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San Diego / Re: Well I'm probably headed here in 2005
« on: June 03, 2005, 11:19:40 AM »
Anyone else getting anxious about all these "doom" messages 1L's hear about law school?  All I keep hearing is that it will be the worst year of my life... it's freaking me out!

USD Law students - have you found your experience there manageable?

San Diego / Re: Info I'm giving to everyone who e-mails me
« on: June 03, 2005, 11:13:46 AM »
As far as where to live:

I would strongly recommend AGAINST living on campus.  It's way more expensive.  Instead, there is a good amount of housing very close to campus in the Linda Vista area (where I live).  You can find a place in a number of apartment complexes in the area.  There is even an area known as "the dogpatch" that has a very high density of USD students living there.
If you don't care about living close to school, you can find much nicer (and more expensive) places down Friars Rd to the east, in Mission Valley.  There are about a dozen very new and very nice townhouse and condo complexes, with hundreds of units for rent every year.  These are much nicer than the older housing closer to USD, but you'll pay for the difference.  Additionally, traffic on Friars Road sucks big time.
If you want to live near the beach, the three nearest beaches are (from south to north) Ocean Beach (OB), Mission Beach and Pacific Beach (PB).  Ocean Beach has a very laid back Berkeley-esque feel to it, but it's not where you'd go if you were going to "the beach."  Mission Beach, in the middle, has lots of stuff going on, restaurants, shops, etc.  The Mission Beach area is popular with USD students.  North of that is Pacific Beach, what most people mean when they say they're going to "the beach."  PB is also chock-full of bars and nightlife - it's kind of one big frat hangout, so if you're not into doing a lot of drinking most nights, I'd strongly recommend against it.
Another, oft-overlooked alternative is to find something in the area known as Bay Park, which is just a bit inland from Mission Beach, near Morena Blvd (the cross street I think of is Milton).  This is a suburban area of regular houses, most probably 50 or so years old - but it's a very cute area.  Not a lot of shops or restaurants, just houses.  But, it's not tract housing where every house looks the same - every house is different, and it has a unique feeling compared to many other USD neighborhoods.

USD isn't that competitive, I don't think.  It's pretty laid back, we're all friends (within our section).  Most people in one section don't know hardly anybody in the other sections... except for me... I get around... but not like that, so don't ask.
I don't exhaust myself with work, but to be honest, I'm rather high up in my class grade-wise, and other people seem to work a lot more than I do, whether they're scoring above or below me.  So, my experience in that regard is probably not the typical one.
Over the summer, I'll be studying international law in Italy.  Chances for an internship are pretty good for most students, though - but don't expect to get any money.  Those ones are really hard to find unless you're very, very creative and all that jazz.

I have found the professors to be very friendly and very accessible.  Many of them are quite, quite funny, as a matter of popular opinion.

If you have additional questions, feel free to e-mail me at bobfett@[nospam]

Thank you for that advice!  I ended up choosing USD over USC because of my visits to both.  While USC has an amazing campus (and reputation) it seemed like everyone there was so stressed out and had this chip on their shoulder.  Like everyone thought they should be #1 in their class and anything less was unacceptable.  My visit to USD included speaking to some very nice and laid back students that seemed much more well-rounded.

Do you feel like you have the time to have a "balanced" life at USD?  Like time for exercise, meeting new people, etc.?  How have you been able to cut your study time but still be successful?

Thanks for your help.

San Diego / Re: Current USD Student Opinions
« on: June 03, 2005, 11:09:37 AM »

I am attending USD as a 1L this fall.  I struggled with some of your same issues.  I ended up choosing USD over the other schools I applied to (Denver U being one of them, too) because I decided it is better to be miserable studying all the time in the sunshine.  At least it is pretty there, if nothing else.  USD has a highly ranked faculty, which means that even if the school isn't ranked as high, the education I get there will be great. 

I hated the actual law school building, it was very dark and almost looked like a monastery on the inside.  The avg. age of 1L's is 24, which is significantly younger than most schools, but oh well.  I will be starting at the age 27. 

Maybe I'll see you there...

Incoming 1Ls / Dell Laptops
« on: July 25, 2005, 01:32:19 PM »
Hi everyone, I just bought a Dell 600m from and thought I should pass on the info... they are having a 34% off sale on the 600m through 7/27.  Most schools get even further discounts.  I just bought one that is usually around $2,400 for $1,350. 

Anyone else starting to get really anxious and a little freaked out?  I'm excited to get there, but I keep hearing all of these LS horror stories that are making me crazy. 

How did you go about setting up your USD email account?  Somehow I missed this information...

Hi Everyone,

It's nice to see so many USD people on here.  Does anyone know when we'll be assigned to our sections?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: anyone else super lazy
« on: June 21, 2005, 03:17:10 PM »
I hardly did any homework in high school or UG.  I managed to slip through a very competitive school with decent grades (never below a B) because I can b/s.

I'm worried about the workload too, and finding time for myself... but I look at it as a challenge... trying to get myself that motivated and focused over long periods of time is not going to be easy.  I envy those with good study habits right now!!!

Don't most law schools do blind grading (so it wouldnt matter if you are black, white, male, female, etc.)??  Or even if your prof. hates you in class?  My undergrad blind-graded, and it was a big asset for me since I didn't do a whole lot in class and tended to irritate my profs. with my poor attendance. 

I got on the wait list at the end of March, before the first deposit deadline.  I was at the school visiting (I've been living in Canada, could not get there for the admitted students thing...).  I knew that I wouldn't be able to go apt. searching this summer so I got an early jump on the Presidio.  I wouldn't be tooooo surprised if the wait list is long now, but honestly, if you have the time to apt. search, and/or if you want a roommate, I think there are way better living situations than the PT. 

Where did the rest of you go to undergrad. (besides all the U of A kids)...?

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