I'm actually excited by the quarter system for a number of reasons:1. first quarter 1L classes only count for 10% of grade in the class, which makes for an easier introduction to law school.2. it becomes easier to take cross-discipline classes in business, education, languages, etc. (the rest of the UW is on the same system) 3. makes for more accessible externships/judicial/clinical work in Seattle (meaning you still get class credit/work experience but also spend 2/3 of your school-year in law school class--which means that you can take a whole quarter off and devote it solely to your externship and not fall behind on credits/class).I absolutely loved UW and the fact that they do not rank, have a nice grade curve (B+) and dominate the pacific northwest. And to reiterate earlier thoughts, the facilities are also outstanding!
I agree with all but your first point. If the first quarter covers 10% of your grade, then the second quarter covers 90%. Imagine taking a final in March that includes material from the previous September. Not a good introduction to law school IMHO. I'd rather get it all over with in one quarter.
Quote from: I can has lauskul! on April 17, 2008, 08:46:38 PMI agree with all but your first point. If the first quarter covers 10% of your grade, then the second quarter covers 90%. Imagine taking a final in March that includes material from the previous September. Not a good introduction to law school IMHO. I'd rather get it all over with in one quarter.My $0.02 (as an incoming member of the UW Class of 2011 who has fidgeted over this decision myself): Remember that there are three quarters in an academic year. According to http://www.law.washington.edu/CourseCatalog/cbCourselist.asp?TOPIC=FIRST, Basic Legal Skills is the only year-long course. CivPro, Contracts, and Torts are all Fall-Winter. ConLaw and Property are Winter-Spring. Criminal Law is Spring only. So you'll have three finals at the end of Winter quarter and four (assuming BLS has a final, which it might not, I don't know) at the end of Spring quarter.Your point about having a final in March that includes material from September is a good one, but consider that students at schools on the semester system take year-long classes, too: they have finals in May on stuff from September.What concerns me is that winter quarter: two overlapping sets of classes! OMGREADINGOVERLOAD!I have been told by a UW 2L that I've chatted with online that the challenge for UW students on the quarter system is with summer employment. The last quarter ends a few weeks after the semester ends at most other schools, so you wind up getting screwed out of a few weeks' pay and your fellow associates have already started to bond by the time you show up. And I believe that's even if you take a compressed 2L spring quarter. But some firms are cutting back their summer associate employment (downturn in the economy, don't you know), so you might not wind up getting screwed out of much compared to your peers.
We just learned that the course schedules will be changed in two key ways for next year. 1) The first-year curriculum gains an international law class 2) Many (most?) upper-level courses will end in May.
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