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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby middlebear » Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:56 pm

Dr.Zer0 wrote:The permit is $344 per semester and you have to live outside a 2mi radius from the school: http://www.freemaptools.com/radius-arou ... adius=true

However, if you do get the permit you get to parks in the lot nearest the law school, which is like a 3-5 min walk from the lot.


Where all do most students seem to live? Is it uncommon for 1Ls to live outside that 2 mile radius and drive?

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby SlothManProphecy » Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:50 am

middlebear wrote:
Dr.Zer0 wrote:The permit is $344 per semester and you have to live outside a 2mi radius from the school: http://www.freemaptools.com/radius-arou ... adius=true

However, if you do get the permit you get to parks in the lot nearest the law school, which is like a 3-5 min walk from the lot.


Where all do most students seem to live? Is it uncommon for 1Ls to live outside that 2 mile radius and drive?


Students live all over the place. My guess is that a majority live within easy walking or bussing distance from campus. Popular areas include North Berkeley/Gourmet Ghetto, Elmwood, and Rockridge. I live out in Oakland and drive to school each morning. My best friend at the school does the same. I probably see a dozen to two dozen law students heading in and out of the parking garage each day, but there are probably more that drive.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby SemperLegal » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:51 am

Motorcycle and scooters get free, school adjacent parking.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby Redamon1 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:07 am

SemperLegal wrote:Motorcycle and scooters get free, school adjacent parking.


I'll add bikes as well.

Good point except you don't want to ride those when it rains. Oh wait, it never rains.*


*well, almost never

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby TheoO » Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:42 pm

Hey Boalt people, anyone have any word on Russell Robinson for Conlaw? Please pm me!

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby Dr.Zer0 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:08 pm

So after 1st semester, what kind of grades are needed for
Top 20%
Top 1/3
Median

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby postard » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:26 pm

Exact numbers are going to be hard to come by, and YMWV, but I would say you need at least 1 or 2 HHs and no Ps to be in the top 20%. All Hs to be top 1/3, and you could technically be above median and have all Ps.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby Dr.Zer0 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:03 pm

postard wrote:Exact numbers are going to be hard to come by, and YMWV, but I would say you need at least 1 or 2 HHs and no Ps to be in the top 20%. All Hs to be top 1/3, and you could technically be above median and have all Ps.

Welcome to Boalt.


What about at the end of 1L?

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby postard » Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:48 pm

EDIT: H average = top 1/4 is the known data point.
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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby DiniMae » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:08 pm

postard wrote:A broader note: Our actual rankings (for Order of the Coif / clerkships / academia etc.) are calculated using weighted GPA, and for that it matters what class you got the grades in credit wise.


So different classes weigh different amounts? How do we find out which weigh what? Is that advertised?

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Postby LoganCouture » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:10 pm

DiniMae wrote:
postard wrote:A broader note: Our actual rankings (for Order of the Coif / clerkships / academia etc.) are calculated using weighted GPA, and for that it matters what class you got the grades in credit wise.


So different classes weigh different amounts? How do we find out which weigh what? Is that advertised?


Not a 1L but I'm guessing more units/credits = more GPA weight.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby postard » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:19 pm

Precisely. I think half of the 1L classes are 4 & 5 credits, and LRW is 1 credit.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby WhiskeynCoke » Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:31 pm

postard wrote:Again, these are pretty much hand waving generalizations given lack/volatility of data.

For Top 20% probably 3 HHs and 4 Hs, for top 1/3 somewhat less stellar grades. With 7 grades, dumb luck would probably get you an H to be around median.

A broader note: Our actual rankings (for Order of the Coif / clerkships / academia etc.) are calculated using weighted GPA, and for that it matters what class you got the grades in credit wise.


No, this is way off. Though it depends on the number of credits in each class, 3 HHs and 4Hs would be more like top 5%. I know for a fact that 2 HHs, 4Hs, and 1P is top 10% after 1L (P not WOA). I know this because as a 2L the registrar will tell you your approximate class rank for clerkship application purposes.

I've commonly heard that a 3.0 on the order of the coif scale (HH = 5, H = 3, P = 2) after 1L is roughly top 25%. That's an H average.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby postard » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:25 pm

Yeah. It was a gross underestimate. The lowest GPA you could get with 3 HHs, 4 Hs is a a 3.64, which is higher than top 1/4th.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby TheoO » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:41 am

TheoO wrote:Hey Boalt people, anyone have any word on Russell Robinson for Conlaw? Please pm me!


Just wondering if anyone has any word on the guy above.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby DreamShake » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:54 am

TheoO wrote:
TheoO wrote:Hey Boalt people, anyone have any word on Russell Robinson for Conlaw? Please pm me!


Just wondering if anyone has any word on the guy above.


Readings are pretty light. Tries to encourage a lot of class discussion but doesn't do a terribly good job of balancing sides (an understandable flaw). Be forewarned that his class is essentially a semester on equal protection and due process as they relate to (a) Blacks/Hispanics (and not whites, Asians, or other non-Black/Hispanic minorities), (b) homosexuals, and (c) women. There's a one/two-week commerce clause piece thrown it at the end as well. I strongly regretted taking the class because I expected more than this.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby Helioze » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:02 am

How do y'all feel about the pornstar?

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby 180kickflip » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:35 am

How difficult is it to get in-state status after 1L year for someone who was never in California prior to that year?

Is there anything that can be done prior to enrolling that could make it easier to be reclassified as in-state?

Thanks for answering question

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby Kronk » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:14 am

Helioze wrote:How do y'all feel about the pornstar?


Kind of hilarious.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby Kronk » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:16 am

180kickflip wrote:How difficult is it to get in-state status after 1L year for someone who was never in California prior to that year?

Is there anything that can be done prior to enrolling that could make it easier to be reclassified as in-state?

Thanks for answering question


A couple things that will help you are getting your license early, getting a CA bank account, not working in your home state during 1L summer, etc.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby arose928 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:17 pm

Not Berkeley-specific, but - what's winter break during law school like? Is it relaxed and you can chill out, or are people getting a head start on the next semester?

More Berkeley-specific - after winter break it says 'term begins' one week and then 'instruction begins' the week after. What does 'term begins' mean if instruction doesn't actually start until the following week? Are you supposed to be back for the beginning of the term?

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby leslieknope » Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:35 am

Do any of you remember anything about the Optional Scholarship Interest form from when you were applying for merit aid? They ask for a diversity statement, a leadership essay, and/or an economic hardship question, and I'm having a hard time writing them because I submitted a DS with my app that also talked about my socioeconomic stuff, and my PS touched on my leadership experience. TL;DR is it really critical to write those essays or should I just save the committee some redundancy?

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby Tanicius » Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:50 am

DreamShake wrote:
TheoO wrote:
TheoO wrote:Hey Boalt people, anyone have any word on Russell Robinson for Conlaw? Please pm me!


Just wondering if anyone has any word on the guy above.


Readings are pretty light. Tries to encourage a lot of class discussion but doesn't do a terribly good job of balancing sides (an understandable flaw). Be forewarned that his class is essentially a semester on equal protection and due process as they relate to (a) Blacks/Hispanics (and not whites, Asians, or other non-Black/Hispanic minorities), (b) homosexuals, and (c) women. There's a one/two-week commerce clause piece thrown it at the end as well. I strongly regretted taking the class because I expected more than this.


Eh, that wasn't how my class with him went. We spent the first 5-6 weeks on Lockner and then did the Commerce Clause for a few weeks after that.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby Redamon1 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:51 pm

leslieknope wrote:Do any of you remember anything about the Optional Scholarship Interest form from when you were applying for merit aid? They ask for a diversity statement, a leadership essay, and/or an economic hardship question, and I'm having a hard time writing them because I submitted a DS with my app that also talked about my socioeconomic stuff, and my PS touched on my leadership experience. TL;DR is it really critical to write those essays or should I just save the committee some redundancy?


I wrote an optional essay and got money. Causation.

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Re: Boalt 1Ls taking questions

Postby Redamon1 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:53 pm

arose928 wrote:Not Berkeley-specific, but - what's winter break during law school like? Is it relaxed and you can chill out, or are people getting a head start on the next semester?

More Berkeley-specific - after winter break it says 'term begins' one week and then 'instruction begins' the week after. What does 'term begins' mean if instruction doesn't actually start until the following week? Are you supposed to be back for the beginning of the term?


Winter Break is pretty chill, except if you're on in a leadership position on a journal or you asked for a paper extension.

Just worry about when instruction begins. I assume the earlier date is for professors and staff...




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