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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Haymarket » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:10 pm

commandantkitty wrote:
EdgarWinter wrote:So how's OCI going this year relative to previous years? Obviously there's not aggregate data yet, but are you guys noticing any trends it might be helpful to be aware of (certain markets better/worse, emphasis on WE, etc.)? Hope things are well and GL!


OCI appears to be way, way worse this year.

Interesting first post.

But I echo Bils. It's hard to say from our limited perspective. I do no some people who haven't done well at OCI, but I also know that they have done lots of other things outside of OCI. And he's also right about people who are just crushing it. New York seems as reliable as ever.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby nametaken » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:20 am

I know I should probably be able to figure this out but before I give up.. is there a way to get the gmail version of the uchicago email on an iphone? I cant figure out how to set it up correctly. If anyone can help I'd really appreciate it!

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Rahviveh » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:10 pm

Those of you paying sticker or near-sticker at UChi, how do you feel about your decision now? If you had to do it again would you rather go to a lower T14 with money?

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby American_in_China » Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:13 pm

ChampagnePapi wrote:Those of you paying sticker or near-sticker at UChi, how do you feel about your decision now? If you had to do it again would you rather go to a lower T14 with money?


1Ls haven't started classes. 2Ls just had OCI. You are not going to get unbiased answers.
That said, Chicago is awesome, and beautiful. Hyde Park too- especially if you play chess, since Harold Washington Park is the street chess center of Chicago. I'm learning whole new levels of shit talking.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby catholicgirl » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:01 pm

ChampagnePapi wrote:Those of you paying sticker or near-sticker at UChi, how do you feel about your decision now? If you had to do it again would you rather go to a lower T14 with money?



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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Flash » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:12 pm

ChampagnePapi wrote:Those of you paying sticker or near-sticker at UChi, how do you feel about your decision now? If you had to do it again would you rather go to a lower T14 with money?

Bad. Yes but ideally not go at all.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Bildungsroman » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:15 pm

American_in_China wrote:
ChampagnePapi wrote:Those of you paying sticker or near-sticker at UChi, how do you feel about your decision now? If you had to do it again would you rather go to a lower T14 with money?


1Ls haven't started classes. 2Ls just had OCI. You are not going to get unbiased answers.
That said, Chicago is awesome, and beautiful. Hyde Park too- especially if you play chess, since Harold Washington Park is the street chess center of Chicago. I'm learning whole new levels of shit talking.

Yeah, OCI is a huge pain and can really do a number on the old ego. Paying near sticker and still love law school and UChicago though.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Haymarket » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:13 pm

ChampagnePapi wrote:Those of you paying sticker or near-sticker at UChi, how do you feel about your decision now? If you had to do it again would you rather go to a lower T14 with money?

My scholarship is nothing to write home about, but I have no regrets about coming to Chicago. It was, 100%, the right decision for me.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Liquox » Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:21 pm

about how many people go to office hours every time profs have office hours?

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Postby Haymarket » Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:47 pm

Liquox wrote:about how many people go to office hours every time profs have office hours?

I honestly can't remember how many professors had official office hours. Definitely not all of them. Most will tell you that they are around their offices during normal times in the day outside of class and to come by whenever. I personally went to go see a professor in their office for something related to class maybe like.....once during all of 1L.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Emma. » Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:07 pm

Liquox wrote:about how many people go to office hours every time profs have office hours?


The only time I ever go to office hours is around exams. Profs generally make themselves available for extended periods of time during the lead in to their exam.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Rahviveh » Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:38 pm

How strong is the diversity and minority organizations at Chi?

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby anewaphorist » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:24 am

How strong is the diversity and minority organizations at Chi?


Not so strong that they'll embrace the diversity of your grammar.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Bildungsroman » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:41 am

anewaphorist wrote:
How strong is the diversity and minority organizations at Chi?


Not so strong that they'll embrace the diversity of your grammar.

I see somebody's already gunning for the gold medal in the 1L popularity olympics.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Xifeng » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:49 am

Bildungsroman wrote:
anewaphorist wrote:
How strong is the diversity and minority organizations at Chi?


Not so strong that they'll embrace the diversity of your grammar.

I see somebody's already gunning for the gold medal in the 1L popularity olympics.


Someone should start organizing a study group...

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby tamereth » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:56 am

Can anyone comment on the 1L professors?

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Postby Bildungsroman » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:00 pm

tamereth wrote:Can anyone comment on the 1L professors?

Who do you have?

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby tamereth » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:10 pm

Going to just post all the professors, since maybe other 1Ls will want to know about the other professors.
Elements: Stone/Strauss
Civ Pro: Buss/Hubbard
Crim Law: Masur/Harcourt
Torts: Levmore/Fennell
LRW: Schwartz/Buccola/Reilly/Bernstein/Boni-Saenz/Ford

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Dany » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:18 pm

tamereth wrote:Going to just post all the professors, since maybe other 1Ls will want to know about the other professors.
Elements: Stone/Strauss
Civ Pro: Buss/Hubbard
Crim Law: Masur/Harcourt
Torts: Levmore/Fennell
LRW: Schwartz/Buccola/Reilly/Bernstein/Boni-Saenz/Ford

Buss is amazing. Awesome civ pro prof, and great to have your first quarter of 1L. This is really all you need to know about her.

Stone was great for Elements. Last year we learned basically three things, and there were three questions on the exam about those three things. Exam tip: type A LOT and say anything/everything coherent you can think of. He uses a “checkmark” system, where he gives a checkmark every time he thinks the exam makes "a good point" and the number of checkmarks determines your grade.

Levmore is a great prof and probably the most entertaining of the professors I had, but have fun with that exam.

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Postby Bildungsroman » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:40 pm

tamereth wrote:Going to just post all the professors, since maybe other 1Ls will want to know about the other professors.
Elements: Stone/Strauss
Civ Pro: Buss/Hubbard
Crim Law: Masur/Harcourt
Torts: Levmore/Fennell
LRW: Schwartz/Buccola/Reilly/Bernstein/Boni-Saenz/Ford

I had Buss for civ pro 1. She is extremely intelligent but also very caring and helpful. She has a reputation as being just about the nicest and most empathetic 1L professor, and considering that most professors here are nice that should tell you something. For us she gave a word-limited take-home exam; not sure if she is going to do that again, but either way know the rules very well and look at her old exams. In some other classes older exams were not very useful to me, but hers were very valuable because some of the same issues came up across several exams and I think she sticks to a similar format from year to year which could help with timing practice.

I had Hubbard for civ pro 2. Brilliant guy, and a pretty new (and great) professor. Econ background (PhD from uchicago) and former litigator, so in our class he was very interested in quizzing people on what the strategies might be behind the actions of the lawyers in the cases. He has high expectations when you're on-call, and while he's not mean he will call you out if your answers are bad. Also, he asked questions about the notes cases more than any of my other professors, so while you don't have to go look them up on lexis and become an expert on them, make sure to carefully read the notes sections to see what they say.

Masur for crim: He's great. He seemed to really like posing lots of hypos in our class. He'd put someone on call for a while and ask lots of good line-drawing questions (e.g. "In this case it was considered reckless to do X. What if he'd done Y? What if Z fact had been different? etc.), so make sure to pay good attention because he liked to switch is up and bring in other people to add to that conversation. High-energy in class.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby chicago5647 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:46 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:
tamereth wrote:
I had Hubbard for civ pro 2. Brilliant guy, and a pretty new (and great) professor. Econ background (PhD from uchicago) and former litigator, so in our class he was very interested in quizzing people on what the strategies might be behind the actions of the lawyers in the cases. He has high expectations when you're on-call, and while he's not mean he will call you out if your answers are bad. Also, he asked questions about the notes cases more than any of my other professors, so while you don't have to go look them up on lexis and become an expert on them, make sure to carefully read the notes sections to see what they say.


Yup. I thought he was a great professor. But he expects a lot when you are on call. He seemed to always push people until they couldn't answer a question- the questions will get more and more detailed and buried in the notes. Hang in there, everyone will eventually get stumped in his class. He also did call a few people out. But again, I would take a class from him again as I thought he was a great professor. I also found him very accessible after class and was willing to spend a lot of time with students.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Xifeng » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:48 pm

As a general PSA, you all should read http://uchilawgo.wordpress.com/

& none of the current 2Ls had Strauss for Elements (but he's taught it in past years) or Harcourt for Crim. But we've had everyone else for the core classes.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Dany » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:59 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:I had Buss for civ pro 1. She is extremely intelligent but also very caring and helpful. She has a reputation as being just about the nicest and most empathetic 1L professor, and considering that most professors here are nice that should tell you something. For us she gave a word-limited take-home exam; not sure if she is going to do that again, but either way know the rules very well and look at her old exams. In some other classes older exams were not very useful to me, but hers were very valuable because some of the same issues came up across several exams and I think she sticks to a similar format from year to year which could help with timing practice.

Cosign all of this.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby Xifeng » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:06 pm

If you do have Levmore, though, I hope it's not your first cold call. It's an experience.

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Re: UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions

Postby tamereth » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:06 pm

Thanks for all the great replies, guys! And the picture links :D




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