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Postby RTR10 » Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:17 pm

Here's my report on Alabama, the story application to decision, and pictures (will post those next post after I download them).

But before I begin...I think I grew up in a cave. I don't know what Fraggle Rock is. People talk about it all the time, and I just don't remember it! Maybe it scared me so I blocked it out of my memory.

Ok so here goes.

Alabama Report:
Disclaimer: This report isn't very detailed because I didn't spend a lot of time writing, because I was talking so much. But if you want to know more, ask me, I'm sure I've got it stored in my head somewhere.
-Curve: no mandatory curve. The people that are given scholarships are those that the committee is certain will meet the requirements for maintaining the scholarship.
-Not supposed to work during 1L
-$$ for books: budget $500/semester if buying from the bookstore. However, they will send a book list out before school starts, and you'll be able to order online
-Can't use Macs for exams, but there are computer lounges.
-Whole building is wireless
-Library Hours: 7am-midnight, exams 7am-2am
-One thing you could change: southern politics (professor), career services (student) Note--a new person dedicated solely to outside of Alabama job placement was just hired
-How much writing assigned: Only required writing class is the legal research and writing class first year. There are several upper level drafting classes that you may take
-Financial aid packages will be sent out within the next two weeks.
-There is no hiding/stealing/defacing of books and personal items. Competitive, but not to the point of figuring out ways to sabatoge others.
-Length of exams correlate to how many hours the course is worth. You may take bathroom breaks on your own time. If you choose to take exams elsewhere, you must pick up the exam, take it, and bring it back within the alloted exam time.
-chairs in the lecture halls are really comfortable. There's also a plug at each seat as well as a speaker.
-Class length is either an hour three or four days a week (for 3 or 4 credit classes), or two hours once a week (2 credit class), or 1.5 hours twice a week (3 credit class), etc.
-Clinics: Civil, Domestic Violence, Criminal, Elder, Capital, and one other one that I can't remember!
-Traffic: 15 minutes max to get anywhere
-Food: Lots of great places surrounding campus. We ate at Newks (REALLY good). There is a cafeteria in the law school with decent food and a patio (the patio outside in the courtyard is wireless too)
-What do students do for fun: go to Birmingham, bars, movies, progressives, football games, movies, go out to eat, etc.
-There's a student committee that plans all sorts of free events for law students (with open bar and free food)
-Law Review Requirements: Top 5%-Law Review (or write on top 50%), Top 20% (or write on top 50%)-one of the journals, and top 50% (or write on) Psych and Law Journal
-Why did you choose Alabama: friendly people, money (cheap), best in the state, particular programs, football, etc.
-Where did you go to school? Dean-Hofstra JD, Student-Auburn
-Job placement in STL: new lady in Career Services is great
-Study tips: six weeks out, make a calendar for what you're going to study when, stay on top of outlines, get a study group together for finals
-Hours a day devoted to studying: 1L--from time class is out until 11 or so. 2L & 3L--treat it like an 8-5.
-Open Door Policy: Yep, all faculty offices are on the third floor
-Parking: around $100 for the year, but there are always plenty of spots by the law school.
-# of law students/attrition rate: 170 students per class. Nobody has failed out in two years. Almost everyone stays. If they leave its because they realized they don't want to be a lawyer, or they're homesick.
-Method of class selection: Can pick any class, some have caps.
-Law Preview Course: take it if you want to, but you'll be capable of starting in the fall with no problem without taking it
-What apartments do law students live in: a lot live in Rivermont. It's super nice (see pictures). The one student I had lunch with said they have dinner and drinks progressives all the time.
-What apartments to avoid (because there are a lot of UG students): anything right next to campus and the new University Village
-Will a UA education help me to pass the MO bar? Yes. They don't teach Alabama specific law, unless you take specific classes to learn the Alabama laws.
-Judicial Clerkships: Apply during 3rd year. About 20% of students secure these Clerkships, making between 40-60K with living expenses subsidized by scholarships
-Study Aids: Buy all that you can get your hands on
-Football Tickets: $50 for the season. Buy quick once you get the letter on how to do it!
-Order of Samaritan. This is interesting. It's a public service award (30 hours community service + 50 hours legal public service, spread out over six semesters). You get a medallion for graduation
-About two out of 100 people didn't have laptops in class
-Socratic Method: In the classes I sat in on, the professors assign each person one case for the entire semester, and you know which day is your day to present.
-Off-Campus Association: Join it! For $60, they'll pay your utilities deposits and schedule installation for you
-OCI: have to ask about this. It was one of my questions that I didn't get answered because I ran out of time
-Utilities per month run less than $300. Look at Comcast for Cable/Internet/Phone package
-Weather: spring/fall very tolerable, winters hardly ever see snow, and summers very hot. Too far north to regularly experience hurricanes.
-The classrooms are the perfect temperature (and I'm always either too hot or too cold)
-There's a brand new wing of the law school (opened in Sept 06), that has a cafeteria, space for all of the clinics, seven new classrooms, meeting rooms, etc.

My Alabama Story from Start to Finish
Alabama was never even on my radar. Then one day after the December LSAT, I got a random fee waiver with 25 free iTunes. Sure, might as well apply. A few weeks went by, and I called to see if I was complete. They had misplaced my application, but the lady in admissions kept in touch to make sure they had found it. About a week later in early February, I missed a call from the Asst. Director of Admissions with a voicemail that sounded like I had messed up my application. I called back, and he informed me that I had been admitted with a full-tuition scholarship. Within the following weeks, I received personal emails from several people in the law school, a binder filled with information, and a long sleeve Alabama Law t-shirt. After seeing that someone else had been invited to visit with a travel stipend, I emailed the Dean and expressed my interest in the school, desire to visit, and lack of financial resources to do so. He promptly responded, and I set up my visit (airfare and hotel paid). This past Sunday, I left to visit Bama, and fell in love. I stopped random people in the area to ask how they liked living in Tuscaloosa, asked random law students how they liked the law school, and I seriously did not meet a single person who was not super-friendly. I drove around looking at apartments, taking lots of pictures, and felt comfortable in the town. That's one thing that I haven't felt during other visits. Yesterday I got up and went to the Law School. I met with a professor who grew up in the same area as I did. She offered a lot of insight about the "transplant" process. Then I met with the Dean. Friendliest guy on the planet. I told him about the interview this weekend, and how I didn't really want to go. He asked what the terms were. Then I mentioned that I would have to buy a new computer (since Mac's aren't allowed for exams), and he offered a free laptop right there. I also told him that my only hesitation was the expenses associated with moving (about 1000 to rent a U-Haul, buying new furniture, security deposits, etc). He said he'd talk to some people to see what he could help with. Then I talked with the Dean of Admissions, who was also amazing. I got to take a tour with a 2L, who was very informative and friendly. I sat in on a Con Law class, and then had lunch with a 3L who is the VP of the student body. She was so helpful. After lunch I got to sit in on the Domestic Violence Clinic class which was AMAZING. Afterwards, I talked to a 3L who shares the same interests as I do, and then I wrapped things up talking to the Asst. Director of Admissions who offered me my scholarship. I informed them that after my visit, I was positive I would be enrolling at UA. I went back to the hotel and grabbed my letter of intent and wrote out a check. After, I went to visit Rivermont Apartments which hopefully will be where I live starting in July. I bought a ton of Bama stuff from the bookstore for my boyfriend, my mom, and I. I couldn't stop smiling all day yesterday, and had a strange sense of relief since I made my decision.

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Postby RTR10 » Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:15 pm

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Postby RTR10 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:32 pm

Bama Pictures!!

Pictures of the law school:
Outside of the law school
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Postby RTR10 » Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:04 am

This picture is specifically for Longodds.

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It's a charcoal drawing I did for one of my art classes Soph. year of college. It's a collage of different things that meant something to me at the time. Ignore the Dave Matthews Band CD "cover" in the top left corner. I ran out of time before having to turn it in, so I just made something up. Sorry DMB.

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Postby RTR10 » Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:39 pm

Irrelevant but I like for people to read it...

How to Build a Global Community
Syracuse Cultural Workers Brochure, 2002

**I've bolded the ones I really like**

-Think of no one as "them"
-Don't confuse your comfort with your safety
-Talk to strangers

-Imagine other cultures through their poetry and novels
-Listen to music you don't understand--Dance to it
-Act locally
-Notice the workings of power and privilege in your culture
-Question consumption
-Know how your lettuce and coffee are grown: wake up and smell the exploitation
-Look for fair trade and union labels
-Help build economies from the bottom up
-Acquire few needs
-Learn a second (or third) language
-Visit people, places, and cultures--not tourist attractions
-Learn people's history
-Re-define progress

-Know physical and political geography
-Play games from other cultures
-Watch films with subtitles
-Know your heritage
-Honor everyone's holidays
-Look at the moon and imagine someone else, somewhere else, looking at it too
-Read the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights

-Understand the global economy in terms of people, land, and water
-Know where your bank banks
-Never believe you have the right to anyone else's resources.
-Refuse to wear corporate logos: defy corporate domination
-Question military/corporate connections
-Don't confuse money with wealth, or time with money
-Have a pen/email pal
-Honor indigineous cultures
-Judge governance by how well it meets all people's needs
-Be skeptical about what you read
-Eat adventurously

-Enjoy vegetables, beans, and grains in your diet
-Choose curiosity over certainty
-Know where your water comes from and where your wastes go

-Pledge allegiance to the earth: question nationalism
-Think South, Central, and North--there are many Americans, assume that many others share your dreams
-Know that no one is silent though many are not heard
-Work to change this
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