alex.cm wrote:yeslekkkk wrote:Question about starting in the summer: do you end up paying more tuition? Do people actually graduate a semester early?
The way everyone talks about it, yes, you do. The link below talks about it a little more, but you can graduate early, take extra classes and graduate on time, or take a semester off to do... something. I actually talked to a 3L friend of mine who said that it's a big advantage for OCIs because you have completed 3 classes by the time you're signing up for them. You also are unlimited in your selection of electives for the winter semester. She did think, though, that some of the summer starters seemed pretty burned out by the end of the year (3 semesters is a lot without a significant break, and Michigan doesn't have very long breaks).
I would imagine that you only pay extra tuition if you opt to take an extra semester. TBH I'm a LITTLE confused how there could be "no concomitant heavier courseload later", if you actually graduate a full semester earlier, but I may be thinking about this incorrectly.
http://www.law.umich.edu/prospectivestu ... rters.aspx - "graduating early is the most frequent choice"
EDIT: Also, there's the whole page about contacting current students on the admitted students page. none of them are listed as summer/fall starters, but if you really want to ask those burning questions, shoot one of them an email and if they weren't summer start, I'm sure they'd forward you to a friend who was.
I'm a summer starter graduating on Friday, I'm happy to answer questions (probably by PM or maybe in the Michigan students taking Qs thread, to not derail this one).
Most summer starters (in fact, all that I know of who aren't doing dual degrees) graduate early. There's not a heavier course load later because they make each of your summer doctrinal classes 5 credits instead of 4, so you still get a 13 credit term (with legal practice).
After graduating, a lot of people stick around Ann Arbor to study for the Bar. After that, some start work early, some travel, some just hang out in Michigan, some go home. I for one plan to enjoy my 8 month vacation.