Chicago Class of 2014

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby Dany » Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:52 pm

Knock wrote:I'm interested in reading your thoughts on Chi.

All I have is my iPod so I probably won't post anything extensive until I get home tonight or tomorrow. But it's coming!

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby Dany » Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:53 pm

And Crumps stfu of course we want you here. <3

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby 4102011 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:01 pm

Not too many people in the chat right now :x

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby 4102011 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:03 pm

Ghost wrote:
dulcatis wrote:Not too many people in the chat right now :x


GET IN CHAT


I AM.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby Ghost » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:06 pm

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby 4102011 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:07 pm

Ahahaha :) I'm kind of leaning Chicago at this point. But we'll see! I have two weeks, one day, and 23 hours to decide. Eeep.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby Knock » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:07 pm

dulcatis wrote:Ahahaha :) I'm kind of leaning Chicago at this point. But we'll see! I have two weeks, one day, and 23 hours to decide. Eeep.


:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby d34d9823 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:09 pm

dulcatis wrote:
Ghost wrote:
dulcatis wrote:Not too many people in the chat right now :x


GET IN CHAT


I AM.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby 4102011 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:12 pm

d34dluk3 wrote:--ImageRemoved--


Hahahaha <3 I love it :)

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby 4102011 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:26 pm

I miss Lior :(

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby WhatSarahSaid » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:29 pm

Maybe I'm just ignorant or not planning enough, but it's really, really hard for me to care at all about clinics, especially when they're (at the least) eighteen months off.

If only they had Thomas Marks explaining them.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby 4102011 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:31 pm

Ghost wrote:
dulcatis wrote:I missed Lior :(


FTFY.

Come to chats more bro. TLSer's basically had him to ourselves.


I'm sorry, I was super busy being fabulous at the Magical Kingdom in Orlando. I'm pretty sure that that was better than running back to the hotel to chat with Lior.

Besides, I get to hang out with you kids at ASW. 9 days!

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby rbarcelo9 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:44 pm

"I teach Crim Pro II, which is a 3-day-per-week lecture course. I had 60 students in it this year. We cover the entire criminal adjudicative process from the time of the arrest through to the guilty plea or trial and the sentencing. It's a black letter survey course that covers the constitutional and case law that's relevant at every stage of the process."

That sounds like a course I would definitely be interested in taking! Especially with the guest lecturers!

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby sojuteacher » Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:16 am

So we are having a Seoul ASW for Chicago Class of '14 this Saturday afternoon in Gangnam -- can't let the stateside people have all of the ASW fun. Anyone else out in the Seoul area is welcome -- -please PM for details.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby Dany » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:46 am

Okay I tried to write it up and failed miserably. I think I'm going to do a Top Ten list of things I loved. :lol:

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby tgir » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:52 am

My impressions from visiting for the Day in the Life program:

First, Hyde Park was much nicer than I was expecting. You have the UChicago buildings and then tons of little quiet residential side streets--that's about it--but I must emphasize (1) it didn't seem the least bit sketchy or dangerous and (2) it's incredibly easy to get elsewhere in the city. There are two express bus lines running during commuter hours that pick up and drop off right at the UChicago midway (one of which pulls right up to the law school) and then run directly into downtown Chicago. The whole ride takes about 20 minutes, though it might be slightly longer in rush hour, and the buses are free for UChicago students. There's also a CTA train line a few blocks away for other times of day, and a commuter rail line right near the campus, which might be useful if you were going to suburbs further south. So while Hyde Park pretty much completely lacked a commercial/cultural scene, it's not really an issue. I could easily imagine myself popping into downtown Chicago for dinner or a movie and then coming straight back because the commute just really isn't an issue at all. Conversely, you could easily live downtown and commute to class.

Second, the professors seemed highly engaging and interested in teaching. Part of my experience might be biased by the fact that the admissions office has been putting on the hard sell for the Rubenstein folks, but I think UChicago has absolutely had the best 0L-faculty interaction of any of the schools I've looked at. Also, the class they had us sit in on, torts with Levmore, was a standout. I'm sure most top schools have some superb lecturers on their faculties, but I got the feeling that at UChicago this is the universal norm. I gathered that the expectation is that no one gets hired at UChicago unless they know how to teach, regardless of their scholarship.

Finally for the pro side, I thought the building was great. It's a bit dated and quite a bit smaller than I had imagined (the photos somehow make it seem bigger), but it has amazing natural light and a very open, collegial feel. The entire first floor is just a big open community space, and most of the remainder of the square footage is devoted to the library and offices. Then there are also two other buildings (which, to be honest, look like sad afterthoughts) for the classrooms and the small clinical offices.

On the con side, the discussions we had with admins reinforced my belief that Chicago is very, very late to the PI party--and modern legal education in general. They do the old-school things very well, but they seem to be struggling (or perhaps reluctant) to update their ways. They kept stressing new PI initiatives, but it all felt very underwhelming in comparison to what I've seen at other schools. For example, they acted as though they had done something revolutionary in hiring a public interest coordinator (just last year, I might add), while several law schools have had entire PI offices with 3+ staffers for several years. Likewise, the explosion in clinics and student journals that has taken place in law schools over the last couple decades seems to have largely missed UChicago. To be fair, the clinics seem to be getting better every day, and actually one of the kindest, most engaging professors I've spoken with is a clinical faculty member. Still, when you compare them to places like Harvard, which has a dazzling array of clinical options, and Stanford, which is pioneering full-time clinics, it just seems very uninspired. Another area of lagging policy is cross-enrollment, especially compared to Stanford: apparently only 4 (which is even smaller when you consider that it's on the quarter system) classes can be taken at any other UChicago school.

And I would stress that the attitude towards things like externships, clinics, journals, PI, cross-enrollment, etc. is hard to glean from their website/published materials or even their official pitch to prospective students. Of course they're going to claim to be solid in everything, but I think if you do a little digging and a little reading between the lines, you'll find some shortcomings in these areas. However, as I've said, they really do seem to excel at traditional classroom education, and I realize that for many people, things like journals and cross-enrollment might not even be particularly attractive or important.

I think the culture is worthy of discussion, with the acknowledgment that my impressions are subjective and personal. My sense, in speaking personally with 5 professors and a handful of students is that UChicago, drawn in broad strokes, is a place for simple, nerdy, goofy types (and I mean the professors too, haha). No one had the polished professionalism you see at schools like Harvard, and while I would certainly say that people were ambitious, they weren't big-picture people who have a 10-year plan for making the world a better place. Rather, they're mainly just smart, somewhat aimless people who are really good at reading, writing, and reasoning, and want to make a career out of that.

More specifically, I will say that the hyper-competitive, un-fun stereotype was not visible at all--though, of course, who knows what goes on when admits aren't on campus? People seemed happy, well-adjusted, and very normal. On the other hand, I was repeatedly beat over the head with the same (wait for it...) rigor mantra. I felt a very particular sort of inferiority complex among many on campus, including and especially the admins. Essentially, the prevailing attitude is that all of UChicago's peer schools coddle their students, and meanwhile UChicago students are being prepared to practice law like no other students in the country--it's just that the rest of the world doesn't sufficiently appreciate this fact. I cannot overemphasize the insane number of repetitions of that same claim I heard: "Chicago will teach you the law better than any other school." While I don't doubt that UChicago's model might work really well for certain people, I think it's arrogant and inaccurate to believe that other schools don't also work for some people. Also, I've had several lawyers tell me in no uncertain terms that law school classes are horrible preparation for legal practice, leaving most of the burden for on-the-job training. If that's the case, what exactly is the long-term benefit of a more "rigorous" education? Incidentally, I actually had an admin say almost directly to me that law school isn't meant to be fun; I'm not sure I like that attitude. Some of us aren't masochists and actually want to enjoy law school. If someone enjoys UChicago, great, but if not, I don't think the rigor of the education is a great replacement for happiness/sanity while you're there. Again, this is all my own personal opinion.

Ok, there's a lot more I could talk about, but I'll stop here. If anyone has further questions, go ahead and ask.

Overall, I'd say that people who are worried about QOL stuff like life in Hyde Park and the un-fun rep of UChicago shouldn't be worried; people who want brilliant classroom lecturers should be excited; people who want a more diverse set of learning environments and/or a more relaxed atmosphere should take a very critical eye to the claims UChicago has been making lately.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby jbs017 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:27 am

I second almost all of what tgir said: about the classes, students, Hyde Park, etc.

This could be rationalization or selective perception, but I'm less concerned about Chicago's extracurricular offerings than tgir is. It seems to me that, for a school Chicago's size, it has a good number of clinics and very interesting ones. It doesn't have many journals, it's true, but again, it's a really small school. I wonder how many people have actually been unable to join a journal if they wanted. Also, we could start one! (Someone had to start all those journals at Harvard.)

I agree that it's clear even from their own statements that Chicago is late to PI and is scrambling to catch up. On the other hand, they're trying really hard now, so I imagine that if you're interested in PI, you'll get all the support you need. And I think the student culture will start to shift, too, because of the much-improved LRAP and the Rubenstein.

I also found the "rigor mantra" a bit tiresome, but I understand that it's one of the main cards Chicago has to play. They know people are going to worry about Chicago being the place where fun goes to die, so they try to turn that perception to their advantage. It's like how Harvard turns around questions about its size by pointing to its great alumni network. It's all marketing. It all probably starts from a grain of truth and then gets built into a sandcastle.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby Emma. » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:20 am

tgir wrote:My impressions from visiting for the Day in the Life program:

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I think the culture is worthy of discussion, with the acknowledgment that my impressions are subjective and personal. My sense, in speaking personally with 5 professors and a handful of students is that UChicago, drawn in broad strokes, is a place for simple, nerdy, goofy types (and I mean the professors too, haha). No one had the polished professionalism you see at schools like Harvard, and while I would certainly say that people were ambitious, they weren't big-picture people who have a 10-year plan for making the world a better place. Rather, they're mainly just smart, somewhat aimless people who are really good at reading, writing, and reasoning, and want to make a career out of that.

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:shock: :| :x :evil:


Lulz.

Probably a pretty fair first impression, TBH. Honestly though, if you want to meet the 10 year plan save the world types they are definitely here too, just maybe not the folks that end up helping with the admissions events.

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby jpk5372 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:13 am

Anyone going to the DC wine mess tomorrow?

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Re: Chicago Class of 2014

Postby trudat15 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:04 pm

thedude221 wrote:Alright, so I asked this about a month ago and I just want to double check on something. The last thing that happened to me was a I got my financial aid package offer. Should I be doing anything right now? They are offered me too much btw for laptops and what not.

I am ED by the way.


Also curious on this - I did the loan app but I think the loan counseling we're supposed to wait on (because credit check can only be done within a certain time frame of the app and they'd like the run the check as close to disbursement as possible). This is what I got from it.

Anyone know for certain what the next steps are after depositing and getting a finaid offer?

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