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Yeah wash u!  I'm already in town, because I did my undergrad there, and I'm getting excited about starting up again in the fall.  As far as apartments go, DO NOT rent from Reserve at Forest Park...they own a lot of the apartments in the Skinker/Debaliviere area, and although they are quite affordable and look nice at first, they fall apart quickly and the landlords never fix ANYTHING.  I've been in my new place at The Chesterfield , which is at the corner of Union and Waterman, for a month and a half now and I love it. I have a "studio" but it has a bedroom and goes for $550/month.  Their full one-bedrooms have a full dinning room and a den as well as the bedroom, so there's tons of room, and I think those start at $600/mo.  The one thing about the building is that almost everyone owns a dog (I have two myself) so if canines aren't your friends you would hate it. 

As for a yahoo group, I'm skeptical--I tried setting one up a couple months ago and before I even got the chance to spred the word on LSD the group was getting spammed like crazy, so its probably not worth it...if we could find some other site to set up a listserve and get to know eachother I would definitely sign up, though.   

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Do we get a hoodie when we graduate with a JD?
« on: May 18, 2005, 08:34:21 PM »
My roommate is graduating with his JD from wustl, and he got a hood....of course, wustl's regalia is a giant rip off so he doesn't get to keep it or anything other than his tassel (as an undergrad all I get to keep is my cap and tassel, and it cost me $56 to "rent" the gown....weak)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The PLS II Study Method, who is doing it?
« on: May 12, 2005, 01:14:32 AM »
I've already started the PLS method because, although I haven't technically graduated, its less than 10 weeks to orientation.  He basically has a summer schedule having you read through a chapter a week in the E&Es for Contracts, Civ Pro, Torts, and Property, plus LEEWES and Delaney's book on legal reasoning.  You are also supposed to do the restatements and then read through the E&E for Con Law and the Delaney book on Crim Law in your free time.  Basically he's about reading the study aids to learn the basics and then going through hypos....although it might be a waste of time if the anti-preppers are right, it can't hurt you.  I really enjoy how most of the supper anti-prep people were the one's who spent over a grand on LSAT prep when they could have gotten the same improvement if they'd been dedicated enough to teach themselves from the books (I was a P Review teacher, so I know the scam from the inside)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: SLU and WUSTL visit
« on: April 27, 2005, 06:46:08 AM »
Its too bad neither of you could make it to WUSTL last Thursday.  It was the last day for most of the 3Ls, so they had a party in the courtyard, and then a large number of them proceeded to take beer into the final classes of their academic careers.  It was nice to see that even after completing an educational experience that is considered by most to be fairly hellish that they were able to cut lose and just be silly.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Pets in LS?
« on: April 24, 2005, 09:02:22 AM »

And what about housing? How difficult is it to find a room or apt. (w/ roomates or without), even as a 2L, that will allow cat(s)?

I'm sure this depends on where you ultimately end up, but in my experience in St Louis finding apartments  that allow cats is a piece of cake.  A lot of them try to say you must be a monster and declaw the poor babies, but they never check up on this so you don't actually have to do it.  That said, I've found it to be quite a bit harder to find affordable apartments that allow dogs.  Most that do have a 20lb weight restriction (which is no big deal--who would want to have some sort of great big St. Bernard couped up in their one bedroom apartment?) and charge extra deposits (a portion of which is usually non-refundable since they have to clean so thougoughly in case the next tenant has allergies) and/or pet rent. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Single Sex Law Schools?
« on: April 24, 2005, 02:11:38 AM »
No there aren't any--probably b/c 1) there's a theory that (right or wrong) there is a way law should be taught to everyone (socratic method), 2) law school doesn't have the history of undergrad institutions (building a girls school next to a boys school to act basically as a finishing school, even though obviously that's not what the girls schools act as now) and 3) If you're entering the legal profession you are entering a field where men dominate the higher levels (ie most partners are men) so you have to learn to play their game if you think there is some seperate way to play the game as a woman.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: UIUC
« on: April 18, 2005, 06:21:06 PM »
Heh, I got mine today too and was suprised myself considering what others with similar numbers have gotten financially from them...oh well, living in a corn field was less than appealing anyways  ;)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Which LSAT is the easiest?
« on: April 17, 2005, 12:43:59 AM »
From what I saw when I was studying this varies every year--get a book of the most recent LSATs available to study from and see if there is one particular time of year that is easier for you.  Also, I think that June is easier just because you are less likely to have other things going on when you are studying.  Really though, there's no way to predict how "difficult" a given LSAT will be--the whole point of a standardized test is that IF it is an easier test you will have to do better on it to get the same score as you would on an "easier" test with fewer correct answers.  There's no real way to predict EXACTLY what will be on a given administration--like no one predicted that last year's June test would have fewer games questions and more reading comp questions than normal--because of that (only really a couple of questions difference) it was an "easier" test than me because I was awesome at RC and terrible at games--led to me winding up getting a higher score on the real thing than on any practices.  Just study your arse off and take it when you have the most free  time to study and you should be fine.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New "Late" Accepted Thread...
« on: April 15, 2005, 01:35:59 PM »
Still waiting almost everywhere and haven't heard anything in over a week from anywhere.  Basically I only care about Vandy and UIUC at this point when I'm realistic about my chances, but I just wish places would get back to me so I could start making housing arrangements  :P

Its basically a matter of not improving quickly enough.  The were tied with GW and I think ND for 20 last year, and although all of the pertinent stats for wash u increased this year they did not increase as quickly as the schools in the 20-23 spots now.  That being said, the dean at wash u is really hopeful to shoot back up into position next year because apparently the class of 2004 had an amazing employment rate that won't be figured into the rankings until next year.  Besides, all of the schools in the 20s shuffle around a lot so a couple rankings spots dont really matter over the course of three years.

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