for extra time makes it a completely useless measure.

anyone using ADD to solicit more time on the test is either in denial about their own lack of ability or is looking for an unfair advantage.

i hope LSs are smart enough (and i suspect most are) to see thru this type of thing.  take your meds and take the test like everyone else.

Another nickel for ya,

Actually I have a friend who is currently a 1L, and he receives time and a half for his law school exams. I don't think he used this scam for the LSAT, but it really makes me f*cking sick. He is not ADD (just like 95% of the people who are currently being diagnosed). He simply has no qualms about abusing the system for his own advantage.

I am not saying everyone pulling the ADD card is a scam artist, but I believe a large number have ulterior motives. Since there is no way to definitively differentiate between an ADD person vs. a fraud, it is very questionable to give these people an extra hour on the lsat/law school exams. Some people just have no scruples.

Also: What is the difference between a “bad standardized test taker” and a “person who has trouble concentrating for long periods of time?” 
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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Davis v. Hastings
« on: May 25, 2004, 07:23:29 PM »
Went to Hastings today. After taking a self-guided tour of the 3 buildings that makeup the school, I've decided to attend Hastings. I'll withdraw from Davis the first chance I get. The facilities are nice (some parts are fantastic, such as the Skyroom at the top of McAllister Tower which has a 360-degree view of SF, and the Gold Room in Snodgrass Hall) but in general are not balls-out impressive. McAllister Tower is... eh, well it's undergoing a lot of renovations so it was basically in shambles. In case you don't know, the tower is a former hotel, and this becomes immediately obvious upon enterting the building. I would suggest that anyone interested in living in the Tower visit first.

The surrounding area is also eh. It's not bad during daytime when it's busy, however I can easily see how it can be a tad on the scary side at night.

SUp altr,

I am thinking of living in the Tower. Have you ruled it out? I suppose it would be nice to meet new people etc (I am coming from out of state), yet at the same time I would want to get away from the madness during finals. Or maybe that would motivate me? Who knows. Lemi know your thoughts.

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Just got my financial aid package yesterday... argh.. law school is EXPENSIVE... I was used to receiving scholarships and grants in undergrad.... now i am going to be so poor in law school...

I got mine too. What did you get that was so bad?


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