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U of California - Hastings / Re: Housing
« on: May 29, 2005, 07:54:37 PM »
I live in Orange County, CA and have a view of the ocean, and S.F. is still going to be a huge rent increase for me.  I guess it won't be as much of a shock as ppl. coming from rural areas.

I have been looking on Craiglist too to get a feel.  I will probably go start physically looking at apartments in early July.  I have been interested in similar areas, and hoping to find something near the BART.  So are you loking at one bedrooms?  We are trying to find a 2 bedroom w/ parking if possible, and finding nothing interesting less than $1,600.  To get something I really like it will be at least $2,000.

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U of California - Hastings / Re: Housing
« on: May 29, 2005, 03:43:28 PM »
Sorry to reply to such an old post, but I am just starting to grasp the fact I will be moving in 2 months or so.  I am definately going to Hastings unless I get off a wait list at USC.  I would rather live in San Fran, but would prefer USC for better faculty accessibility, school resources, ect.

I am opting out of the Towers b/c I have 2 cats and therefore do no qualify.  My boyfriend and I are looking for a 2 bedroom but after taking a look at rents that may not be possible.  Is anyone else living off campus?  I am in So Cal so it is feasible for us to drive up there a few weekends to check some places out.

S.F. in general has more bums than I think I have ever seen in the U.S.  S.F. is obviously a progressive city, and they are a good place for bums.  Unlike New York that arrests bums and takes them far away hoping they cannot find their way bag, S.F. for the most part lets them live in peace.

When I visited for the Admitted STudents Day I stayed in a hotel by Union Square.  I walked to Hastings on the Saturday morning around 9.  WHen I asked the guy at my hotel for directions he told me to take a taxi b/c "he would not let his sister walk in that area alone."  I had a few cat calls, but other than that had no problems.

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I say quit!  I worked this year as a paralegal making decent money, but was totally miserable.  I was working my butt off putting in 50+ hour weeks with a 1 hour commute each way, and I teach LSAT on the side.  I was gaining weight, stressed, and had no time to spend with friends.  I had actually just got a big promotion and raise 3 weeks before I quit. 

A family friend offered me a awesome (unpaid) internship, in an area of law I actually intend to practice.  My position has never been given to someone not in law school before.  Although it is hard financially, in the long run this is better for me. I am working normal hours and getting in a lot of networking in an office of 120 attorneys. They have even offered me a secure job after I graduate.  I also take Fridays off to spend at the beach.  Enjoy all the remaining free time you have!

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General Board / Re: Law Preview
« on: May 21, 2005, 08:44:11 PM »
What does the "tag" mean?

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General Board / Re: Law Preview
« on: May 18, 2005, 08:49:19 PM »
I am taking it in June in LA.  You?

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General Board / Re: Law Preview
« on: May 18, 2005, 12:33:03 AM »
I am already signed up, so hopefully it is useful.  I got a big discount from work so it was not a financial consideration. 

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General Board / Re: Hastings vs Loyola LA
« on: May 18, 2005, 12:25:23 AM »
I am accepted to both, and if I don't get in at the schools I am wait listed at I may end up at Hastings with you.  I love San Francisco, and hate L.A. (I am from the Orange County).  Hastings has been ranked much higher in the past, and is still ranked highly in peer reviews leading to a high respect in the legal community. The downfalls of Hastings I have seen are less resources than Loyola and lack of faculty accessibilty.   

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General Board / Interview at Wait Listed School. Any suggestions?
« on: May 18, 2005, 12:14:17 AM »
I scheduled a informal interview at a competitive school I am wait listed at.  Here are my 3 objectives:

1) Identify my strengths and indicate my commitment to attend this school.
2) Communicate specific reasons I want to attend this school.  I have done some research and reasons include; small class sizes, curriculum, specific faculty, ect.
3) Ask questions.  It is a school that does not rank wait list applicants.  I would like information on when they anticipate openings, what I can do to better my chances, ect.

Any other suggestions?  Thanks!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Law Students on Spring Break???
« on: September 20, 2005, 08:41:59 PM »
Ask a 2L.  I applied for a program that does a international conference in Haiti during Spring Break, and the students who did it previously as 1L's said it was not a problem.  If I don't get accepted to that (they only accept 7 1L's) I am heading to a beach somewhere.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Alcohol at law school?
« on: September 20, 2005, 08:39:54 PM »
UVa has "keg in the quad" every thursday afternoon. I recall that UCLA has a similar arrangement.

Thats funny.. we have "beer on the beach" Thursdays at Hastings, with plenty of kegs to go around.

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