Columbia Law School 2012!

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby Prodigy » Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:38 pm

How do you know you have Ferguson?

When I applied for the travel subsidy they responded by saying "We look forward to seeing you on March 25-26", I figured that was good enough for an RSVP. Right?

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby 06132010 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:41 pm

frank_the_tank wrote:I'm going to be there...not sure about what classes to sit in on. I'll figure it out when I get there. What mock classes are you guys in? I have Ferguson I guess.


Professor Scott Hemphill on Thursday at 2:00.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby frank_the_tank » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:11 pm

Prodigy wrote:How do you know you have Ferguson?

When I applied for the travel subsidy they responded by saying "We look forward to seeing you on March 25-26", I figured that was good enough for an RSVP. Right?


They sent an e-mail a few days ago with the mock class assignment..You might want to give them a call to make sure.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby Skadden Stairs » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:12 pm

Frankfurt, I expect a full report upon your return.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby sbalive » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:20 pm

I got Ferguson for my mock as well... Think I've decided to go to Property with Heller at 9 and maybe hit Constitution and Foreign Affairs after that if I'm not totally fried.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby SleekFire » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:52 pm

Penobscot Area Housing Development Corp. v. City of Brewer

Thats my assignment but how do I know whos my prof?

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby whyamidoingthis » Tue Mar 24, 2009 5:49 pm

I've got Jamal Greene for my mock class, but I might not be able to make it bc of a prior engagement. Whoops.

Has anyone received a CUID/PID? I was looking at the info for housing registration and I realized that I don't think I've gotten one...

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby daisyduck » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:20 am

SleekFire wrote:Penobscot Area Housing Development Corp. v. City of Brewer

Thats my assignment but how do I know whos my prof?

Probably Ariela Dubler.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby Lem37 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:58 am

Has anyone else applied for housing? I just sent mine in - having lived in a one-bedroom for a few years, I'm honestly ready for some roomies and am hoping for a Lionsgate Apt Share. Yay!

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby acegikm » Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:03 am

whyamidoingthis wrote:Has anyone received a CUID/PID? I was looking at the info for housing registration and I realized that I don't think I've gotten one...


I got mine in a housing email a while back. if you ever got an email about housing, it was probably in that. I realized that I didn't say that I wanted law-student specific housing in my application. do you think they'll figure this out, or should i contact the housing people??

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby 06132010 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:32 pm

Lem37 wrote:Has anyone else applied for housing? I just sent mine in - having lived in a one-bedroom for a few years, I'm honestly ready for some roomies and am hoping for a Lionsgate Apt Share. Yay!


Somehow I missed Lionsgate today when I was looking at housing. Can someone tell me how the apartments there compare to the ones on 115th?

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby deneuve39 » Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:15 pm

I applied for housing like a month ago (was way too excited about it). I was really pleased by the law student-only housing on W 115th though (the apartment shares). The one I saw was fairly big and it seemed like a lot of the bedrooms could fit a full sized bed. In the one I saw the guy had basically moved the twin bed into this guest/dining room the apartment had. Also FWIW, apparently most of the furnished law-student apt are 3-bedrooms.
I also am really excited about this new study abroad thing with Oxford in law and finance! I hope it's finalized by by August so I can see which classes are needed for it and stuff.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby 06132010 » Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:52 am

Lem37 wrote:Has anyone else applied for housing? I just sent mine in - having lived in a one-bedroom for a few years, I'm honestly ready for some roomies and am hoping for a Lionsgate Apt Share. Yay!


I sent mine in two days ago. I requested Lenfest. I cringed at the price and pushed the send button really quickly before I had time to change my mind/think about what a poor financial decision I was making.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby mwazaumoja » Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:24 pm

To all those who I met during the last few days, you all seem great and down to earth.

I hope a lot of you will be my future classmates!

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby frank_the_tank » Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:52 pm

Yeah, I think I only met 1 person from TLS..but it was a great time overall. I'm much more at ease about making the decision to attend~~

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby Lem37 » Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:09 pm

Maybe we should have a TLS meetup in NYC for Columbia 0L's?

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby 06132010 » Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:15 pm

Lem37 wrote:Maybe we should have a TLS meetup in NYC for Columbia 0L's?

I'm down.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby Skadden Stairs » Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:26 pm

lex talionis wrote:Frankfurt, I expect a full report upon your return.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby sbalive » Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:37 pm

mwazaumoja wrote:To all those who I met during the last few days, you all seem great and down to earth.

I hope a lot of you will be my future classmates!


+1

it was a great time! I really enjoyed talking to all the prospectives & currents I met, and I'm looking forward to August. (I don't know if anyone I met was on TLS, but I'm sure some must have been.)

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby frank_the_tank » Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:48 pm

lex talionis wrote:Frankfurt, I expect a full report upon your return.



Haha, that is tough!!

1) Housing- I didn't really get a chance to check out much of the housing. I stayed with a current student in Lenfest and those apartments are super super nice. Even so, I'm still leaning towards a 3 person apartment share somewhere. From what I heard, the law school only ones are nice but you might want to request something a little farther away to get a bigger place. Everyone I talked to said that you should be as specific as possible when requesting housing so that they can give you exactly what you want. I think anything above like 110 is good, you probably want to stay below 118. I didn't hear from anyone that was dissatisfied with their living arrangements. What else...Oh I heard if you do request Lenfest that your budget might be a bit tight because you aren't able to pump up your loan amount to cover the increased cost.

2) People- I was under the impression that most people here would be pretty dorky. I think this holds true pretty much for the undergrad population but the Law school seemed pretty diverse with well rounded folks. Everyone I met was super nice and helpful and willing to answer any questions I had. I got the impression that despite being around 400, each class is pretty close and most people knew each other. I think most anyone would be able to find a crowd that they could run with. The California Society seemed like the best club to join on campus (they had an open tab at the bar we went to..people were doing shots of patron lol). Pretty much any legal interest you have there is a club for. One thing that was shocking was the amount of people I talked to that were interested in PI work. I know its not a representative sample but it seemed like over half the admits I talked to were into that and a good number of current students. To be honest, I felt a little shitty when I said I was definitely interested in Corporate work..I think there are maybe some bitter feelings going on between the two groups. Overall though, it seemed like it wouldnt be a bad group of people to spend a few years with.

3) Campus/Area- I grew up in Cali and not in a big city..So it was quite a change for me as I'd never been to NYC before. Coming from La Guardia on the m60 was a little shocking as we drove along 125th through Harlem. It was amazing to see how quickly the city changes just after a few blocks. Below like 120th or so I don't think I'd have any issues with feeling like the area was unsafe. Walking along broadway/amsterdam was really cool because there are tons of little shops and restaurants to check out and explore. The 10 blocks surrounding the university really had a nice feel to it and it seemed like everyone in the area was probably connected to Columbia somehow. The law school building itself was pretty ugly on the outside as i'm sure you've seen, but on the inside it was actually pretty nice. The lecture halls were newly renovated and the cafe was cool and had balcony seating for when the weather permits. The library is pretty ugly but I didn't really care about that, I study at home so its not a big issue..and the librarians were super nice too!

4) Professors/Staff- I think the school really shines here. Pretty much everyone I met was great. I even spent some time just walking around the faculty offices and stopped in to chat with some professors and it seemed like they were waiting for people to drop in. The mock class I had was pretty interesting and the classes I sat in on were cool too. No super tough grilling of students(but it seemed like everyone had some type of answer to give..i guess they were prepared..) and the Professors really want you to speak up in class. The financial aid staff was especially helpful and answered any questions I had.

Umm, I cant think of anything else. Any specific questions?

Oh and PS I just sent in my seat deposit.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby sbalive » Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:28 pm

Hey, so see everyone in New York next year!

It's been great to be able to discuss stuff on TLS as the cycle went on, but now that I've made my decision, it's more annoying than anything else :)

I never really thought I'd end up at Columbia, but after visiting, I think that despite what I thought about my personal situation, etc., it's the right choice for me 8) Have a great summer!

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby Skadden Stairs » Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:30 pm

frank_the_tank wrote:
lex talionis wrote:Frankfurt, I expect a full report upon your return.



Haha, that is tough!!

1) Housing- I didn't really get a chance to check out much of the housing. I stayed with a current student in Lenfest and those apartments are super super nice. Even so, I'm still leaning towards a 3 person apartment share somewhere. From what I heard, the law school only ones are nice but you might want to request something a little farther away to get a bigger place. Everyone I talked to said that you should be as specific as possible when requesting housing so that they can give you exactly what you want. I think anything above like 110 is good, you probably want to stay below 118. I didn't hear from anyone that was dissatisfied with their living arrangements. What else...Oh I heard if you do request Lenfest that your budget might be a bit tight because you aren't able to pump up your loan amount to cover the increased cost.

2) People- I was under the impression that most people here would be pretty dorky. I think this holds true pretty much for the undergrad population but the Law school seemed pretty diverse with well rounded folks. Everyone I met was super nice and helpful and willing to answer any questions I had. I got the impression that despite being around 400, each class is pretty close and most people knew each other. I think most anyone would be able to find a crowd that they could run with. The California Society seemed like the best club to join on campus (they had an open tab at the bar we went to..people were doing shots of patron lol). Pretty much any legal interest you have there is a club for. One thing that was shocking was the amount of people I talked to that were interested in PI work. I know its not a representative sample but it seemed like over half the admits I talked to were into that and a good number of current students. To be honest, I felt a little shitty when I said I was definitely interested in Corporate work..I think there are maybe some bitter feelings going on between the two groups. Overall though, it seemed like it wouldnt be a bad group of people to spend a few years with.

3) Campus/Area- I grew up in Cali and not in a big city..So it was quite a change for me as I'd never been to NYC before. Coming from La Guardia on the m60 was a little shocking as we drove along 125th through Harlem. It was amazing to see how quickly the city changes just after a few blocks. Below like 120th or so I don't think I'd have any issues with feeling like the area was unsafe. Walking along broadway/amsterdam was really cool because there are tons of little shops and restaurants to check out and explore. The 10 blocks surrounding the university really had a nice feel to it and it seemed like everyone in the area was probably connected to Columbia somehow. The law school building itself was pretty ugly on the outside as i'm sure you've seen, but on the inside it was actually pretty nice. The lecture halls were newly renovated and the cafe was cool and had balcony seating for when the weather permits. The library is pretty ugly but I didn't really care about that, I study at home so its not a big issue..and the librarians were super nice too!

4) Professors/Staff- I think the school really shines here. Pretty much everyone I met was great. I even spent some time just walking around the faculty offices and stopped in to chat with some professors and it seemed like they were waiting for people to drop in. The mock class I had was pretty interesting and the classes I sat in on were cool too. No super tough grilling of students(but it seemed like everyone had some type of answer to give..i guess they were prepared..) and the Professors really want you to speak up in class. The financial aid staff was especially helpful and answered any questions I had.

Umm, I cant think of anything else. Any specific questions?

Oh and PS I just sent in my seat deposit.

thank you, dear

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby phillygimp » Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:11 pm

frank_the_tank wrote:
lex talionis wrote:Frankfurt, I expect a full report upon your return.



Haha, that is tough!!

1) Housing- I didn't really get a chance to check out much of the housing. I stayed with a current student in Lenfest and those apartments are super super nice. Even so, I'm still leaning towards a 3 person apartment share somewhere. From what I heard, the law school only ones are nice but you might want to request something a little farther away to get a bigger place. Everyone I talked to said that you should be as specific as possible when requesting housing so that they can give you exactly what you want. I think anything above like 110 is good, you probably want to stay below 118. I didn't hear from anyone that was dissatisfied with their living arrangements. What else...Oh I heard if you do request Lenfest that your budget might be a bit tight because you aren't able to pump up your loan amount to cover the increased cost.

2) People- I was under the impression that most people here would be pretty dorky. I think this holds true pretty much for the undergrad population but the Law school seemed pretty diverse with well rounded folks. Everyone I met was super nice and helpful and willing to answer any questions I had. I got the impression that despite being around 400, each class is pretty close and most people knew each other. I think most anyone would be able to find a crowd that they could run with. The California Society seemed like the best club to join on campus (they had an open tab at the bar we went to..people were doing shots of patron lol). Pretty much any legal interest you have there is a club for. One thing that was shocking was the amount of people I talked to that were interested in PI work. I know its not a representative sample but it seemed like over half the admits I talked to were into that and a good number of current students. To be honest, I felt a little shitty when I said I was definitely interested in Corporate work..I think there are maybe some bitter feelings going on between the two groups. Overall though, it seemed like it wouldnt be a bad group of people to spend a few years with.

3) Campus/Area- I grew up in Cali and not in a big city..So it was quite a change for me as I'd never been to NYC before. Coming from La Guardia on the m60 was a little shocking as we drove along 125th through Harlem. It was amazing to see how quickly the city changes just after a few blocks. Below like 120th or so I don't think I'd have any issues with feeling like the area was unsafe. Walking along broadway/amsterdam was really cool because there are tons of little shops and restaurants to check out and explore. The 10 blocks surrounding the university really had a nice feel to it and it seemed like everyone in the area was probably connected to Columbia somehow. The law school building itself was pretty ugly on the outside as i'm sure you've seen, but on the inside it was actually pretty nice. The lecture halls were newly renovated and the cafe was cool and had balcony seating for when the weather permits. The library is pretty ugly but I didn't really care about that, I study at home so its not a big issue..and the librarians were super nice too!

4) Professors/Staff- I think the school really shines here. Pretty much everyone I met was great. I even spent some time just walking around the faculty offices and stopped in to chat with some professors and it seemed like they were waiting for people to drop in. The mock class I had was pretty interesting and the classes I sat in on were cool too. No super tough grilling of students(but it seemed like everyone had some type of answer to give..i guess they were prepared..) and the Professors really want you to speak up in class. The financial aid staff was especially helpful and answered any questions I had.

Umm, I cant think of anything else. Any specific questions?

Oh and PS I just sent in my seat deposit.



I was unable to make it to the asw's because of work. What did they say about financial aid at the panel?

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby nyydem » Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:26 pm

Hi all -

Just discovered this forum. I'm coming to Columbia next year, and I'm very excited! :D Congrats to everybody else going too!

I've been holding off on filling out this housing form forever, because I just don't know what to do. I'm definitely leaning toward Lenfest, but I'm hesitant mainly because I kind of want to live in an apartment with other people. At the same time, I'm slightly worried about being randomly placed with other people, you know? Anybody have any wisdom or advice to share?

Thanks, and I'm sure I'll be meeting many of you next year!

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby Prodigy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:15 am

phillygimp wrote:I was unable to make it to the asw's because of work. What did they say about financial aid at the panel?


Basically the same info you can find on Columbia's admitted students website - although it was nice (somewhat more reassuring) hearing it from someone who works in the FinAid office.

If I remember correctly the presentation was broken down into three sections:
Loans - GradPlus for full $68,000 but at slightly higher interest rate than private loans. $8,500 Subsidized Stafford Loans.
Financial Aid need based awards - The office plans on sending them out beginning this week.
LRAP - Just the nitty gritty details.

They also mentioned that the FinAid office recently lost whomever headed the office, which was kind of scary.




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