Duke Law Class of 2014

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby wfc » Mon May 02, 2011 9:42 pm

bep244 wrote:
PureEnergy wrote:according to the DeNovo, Pinnacle Ridge is the most popular. The facebook page makes it seem that way too. I'm pretty sure I'll be in Pinnacle next year and would love to have everyone else there too. The thought of living with a bunch of law students sounds absolutely terrible and unbearably obnoxious, and thus I choose it wholeheartedly. And yes, I am already a self-hating lawyer.



Pinnacle was apparently the most popular spot for current 1Ls, but there are a bunch of us starting this fall that are living in the Alexan Garrett also. It has only been open a year which is why they said alot of people starting last fall didn't even know about it. Plus, after the housing tour during ASW, my soon-to-be roomie and I liked the feel of AG more and have already filled out an application there. Based on all the facebook posts, I think most of our class will be pretty split between AG and Pinnacle, so you should have alot of law students either place.


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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby TUP » Tue May 03, 2011 10:46 am

beachbum wrote:
TUP wrote:
nihilism is key wrote:
TUP wrote:What is everyone looking at for apartments? Based on prior year threads, it seems like Pinnacle Ridge is the most popular 1L location.


i think im going with the lofts at lakeview, but based on the admitted students fb page, it seems as though pinnacle and alexan garrett will both have a good law student showing. I was tempted by alexan garrett, but decided to go with proximity to the law school (3 min vs 12 min drive).


Is that why this thread is so unused compared to some other classes?


It could be, though it seems the admitted students group is mostly a bunch of current students trying to sublet their apartments. I'm not sure why our thread here doesn't get much use, but it is what it is. Also, love the new avatar.


Thanks, it fits my school choice and username. Going to Duke after graduating from an average sometime tourney-team undergrad will be fun.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby TUP » Tue May 03, 2011 10:49 am

bep244 wrote:
PureEnergy wrote:according to the DeNovo, Pinnacle Ridge is the most popular. The facebook page makes it seem that way too. I'm pretty sure I'll be in Pinnacle next year and would love to have everyone else there too. The thought of living with a bunch of law students sounds absolutely terrible and unbearably obnoxious, and thus I choose it wholeheartedly. And yes, I am already a self-hating lawyer.



Pinnacle was apparently the most popular spot for current 1Ls, but there are a bunch of us starting this fall that are living in the Alexan Garrett also. It has only been open a year which is why they said alot of people starting last fall didn't even know about it. Plus, after the housing tour during ASW, my soon-to-be roomie and I liked the feel of AG more and have already filled out an application there. Based on all the facebook posts, I think most of our class will be pretty split between AG and Pinnacle, so you should have alot of law students either place.


How did the quality between the two compare? I might be going for a lease sight unseen and Pinnacle Ridge seems to have better deals on 1 bedrooms.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby nihilism is key » Tue May 03, 2011 12:44 pm

TUP wrote:
bep244 wrote:
PureEnergy wrote:according to the DeNovo, Pinnacle Ridge is the most popular. The facebook page makes it seem that way too. I'm pretty sure I'll be in Pinnacle next year and would love to have everyone else there too. The thought of living with a bunch of law students sounds absolutely terrible and unbearably obnoxious, and thus I choose it wholeheartedly. And yes, I am already a self-hating lawyer.



Pinnacle was apparently the most popular spot for current 1Ls, but there are a bunch of us starting this fall that are living in the Alexan Garrett also. It has only been open a year which is why they said alot of people starting last fall didn't even know about it. Plus, after the housing tour during ASW, my soon-to-be roomie and I liked the feel of AG more and have already filled out an application there. Based on all the facebook posts, I think most of our class will be pretty split between AG and Pinnacle, so you should have alot of law students either place.


How did the quality between the two compare? I might be going for a lease sight unseen and Pinnacle Ridge seems to have better deals on 1 bedrooms.


the quality of AG is indisputably better than pinnacle. when i saw pinnacle, i felt that the difference in price accurately reflected the difference in the quality of the facilities, which are much older in pinnacle. AG is so new that there is a very good chance you will be the first one living in your apartment. that is not to say, however, that pinnacle is bad. If I had to rate them both on a scale of 1-10, I would give pinnacle a 6 and AG an 8.5. Also possibly worth noting, pinnacle is kind of located in a mini-forest, which some people on the tour loved and others had a minor allergy attack.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby bep244 » Tue May 03, 2011 1:09 pm

wfc wrote:
bep244 wrote:
PureEnergy wrote:according to the DeNovo, Pinnacle Ridge is the most popular. The facebook page makes it seem that way too. I'm pretty sure I'll be in Pinnacle next year and would love to have everyone else there too. The thought of living with a bunch of law students sounds absolutely terrible and unbearably obnoxious, and thus I choose it wholeheartedly. And yes, I am already a self-hating lawyer.



Pinnacle was apparently the most popular spot for current 1Ls, but there are a bunch of us starting this fall that are living in the Alexan Garrett also. It has only been open a year which is why they said alot of people starting last fall didn't even know about it. Plus, after the housing tour during ASW, my soon-to-be roomie and I liked the feel of AG more and have already filled out an application there. Based on all the facebook posts, I think most of our class will be pretty split between AG and Pinnacle, so you should have alot of law students either place.


Can you talk a little more about the bolded? I have been wondering about the apartment reservation process, seeing as the student loans won't be shelled out until shortly before classes start

How much money, if any, do these guys ask you to come up with to reserve an apartment for the fall?



I think we've put up a $375 reservation fee + $50 app fee. Apparently $200 of the reservation fee goes back towards your first month's rent, and they donate another $25 to St. Judes. They have an application to fill out for each roommate that includes past housing info, work info, etc, and they have asked for verifcation of income (which they said can be a past W-2, pay stubs, or financial aid paperwork). We're starting our lease August 1st, so I guess we'll have to front the first month's rent? I honestly haven't thought that far ahead yet...

I would also agree with the comparison in the above post of Pinnacle and AG. We were able to pick the exact apartment we wanted and since the place is new, no one has ever lived in it before us. The current 1Ls in both places seemed to love where they lived, but for my roommate and I, we wanted the newer amenities, the ability to pick an apartment on the top floor by the clubhouse (ie gym & pool), and we thought the extra price was worth it. I will say though, some people really did seem to like the "woodsy" atmosphere of Pinnacle better. I think it's just personal preference.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby Reedie » Tue May 03, 2011 5:13 pm

Summer starters:

Interested in renting a furnished apartment at a low price (200/month + utilities) Available from late May through Aug 15? Contact me. (I'm only looking to charge rent in Jun, and July). 2 miles from lawschool, 400 sq foot studio.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby nihilism is key » Wed May 04, 2011 10:42 am

When choosing an apartment after ASW my insane self created a spreadsheet of all of the apartments visited during ASW + one or two others. Since TLSers tend to be as neuorotic as myself, or at least appreciate a good neuroses every once in a while, I thought I would share it with you guys. I published it to a web page via google docs and here is the link:

https://spreadsheets0.google.com/spread ... utput=html

Obviously the pros and cons are based on my own personal preferences. Also, you will notice that I did not include Pinnacle Ridge because, after visiting, I knew I had no intention of living there. But, if someone wishes to compile the relevant information, I can add it to the spreadsheet and it will automatically update the webpage. HTH!

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby wfc » Wed May 04, 2011 12:53 pm

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby mbstuff » Wed May 04, 2011 6:56 pm

Thanks for the awesome spreadsheet. It's very helpful. Did you visit all the individual units? How did you like Trinity Commons? I'd like a studio apartment with covered parking, and it seems like there aren't many options.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby aacharya » Wed May 04, 2011 7:12 pm

Hey guys, checking in, looks like I'll be joining you in the fall. Is there a class of 2014 facebook group yet?

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby wfc » Wed May 04, 2011 10:19 pm

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby fingersxd » Wed May 11, 2011 9:27 am

Hey guys, I'm actually sitting on the WL -- has anyone heard about movement on/off it?

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby beachbum » Wed May 11, 2011 10:54 am

fingersxd wrote:Hey guys, I'm actually sitting on the WL -- has anyone heard about movement on/off it?


Yup: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=150938

Edit: Upon further review, it looks like you've already replied to the post about Duke making 8-10 offers from the waitlist (?). I'm not sure what you want us to tell you, then.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby fingersxd » Wed May 11, 2011 2:27 pm

Was just seeing if anyone else had more news (my version of aggregating information from various sources). Was also trying to figure out if they have been cutting people off the WL this whole time. I'm trying to get an idea of where I stand and knowing they will accept 8-10 isn't that useful (it seems they have a large WL this yr), if they haven't also been shrinking the list.

Ideal world being that only 10 people are left on the WL and Im one of them -- joking, of course.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby nihilism is key » Wed May 11, 2011 4:17 pm

mbstuff wrote:Thanks for the awesome spreadsheet. It's very helpful. Did you visit all the individual units? How did you like Trinity Commons? I'd like a studio apartment with covered parking, and it seems like there aren't many options.


Sorry just seeing this now. I visited all of the apartments except for Trinity Commons. Didnt even know they existed at the time and they probably didn't include them on the tour because 1) over half of the apartments are still under construction, so they have no idea how many law students will want to live there/what the building will be like and 2) the cost. I do not believe we saw any studio apartments in the buildings we saw, but I'm sure they can be found in durham. COL is so low that even a person on full financial aid can live in a 1 bedroom i believe, so i dont think they felt the need to show us studios.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby arthur » Wed May 11, 2011 7:37 pm

hey. i'll also be at duke. just checking in. i'm trying to look for apartments and seems like AG and pinnacle are popular choices. i won't have a car, so it would be great for me to live somehwere that's within walking distance from the law school. any suggestions? or is AG or pinnacle still a solid choice?

any info would be appreciated! thanks.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby DallasCowboy » Wed May 11, 2011 8:31 pm

No, can't walk from those. I really don't know where you can walk from. Maybe a dorm haha.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby Jericwithers » Wed May 11, 2011 9:41 pm

DallasCowboy wrote:No, can't walk from those. I really don't know where you can walk from. Maybe a dorm haha.


Lofts you can walk from. Pinnacle is more of a (long) bike. Theres a bus stop outside my apt that you can walk to, but I have never taken it.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby arthur » Thu May 12, 2011 5:04 pm

cool. thanks for the info. should start calling around some places

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby pmc1985 » Mon May 16, 2011 11:45 pm

I haven't really paid attention to TLS lately. if they are letting 8-10 people off the waitlist does that mean that they haven't woefully over-enrolled again this year? or did they just up the class size?

also, i'll be moving into pinnacle ridge july 15th-ish. if any other 0Ls are moving in early and want to meet up, let me know. i haven't made it to any events and i'd love to meet some people before we actually start school!

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby beachbum » Tue May 17, 2011 12:00 am

pmc1985 wrote:I haven't really paid attention to TLS lately. if they are letting 8-10 people off the waitlist does that mean that they haven't woefully over-enrolled again this year? or did they just up the class size?

also, i'll be moving into pinnacle ridge july 15th-ish. if any other 0Ls are moving in early and want to meet up, let me know. i haven't made it to any events and i'd love to meet some people before we actually start school!


Nah, reports are that they're targeting a class size around 190-200, which sounds great to me. I'll be moving into Alexan Garrett in a few weeks- would definitely be cool to get a TLS group/meet-up going.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby beachbum » Wed May 18, 2011 1:50 pm

Looks like financial aid packages are coming out (via e-mail).

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby cavebat2000 » Wed May 18, 2011 1:58 pm

Welcome to Duke Law everyone!

That is all.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby arthur » Thu May 19, 2011 3:47 am

ok decided to take my car :)

now, i just need to get parking permits. any suggestion for parking lots?

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby thickfreakness » Thu May 19, 2011 7:52 am

arthur wrote:ok decided to take my car :)

now, i just need to get parking permits. any suggestion for parking lots?


You should try the Green Zone. It's super convenient and never gets full. :lol:




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