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Re: Ask Totally Fun Chicago 1Ls Your Questions
« Reply #430 on: March 07, 2008, 04:43:43 PM »
I'm getting excited to visit Chicago in April... I have two unrelated questions:

How strong is the environmental law program? Is the approach more liberal ("Save the trees at whatever costs") or conservative (i.e., tradable pollution permits)?

What program do you use for exams? If it's a specific software program, does it have spell-check? I only ask because I constantly misspell words while typing...

I know a lot of other schools have set up (IMO, gimmicky) "programs," but we don't really have them at Chicago.  You just take whatever classes you want, and they make sure to keep a handful of topical classes available each quarter .  I haven't taken any of the enviro ones yet, so I can't speak from personal experience, but I would guess that most of the professors would be much closer to the latter style.  I wouldn't call that conservative, though; it is more law & econ than conservative.  The conservative/liberal divide comes in how tight you want those caps to be or how much you value the environment vs. industry.  Cap & trade is a means, not an end.

As to the second question, Chicago treats its students like the adults they are and doesn't use any special software.  You just type your exams on Word and e-mail them in when you're done.  That means you don't have to lug 50 page outline printouts into the room and skim through them by hand; you can just Ctrl+F in a separate Word doc.

Professors have also been very receptive to requests for teaching requested courses. I don't know if Helmholz will actually be teaching "Land Use: Natural Resources" next year, but he has said he will if there's enough interest. (please please please)
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« Reply #431 on: March 07, 2008, 04:50:08 PM »
I'm getting excited to visit Chicago in April... I have two unrelated questions:

How strong is the environmental law program? Is the approach more liberal ("Save the trees at whatever costs") or conservative (i.e., tradable pollution permits)?

What program do you use for exams? If it's a specific software program, does it have spell-check? I only ask because I constantly misspell words while typing...

I know a lot of other schools have set up (IMO, gimmicky) "programs," but we don't really have them at Chicago.  You just take whatever classes you want, and they make sure to keep a handful of topical classes available each quarter .  I haven't taken any of the enviro ones yet, so I can't speak from personal experience, but I would guess that most of the professors would be much closer to the latter style.  I wouldn't call that conservative, though; it is more law & econ than conservative.  The conservative/liberal divide comes in how tight you want those caps to be or how much you value the environment vs. industry.  Cap & trade is a means, not an end.

As to the second question, Chicago treats its students like the adults they are and doesn't use any special software.  You just type your exams on Word and e-mail them in when you're done.  That means you don't have to lug 50 page outline printouts into the room and skim through them by hand; you can just Ctrl+F in a separate Word doc.

I would consider law & econ a fairly conservative approach, at least in the sense of conservative economics. After all, law & econ tends to promote laissez-fair resolutions (a la Coase) rather than socialist, command-and-control type solutions. Also, it seems a lot of liberal environmentalists argue in favor of pollution taxes because tradable permits give polluters the right to pollute instead of simply punishing them. Of course, assuming minor income effects and transaction costs (both of which may be large in polluter-receptor scenarios), the same amount of pollution will be abated in either case.

Sorry, we just went through about a hundred articles on Coase in my grad program.

And, that's nice you can use Word for exams. I think some schools have programs that lock down the rest of your computer.

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Re: Ask Totally Fun Chicago 1Ls Your Questions
« Reply #432 on: March 07, 2008, 04:50:50 PM »
Do you guys think that due to Samantha Powers' public shaming today in the news, Sustein might conclude that she is a loose cannon and dump her, then choose to stay at chicago? And if so, what effect do you think this might have on my chances of getting off hold?

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« Reply #433 on: March 07, 2008, 05:03:59 PM »
Do you guys think that due to Samantha Powers' public shaming today in the news, Sustein might conclude that she is a loose cannon and dump her, then choose to stay at chicago? And if so, what effect do you think this might have on my chances of getting off hold?

Sunstein will immediately reenlist with UC and, as his first order of business, pluck you off the hold pile and demand your admission.
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Re: Ask Totally Fun Chicago 1Ls Your Questions
« Reply #434 on: March 07, 2008, 07:42:23 PM »
I'm getting excited to visit Chicago in April... I have two unrelated questions:

How strong is the environmental law program? Is the approach more liberal ("Save the trees at whatever costs") or conservative (i.e., tradable pollution permits)?

What program do you use for exams? If it's a specific software program, does it have spell-check? I only ask because I constantly misspell words while typing...

I know a lot of other schools have set up (IMO, gimmicky) "programs," but we don't really have them at Chicago.  You just take whatever classes you want, and they make sure to keep a handful of topical classes available each quarter .  I haven't taken any of the enviro ones yet, so I can't speak from personal experience, but I would guess that most of the professors would be much closer to the latter style.  I wouldn't call that conservative, though; it is more law & econ than conservative.  The conservative/liberal divide comes in how tight you want those caps to be or how much you value the environment vs. industry.  Cap & trade is a means, not an end.

As to the second question, Chicago treats its students like the adults they are and doesn't use any special software.  You just type your exams on Word and e-mail them in when you're done.  That means you don't have to lug 50 page outline printouts into the room and skim through them by hand; you can just Ctrl+F in a separate Word doc.


But you can still bring your outline if that's your preferred method. I actually hate control+F for exams and much prefer to have the thing printed out.

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Re: Ask Totally Fun Chicago 1Ls Your Questions
« Reply #435 on: March 07, 2008, 07:46:08 PM »
I'm getting excited to visit Chicago in April... I have two unrelated questions:

How strong is the environmental law program? Is the approach more liberal ("Save the trees at whatever costs") or conservative (i.e., tradable pollution permits)?

What program do you use for exams? If it's a specific software program, does it have spell-check? I only ask because I constantly misspell words while typing...

I know a lot of other schools have set up (IMO, gimmicky) "programs," but we don't really have them at Chicago.  You just take whatever classes you want, and they make sure to keep a handful of topical classes available each quarter .  I haven't taken any of the enviro ones yet, so I can't speak from personal experience, but I would guess that most of the professors would be much closer to the latter style.  I wouldn't call that conservative, though; it is more law & econ than conservative.  The conservative/liberal divide comes in how tight you want those caps to be or how much you value the environment vs. industry.  Cap & trade is a means, not an end.

As to the second question, Chicago treats its students like the adults they are and doesn't use any special software.  You just type your exams on Word and e-mail them in when you're done.  That means you don't have to lug 50 page outline printouts into the room and skim through them by hand; you can just Ctrl+F in a separate Word doc.


But you can still bring your outline if that's your preferred method. I actually hate control+F for exams and much prefer to have the thing printed out.



I actually do somewhere between the two.  I use OneNote and make tabbed outlines.  So I can just click the tab that has the information I need (e.g., I'm working on a tab for "Novelty Requirement" right now in my patents outline).  OneNote also has full notes search that highlights wherever a word is used.  I find that useful on an exam if the prof just names a case without any context, so I can do a search for the name and get a list of places it comes up in both my notes and my outline.

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« Reply #436 on: March 07, 2008, 08:22:54 PM »
Your Property outline is pitiful, MTG. Pitiful! (although certainly better than my non-existent one; and I do like the tabbing; I started doing that as well)

Also, Hazard, what is Land Use: Natural Resources? What would the course focus on?
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Re: Ask Totally Fun Chicago 1Ls Your Questions
« Reply #437 on: March 07, 2008, 08:45:18 PM »
Your Property outline is pitiful, MTG. Pitiful! (although certainly better than my non-existent one; and I do like the tabbing; I started doing that as well)

I warned you of that before I gave it to you.  Look at the time stamps.  I was literally making that outline up until the moment the test began.

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« Reply #438 on: March 07, 2008, 08:51:11 PM »
So OneNote is worth it?

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« Reply #439 on: March 07, 2008, 08:54:59 PM »
So OneNote is worth it?

I'm a huge fan, but I have friends who tried it and didn't find much use for it.