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FSU 1L looking for a study break

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FSU 1L looking for a study break
« on: November 29, 2006, 09:42:34 PM »
Fire away...anyone...anyone...buel ler...bueller?

so yea, i havent been on this board in forever...but whatever.  ive been averaging 8 hours a day of studying/outlining for finals and would love to pretend to be wise and share knowledge of the admissions process with anyone.  I'm from boston, im in tallahassee at fsu...anything else, ask away.

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Re: FSU 1L looking for a study break
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2006, 10:16:53 PM »
I have some questions...

How do you like the school?  What do you think of the student body?  How do you like the town?  I'm not from Florida either (Ohio) and while I am not expecting a culture shock, I realize it will be different.  Any other general impressions?

I'm interested in eventually placing in Atlanta.  Do you know if that is a good possibility if I were to attend FSU?  How does being in a state capital help as far as hands-on experience available...and does that give you a leg up against other schools in any way?  Is in-state tuition difficult to get for 2L?

How is everybody taking a 6-6 season?

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2006, 08:00:09 AM »
Alright, one thing at a time...
1.  student body - awesome.  i really enjoy the atmosphere.  it's laid back, but competitive because we know we have the curve to deal with.  everyone is really helpful.  if you miss a class, people usually approach you the next day to see if you need notes, or they email you to ask. 
2.  the town - culture shock...yes, there is culture shock coming from boston.  first off, people down here suck at driving (and this is from a boston driver so take it however you want).  it feels like a small town, but it has most of the stuff i'd expect a city to have (2 malls, huge movie theater, good amount of bars and restaurants, best buy and target).  i've got to add, though, that a lot of places are crawling with undergrads, which can be positive or negative depending on what you're looking for.
3.  general impressions - tallahassee had to grow on me.  i'm not going to lie, after a couple of days down here i was researching transferring...now i'm determined to stay because i really like it.  i will definitely be going back to boston after, though.
4.  placement in atlanta - supposed to be REALLY really good.  if that's where you want to end up, you won't have a problem here.  a lot of the OCIs are from atlanta.
5.  placement elsewhere (outside the southeast) - going to be difficult, but im gonna work my ass off to get back to boston.
6.  state capital - a lot of the fl supreme court justices stop by, which is awesome.  there are a lot of gov't opportunities too.
7.  i think it might give you a leg up if you get a really good clerkship, but i don't think the location overall makes that much of a difference.
8.  in-state tuition - ok, this is the word right now...people who came in this year as 1Ls (like me) are going to be able to get in-state for 2L and 3L.  there's a rumor that the gov't is trying to make it hard for people coming in starting fall 2007 to get it, but im not 100% on the details of that.  in-state tuition is going to be an amazing advantage, but even if you're paying out of state, it's still less than a lot of private schools elsewhere (like the northeast which is where i was looking)
9.  6-6 season -  the kids who went to fsu ug are pretty pissed.  the kids who went to uf think it's hilarious.  you'd probably hear more about it on the ug campus, but it is a topic that comes up a lot around here.

I have some questions...

How do you like the school?  What do you think of the student body?  How do you like the town?  I'm not from Florida either (Ohio) and while I am not expecting a culture shock, I realize it will be different.  Any other general impressions?

I'm interested in eventually placing in Atlanta.  Do you know if that is a good possibility if I were to attend FSU?  How does being in a state capital help as far as hands-on experience available...and does that give you a leg up against other schools in any way?  Is in-state tuition difficult to get for 2L?

How is everybody taking a 6-6 season?

Re: FSU 1L looking for a study break
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2006, 02:45:41 PM »
What are the facilities at FSU like? 
How successful are 1Ls at getting summer jobs? 
Do you know if the people who went to UF UG like FSU's law program?
Are the profs approachable?

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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2006, 04:35:06 PM »
The facilities are really good.  First off, the law school building is in its own little corner of campus, across from the civic center.  The library is nice, student lounge is where a lot of people hang out and get work done (if they don't mind chatting going on around them).  Classrooms are up to date...actually they built some new ones last year i think.  we have access to the facilities on the ug campus though, and the best perk is the Leach Center...full gym, indoor track, indoor pool, 3 floors of equipment...it's just great... and every student get's 8 free personal training sessions a semester (which i havent taken advantage of yet but plan on it).  library is never really full...though it has been more busy lately since exams are coming up.  im trying to avoid it right now as a lot of people are getting sick with colds and i think part of it is from all of them breathing the same library air, but that's just a theory.
-As far as how successful 1Ls are at getting summer jobs, i don't really know yet as the whole interviewing and job search process for summer associate positions hasn't really gotten underway.  Also I'm doing study abroad and travelling this summer so I'm not going to be looking.  Some of my friends are frustrated with the placement office...but we've only been allowed to meet with the placement people for a month (ABA rules say 1Ls can't do placement stuff till after Nov. 1)
-There are A LOT of people here who went to UF ug.  we talk about it a lot, and why they didn't go there for law school.  for the most part they didn't like uf law's atmosphere.  they're all really happy here...at least i haven't heard anyone complaining that they wished they had gone somewhere else.  the uf people are all cool and i think they outnumber the fsu undergrads too, but don't quote me on that.
- the profs are really approachable, and definitely one of the most positive aspects of the school.  i only have one professor that i can complain about, and he's new and won't be coming back after this year.  my civ pro professor wrote the textbook, my contracts professor is just amazing, torts prof knows her stuff solid, and my legal writing prof is very very approachable and always wants to know how we are doing outside of school...she definitely helped with the adjustment.


What are the facilities at FSU like? 
How successful are 1Ls at getting summer jobs? 
Do you know if the people who went to UF UG like FSU's law program?
Are the profs approachable?

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Re: FSU 1L looking for a study break
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2006, 04:36:48 PM »
why do people want to talk about law school when they are taking a break from studying?  I've never had the urge...beer yes, law school talk not so much

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Re: FSU 1L looking for a study break
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2006, 04:39:44 PM »
beer came last night:)  i had a lot of questions when i was applying last year, so i figured why not try to help.  i dont mind talking about law school...i mean, ive been living it for 3 months now.

why do people want to talk about law school when they are taking a break from studying?  I've never had the urge...beer yes, law school talk not so much

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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2006, 04:40:40 PM »
beer came last night:)  i had a lot of questions when i was applying last year, so i figured why not try to help.  i dont mind talking about law school...i mean, ive been living it for 3 months now.

why do people want to talk about law school when they are taking a break from studying?  I've never had the urge...beer yes, law school talk not so much

Im halfway done and sick to death of it lol

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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2006, 06:04:28 PM »
Thanks shell.  I appreciate the info!

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Re: FSU 1L looking for a study break
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2006, 07:48:21 PM »
ego - no prob

Little D - I'm sure i'll get to that point soon enough.  Next semester the novelty will probably have worn off and by 2L I'll be ready to be out.  Where do you go?