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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)...?

I didn't go in them.  But I did meet a student outside of them (they look like a Motel 6) and she said they weren't great... and too spendy for what you get... but that she was glad to be so close to campus her first year since she spent so much time on campus.  And that it took her 5 mins to get from her apt. to the law school. 

I just didn't want to the extra stress my first year.  And I don't want a roommate at this point because the last thing I need is to not find solace in my own home when school is so stressful.

Hey everyone, nice to see so many USD 1L's on board.

I'm from Portland, OR... 27 yrs. old. 

I will be living in the Presidio Terrace Apts., not the best places in the world (and spendy!!) but I thought convenience was the biggest asset when navigating that first year.  After that I will look for something better.

Getting anxious to start (I do mean anxious, not excited!)  I'm getting sick of all the LS horror stories and just want to get going myself.  Nervous though.

Went to undergrad in Colorado.  Been living in Denver and Canada since ug.

My twin brothers are best friends (went Kindergarten through HS) with Salim Stoudamire, for all you U of A people on here.... He's a nice kid. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How much do you have to know?
« on: June 13, 2005, 11:31:06 AM »
When I was in undergrad (and for about a year after undergrad) I was SURE I wanted to get my PhD in Psychology and do research.  But after a few years in the "real world" my impression of myself and what I wanted to do totally changed.  I'm starting law school this fall as a 27 yr. old, 4 years after undergrad.  If I had gone straight to school after having graduated, I can pretty much garauntee that I would be unhappy with my career choice and $100K in debt (thus unable to make too much of a move to change it). 

Think about taking time off.  It's not lip service.  When you're 18-22 you think you know everything and know exactly who you are.  That's garbage!  I'm not saying I know everything now, but the time I spent growing up and working in the real world sure gave me a better understanding.  (and at 35 I'll probably say that I didn't know anything at 27, but... )

Just my experience. Good luck.

Hi everyone,

I don't know if this has already been discussed, but I can't look through 6 pages to find out. 

One of my friends that is a 3rd year said he pretty much always studied from 8-5 everyday, like a full time job, and that was enough to be totally prepared and do well in LS.  Thoughts?

I'm also concerned about having enough time for things like relaxing and exercising.  I turn into a total a-hole if I don't exercise regularly and keep myself both mentally and physically fit.  Will I have time for that?  Or am I living in fantasy land? 


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Books to Read for a pre-1L
« on: June 06, 2005, 11:27:34 AM »
I have read (most) of PLSII as well.  I have not found it to be helpful at all.  But then again, I haven't gone through the EXTENSIVE list of reading that he suggests pre-1L.  It might be that that much studying would give a me a jump on other students, but there is also a very strong chance that it would make me crazy.  I think it is especially difficult to get the correct fundamentals.  It may actually confuse the pre-1L person more than help.  Trying to grasp all of these concepts BEFORE starting law school could be risky.  I don't know.

That being said I have 2 friends that have graduated #1 in their classes from two different law schools (Wash. U in St. Louis and UC Davis), and neither did ANY prep. before starting.  Both thought it was a waste of time and that they learned best in the law school environment without any preconceptions.

Just my two cents!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What will be your relationship status as a 1L?
« on: June 06, 2005, 09:29:57 AM »
I will be in a long distance relationship... which sucks, but at the same time it might be easier than trying to juggle my time between not neglecting my relationship, and schoolwork.

I have been with my bf for just over 8 years, so we have a solid foundation to start with.  Also we are a little older than most law students, so maybe that will help (I'll be starting at 27).  He is a pro. athlete so he doesn't really have the choice to just move to where I am, unless he wanted to quit his career, but he's not ready for that (and I wouldn't want that either).  So my goal was to do what I needed to do to have a successful career in the meantime, while he is still traveling a lot and could be traded at any time (which makes it impossible to plan ahead, including trying to go to school where he will be). 

In any case, law school will be a long haul, but it is better than being a trophy wife and spinning my wheels in some random city, accomplishing nothing!

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