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GW 1L taking questions

Postby Jl435 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:53 pm

Hey,

I figured I would give back to the TLS community. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. I am a current 1L at GW, got two grades back so far (Contracts and Civ Pro) and received an "A" in both.

I am very happy with GW and DC in general.

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Lawquacious
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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby Lawquacious » Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:00 pm

Where exactly in the city is GW? Is it a nice area? Safe? Also, is there a lot of interaction with GULC students by GW students?

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby Jl435 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:03 pm

GW is in Foggy Bottom, southwest in the city. Very nice, safe area. There is not much interaction between GW and Gtown students. Everyone I know just hangs out with fellow GW law students.

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby Lawquacious » Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:05 pm

Are you from DC metro area originally or no?

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby Jl435 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:12 pm

No, moved to the area in August.

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby ran12 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:30 pm

Jl435 wrote:GW is in Foggy Bottom, southwest in the city. Very nice, safe area. There is not much interaction between GW and Gtown students. Everyone I know just hangs out with fellow GW law students.


GW's actually in NW.

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby Deuce » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:29 pm

What were your other options, and do you think you made the right choice? Do you know anybody/yourself that are on the ~106k scholly, and are they happy in choosing GW as well? Thanks.

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby ODBCP » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:02 pm

Lawquacious wrote:Where exactly in the city is GW? Is it a nice area? Safe? Also, is there a lot of interaction with GULC students by GW students?


I heard if you go to GW you will have to live next door to this guy named Barry who is fucking obsessive about his lawn and smells like cigarettes all the time. just sayin.

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby ran12 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:29 pm

ODBCP wrote:
Lawquacious wrote:Where exactly in the city is GW? Is it a nice area? Safe? Also, is there a lot of interaction with GULC students by GW students?


I heard if you go to GW you will have to live next door to this guy named Barry who is fucking obsessive about his lawn and smells like cigarettes all the time. just sayin.


Barry will be gone soon enough

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby PomasThynchon » Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:46 pm

Jl435 wrote:Hey,

I figured I would give back to the TLS community. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. I am a current 1L at GW, got two grades back so far (Contracts and Civ Pro) and received an "A" in both.

I am very happy with GW and DC in general.


If you're still around, how would you say the summer job opportunities are for 1L's with grades as high as yours?

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby mi-chan17 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:16 pm

Deuce wrote:What were your other options, and do you think you made the right choice? Do you know anybody/yourself that are on the ~106k scholly, and are they happy in choosing GW as well? Thanks.


I came to GW on the $105k scholarship deal. I chose to come here over Cornell, WUSTL, ND, and USC (and other schools as well, but those four were the others I was mostly seriously considering). I think I made the right choice for me; however, this has a lot to do with the fact that I am hoping for work in the federal government. If I'd been hoping for Biglaw, I might've have made a different choice.

On the whole, I'm really happy with my decision and with where I am. My friends who have similar deals, and who came here for similar reasons, also seem to be quite content with their choice. I know I'm not the OP, but if you have any more specific questions, I'm happy to answer them here or via PM.

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby bender18 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:27 pm

tag :)

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby aspire2more » Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:40 am

Was it the scholarship that made the difference for you? What are other students planning to do post-graduation who have considerably smaller awards?

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby bender18 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:13 pm

Do you know what GW's GPA curve is?

Also I'm sure this has been discussed elsewhere, but is the legal writing course at GW graded?

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby mi-chan17 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:40 pm

First off, my apologies to Jl435; I feel like I'm kind of taking over his/her thread. For the record, I have the sneaking suspicion that Jl435 has a better GPA and ranking for the fall semester than I do (though I feel I did moderately well, I do not have two straight-up A's), so if you have questions on how to rock it like s/he did they should probably be directed to the OP.

bender18 wrote:Do you know what GW's GPA curve is?

Also I'm sure this has been discussed elsewhere, but is the legal writing course at GW graded?


GW's curve for 1L sections is 3.2, so it's hovering between a B and B+. Every class (except LRW) is curved to the 3.2, and so median for the class is also 3.2. LRW is graded (for good or evil) and is curved slightly higher (around a 3.25/3.3).

aspire2more wrote:Was it the scholarship that made the difference for you? What are other students planning to do post-graduation who have considerably smaller awards?


I'm not sure if this was directed to me or the OP. In my case the scholarship alone was not what did it (I had similar/better offers from peer schools), but scholarship combined with location. Like I said earlier, I am working towards employment in the federal government so location in DC (and therefore access to fall/spring semester externships) was important to me.

I'm a 1L, so I can't really comment on how folks are doing post-graduation. I'll leave that for a 2 or 3L to try and tackle.

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby androstan » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:42 pm

So GW lets you extern for a semester at a firm/govt/etc. for credit?

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby mi-chan17 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:42 pm

androstan wrote:So GW lets you extern for a semester at a firm/govt/etc. for credit?


GW does what it calls "outside placement". We can extern part-time during the school year (as 2L/3L/4LEs) in addition to taking classes; the school allows us to receive up to 4 credits in a semester for doing unpaid government or public interest internships though outside placement. Many federal government agencies/departments and public interest groups have internships in DC during the school year, and they're much less competitive because the other T20 schools (excepting GTown) have much less access.

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby androstan » Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:56 pm

mi-chan17 wrote:
androstan wrote:So GW lets you extern for a semester at a firm/govt/etc. for credit?


GW does what it calls "outside placement". We can extern part-time during the school year (as 2L/3L/4LEs) in addition to taking classes; the school allows us to receive up to 4 credits in a semester for doing unpaid government or public interest internships though outside placement. Many federal government agencies/departments and public interest groups have internships in DC during the school year, and they're much less competitive because the other T20 schools (excepting GTown) have much less access.


You specifically didn't mention law firms, there are no law firm externships?

I don't think I can get IP/patent experience in PI, but hopefully the USPTO would have an extern program?

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby dood » Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:02 pm

androstan wrote:
mi-chan17 wrote:
androstan wrote:So GW lets you extern for a semester at a firm/govt/etc. for credit?


GW does what it calls "outside placement". We can extern part-time during the school year (as 2L/3L/4LEs) in addition to taking classes; the school allows us to receive up to 4 credits in a semester for doing unpaid government or public interest internships though outside placement. Many federal government agencies/departments and public interest groups have internships in DC during the school year, and they're much less competitive because the other T20 schools (excepting GTown) have much less access.


You specifically didn't mention law firms, there are no law firm externships?

I don't think I can get IP/patent experience in PI, but hopefully the USPTO would have an extern program?


u can work for money or for credit, not both. as far as PTO, yes there are both summer interns there and examiners who go to gw full-time.

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Re: GW 1L taking questions

Postby aspire2more » Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:09 pm

mi-chan17 wrote: I'm not sure if this was directed to me or the OP. In my case the scholarship alone was not what did it (I had similar/better offers from peer schools), but scholarship combined with location. Like I said earlier, I am working towards employment in the federal government so location in DC (and therefore access to fall/spring semester externships) was important to me.

I'm a 1L, so I can't really comment on how folks are doing post-graduation. I'll leave that for a 2 or 3L to try and tackle.


Thanks! I thought you might have heard some things from 3L students about jobs, so sorry if the question was odd. The information about your choice was helpful!




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