usernotfound wrote: OfThriceandTen wrote:
usernotfound wrote:Kind of off-topic from the current conversation, but what's the situation with the business school gym? I was told it was probably the best option for law students, but how exactly does one go about signing up and is there any information about cost or when it opens? Thanks.
The B-school gym is alright. It's small, though, and a bit crowded. However, if you're at all used to any of the comforts of a somewhat modern gym (nice locker rooms, machines with tech, etc.), it's probably a better bet than relying on the CCRB or the IM. If you do any lifting though, be sure to check out the setup first. Price is $480 for the year (August 1st, 2015 to July 31st, 2016) and $200 per semester. A couple of law school profs use it, so that's never not awkward -- seeing your prof sweating it out on the machine next to you. But it's fine. If the only way you think you'll get to the gym is if it's a 3-minute walk from the library, it's definitely worth it.
Appreciate the info. $880 for about 8 months? Damn, that's pretty expensive. $110 a month seems pretty damn expensive when around here there are tons of gyms fighting for members at $10-15 a month.
Those aren't stacked - it's either $480 for the whole year, or $200 per semester. Not both.
It's also worth noting that the closest free option, the IM building, is closed this entire year for renovations, so the b-school gym might be a bit more appealing.
Shyguy4 wrote:Can anyone tell me about Mendelson, Mendlow, Uhlmann, or Falon?
Most people are generally high on Uhlmann. There's not a ton of negatives and he's kind of got a "dad" feel to him as a prof, so his cold calls don't end up too bad. He's obviously got a pretty prestigious prosecutorial background so that comes up in the class a lot... after a while it gets to be kind of egregious and annoying for my taste, but he has some interesting stories. His takes are obviously all from the prosecutorial side and I know some of his remarks annoyed those that are more public-defender geared.
He's also probably going to start your class with his last closing argument from when he was a prosecutor. It can be kinda awk.
Falon seems to be pretty polarizing - admittedly, I really didn't like him. He's really particular about how he wants you to write (he's almost mathematically formulaic when it comes to both sentence and paragraph structure) and makes you go over a grammar book for a good portion of the class. The general consensus I get is that he tends to produce good legal writers, but that's kind of hard to get a grasp on as a student, I just don't know if that's true or not.
My biggest gripe is that he's a terrible/boring lecturer and is incredibly poor at making class time an effective use of time. There's a lot of lecturing on how to write (he did like a 2-hour joint class where we went slide-by-slide on all of the Bluebook rules, which was just...useless), and the few times he does in-class writing practice he doesn't really manage time well so there's not a lot of feedback from what you're doing. His turnaround on grading makes it difficult to really glean much from an assignment - if you want to actually work through and get good feedback, you've gotta go visit him on your own time before an assignment is due or you're really not going to get a ton out of it. I guess this is kind of a problem with any writing-oriented class, but it still feels like Falon isn't up to par when it comes to actual classes.
He's also just got weird quirks that some find amusing but aren't really relatable to most. It was kind of frustrating to be in the middle of finals and wanting to go study while he makes you sit in class and listen to old jazz music.