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pipskicks

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Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« on: April 29, 2006, 05:04:58 PM »
Hit me up, pipskicks@yahoo.com

Looking to see what everyone else is doing to prepare for next year...

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Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2006, 07:44:45 PM »
The way things look, we might be the only two on here.

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Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2006, 12:21:32 AM »
I am in fact, numero three attending SCU this fall.  Also, I have no idea what I am getting into...  :P

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Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2006, 12:31:58 AM »
I'm  a 1L at SCU. I'm happy to answer any questions that I can.

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Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2006, 03:44:14 PM »
Some questions:
Who are the good/bad profs and why?  Who do I need to watch out for?
What is the workload like in terms of hours per week studying, etc?
How are the internship/job prospects looking for summer after 1L?
Are any students transferring out after 1L?
What are some good bars near campus?  ;D

etc etc

thx for any input

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Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2006, 02:31:47 PM »
Yeah, I think Mudshark about covered it...

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Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2006, 03:21:19 AM »
I'll throw another question...

1. Where did you live?  Any opinions on the Villa Apartments?



I haven't checked this in a while, good to see some people are on here, feel free to him me up.
AIM: OZZMOSIS666
Yahoo: pipskicks

I am moving from LA so it would be cool to talk to anyone attending in Fall.

UPDATE: I'm not attending SCU, I'm at Loyola Los Angeles, feel free to contact me for info if you want any though, I don't know much about SCU though...

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Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2006, 12:22:12 AM »
Some questions:
Who are the good/bad profs and why?  Who do I need to watch out for?
What is the workload like in terms of hours per week studying, etc?
How are the internship/job prospects looking for summer after 1L?
Are any students transferring out after 1L?
What are some good bars near campus?  ;D

etc etc

thx for any input


The professors from what I can tell are mostly very very good. There are no "Paper Chase" professors as far as I can tell. I had three really good professors Glancy, Hammond, and Manaster. But you really shouldn't worry about any of that stuff because the only teachers you have first year are the ones that they give you, so you really have no choice about the matter. Don't worry, I think they go pretty easy on 1Ls the first semester, so you'll get used to whoever you have. Second year you pick whoever you want, but by then you'll have met/learnt about many other professors.

Studying? It's really an individual thing. If you know that you are the kind of person who needs to have theior nose in a book to stay on top, then that's what you'll have to do. If, on the other hand, you know that you waste time when you try to study 6 hours per day, you should just do what you normally do. But in either case, you really have to STUDY SMART. DO NOT think that as long as you read, read, read all the cases and brief all the cases that you will succeed on exams. YOU HAVE TO PRACTICE OLD EXAMS TO DO WELL. Whether you spend 6 hours or 3 hours per day is sorta irrelevant if you neglect to do old exams and hypos. You'll have the information, but you won't know how to apply it to the type of fact patterns that typically make up law school exams. Some of you already know this, but...

Like many T2 schools, 1Ls have limited opportunity to do big firm stuff and even paid internships. I don't know what most 1Ls at SCU are doing this summer, but I am pretty sure that it is mostly unpaid clerkships. From what I have seen, there are opportunities, but they're not the pick of the litter, but still satisfactory. And of course, if you start early and make yourself known to firms/organizations, etc, you could have a good shot at some strong summer experiences.

Any transferring 1Ls? I really don't know. I think that the top 0-15 percent of the class are seriously looking at transferring (just a guess), but many will probably stay because either (a) they are gonna do IP law, or (b) SCU seems like it throws a lot of money to the top 10-15 percent at the start of 2L year. I was looking at transferring, but once I realized that I would not be able to replace the large scholarship that I have, it put everything in perspective. So it looks like i'll be staying.

Santa Clara is kind of a one horse town if you know what I mean. Most of the good hotspots are in San Jose, not around SCU. The one bar I know around SCU is "The Hut". It's pretty much a dive bar with cushioned seats, but you know...

I live in Sunnyvale about 4 miles from SCU. I take the bus everyday cause I don't have a car. It's ok though. I originally was slated to stay in the Villa, but I could not afford it really so I pulled out. It seems to be the nicest of the law school housing, and I might even decide to live there next year. It's a bit expensive though. If I can find a place within a mile or so of SCU, then I would take it and save the money. Right now I spend half as much as I would if I was in Villa.

And one more thing. When you start school in august, you will see other students rushing and standing in line for an hour to pay 120 dollars for each of their 6 textbooks (and at the end of the semester finding that they can only sell them back for less than half). DO NOT DO THIS. If you do, you wil be wasting a HUGE amount of money. I paid about 1/3 of the total cost of my books by buying them online, including shipping. I got all of the current editions and there were no marks in the books. The books will be in the library weeks before school begins. You can order them online and have them by the time school starts. So make sure you look at places like Half.com and Amazon.com. I can't tell you how surprised I was to see that so FEW other students even thought about buying used books. I guess they had money to burn.

HTH

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Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2006, 01:17:59 AM »


And one more thing. When you start school in august, you will see other students rushing and standing in line for an hour to pay 120 dollars for each of their 6 textbooks (and at the end of the semester finding that they can only sell them back for less than half). DO NOT DO THIS. If you do, you wil be wasting a HUGE amount of money. I paid about 1/3 of the total cost of my books by buying them online, including shipping. I got all of the current editions and there were no marks in the books. The books will be in the library weeks before school begins. You can order them online and have them by the time school starts. So make sure you look at places like Half.com and Amazon.com. I can't tell you how surprised I was to see that so FEW other students even thought about buying used books. I guess they had money to burn.

HTH

I always do this, yet I thought they tell you what class you are in, at orientation, just a few days before classes start.  I know the books are at the library, but if everyone does the same thing, we will not all have a book to read.

Am I wrong, do they give you the classes earlier? (I hope)

I am not even thinking about selling them back, I think that idea to "gut" the books and put the relevent info in binders will be the best way to go, I am planning on living in the Villa apt., even though I don't know how long the walk is, I know with the laptop etc. 5 heavy books won't be fun to lug around.

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Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2006, 02:47:45 PM »
I've got a buddy of mine that has talked my girlfriend and I into (probably) getting an apartment in a nice complex about 3 miles away. I'm going to drive. Parking doesn't seem to cost that much (I think it was like $200 a year?)

Pip... I think they will let us know in July what group we are in, I think I remember getting some kind of letter in the mail saying something to that effect after I paid my deposit. I could be completely wrong though... I tend to not pay attention to things that I know will sort themselves out.

We should coordinate a 1L bar run before class starts, like around the 10th or so... that would be sweet.

Oh yeah, my email is j_a_braxton@hotmail.com