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Parking is my biggest's definitely not the neighborhood where you want to be parking your car on the street!I actually called a couple of nearby parking garages today just out of curiosity and found one that said they have plenty of monthly spaces available $140/ the $ I'll save on rent worth what I'll have to pay for parking  ??? I may wait until I am able to view an actual apt before I decide for sure, but nevertheless I'm mailing in my app tomorrow.  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: OFFICIAL "I am going to ______ in the Fall" Thread
« on: March 29, 2005, 05:05:19 PM »
I've officially decided that I don't care what UCLA has to say...I'm going to Hastings in the fall  ;D

We are definitely thinking about it. I'll be back in the city next month visiting some friends and I am going to try to make an appointment to view one of the units. Do you have any thoughts on living in the Hastings tower?

I absolutely hate driving in SF! I have a stick shift, so stopping on hills scares me to death. Also , the MUNI busses will pull into a lane weather or not there is a car there. And parking can be a nightmare. But my husband and I have only one car between us and he really wants to keep it, so I told him he can deal with driving and parking hassles! I understand his point though, we like to hike, rock climb, etc, and that would require a car to get out of the city. I tried to convince him we could just rent a car for that, but he wasn't buying it.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: USF or Hastings?
« on: March 29, 2005, 01:29:47 PM »
If you work hard, do well, and want to practice in SF, then I don't think you can go wrong with either school. I visited Hastings and loved it, but I could definitely see how most people would either love it or hate it. Since USF has offered $$$ and you like the vibe there better that may be a better choice for you.
If you want to practice outside of the bay area, then Hastings may be a better choice because I think its reputation carries a bit farther. Hey, at least you know what city you'll be living in! Best of luck  ;)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UC Hastings visit..
« on: March 29, 2005, 12:02:10 PM »
I posted a thread on Craigslist to see if I could find out anything more about the apts in the tower. Here is the response I've had so far:

"It's really a trade off, but it's a pretty good way to settle in, especially if you're moving to the area for the first time. I didn't live in the Tower, but some of my friends did.

The benefits: below-market rent in a decent-quality apartment; close to classes and the library; walking-distance to a good farmer's market; central location so easy to get to other parts of the city; you don't have to deal with trying to find a rental/learning the city at the same time you're getting ready to start classes.

The drawbacks: really terrible location (just for fun, keep track of the times you step in human excrement your first year); being near classes and library and other 1Ls is not necessarily the most sane place to live; dealing with your car if you have one.

The apartments are fine, but basic:(electric stove, industrial carpet, many coats of paint -- although it's fresh paint). There's also a basic gym in the building, and a lounge was added after I left. It's supposed to be nice enough."

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UC Hastings visit..
« on: March 28, 2005, 07:38:37 PM »
Unfortunately, I was not able to see the inside of an apt, but now that I am considering living there, I plan to make an appointment in a couple of weeks when I'll be back in the city to  see an actual unit. The building itself seemed decent though, and since it is a tower with a lot of windows,  I imagine the units get a fair amount of light. I've heard the units are on the small side, but I don't know for sure. The tower is only about a block away from the other campus buildings, and they actually have a shuttle that will take you there from 6:00pm to 11:30 pm since the area can be a little sketchy after dark.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UC Hastings visit..
« on: March 28, 2005, 04:14:18 PM »
Anyone else attend the admit day on the 26th? Honestly I was impressed and left with a very positive impression. I was thrilled to attend Hastings before I went, but had some reservations at least partially based on some rumors/horror stories I'd seen on this site. By the time I left I was even more sure about my decision to attend Hastings.

It is not a beautiful campus - 3 sort of random buildings in an urban center - but there are some nice areas. As others have mentioned, the Gold Reading room is quite beautiful and the Sky Room is pretty awesome. The classrooms that I saw were nice - way nicer than any at my undergrad - with cushioned seats and outlets at every seat.
Before visiting I'd dismissed the idea of living at the Tower, but now I'm actually considering it. I'd pictured it being run down and horrible, but I thought it seemed livable and the fact that utilities and wireless internet are included is enticing.

I was so impressed with how incredibly nice, outgoing, and helpful everyone was. I met the woman in charge of enrollment, Suzanne something, when I first go there. She introduced herself and we talked for a few minutes, she was so sweet and welcoming! All of the current students I met were very positive and didn't make Hastings seem like a second choice at all. Granted, this is a self selecting group that chose to work admitted students day, but still. They all said that the cut throat reputation is overplayed, most students are helpful and share outlines etc, and discussing rank and gpa is taboo.
The professors on the faculty panel were all passionate, funny, and seemed approachable. They do have "beer on the beach" every other Thursday with free beer/cider/soda and on the other Thursdays they have "bar review" at various bars around town - so there seems to be comeraderie that I sort of feared might be missing since it is a stand alone law school.

I don't think Hastings is for everyone, it is an urban law school, so I definitely think it is imperitive to make a personal visit before you decide. But I really loved it. The beatiful, warm , San Francisco day didn't hurt either.

On the day mine changed it was somewhere during my commute home from work (yes, I checked just before I left work and pretty much as soon as I got home  ;)) so somtime between about 4:30 and 6:00 or so. So, I'd definitely check again this afternoon.

I am lucky in that my actual score is equal to my highest practice test. Since I scored a 165 on my first ever practice and figured I'd be happy with that score I didn't practice a whole lot and I ended up with a 168. I was very relaxed on test day, not really nervous at all which I do think helped a lot. I was also seated in the first row so there was no one in front of me to distract me. I was also able to take the test at the school where I work , so I think that contributed to me feeling more comfortable.

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