Hastings Class of 2012

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby Whitty » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:16 am

I went to visit last weekend and I thought this would be a good spot to post pics for those of you that haven't had the chance to see it yet. :D

The Law building/Library/Faculty offices:
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the building was completely empty so I got to rock out on this for a minute
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Look at this studly fellow
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Class building/moot court room:
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the halls reminded me of a hospital
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aaandd a creepy unicorn painting in the hallway..
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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby OperaSoprano » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:26 am

<3 the creepy unicorn painting. That's some mighty fine decor!

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby General Tso » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:36 am

Nice pics

I don't see why some people call Hastings one of the ugliest law buildings. It seems nicely renovated to me.

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby blbs » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:59 am

How did you take pictures of it so empty?!

Does anyone have any pictures of a 1 bedroom in the tower? I've seen pics of an efficiency studio, and I've been in a studio (it was about 40% larger than the efficiency), but I'm really curious about the larger units.

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby Whitty » Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:47 am

blbs wrote:How did you take pictures of it so empty?!


I went on a Sunday..although I thought it was a little strange to not see ONE single student anywhere. :?

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby readereader » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:14 pm

vb007 wrote:
sandiego wrote:
blbs wrote:I'm pretty sure I will be! Anyone else going to the alumni event on April 2?


Yeah I'll be there! I haven't checked out the school yet so I'm flying up for ASD on the 4th too.


cool, i'll see you there on the 4th... who else is heading up to sf for that weekend?


I live in the East Bay, so there's no flying for me, but I'll be BARTing in on the 4th! :o) See you all there!

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby jsk2009 » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:31 pm

The photobucket images aren't working anymore :(

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby Whitty » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:37 pm

jsk2009 wrote:The photobucket images aren't working anymore :(


Really? I can still see them. Is anyone else having issues viewing the pics?

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby vb007 » Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:37 pm

Whitty wrote:
jsk2009 wrote:The photobucket images aren't working anymore :(


Really? I can still see them. Is anyone else having issues viewing the pics?


i can see them just fine... probably isp/firewall related issue affecting jsk2009

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby blbs » Fri Mar 27, 2009 4:29 pm

vb007 wrote:
Whitty wrote:
jsk2009 wrote:The photobucket images aren't working anymore :(


Really? I can still see them. Is anyone else having issues viewing the pics?


i can see them just fine... probably isp/firewall related issue affecting jsk2009


+1.

I was just down at the Civic Center Courthouse right next to Hastings. The TL really isn't that bad, and that entire Civic Center Plaza is pretty gorgeous on days like today (70º's). As initially put off as I was about being so close to the TL Hastings is really on the very cusp, with the tower being the closest building to the bad stuff. The most unsavory characters we're likely to be surrounded by at hastings are the attorneys going to the courthouses.

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby LACatholic » Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:27 pm

blbs wrote:
vb007 wrote:
Whitty wrote:
jsk2009 wrote:The photobucket images aren't working anymore :(


Really? I can still see them. Is anyone else having issues viewing the pics?


i can see them just fine... probably isp/firewall related issue affecting jsk2009


+1.

I was just down at the Civic Center Courthouse right next to Hastings. The TL really isn't that bad, and that entire Civic Center Plaza is pretty gorgeous on days like today (70º's). As initially put off as I was about being so close to the TL Hastings is really on the very cusp, with the tower being the closest building to the bad stuff. The most unsavory characters we're likely to be surrounded by at hastings are the attorneys going to the courthouses.


+1

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby vb007 » Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:36 pm

for those that went to the march admitted students day, what were people wearing? are jeans and a polo shirt ok or should i take some business casual clothes with me when i fly up next weekend?

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby blbs » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:36 am

vb007 wrote:for those that went to the march admitted students day, what were people wearing? are jeans and a polo shirt ok or should i take some business casual clothes with me when i fly up next weekend?


It's like any other ASD. There are kids in pj's and flip flops as well as in suits. I wore jeans and a polo, that was fine.

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby leron » Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:26 am

yay, got the award letter. notified by email. think i'll be accepting soon :)

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby thissucks » Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:30 am

Got my award letter. Now it's time to crunch some numbers. Decision coming VERY soon! :D

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby vb007 » Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:48 am

bleh, they only gave me loans. although i did get some subsidized.... guess i'll have to bite the bullet :(

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby General Tso » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:56 am

Did anybody get a grant????

I didn't get anything. I am from a middle class background in Mississippi...my dad doesn't even have a college degree. He makes $20,000 a year. My parents' net worth is substantial but only because they bought a huge piece of land for dirt cheap in the early 80s. This makes me FURIOUS. My attendance at Hastings is in jeopardy. :evil:

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby leron » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:23 pm

i got a grant. i make pretty good money, but my parents' net worth is negative and they don't make a lot of money. i think this has more to do with being a ca resident, but i'm just guessing really. in case you haven't noticed, in-state tuition is relatively pretty high at uc schools. i think they use grants as a way to lower this and it still gives them flexibility to shaft the rich kids who are ca residents. sneaky bastards.

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby General Tso » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:28 pm

leron wrote:i got a grant. i make pretty good money, but my parents' net worth is negative and they don't make a lot of money. i think this has more to do with being a ca resident, but i'm just guessing really. in case you haven't noticed, in-state tuition is relatively pretty high at uc schools. i think they use grants as a way to lower this and it still gives them flexibility to shaft the rich kids who are ca residents. sneaky bastards.


They don't make a residency determination until you fill out the application for CA residency. Until then, they assume you are out of state.

I am not rich. My parents have never earned over 100k in any year. This year their combined salary is about 75-80k. My parents are extremely frugal. I didn't have air conditioning until I was 7 years old...didn't get cable TV until i was 15. And now my parents are being stingy with helping me for law school. But I guess since they didn't take out mortgages they couldn't afford and don't have 30k in credit card debt, now I have to suffer.

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby leron » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:36 pm

true, but you do indicate your state of residence at various places (application, need access, fafsa iirc).

my parents didn't help me with undergrad tuition, nor will they be helping me out with law school. i don't really expect them to either.

no grant for you, sw?

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby General Tso » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:45 pm

leron wrote:true, but you do indicate your state of residence at various places (application, need access, fafsa iirc).

my parents didn't help me with undergrad tuition, nor will they be helping me out with law school. i don't really expect them to either.

no grant for you, sw?


No..no grant at all. Is there any way to appeal? I want to call the FinAid office but I figure it's better to settle down and think things through rather than make an ass of myself.

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby leron » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:51 pm

i believe there is... pretty sure i saw that somewhere before, but i can't point you in the right direction.

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby General Tso » Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:30 pm

Just talked to a finaid officer. She claims that only people who have 'close to nothing' are eligible for grants. To this I replied, "So 75% of Hastings students have NO savings?" And she said, 'yes pretty much.' The average entering age is 24...that means there are a significant number of Hastings students with work experience. They have NO savings??? Really?

God this is bullshit.

Anyone with grants have any savings? I feel like such a moron. Why the hell did I save up for law school? I could have spent my 30k, applied to Hasting with 'NOTHING' and gotten 21-30k back in grants. WTF is with this country??? Saving is now a bad thing

For those who think I'm "privileged" I'm not. I've been working a shitty job making 39k a year. I was responsible enough to save in advance for law school.

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby danconstan » Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:59 pm

swheat wrote:Just talked to a finaid officer. She claims that only people who have 'close to nothing' are eligible for grants. To this I replied, "So 75% of Hastings students have NO savings?" And she said, 'yes pretty much.' The average entering age is 24...that means there are a significant number of Hastings students with work experience. They have NO savings??? Really?

God this is bullshit.

Anyone with grants have any savings? I feel like such a moron. Why the hell did I save up for law school? I could have spent my 30k, applied to Hasting with 'NOTHING' and gotten 21-30k back in grants. WTF is with this country??? Saving is now a bad thing

For those who think I'm "privileged" I'm not. I've been working a shitty job making 39k a year. I was responsible enough to save in advance for law school.


You are better off having saved the 30K. I'm pretty sure that you can't get much more than around 10K (not sure exactly what the current max is) in the form of a Hastings Grant so you would not have received 21-30K back in grants for 1L. Need based financial aid grants only cover a portion of your needs - the rest is all subsidized and mostly non-subsidized loans. No one gets full tuition covered through need-based aid. That can only occur through merit-based scholarships. Look at the bright side - Use up all 30K during your 1L and then you will likely received the hastings grant for 2L.

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Re: Hastings Class of 2012

Postby General Tso » Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:07 pm

danconstan wrote:
swheat wrote:Just talked to a finaid officer. She claims that only people who have 'close to nothing' are eligible for grants. To this I replied, "So 75% of Hastings students have NO savings?" And she said, 'yes pretty much.' The average entering age is 24...that means there are a significant number of Hastings students with work experience. They have NO savings??? Really?

God this is bullshit.

Anyone with grants have any savings? I feel like such a moron. Why the hell did I save up for law school? I could have spent my 30k, applied to Hasting with 'NOTHING' and gotten 21-30k back in grants. WTF is with this country??? Saving is now a bad thing

For those who think I'm "privileged" I'm not. I've been working a shitty job making 39k a year. I was responsible enough to save in advance for law school.


You are better off having saved the 30K. I'm pretty sure that you can't get much more than around 10K (not sure exactly what the current max is) in the form of a Hastings Grant so you would not have received 21-30K back in grants for 1L. Need based financial aid grants only cover a portion of your needs - the rest is all subsidized and mostly non-subsidized loans. No one gets full tuition covered through need-based aid. That can only occur through merit-based scholarships. Look at the bright side - Use up all 30K during your 1L and then you will likely received the hastings grant for 2L.


That sounds like a good plan. But all the same, I could have bought a condo with my 30k and then gotten the 7-10k per year Hastings grant and been just as well off. For now, no condo and no grant.




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