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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: The LGBTQ Thread
« on: December 05, 2008, 08:07:55 AM »
Come to Penn  :)

I have heard that Penn loves the gays!

Is that true?

Yes, very much so. Penn is extremely inclusive and supportive. Aside from having a significant number of out/self-identified LGBT students, I think what's even more impressive is the number of straight allies who are actively involved with Lambda and sincerely concerned with LGBT issues. It's really great. 

We also have an awesome, out dean of students.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UPenn 2012!!
« on: December 05, 2008, 08:02:59 AM »
woo! Mahler do you know anybody who lives at Domus and likes it? It's kind of hard to beat pet-friendly across the street from the law building  :D

What kind of pet do you have?  It's really easy to find places that take cats, but dogs are another story.  I live in Domus and really like it (although I was less of a fan 1L year when I lived on the pool side of the building and got no sunlight ever).  Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions about Domus, or finding somewhere to live with a dog, or whatever.  :)

BTW, for those of you looking at Domus -- it's actually not a bad deal (all things considered) if you get a roommate or two and share a 2br or 3br.  It's the 1brs that are really expensive.

Oh, and welcome to Penn! :D

Job Search / Re: paris offices?
« on: November 02, 2008, 03:10:37 PM »
If you're looking at Penn (which it sounds like you probably are, as I don't know any other school with the dual degree), try emailing the head of study abroad to get an answer.  I know of at least two firms (Cleary and Shearman) that let summers split between US and Paris offices, and of the people I know who have done that split, none of them were in the joint program (but they were fluent).  That doesn't mean the joint program wouldn't help you, though.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Best Pizza in T-14
« on: October 28, 2008, 09:17:25 AM »
Pizza in Philly is awful.  Sorry, TimMitchell. 

I'm with Mugatu -- Cheeseboard pizza is my favorite pizza ever.  Might even be worth putting up with all the hippies at Boalt for.  ;)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn Law 1L(s) taking questions!
« on: October 28, 2008, 07:01:13 AM »
One thing I love about Penn is how well people with different viewpoints get along.  I was caught a little off guard my first semester because it's actually more conservative than anywhere I'd been before (liberal schools + L.A.), but I quickly realized that for the most part, nobody was trying to force their views on anyone else or judge them.  I'd say most of the people I know have very similar values in terms of wanting to do good in the world, they just disagree about how to best accomplish that politically.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn Law 1L(s) taking questions!
« on: October 27, 2008, 06:56:10 PM »
I think the 2L class holds the record for commuting... I know at least one guy who lives in Delaware, and another girl who commutes from New York.  Though I doubt anybody will ever top my professor who commutes each week from Israel.

I've never before heard/seen the non-trad=wheelie bag connection... all the wheelie bag students at my school are short, petite girls who'd probably tip over if they tried to carry their casebooks on their backs.

Job Search / Re: Non-traditional students hired by biglaw firms?
« on: October 06, 2008, 09:04:12 PM »
I don't feel like I had any trouble due to my age, but I wonder if it could have to do with markets.  Like, I was looking at more lifestyle-friendly cities, so... I don't know... I felt like I had a lot in common with my interviewers.

I don't think you really count as non-traditional, though, especially now that the majority of students take at least a year or two to work before law school.  I think of non-traditional as more mid-30s and up.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where to Apply ED: Penn? Georgetown?
« on: September 16, 2008, 06:14:17 AM »
I had a 3.48 GPA when I applied, and a lot of my friends were splitters too... purely on my anecdotal knowledge, I'd say if you get, say, a 174, your chances at Penn will be pretty good, and they'll be even better if you apply ED (or at least you'll hear sooner -- Penn likes to defer/WL people for ages before letting them in, so ED is one way to try to avoid that).  People don't talk about it much, but in my experience, NYU is extremely splitter-friendly, and likes to give merit money to high LSAT scorers.  I agree with everyone who said you should wait and see what your score is before deciding, though -- there are huge differences between Penn, Michigan, NYU, and GULC, and you don't want to be stuck somewhere that's not a good fit for you.

Good luck!

Current Law Students / Re: Clerkship applications are out...
« on: September 07, 2008, 12:51:34 PM »
Nothing to do now but worry until the 8th...  :-[

You're going to do awesome!  Go, Legapp!!  :)

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