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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby 12262010 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:07 am

UnitarySpace wrote:
deneuve39 wrote:
tkgrrett wrote:
Yes, they do make decisions in the order they read apps.


But do they read apps in the order that they receive them? I applied mid Dec and got an acceptance with the first batch of RD.


I went complete mid-December and got in with the first RD round.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby iminlstrick » Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:19 pm

To the OP (thanks in advance!): I know 1Ls aren't supposed to work, but there is something about crippling debt looming ahead for me (200k-ish with interest) that makes me cringe. So what are your thoughts on a 10-12 hour/week job that would bring in roughly $16,000 over the academic year, money that would go straight to paying off that debt?

Thanks!

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby imchuckbass58 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:11 pm

iminlstrick wrote:To the OP (thanks in advance!): I know 1Ls aren't supposed to work, but there is something about crippling debt looming ahead for me (200k-ish with interest) that makes me cringe. So what are your thoughts on a 10-12 hour/week job that would bring in roughly $16,000 over the academic year, money that would go straight to paying off that debt?

Thanks!


I would not do it. That's not to say that it can't be done, but I personally do not think it would be worth it.

Really though it depends on how flexible it is. Is it something you have to go to 10-12 hours a week every week, or could you take time off near finals? Is it set hours, or work from home?

The thing is, during the semester, working 10-12 hours a week is possible, though tough - it just means you'll work instead of working out, socializing, doing activities, etc. But having to work 10-12 hours during and immediately before finals would be absolutely unmanageable (in my opinion).

Either way I wouldn't do it. Personally, I would have found making friends/connections and really devoting myself fully to law school to be more worthwhile than any money I would have made. But if your job is flexible enough, it's doable.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby iminlstrick » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:28 pm

Great, thanks! Another question, are there foreign language training courses offered through Columbia and which are accessible to law students? I'd love to review and gain additional fluency in a language or learn a new one. Thanks again!

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby Antipodean » Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:25 am

iminlstrick wrote:Great, thanks! Another question, are there foreign language training courses offered through Columbia and which are accessible to law students? I'd love to review and gain additional fluency in a language or learn a new one. Thanks again!

You can take classes with other schools in Columbia University; a limited number can even be credited towards your law degree. You won't be able to do this until 2L, however, so you should probably revisit the idea after getting 1L out of the way.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby irie » Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:42 am

Antipodean wrote:
iminlstrick wrote:Great, thanks! Another question, are there foreign language training courses offered through Columbia and which are accessible to law students? I'd love to review and gain additional fluency in a language or learn a new one. Thanks again!

You can take classes with other schools in Columbia University; a limited number can even be credited towards your law degree. You won't be able to do this until 2L, however, so you should probably revisit the idea after getting 1L out of the way.


do many people actually do this? or do most have their hands full with bar-related courses in the last two years?

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby hoopsguy6 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:20 am

Anybody care to share info about the 400 block 115th Street apartments?

Are there elevators, ac, laundry rooms, etc?

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby somewhatwayward » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:11 am

is there anyone else who doesn't really know any other 1Ls going into orientation?

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby remz » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:25 am

somewhatwayward wrote:is there anyone else who doesn't really know any other 1Ls going into orientation?


Isn't everyone in this boat? I don't think many people know each other before hand.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby casper13 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:32 am

iminlstrick wrote:To the OP (thanks in advance!): I know 1Ls aren't supposed to work, but there is something about crippling debt looming ahead for me (200k-ish with interest) that makes me cringe. So what are your thoughts on a 10-12 hour/week job that would bring in roughly $16,000 over the academic year, money that would go straight to paying off that debt?

Thanks!



My question is what are you doing that is making 30-40 an hour or do I need to be a female to do that.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby somewhatwayward » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:11 am

remz wrote:
somewhatwayward wrote:is there anyone else who doesn't really know any other 1Ls going into orientation?


Isn't everyone in this boat? I don't think many people know each other before hand.


i didn't really meet anyone at ASW who is going to CLS, which i think a lot of people did. plus, i am not living in CLS housing or anything. i guess i'm a little neurotic.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby 12262010 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:47 am

somewhatwayward wrote:
remz wrote:
somewhatwayward wrote:is there anyone else who doesn't really know any other 1Ls going into orientation?


Isn't everyone in this boat? I don't think many people know each other before hand.


i didn't really meet anyone at ASW who is going to CLS, which i think a lot of people did. plus, i am not living in CLS housing or anything. i guess i'm a little neurotic.


we all are, don't worry. you'll meet tons of people during orientation and in legal methods.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby remz » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:09 pm

somewhatwayward wrote:
remz wrote:
somewhatwayward wrote:is there anyone else who doesn't really know any other 1Ls going into orientation?


Isn't everyone in this boat? I don't think many people know each other before hand.


i didn't really meet anyone at ASW who is going to CLS, which i think a lot of people did. plus, i am not living in CLS housing or anything. i guess i'm a little neurotic.


Yeah I plan on going to some of the pre-orientation events (UN visit, community service event, scavenger hunt, etc.) and a bunch of the events during and after orientation. I think there will be plenty of time to meet people and make friends.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby irie » Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:20 pm

somewhatwayward wrote:
remz wrote:
somewhatwayward wrote:is there anyone else who doesn't really know any other 1Ls going into orientation?


Isn't everyone in this boat? I don't think many people know each other before hand.


i didn't really meet anyone at ASW who is going to CLS, which i think a lot of people did. plus, i am not living in CLS housing or anything. i guess i'm a little neurotic.


i only went to one day of ASW, didn't meet anyone I kept in touch with, and im living 80 blocks away. if im not concerned you don't need to be
:D

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby Deuce » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:47 pm

168, 3.88. Been in a big debate with myself on if I should/how I should use my ED for the upcoming cycle. Would I have any shot whatsoever with an ED to Columbia with those numbers, or should I be using it for a more realistic target (7-14)?

Thanks!

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby swc65 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:12 pm

booyakasha wrote:
somewhatwayward wrote:
remz wrote:
somewhatwayward wrote:is there anyone else who doesn't really know any other 1Ls going into orientation?


Isn't everyone in this boat? I don't think many people know each other before hand.


i didn't really meet anyone at ASW who is going to CLS, which i think a lot of people did. plus, i am not living in CLS housing or anything. i guess i'm a little neurotic.


we all are, don't worry. you'll meet tons of people during orientation and in legal methods.



I hope so. This is a great city, but I just moved here a week ago and I do not know anyone! I am sure it would be a lot more fun with friends and such.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby swc65 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:14 pm

Ildeuce wrote:168, 3.88. Been in a big debate with myself on if I should/how I should use my ED for the upcoming cycle. Would I have any shot whatsoever with an ED to Columbia with those numbers, or should I be using it for a more realistic target (7-14)?

Thanks!



http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com/wp-co ... ograms.htm

Check this out. I played with this for hours when I was applying last fall. This is based on hard numbers to so it is probably a bit better than TLS conjecture.

{0L Disclaimer}

Edit: pay attention to the percentages as well. They are more telling than the pretty colors!

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby irie » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:30 pm

Ildeuce wrote:168, 3.88. Been in a big debate with myself on if I should/how I should use my ED for the upcoming cycle. Would I have any shot whatsoever with an ED to Columbia with those numbers, or should I be using it for a more realistic target (7-14)?

Thanks!


it's a far shot, but not entirely impossible. off the top of my head I only know of one person who got in this year with a 169, not including URMs. but if it is your absolute first choice and you think you'd have regrets not giving it a shot, well thats what ED is for.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby Lem37 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:17 am

hoopsguy6 wrote:Anybody care to share info about the 400 block 115th Street apartments?

Are there elevators, ac, laundry rooms, etc?


There are elevators. Not sure about laundry, but there's no central AC. Honestly, I think only Lenfest (maybe Lionsgate) has central AC - it's definitely a luxury in New York City. Bring a unit.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby Lem37 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:20 am

booyakasha wrote:
somewhatwayward wrote:
remz wrote:
somewhatwayward wrote:is there anyone else who doesn't really know any other 1Ls going into orientation?


Isn't everyone in this boat? I don't think many people know each other before hand.


i didn't really meet anyone at ASW who is going to CLS, which i think a lot of people did. plus, i am not living in CLS housing or anything. i guess i'm a little neurotic.


we all are, don't worry. you'll meet tons of people during orientation and in legal methods.


Almost every night of Orientation involves some sort of bar/drinking event. I never went to the UN visit/scavenger hunt (it's 90+ degrees out in New York City this summer, the last thing I want to be doing is hauling my ass around), but met hundreds of my future friends and classmates at places like the Pourhouse and O'Connell's.*


* You will eventually come to realize that these places suck, but as part of your hazing, you're on your own to find the cool bars in Morningside.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby somewhatwayward » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:03 pm

does anyone who's around this week wanna meet up for a drink or pizza or something?

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby swc65 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:08 pm

somewhatwayward wrote:does anyone who's around this week wanna meet up for a drink or pizza or something?



I am on campus. I have been for almost a week too!

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby 12262010 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:21 pm

Lem37 wrote:
booyakasha wrote:we all are, don't worry. you'll meet tons of people during orientation and in legal methods.


Almost every night of Orientation involves some sort of bar/drinking event. I never went to the UN visit/scavenger hunt (it's 90+ degrees out in New York City this summer, the last thing I want to be doing is hauling my ass around), but met hundreds of my future friends and classmates at places like the Pourhouse and O'Connell's.*


* You will eventually come to realize that these places suck, but as part of your hazing, you're on your own to find the cool bars in Morningside.


Hazing already? I approve. At least tell them to go to HH at the Heights for 4 dollar lethal margaritas and food with arbitrary carrots.

I also recommend the fishbowl at Pour House.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby Lem37 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:22 pm

booyakasha wrote:
Lem37 wrote:
booyakasha wrote:we all are, don't worry. you'll meet tons of people during orientation and in legal methods.


Almost every night of Orientation involves some sort of bar/drinking event. I never went to the UN visit/scavenger hunt (it's 90+ degrees out in New York City this summer, the last thing I want to be doing is hauling my ass around), but met hundreds of my future friends and classmates at places like the Pourhouse and O'Connell's.*


* You will eventually come to realize that these places suck, but as part of your hazing, you're on your own to find the cool bars in Morningside.


Hazing already? I approve. At least tell them to go to HH at the Heights for 4 dollar lethal margaritas and food with arbitrary carrots.

I also recommend the fishbowl at Pour House.


THE HEIGHTS IS NOT COOL. I don't care how many times you and I go there each week.

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Re: Columbia 1L Taking Qs

Postby remz » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:26 pm

When do we get our class schedules? And what does a typical class schedule look like after our 2 pass/fail classes are over in mid-September?




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