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UC Hastings 1L taking questions

Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2007, 06:49:47 PM »
How about the living situation-- i.e. how much would I expect to spend for a studio or 1 bedroom at various distances from the school?

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Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2007, 07:50:26 PM »

A Hastings recruiter told me point blank that "the 'loin" is a shady area. What are your impressions thus far? Do you feel safe when walking around the LS area?

Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2007, 09:44:11 PM »
I believe Credo goes to Hastings as well so Credo, if you want to chime in or add to my responses, please do.


To Alias:

Most of us don't drive but if you do decide to bring a car up, there's a parking lot down the street from Hastings where you pay like $200 a month. However, I seriously recommend not bringing a car up.

To Lowell MPV:

1. The entering class is split into 5 sections of 80. Though the ratio is one of the worst in the nation, you don't really notice it. Only a small percentage of the class regularly ask questions so if you're an inquisitive one, you will get the attention you want if you want it. Otherwise, the teachers are very accessible and very willing to assist you in any way possible. They have office hours and if you don't make those, you can always email them and they will answer you promptly. I've found upperclassmen a very good resource in terms of getting to know what profs are looking for and what you should be focusing on.

2. I think the competitiveness for the most part is a myth. All of my section mates have been very social and cordial with one another, eager to share notes and case briefs when a student is in need. As long as you show your constituents that you work hard and you are willing to contribute your material when others are in need, you will feel the love. Yes our curve is nasty and yes we do have to compete with 2 top 10 schools for the same jobs but deep down inside we're all stuck in the same pool and feel for one another.

To Tempo: You can get subsidized student housing at the McAllister Tower right down the block from the school (studios and 1BRs ranging from $900-1200) or at UCSF Mission Bay where you can lease a 1 BR in a 4 BR for about $800 a month. If not, you can live in areas like Nob Hill, the Marina, Sunset, or Russian Hill for about $1100-$1300 for a studio.

To Akhil:

The Loin is undoubtedly a "shady area" with a lot of homeless people, smelly streets, and drug transactions. There is no reason to be afraid of the Loin during daylight hours since there are plenty of security and police officers in the area and stuff doesn't really happen in the morning anyways. As for the night, just don't stray too far from Hastings, particularly north of Golden Gate, and you should be fine. I don't know anyone that has had any problems with crime or violence. It's just not a pretty part of the city but it's relatively safe.

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Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2007, 10:18:31 PM »

A Hastings recruiter told me point blank that "the 'loin" is a shady area. What are your impressions thus far? Do you feel safe when walking around the LS area?

He's quite the recruiter.


Well, depends on the role of the recruiter. If recruiters are soley at forums to be salespeople, then she definitely isn't doing Hastings any favors. On the other hand, I appreciate honestly and integrity and I think recruiters should reflect the beliefs of the LS. I have friends who live near Hastings so it was a rhetorical question and I just wanted to see if she was there to be factual or to sell me a product.

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Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2007, 01:54:12 PM »

A Hastings recruiter told me point blank that "the 'loin" is a shady area. What are your impressions thus far? Do you feel safe when walking around the LS area?

Its the most densely populated neighborhood in the city.  Lots of low rent hotels and bars.  There is a lot of foot traffic and a lot of open drug dealing.

That being said I live in "The Tower" here and walk around the neighborhood at ALL hours and have never been hasseled by anyone. Just tell the panhandlers "no not today" and youll be fine. I would not park my car on the street late at night though as they are constantly getting broken into.

The SFPD and campus safety do a great job watching things around campus.  Theres a police officer who walks up and down McAllister till fairly late at night and they will escort you to and from BART or the bus stop.  Not to mention the police station is literally 200 yards away and they respond within a minute or two.  Ive never heard of any students being victimized.

Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2007, 02:35:08 PM »

A Hastings recruiter told me point blank that "the 'loin" is a shady area. What are your impressions thus far? Do you feel safe when walking around the LS area?

I live in San Francisco. The Tenderloin does have a lot of homeless and "crazies". Any city has this area. However, if you walk in the right direction it isn't that bad because it is so close the government buildings. Also, it is located in a very nice location if you are planning on taking BART.

Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2007, 08:12:55 PM »
What is a typical day for a 1l at Hastings?

And what is the typical size of a 1 br in the tower?

Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2007, 12:46:28 AM »
LSATnooblet or Credo, could either of you elaborate a little on living in the tower?  Do you like it?  How's the gym?  Thanks.

Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2007, 01:11:05 AM »
Would you please, in your opinion, tell us some pro's, and especially con's, of going to UC Hastings as opposed to another law school?  I personally would kill to attend UC Hastings.  Please tell me lots of con's in case I get rejected so I can go over the list again and again.

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Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2007, 03:50:36 PM »
LSATnooblet or Credo, could either of you elaborate a little on living in the tower?  Do you like it?  How's the gym?  Thanks.

I like the tower.  The main drawback is the fridges dont have very good freezers on them, other than that I have no complaints. You can get some killer views.  I would suggest living above the 7th floor if possible since it cuts down on the street noise and the views are better.

The gym is great, rarely crowded, clean, open 24 hours. There are locker rooms in the basement and a full size basketball court that we use for inramurals and pick up games.