Chicago Class of 2012

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Mr. T6
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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Mr. T6 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:55 pm

I did well in Buss's Civ Pro class. If anybody wants an outline, my exam, or general advice, I would be happy to help.

I also got my worst 1L grade in Strauss's Elements, so maybe I can tell you what not to do in that class.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby usaojeff » Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:26 pm

I would certainly be interested in those materials if you're willing to share them...

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Raz14 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:28 pm

Two questions:

1. When do we find out our schedules? This whole 8:30 AM 3 times per week thing does not seem very appealing!

2. Is anyone else living in Regents surprised by all of the assorted fees? This communal energy monthly fee and 350 dollar move-in fee both caught me off guard.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Raz14 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:37 pm

Also, it looks like the minimum lease is twelve months. For those with experience, how difficult is subletting over the summer until September?

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Yointer » Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:42 pm

Raz14 wrote:Two questions:

1. When do we find out our schedules? This whole 8:30 AM 3 times per week thing does not seem very appealing!

2. Is anyone else living in Regents surprised by all of the assorted fees? This communal energy monthly fee and 350 dollar move-in fee both caught me off guard.


1. Last year, the schedules came out in mid-September, as I recall. Maybe 2 1/2 or 3 weeks before classes started...

2. Maybe next year instead of posting a general warning to avoid Regents at all costs, I'll make a list of all the specific reasons you shouldn't live there.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby RussianGirl » Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:39 pm

8:30 three days a week? :cry:

I'm just praying that I get section "a"

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby doyleoil » Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:56 pm

RussianGirl wrote:8:30 three days a week? :cry:

I'm just praying that I get section "a"


apparently i did that wrong (by the way, thanks, yointer, for the explanation)

but i agree with the general sentiment....

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby vealoscar » Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:04 pm

I really can't do Fridays at 8:30. Now I'm super-anxious about finding out the schedules at orientation. It looks like 8:30 classes are less common in the tentative schedules for other quarters.

Highlights from Winter and Spring:
-The two professors for Torts in the Spring are Levmore and Epstein meaning I'll have at least one of the two biggest personalities I remember from ASW (Levmore is a Friday 8:30 though)
-I may be wrong on this, but I thought last year there were only three electives. It looks like we'll have five 1L electives:

American Legal History 1607-1970 -- LaCroix
Comparative Legal Institutions -- T. Ginsburg
Emotion, Reason, and Law -- Nussbaum
Jurisprudence I -- Leiter
Legislation -- Huq

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby doyleoil » Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:11 pm

vealoscar wrote:I really can't do Fridays at 8:30. Now I'm super-anxious about finding out the schedules at orientation. It looks like 8:30 classes are less common in the tentative schedules for other quarters.

Highlights from Winter and Spring:
-The two professors for Torts in the Spring are Levmore and Epstein meaning I'll have at least one of the two biggest personalities I remember from ASW (Levmore is a Friday 8:30 though)
-I may be wrong on this, but I thought last year there were only three electives. It looks like we'll have five 1L electives:

American Legal History 1607-1970 -- LaCroix
Comparative Legal Institutions -- T. Ginsburg
Emotion, Reason, and Law -- Nussbaum
Jurisprudence I -- Leiter
Legislation -- Huq


i'm sure the others are awesome as well, but if i can have nussbaum my first year, i will be a happy little 1L

(also, that's fantastic that we have the chance to have epstein)

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Mr. T6 » Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:23 am

Hopefully, you guys will have it better than we do at OCI. But I'm optimistic that either callbacks will come in later than usual, or I'll follow my passion for plaintiff's side work, especially class actions, and reach out in ways that most Chicago grads don't.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby dresden doll » Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:26 am

Mr. T6 wrote:Hopefully, you guys will have it better than we do at OCI. But I'm optimistic that either callbacks will come in later than usual, or I'll follow my passion for plaintiff's side work, especially class actions, and reach out in ways that most Chicago grads don't.


Oh, ouch. Care to share how OCI has been coming along? It's definitely one of the burning points of my curiosity...

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Mr. T6 » Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:30 am

dresden doll wrote:
Mr. T6 wrote:Hopefully, you guys will have it better than we do at OCI. But I'm optimistic that either callbacks will come in later than usual, or I'll follow my passion for plaintiff's side work, especially class actions, and reach out in ways that most Chicago grads don't.


Oh, ouch. Care to share how OCI has been coming along? It's definitely one of the burning points of my curiosity...


Most people either don't have callbacks or don't want to share their success. I have no callbacks, and my grades are fine. I'm also a decent interviewer.

Autoadmit buzzes with bad news. Columbia and Cornell completed their OCIs. At the former, one poster wrote that, "[He's] median at CLS. 25 interviews, 2 callbacks." A CLS friend of mine knows many people without callbacks. It's a sore subject.

The Internet was probably right. The pipeline has its limits. Hundreds of trained associates are unemployed. 2010 took too many places. 2011 is feeling, acutely, the effects of market saturation.

My congentinal optimism stems from one of my favorite proverbs: "one door closes, another opens."

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby dresden doll » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:20 pm

Mr. T6 wrote:
dresden doll wrote:
Mr. T6 wrote:Hopefully, you guys will have it better than we do at OCI. But I'm optimistic that either callbacks will come in later than usual, or I'll follow my passion for plaintiff's side work, especially class actions, and reach out in ways that most Chicago grads don't.


Oh, ouch. Care to share how OCI has been coming along? It's definitely one of the burning points of my curiosity...


Most people either don't have callbacks or don't want to share their success. I have no callbacks, and my grades are fine. I'm also a decent interviewer.

Autoadmit buzzes with bad news. Columbia and Cornell completed their OCIs. At the former, one poster wrote that, "[He's] median at CLS. 25 interviews, 2 callbacks." A CLS friend of mine knows many people without callbacks. It's a sore subject.

The Internet was probably right. The pipeline has its limits. Hundreds of trained associates are unemployed. 2010 took too many places. 2011 is feeling, acutely, the effects of market saturation.

My congentinal optimism stems from one of my favorite proverbs: "one door closes, another opens."


Wow. I am going to need some of that congentinal optimism of yours. That sounds awful.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby lilybbloom » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:25 pm

how exactly do sections work?

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Yointer » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:47 pm

lilybbloom wrote:how exactly do sections work?


Well, each 1L is assigned to one of six legal writing (LRW) sections, labeled A through F. Each LRW section is assigned to a different Bigelow who will be your LRW instructor for the entire year.

Each class (contracts, civ pro, etc.) is divided into two class sections (the double use of the word "section" is confusing. Hence, my use of "legal writing [LRW] sections" versus "class sections". Three of the six LRW sections are assigned to one class section, and three to the other. So, perhaps LRW sections A, B, and C will have Elements with Strauss and D, E, and F will have it with Dixon. However, the different pairings of LRW sections are intentionally mixed so as to allow you to have class with all the 1L's. Thus, if your Elements schedule was like the one above, your Contracts schedule might be A, C, and E with Ben-Shahar and B, D, and F with Posner.

It's kind of difficult to explain, but hopefully that makes sense. If you have any questions about the above, let me know and I'll try to clarify.

ON THE SUBJECT OF CALLBACKS:

On-campus interviews started on Monday - i.e. three days ago - and there are already people with multiple callbacks. Obviously, I haven't talked to every person in my class about the number of callbacks they've received, but I know of several who, within three days of the start of interviews, have callbacks. Some people already have OFFERS. Long story short, it is much too early to worry about not having offers. 2L's shouldn't panic for another two weeks, at least. There are jobs out there and U of C students are getting them.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby RussianGirl » Thu Aug 20, 2009 2:14 pm

doyleoil wrote:
vealoscar wrote:I really can't do Fridays at 8:30. Now I'm super-anxious about finding out the schedules at orientation. It looks like 8:30 classes are less common in the tentative schedules for other quarters.

Highlights from Winter and Spring:
-The two professors for Torts in the Spring are Levmore and Epstein meaning I'll have at least one of the two biggest personalities I remember from ASW (Levmore is a Friday 8:30 though)
-I may be wrong on this, but I thought last year there were only three electives. It looks like we'll have five 1L electives:

American Legal History 1607-1970 -- LaCroix
Comparative Legal Institutions -- T. Ginsburg
Emotion, Reason, and Law -- Nussbaum
Jurisprudence I -- Leiter
Legislation -- Huq


i'm sure the others are awesome as well, but if i can have nussbaum my first year, i will be a happy little 1L

(also, that's fantastic that we have the chance to have epstein)

Nussbaum is a superstar, I loved Levmore, and Epstein is famous... man, I'm starting to remember why I was so excited about UChicago in the first place :)

I think I'm gonna go for Jurisprudence with Leiter cause we have similar backgrounds (albeit his is way more extensive... obviously), and I just wanna talk legal philosophy with the guy allllllll day

I finally got my Regents stuff finalized yesterday: the roomie and I are officially moving in the weekend of 11-12-13 in September :)

P.S. Thanks Mr. T6 and Yointer for posting OCI and callback info... I'm sure all of us are dying to know about that stuff. Good luck!

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby lilybbloom » Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:28 am

Thanks for the explanation, Yointer- I think I get it now

Can anyone tell me when we get our loan disbursements, and how we indicate what bank account we want the loans transferred into? Also, I chose the UChicago student health insurance, which presumably starts on Sept. 1st- but when do I pay for it? I want to make sure the coverage actually starts on the 1st, because my NU insurance runs out August 31st.

Thanks :-)

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby cnola » Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:18 pm

I had the same questions and called up there a few weeks ago and this is what they told me. Disbursement dates are provided by the school to the lender. In the past the checks for remaining balances after tuition were the student's responsibility to pick up from the Bursar's office. This semester they started doing direct deposit. You can enroll in it through the cMore area on the website.

I'm not sure about health insurance since I'm staying on my parents'.

Hope this helps--looking forward to meeting everyone!

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby vealoscar » Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:43 pm

My letter from AccessGroup says the disbursement dates for each quarter are 9/21/09; 12/29/09, and 03/22/10.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Mr. T6 » Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:47 am

The Lincoln Park Zoo is supposed to be pretty sweet, right? I'm trying to find a non-OCI way to spend Sunday.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby Dead Ringer » Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:34 pm

Okay I know I am extremely late to the game here, but I am going to Chicago this week to look around and secure housing. I am not dead set against Regents. Grad housing would be great if there is still anything available there. Has anyone had luck with other avenues such as craigslist?

Also feel free to PM me if you are in a similar situation or are considering a roommate.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby keylimelove » Sun Aug 23, 2009 2:38 pm

A question to the rising 2Ls (and 3Ls if there are any): How is the area around 61st and Ellis? I remember hearing that a grad student was killed around there a few years ago, but has the area improved? Would the area be a worthwhile (and safe) alternative to Regents?

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby hmlee » Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:40 pm

keylimelove wrote:A question to the rising 2Ls (and 3Ls if there are any): How is the area around 61st and Ellis? I remember hearing that a grad student was killed around there a few years ago, but has the area improved? Would the area be a worthwhile (and safe) alternative to Regents?


It was in 2008 and it was a very unfortunate circumstance. Since then, the University has opened a new dorm down there for undergrads (it's first year open is actually this fall) and also moved the HQ of the UCPD to Ellis Ave. between 60th and 61st streets. The overall area hasn't changed that much - it's still developing and there are still some parts, south of maybe 63rd street or so and west of Cottage Grove that you most certainly do not want to be, but I'm guessing that the presence of a few hundred undergrads and the UCPD HQ will make the area much safer than it has been in the past. Hopefully all that, combined with the new construction projects down south of the Midway, will have a transformational effect on the entire area. It doesn't matter that much to me since I no longer work there, but it'd be nice to see all the same...

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby keylimelove » Sun Aug 23, 2009 4:15 pm

hmlee wrote:
keylimelove wrote:A question to the rising 2Ls (and 3Ls if there are any): How is the area around 61st and Ellis? I remember hearing that a grad student was killed around there a few years ago, but has the area improved? Would the area be a worthwhile (and safe) alternative to Regents?


It was in 2008 and it was a very unfortunate circumstance. Since then, the University has opened a new dorm down there for undergrads (it's first year open is actually this fall) and also moved the HQ of the UCPD to Ellis Ave. between 60th and 61st streets. The overall area hasn't changed that much - it's still developing and there are still some parts, south of maybe 63rd street or so and west of Cottage Grove that you most certainly do not want to be, but I'm guessing that the presence of a few hundred undergrads and the UCPD HQ will make the area much safer than it has been in the past. Hopefully all that, combined with the new construction projects down south of the Midway, will have a transformational effect on the entire area. It doesn't matter that much to me since I no longer work there, but it'd be nice to see all the same...

Thanks for the info! :D

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Re: Chicago Class of 2012

Postby justme123 » Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:48 pm

What's everyone doing until school starts? All my friends have started already and I'm stuck here waiting for another month, so I'm looking for things to entertain me...

I'm thinking I'll work on increasing my typing speed and read Getting to Maybe.... thrilling!

Also, anyone else living in grad housing at 6022 Drexel? I'm excited to be living so close to the law school, especially for when I have to walk in the freezing cold!




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