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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Rape at UC Boulder
« on: March 27, 2004, 04:55:29 PM »
I am 99.9% sure I will be going to CU this fall.  However, I only applied to two schools, both in Colorado (DU and CU).  I'm also a Denver native and have lived here my whole life so I am not trying to figure out not only what law school to go to, but where to live to as either way, I will be living in my same old apartment and it is just the decision whether to take the bus to Boulder from Denver or take the bus from north Denver to south Denver every day.

One of the biggest reasons I like Boulder, is when I went up and walked around, the students were pretty cool.  There was something about DU that just rubbed me the wrong way, and with CU I didn't find that.  Granted, I only talked to several students at both schools, but the ones at CU just seemed... maybe more honest?  At DU it was "this school is great, we love it, come here" almost too happy (like a cult?) whereas at CU it was "the building sucks, but for the most part the professors are good.  the school has problems, but you get through them and life goes on" and it just seemed like people had a more realistic viewpoint there.

Have you visited CU's law school?  If not, it is a trip.  When I think law schools (or schools in general), I think nice, well kept, buildings - like courthouses.  Then you go to the library there and it is a little hole in the wall that looks like something out of the twilight zone and you wonder how the place is still standing since you know the building wasn't meant to have a computer running in it, much less 200 of them all plugged in at the same time.  The actually have offices in the basement.  It was the biggest complaint of the students I talked to at CU - however, they said although it is bad, you get the education you want and you don't have to have a nice school to do it.  Somewhere I read something that if Abraham Lincoln can get his law schooling in a log cabin, anyone going to CU can definitely get their's.  I doubt the ABA will take away accredidation.  You figure there are only two law schools in Colorado - and CU definately tends to be ranked the top one.  Not to mention, if CU becomes non-ABA, i doubt that it would be a requirement to go to an ABA school to take the bar in CO and in that case the ABA would definately not be happy camper.

So now that I am done typing way to much - what is making you lean toward CU?  Lifestyle as in Boulder or Colorado in general?  Also, I take that you get in-state tuition? or scholarships? Out of state, CU seems to be pretty pricey...

Law School Admissions / Re: On Campus Vs. Off Campus
« on: March 27, 2004, 11:33:31 AM »
Are you going to a school close to where you are now?  Are you moving across the country to an area you have never lived in?  Are you going to be living by yourself?  With someone?  Do you want the convenience of being able to get out of bed and hop across campus to class?  Or do you want a bigger place to live and have to commute (typically you can rent someplace bigger for the same, if not less, than school housing I've found)?  If you live off campus are you planning to drive to school or does the school you are going to happen to be in an area with reliable public transportation?  If they have public transportation, are you paying for a bus pass as part of your student fees already so it wouldn't cost you anything to take it?  Have you visited the campus to look at the housing they offer?  Do they even offer housing?  And are you sure you can get it or are they almost full and have a waiting list?

Sorry for all the questions, but there are a ton of things to consider when trying to decide which is "better" - but worst case, you live on-campus, hate it and you find a place to live off-campus the next year or vice-versa  :P

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Rape at UC Boulder
« on: March 27, 2004, 10:55:12 AM »
Probably not, I doubt many law students go to frat parties or hang out with the football team.

However, my impression is that they seem at least a little bit worried about it.  They sent out a letter around a month ago about how they are taking it really seriously to students who were interested in going there (or at least they sent one to me and it looked like a form letter so I am assuming they sent it to all admitted students, if not all applied students)...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Dreaded Inbox
« on: March 27, 2004, 10:50:38 AM »
But without the WWE email how would you know what the Rock is cookin'?  I mean, who holds the title is much more important that getting into law school!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who found out over email?
« on: March 26, 2004, 08:14:30 PM »
U. of Denver - email.  It seems they do most of their communication by email.

U. of Colorado - regular mail.  I have yet to get an email from them.

Maybe it is the difference between state schools and private schools.  Private schools don't have tax-payers money to waste  :P

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How much $ for living expenses?
« on: March 26, 2004, 08:11:30 PM »
That's what I've been doing the last year!  I've got my car almost paid off (really, really close).  I've never had cc debt so I'm clear there.  And I had been saving up money for the first year when I couldn't work.  I'd love to keep working but since my job is going bye-bye, don't have that choice anymore.  Oh well, it is only 3 years and maybe I'll meet someone rich in school :-P  Of course, my BF might be a little pissed at that  ;D

Incoming 1Ls / Re: what to wear?
« on: March 26, 2004, 08:05:31 PM »
The two times I've visited schools, the students seem fairly dressy (i.e. business casual, which is dressy for me), even for class.  If I have to wear business casual for the student's day, business casual for class, and then real business after I graduate, I am going to be one very un-happy camper.  Next thing, I'll have to start wearing makeup everyday :-P

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptops - What are people using out there?
« on: March 26, 2004, 08:03:30 PM »
Yes, I meant mb, not k... That's what I get for posting at work :-P

I hope you mean 256mb an 512mb... as much as I don't condone 1gb ram, 256k would be a tad too little for my liking. ;)

As for the min requirements at several schools I looked at - they are a joke.  I've just finished an MS degree and used my 2 year old laptop for all of it.  I figure if I can run Oracle on it, I can definately so anything required at a law school.  I even lost a chip of memory and am down to 256k and it still is working.  Of course, I don't game on it and now that I am done with school Oracle is coming off  :)

Unless you are a serious gamer or plan to do some programming or graphics on the side, I agree that you don't need much.  512k of memory would be best, CPU-wise anything 1.2 or so would do (and probably less than that).  Also - check to see if your school has wireless, if so use it.  Then you don't have to carry a cable around!

Of course, I am biased because with the expensive of law school, my old faithful  laptop is going to have to do until it goes belly up  :P .

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: qualifiers
« on: March 26, 2004, 07:56:36 PM »
Everyone has different expectations of themselves. If one expects a 170 and gets a 158 they will likely be disappointed and feel they received a bad score. If one expects to get a 152 but gets a 158 they will likely think they nailed the test.

I completely agree with this.  I had a 3.4 cum undergrad GPA (I went to several schools).  However, I partied most of the time in school and have no doubt if I hadn't of (and if I had really realized how that GPA would come back to haunt me) I would have had a much higher GPA - my last two semesters in college were all A's with one B.  Same thing with the LSAT, I studied a few hours here and there from a book.  I meant to study a lot more, however the LSAT was around the same time that my thesis for my MS was due and it just kept getting put on the back burner.  I still got a 164 (which from my understanding is fairly good), however for me I think what if I had really studied and not "put it on the back burner"?  It all depends on the person.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: LSAT importance
« on: March 26, 2004, 07:43:32 PM »
It also depends on what school you are trying to get into also.  If the school is a public law school, it could be that they have to take a certain number of residents from that state.  In that case, it could be that you can have lower than their average score and still get in, especially if you fall into one of the groups they are trying to get up in enrollment (i.e. minority, women, single parents, older students, etc).

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