Duke Law Class of 2014

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby ela7117 » Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:45 pm

etlien wrote:Can anyone suggest apartments within walking distance to the law school?


Popular grad apartment buildings very close to duke tend to be station 9, erwin terrace apartments, west village lofts, and lofts at lakeview. Belmont is great, but majority of residents are undergrad.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby AfroThunder1212 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:18 pm

Nice letter from Dean Levi yesterday with an interesting article published by him in the Duke Law Review. I was really hoping it was scholarship info when I saw the big envelope.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby mr_toad » Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:34 pm

Second that re: scholarship hopes from the big envelope. Article looks like it'll be interesting though. Duke is making a concerted yet not overbearing effort through e-mail and mailings to stay in touch with admitted students. I approve.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby DallasCowboy » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:10 pm

Congrats to whoever has been accepted, and good luck to the others. WRT housing, I really do recommend Pinnacle Ridge for 1L, because almost every single preparty is there (people share rides/cabs to bars), and it is about 6 minutes from school (never traffic on Academy Dr). It's also on the way to Chapel Hill, which is awesome. There is really nothing worth walking to school from, especially when it is hot or freezing for half the school year. Pinnacle is also conveniently right next to Supertarget, Sam's club etc. so you can stop by for cheap groceries on the way back from class to save time.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby arism87 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:23 pm

The Duke C/O thread needs to wake up! I <3 Duke, what are we doing here?

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby beachbum » Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:27 pm

Finally checking in as an official member of this thread. Can't wait to see everyone in Durham.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby mr_toad » Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:48 pm

Congrats, Beachbum! I missed your acceptance, I know you really wanted this!

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby chrispronger » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:17 am

I got the envelope from the Dean yesterday, too... Was hoping it was scholarship information :(. Congrats to everyone!

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby mr_toad » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:11 am

Receptions in DC. Pretty cool. The place they're having it is the one law firm where I actually know a partner. A good reason to go (but 6 freaking hours by car...). I wonder if Duke would pay for a flight? :)

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby dannyde7 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:03 pm

DallasCowboy wrote:Congrats to whoever has been accepted, and good luck to the others. WRT housing, I really do recommend Pinnacle Ridge for 1L, because almost every single preparty is there (people share rides/cabs to bars), and it is about 6 minutes from school (never traffic on Academy Dr). It's also on the way to Chapel Hill, which is awesome. There is really nothing worth walking to school from, especially when it is hot or freezing for half the school year. Pinnacle is also conveniently right next to Supertarget, Sam's club etc. so you can stop by for cheap groceries on the way back from class to save time.


Hey Dallas,

You mean 6 minutes by car? What are the prices like?

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby chrispronger » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:19 pm

@Mr Toad... If you're coming from Raleigh/Durham area, you can make a Megabus trip to DC on the day of the reception for $9 round-trip... That's what I'll be doing :)

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby prezidentv8 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:21 pm

mr_toad wrote:Congrats, Beachbum! I missed your acceptance, I know you really wanted this!


Current 2L here, just wondering - is "mr_toad" a reference to Mr. Toad, Esq.? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Toad

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby The Gentleman » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:24 pm

Checking in. Does anyone know if Duke offers a travel stipend for visits? I've looked all over their website and can't find a thing.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby mr_toad » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:47 pm

prezidentv8 wrote:
mr_toad wrote:Congrats, Beachbum! I missed your acceptance, I know you really wanted this!


Current 2L here, just wondering - is "mr_toad" a reference to Mr. Toad, Esq.? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Toad


Yes. A dashing charmer, if ever there was one!

chrispronger wrote:@Mr Toad... If you're coming from Raleigh/Durham area, you can make a Megabus trip to DC on the day of the reception for $9 round-trip... That's what I'll be doing :)


Coming from Ohio, unfortunately. Probably won't be able to get off work anyway... 12 hours of driving for a 2 hour visit during the work week = unlikely.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby prezidentv8 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:48 pm

mr_toad wrote:
prezidentv8 wrote:
mr_toad wrote:Congrats, Beachbum! I missed your acceptance, I know you really wanted this!


Current 2L here, just wondering - is "mr_toad" a reference to Mr. Toad, Esq.? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Toad


Yes. A dashing charmer, if ever there was one!


Haha excellent!

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby mr_toad » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:52 pm

I've thought about making him my 'tar, too. Maybe now's the time :) Are there any copyright issues with using pics like the one on Wikipedia for personal 'tars?

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby beachbum » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:59 pm

The Gentleman wrote:Checking in. Does anyone know if Duke offers a travel stipend for visits? I've looked all over their website and can't find a thing.


They offer a $150 stipend, but it's only for the ASW and there's lots of stipulations. But hey, it's better than nothin.

http://www.law.duke.edu/admitted/openhouse

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby etlien » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:25 pm

DallasCowboy wrote:There is really nothing worth walking to school from, especially when it is hot or freezing for half the school year.


This is problematic...I don't know how to drive and had no plans to start...Looking at Station 9, which looks kinda walkable...but apparently its party central for b-school people...

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby whathojeeves » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:45 pm

So no one here has gotten a scholly packet yet, right?

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby pelmen74 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:50 pm

etlien wrote:
DallasCowboy wrote:There is really nothing worth walking to school from, especially when it is hot or freezing for half the school year.


This is problematic...I don't know how to drive and had no plans to start...Looking at Station 9, which looks kinda walkable...but apparently its party central for b-school people...


Station 9 is not in walking distance of the law school, unless you want to walk 40 minutes to class. There are buses that run from that area to Campus so if you really don't want to learn how to drive that is an option. But, Durham is spread out so a car is pretty much a must if you want to spend any time with friends.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby prezidentv8 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:52 pm

pelmen74 wrote:
etlien wrote:
DallasCowboy wrote:There is really nothing worth walking to school from, especially when it is hot or freezing for half the school year.


This is problematic...I don't know how to drive and had no plans to start...Looking at Station 9, which looks kinda walkable...but apparently its party central for b-school people...


Station 9 is not in walking distance of the law school, unless you want to walk 40 minutes to class. There are buses that run from that area to Campus so if you really don't want to learn how to drive that is an option. But, Durham is spread out so a car is pretty much a must if you want to spend any time with friends.


I'm going to say this because I mentioned it (I think) to last year's incoming class and it is probably the best advice I will ever give on TLS.

I spent until February last year without a car in Durham. This was difficult. GET A CAR.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby chrispronger » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:00 pm

pelmen74 wrote:
etlien wrote:
DallasCowboy wrote:There is really nothing worth walking to school from, especially when it is hot or freezing for half the school year.


This is problematic...I don't know how to drive and had no plans to start...Looking at Station 9, which looks kinda walkable...but apparently its party central for b-school people...


Station 9 is not in walking distance of the law school, unless you want to walk 40 minutes to class. There are buses that run from that area to Campus so if you really don't want to learn how to drive that is an option. But, Durham is spread out so a car is pretty much a must if you want to spend any time with friends.


I would recommend a car (I've lived in the area for a while), but if it's just not an option, getting a bike a strategically using the buses could work.

The buses that run near Station 9 aren't of much help in getting you to the law school (the business school students who live there tend to share rides or drive themselves). If you really don't want to drive, get a bike and live somewhere off Erwin (The Lofts, Erwin Terrace, Belmont, etc) or in a house/old apartment off East Campus. If you live near East Campus, you can catch a bus (the C-3, if I'm not mistaken) that gets you close to the law school.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby dannyde7 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:24 pm

Where do the most social people live? Are there any avenues for getting housing with other 1Ls? I'm a very hard worker, but I prefer to be around people who aren't boring.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby DallasCowboy » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:31 pm

Pinnacle's where it's at. Like I said above, in my class, there is always at least one apt. having a pregame on a given friday/saturday night. Usually open to any/all 1L'S. When the weather was nice, there were always people grilling by the pool and playing tennis.

I would try to meet a roommate at ASW, or facebook if you can't make it. For Pinnacle Ridge, you usually end up getting on a waitlist and finding your actual assignment in the late spring to summer.

edit: Yeah, 6 minutes by car. I know people on a lower floor who are paying around 815 for a 2-bedroom.
I'm on a third floor wooded view and we pay 885. Cable/internet run about 95 and all utilities combined probably around 100, depending on usage. So my roommate and I each pay just under 550 a month total.

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Re: Duke Law Class of 2014

Postby dannyde7 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:17 pm

DallasCowboy wrote:Pinnacle's where it's at. Like I said above, in my class, there is always at least one apt. having a pregame on a given friday/saturday night. Usually open to any/all 1L'S. When the weather was nice, there were always people grilling by the pool and playing tennis.

I would try to meet a roommate at ASW, or facebook if you can't make it. For Pinnacle Ridge, you usually end up getting on a waitlist and finding your actual assignment in the late spring to summer.

edit: Yeah, 6 minutes by car. I know people on a lower floor who are paying around 815 for a 2-bedroom.
I'm on a third floor wooded view and we pay 885. Cable/internet run about 95 and all utilities combined probably around 100, depending on usage. So my roommate and I each pay just under 550 a month total.


That's phenomenal. I'm in Manhattan right now and it's near impossible to find a bedroom below $1000/month. Does Duke have on-campus housing or anything like that?




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