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Postby DoubleChecks » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:47 am

smittytron3k wrote:we got 1k pages for the year at the library and i used them all up. i also owned a laser printer and went through 2 toner cartridges. your printing habits may vary.


lol i guess printing habits are quite variable -- so gauge your current lifestyle to see if a laser is necessary or not. either way, id probably get a printer for the convenience.

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Postby Keeper1125 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:17 pm

What's the deal with this weekly 90-minute section meeting? Does that actually happen each week? Is it really 90 minutes?

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Postby DoubleChecks » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:41 pm

Keeper1125 wrote:What's the deal with this weekly 90-minute section meeting? Does that actually happen each week? Is it really 90 minutes?


it happens occasionally. usually people go but it is somewhat optional. i think generally everyone went but im pretty sure it was not every week haha..or even every other.

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Postby gilagarta » Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:33 pm

Keeper1125 wrote:What's the deal with this weekly 90-minute section meeting? Does that actually happen each week? Is it really 90 minutes?


Varies by section. My section met once during that time period the entire year, and it was optional.

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Postby saito816 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:55 am

Does anyone know if the gropius dorms are air conditioned?

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Postby kak5n » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:00 pm

I want to open a new bank account in Cambridge... I was thinking Bank of America, but then I heard that they have some sneaky fees and monthly maintenance charges. Are there any other banks that you would recommend for students? I'm looking for online banking, conveniently located ATMs, no debit card fees, and overdraft protection. Any help would be appreciated!

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Postby 20121109 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:08 am

kak5n wrote:I want to open a new bank account in Cambridge... I was thinking Bank of America, but then I heard that they have some sneaky fees and monthly maintenance charges. Are there any other banks that you would recommend for students? I'm looking for online banking, conveniently located ATMs, no debit card fees, and overdraft protection. Any help would be appreciated!


I have Bank of America...a basic checking and savings account. No sneaky fees and certainly no monthly maintenance charges. Just open an account with them. They are, by far, the most convenient bank on and around campus.

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Postby Nom Sawyer » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:12 am

saito816 wrote:Does anyone know if the gropius dorms are air conditioned?


Sorry no air conditioning. Its pretty hot the first month so make sure to buy a Fan.

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sarahh wrote:State Farm says they are not issuing new policies in Massachussets. Any other suggestions? The $360 quote is from Geico.


If you can get USAA you should check them out I get Personal Belongings (Includes Replacement Cost) of up to $50,000, Personal Liability - Each Occurrence for $300,000, and Medical Payments to Others up to $5,000, and I pay about $200/yr. Plus if you have a claim they are so good and the customer service is amazing.

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Postby ebeth » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:17 am

What are people's thoughts on reading groups? Anyone been in one/not been in one, found them useful/not useful?

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Postby jonfen » Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:47 pm

Hi all,

Where can we find old exams and hypos to practice on? Any suggestions for dealing with visiting profs?

Thanks!

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Postby DoubleChecks » Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:21 pm

jonfen wrote:Hi all,

Where can we find old exams and hypos to practice on? Any suggestions for dealing with visiting profs?

Thanks!


prof specific. there is a database of old exams for all the years that you can access through HLS. i dont remember the exact pathing, but it is the old exams archive.

SOME professors do not have their exams on there (newer ones?) and will only offer them once the semester is drawing to a close. answers are not provided through the HLS old exam archive and must be gotten through professors (once again, most release a few old exams/sample answers near end of semester for everyone to practice on and discuss) or through other student databanks (HL central is a free access one, but there are others you can gain access to if you join the organization).

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Postby sarahlawg » Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:59 pm

ebeth wrote:What are people's thoughts on reading groups? Anyone been in one/not been in one, found them useful/not useful?


I was wondering the same thing. I pretty much read by myself, but I often think along the lines that I wish I had someone to talk to about it when I don't understand. I can see how they could be pretty distracting though.

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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions

Postby DoubleChecks » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:03 pm

sarahlawg wrote:
ebeth wrote:What are people's thoughts on reading groups? Anyone been in one/not been in one, found them useful/not useful?


I was wondering the same thing. I pretty much read by myself, but I often think along the lines that I wish I had someone to talk to about it when I don't understand. I can see how they could be pretty distracting though.


never joined one though it seemed like almost everyone i knew during 1L first semester did join one. i think they are just discussion groups that get some interesting things to read...read and discuss. unrelated to your actual core classes.

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Postby sarahlawg » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:28 pm

DoubleChecks wrote:
sarahlawg wrote:
ebeth wrote:What are people's thoughts on reading groups? Anyone been in one/not been in one, found them useful/not useful?


I was wondering the same thing. I pretty much read by myself, but I often think along the lines that I wish I had someone to talk to about it when I don't understand. I can see how they could be pretty distracting though.


never joined one though it seemed like almost everyone i knew during 1L first semester did join one. i think they are just discussion groups that get some interesting things to read...read and discuss. unrelated to your actual core classes.


oh yeah, duh. My bad.
I forgot about the other ones.
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Postby OneEl14 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:20 pm

1) Any recommendations for a supplement to Legislation & Regulation? I have Professor Barron
2) Any recommendations for a supplement to Property? I have Professor Singer
3) Any tips for doing well in those classes? Leg Reg seems a little weird as it's not really a typical 1L class and is more like Administrative law. I'm a little confused how to approach this class and what the final would be like.
4) Same thing with property. Singer doesn't really seem to focus on the thing's I'd expect from Property. Ie, moving from Tresspass to Estates to Future Interests, etc. (although I know it's still really early and we may move into a more traditional course). We seem to be focusing a lot on theory and policy.
5) This applies to all my readings really. I'm really unsure what I am supposed to be focused on and figuring out from the readings and class. What am I supposed to know from the readings? Is it just enough to be prepared for class?
6) Same question for class. Are we supposed to come out of a class with a few new rules and some idea of things like limits, scope, etc. from the discussions about the cases?
7) What are people doing that they are working all the time? I'm caught up on the reading and worked on the supplements a bit but I still have plenty of free time.
8) What does an outline look like exactly? When should I start making mine?
9) Any tips for doing well in Torts with Professor Zittrain?
10) Any tips for doing well in Civil Procedure with Professor Rubenstein?

Sorry for all the questions, and thanks in advance!

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Postby delusional » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:11 am

OneEl14 wrote:1) Any recommendations for a supplement to Legislation & Regulation? I have Professor Barron
2) Any recommendations for a supplement to Property? I have Professor Singer
3) Any tips for doing well in those classes? Leg Reg seems a little weird as it's not really a typical 1L class and is more like Administrative law. I'm a little confused how to approach this class and what the final would be like.
4) Same thing with property. Singer doesn't really seem to focus on the thing's I'd expect from Property. Ie, moving from Tresspass to Estates to Future Interests, etc. (although I know it's still really early and we may move into a more traditional course). We seem to be focusing a lot on theory and policy.
5) This applies to all my readings really. I'm really unsure what I am supposed to be focused on and figuring out from the readings and class. What am I supposed to know from the readings? Is it just enough to be prepared for class?
6) Same question for class. Are we supposed to come out of a class with a few new rules and some idea of things like limits, scope, etc. from the discussions about the cases?
7) What are people doing that they are working all the time? I'm caught up on the reading and worked on the supplements a bit but I still have plenty of free time.
8) What does an outline look like exactly? When should I start making mine?
9) Any tips for doing well in Torts with Professor Zittrain?
10) Any tips for doing well in Civil Procedure with Professor Rubenstein?

Sorry for all the questions, and thanks in advance!

I figured you had Zittrain when you started asking about Vosburg and Prosser and Keeton. I am in your section so I obviously don't know anything that you don't know. But having been on TLS for almost a year, and in school for two days, I would say don't be consumed with TLS-ness. It seems pretty clear what prof. Zittrain is doing - we've gone from reasonable damage to intent, we had the whole harmful/offensive discussion; we've basically learned a few rules and gaps in them. If anything, his exam questions should be easy to envision, the way he brought up microwaves and the guy on the roof in the storm. The nature of civ pro and legreg have been more lecture oriented, but if you look at the current legreg thats about to end. And I have some trouble with property too - I can't discern a trend and the different civil rights acts made my head spin. If I were looking ahead, I would start charting torts and reviewing the civil rights acts in property - I have a feeling that Prof. Singer's comments on common law and civil rights might make the exam.
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Postby DoubleChecks » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:14 am

imo you guys are overthinking this a bit. first couple of weeks always tough, but you, as everyone, will always find your way. that being said, im sure someone who had these profs (i had none of them) would be able to shed light on their lecture style and, more importantly, how they test.

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Postby OneEl14 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:22 am

delusional wrote:
OneEl14 wrote:1) Any recommendations for a supplement to Legislation & Regulation? I have Professor Barron
2) Any recommendations for a supplement to Property? I have Professor Singer
3) Any tips for doing well in those classes? Leg Reg seems a little weird as it's not really a typical 1L class and is more like Administrative law. I'm a little confused how to approach this class and what the final would be like.
4) Same thing with property. Singer doesn't really seem to focus on the thing's I'd expect from Property. Ie, moving from Tresspass to Estates to Future Interests, etc. (although I know it's still really early and we may move into a more traditional course). We seem to be focusing a lot on theory and policy.
5) This applies to all my readings really. I'm really unsure what I am supposed to be focused on and figuring out from the readings and class. What am I supposed to know from the readings? Is it just enough to be prepared for class?
6) Same question for class. Are we supposed to come out of a class with a few new rules and some idea of things like limits, scope, etc. from the discussions about the cases?
7) What are people doing that they are working all the time? I'm caught up on the reading and worked on the supplements a bit but I still have plenty of free time.
8) What does an outline look like exactly? When should I start making mine?
9) Any tips for doing well in Torts with Professor Zittrain?
10) Any tips for doing well in Civil Procedure with Professor Rubenstein?

Sorry for all the questions, and thanks in advance!

I figured you had Zittrain when you started asking about Vosburg and Prosser and Keeton. I am in your section so I obviously don't know anything that you don't know. But having been on TLS for almost a year, and in school for two days, I would say don't be consumed with TLS-ness. It seems pretty clear what prof. Zittrain is doing - we've gone from reasonable damage to intent, we had the whole harmful/offensive discussion; we've basically learned a few rules and gaps in them. If anything, his exam questions should be easy to envision, the way he brought up microwaves and the guy on the roof in the storm. The nature of civ pro and legreg have been more lecture oriented, but if you look at the current legreg thats about to end. And I have some trouble with property too - I can't discern a trend and the different civil rights acts made my head spin. If I were looking ahead, I would start charting torts and reviewing the civil rights acts in property - I have a feeling that Prof. Singer's comments on common law and civil rights might make the exam. I figured you had Zittrain when you started asking about Vosburg and Prosser and Keeton. I am in your section so I obviously don't know anything that you don't know. But having been on TLS for almost a year, and in school for two days, I would say don't be consumed with TLS-ness. It seems pretty clear what prof. Zittrain is doing - we've gone from reasonable damage to intent, we had the whole harmful/offensive discussion; we've basically learned a few rules and gaps in them. If anything, his exam questions should be easy to envision, the way he brought up microwaves and the guy on the roof in the storm. The nature of civ pro and legreg have been more lecture oriented, but if you look at the current legreg thats about to end. And I have some trouble with property too - I can't discern a trend and the different civil rights acts made my head spin. If I were looking ahead, I would start charting torts and reviewing the civil rights acts in property - I have a feeling that Prof. Singer's comments on common law and civil rights might make the exam.


Haha, small world. Glad another person from my section is on here :). Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I think you are right about torts.

DoubleChecks wrote:imo you guys are overthinking this a bit. first couple of weeks always tough, but you, as everyone, always finds their way. that being said, im sure someone who had these profs (i had none of them) would be able to shed light on their lecture style and, more importantly, how they test.


You're right about me over thinking it... but I just can't help it lol.

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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions

Postby englawyer » Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:17 am

DoubleChecks wrote:
sarahlawg wrote:
ebeth wrote:What are people's thoughts on reading groups? Anyone been in one/not been in one, found them useful/not useful?


I was wondering the same thing. I pretty much read by myself, but I often think along the lines that I wish I had someone to talk to about it when I don't understand. I can see how they could be pretty distracting though.


never joined one though it seemed like almost everyone i knew during 1L first semester did join one. i think they are just discussion groups that get some interesting things to read...read and discuss. unrelated to your actual core classes.


not particularly useful, but could be a decent way to meet people from other sections. your social scene can easily be confined to your section if you don't actively combat that trend.

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Postby nixxers » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:45 am

ooo. tagging now so i can read through it later. hi, doublechecks and geepee :)

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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions

Postby myq » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:55 am

yo. where can i get my hands on some outlines?

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Postby DoubleChecks » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:01 am

myq wrote:yo. where can i get my hands on some outlines?


2Ls/3Ls, HL Central (free to register), and then other groups that you have to have access to (i.e. if you were on Harvard Law Review, etc. a lot of organizations have outline/exam banks but are pw protected)

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Postby englawyer » Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:32 pm

DoubleChecks wrote:
myq wrote:yo. where can i get my hands on some outlines?


2Ls/3Ls, HL Central (free to register), and then other groups that you have to have access to (i.e. if you were on Harvard Law Review, etc. a lot of organizations have outline/exam banks but are pw protected)


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