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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby moonman157 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:34 am

Thanks for the info about LPW! It's been the single biggest source of stress for me so far; actual assignments but no direction whatsoever as to how to do them.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby smaug_ » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:11 am

moonman157 wrote:Thanks for the info about LPW! It's been the single biggest source of stress for me so far; actual assignments but no direction whatsoever as to how to do them.


They make more sense over time. You'll get the hang of it.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:56 pm

Anyone that had Merrill for Torts that would be willing to answer a few questions?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby MCFC » Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:25 pm

So we got the 1L electives email this afternoon. Any thoughts on

Critical Legal Thought (Prof. Katherine Franke)
Empirical Analysis of Law (Prof. Jeffrey Fagan)
Lawyering for Change (Prof. Susan Sturm)
Legislation and Regulation (Prof. Caitlin Halligan)
The United States and the International Legal System (Prof. Matthew Waxman)


Are the 2L classes with open spots a realistic option, or would it be too far over my head?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby smaug_ » Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:54 pm

MCFC wrote:So we got the 1L electives email this afternoon. Any thoughts on

Critical Legal Thought (Prof. Katherine Franke)
Empirical Analysis of Law (Prof. Jeffrey Fagan)
Lawyering for Change (Prof. Susan Sturm)
Legislation and Regulation (Prof. Caitlin Halligan)
The United States and the International Legal System (Prof. Matthew Waxman)


Are the 2L classes with open spots a realistic option, or would it be too far over my head?


2L classes are probably the better options:

    2Ls generally check out in the spring
    2Ls will checkout more on the whole
    2Ls still don't know anything
    Many of the 1L classes will be rough anyway
    "2L" classes will also have LLMs and 3Ls
    both get the more forgiving curve (I think)

I have no idea about Fagan. Franke is very well respected in her field but I've heard she's kinda hit-or-miss in terms of clicking with her teaching style. Legislation should be rewarding but very difficult (I'd stay away). Waxman's class was supposed to be good, but it attracted an annoying group of students last year (or so I heard.)

Not much of an idea about Sturm, but I think that "Lawyering for Change" might be the hidden winner in that list.

Which 2L classes are open?

ETA if corps is open again, lol just lol

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Tiago Splitter » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:15 pm

smaug wrote:Waxman's class was supposed to be good, but it attracted an annoying group of students last year (or so I heard.)

Not much of an idea about Sturm, but I think that "Lawyering for Change" might be the hidden winner in that list.

Waxman's class does attract the PoliSci gunners, but it's a very light reading load and generally not very intense.

I had Sturm for Civ Pro and she's really nice.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby MCFC » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:16 pm

smaug wrote:
MCFC wrote:So we got the 1L electives email this afternoon. Any thoughts on

Critical Legal Thought (Prof. Katherine Franke)
Empirical Analysis of Law (Prof. Jeffrey Fagan)
Lawyering for Change (Prof. Susan Sturm)
Legislation and Regulation (Prof. Caitlin Halligan)
The United States and the International Legal System (Prof. Matthew Waxman)


Are the 2L classes with open spots a realistic option, or would it be too far over my head?


*Reply*


Thanks for the feedback. 2L classes listed:

Administrative Law w/Strauss
Advanced Contracts w/Kraus
American Legal History w/Ponsa
Antitrust and Trade Regulation w/Wu
Corporations sec 2 w/Goldschmid
International Law w/Pozen
Japanese Law and Legal Institutions w/Milhaupt
Labor Law w/Barenberg
Law and Development w/Pistor

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby smaug_ » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:23 pm

MCFC wrote:Thanks for the feedback. 2L classes listed:

Administrative Law w/Strauss
Advanced Contracts w/Kraus
American Legal History w/Ponsa
Antitrust and Trade Regulation w/Wu
Corporations sec 2 w/Goldschmid
International Law w/Pozen
Japanese Law and Legal Institutions w/Milhaupt
Labor Law w/Barenberg
Law and Development w/Pistor


Run, don't walk, away from Admin with Strauss unless you really want to gun hard. I'm sure he's very good, but it'll probably be a very very tight curve.

I haven't heard many positive things about Kraus or Ponsa.

Wu is said to be amazing, but I don't know if he's done Antitrust before. I'd be wary.

Goldschmid is supposed to be OK but a little hard to follow.

International Law w/ Pozen might fill up quickly but is probably a very good choice if you have an interest in that stuff. I know it's required for one of the externships.

I've heard that Milhaupt is nice, but Japanese Law is obviously super niche.

Labor Law could be another very good choice.

I don't know enough about Pistor/that last class to comment.

I'd aim for Legislation, Lawyering for Change, International Law or Labor Law, especially the last three. They're more likely to hit the sweet spot of substantive, interesting and accessible.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby [citation_omitted] » Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:01 pm

Thanks for the feedback. 2L classes listed:

Administrative Law w/Strauss
Advanced Contracts w/Kraus
American Legal History w/Ponsa
Antitrust and Trade Regulation w/Wu
Corporations sec 2 w/Goldschmid
International Law w/Pozen
Japanese Law and Legal Institutions w/Milhaupt
Labor Law w/Barenberg
Law and Development w/Pistor


Strauss takes too much shit from people around here. Had him for my 1L elective (Foundations of the Regulatory State), and he was a fantastic professor. He doesn't give any free passes in class, and you'd better do the reading, but he's amazing about giving feedback on papers and he's, like, THE GUY on reg/admin issues. He's always very receptive to people coming to his office hours and he seems like he genuinely cares that you learn about things that are just clearly really important to him.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:39 pm

Has anyone had Advanced Contracts w/ Kraus? I'm dreaming about something in-house for the summer, and it seems like his emphasis on commercial practicality (as stated in the course description) could serve me well.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby californiauser » Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:10 pm

General consensus on how OCI went this year? Anyone know multiple people without acceptances/offers in hand?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Roll Fizzlebeef » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:48 pm

Longshot, but NU student here. Our prof is teaching Immigration for the first time, and said she teaches it along the same lines as Prof. Ponsa. The classes use the same book, so I was wondering if anyone here has an outline for it or knows someone who would. I'll say lots of nice things about you and people here would forever sing your praise. Thanks!

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:55 am

When do spring schedules for 1Ls generally come out? Same time as elective assignments or after?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:02 am

ph5354a wrote:When do spring schedules for 1Ls generally come out? Same time as elective assignments or after?

They came out over Winter Break last year.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Pete Venkman » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:13 am

californiauser wrote:General consensus on how OCI went this year? Anyone know multiple people without acceptances/offers in hand?


Only know one guy (above median, but not Stone) who struck out. Apparently there are others as well.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:30 pm

Tiago Splitter wrote:
ph5354a wrote:When do spring schedules for 1Ls generally come out? Same time as elective assignments or after?

They came out over Winter Break last year.


Thanks! Do sections generally stay the same for spring semester?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:42 pm

ph5354a wrote:
Tiago Splitter wrote:
ph5354a wrote:When do spring schedules for 1Ls generally come out? Same time as elective assignments or after?

They came out over Winter Break last year.


Thanks! Do sections generally stay the same for spring semester?

No it will be mixed up

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby bouleversement » Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:13 pm

Can anyone speak to the merits of the Master en droit with Paris 1?

Has anyone applied? Been accepted? Enrolled? Graduated? Know someone who did any of these and thus might have some information apart from what can be found from the website?

I am looking for a frank assessment that I could not otherwise obtain by speaking with administrators. Someone might know that all the students in the program in recent years have regretted their decision. Or maybe that they cannot speak about the options afforded by the dual degree highly enough.

Thanks!

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby helix23 » Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:37 am

I'm sure it varies by professor, but is there a general time frame when grades usually come out? e.g. last week of break-second week of spring semester.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby otnemem » Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:32 pm

helix23 wrote:I'm sure it varies by professor, but is there a general time frame when grades usually come out? e.g. last week of break-second week of spring semester.


If I recall correctly, roughly the first week of January through the third week of January is when most come out. I believe 1 or 2 classes didn't get grades until after class has started, but that's not supposed to happen (yet still fairly common).

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby helix23 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:43 am

otnemem wrote:
helix23 wrote:I'm sure it varies by professor, but is there a general time frame when grades usually come out? e.g. last week of break-second week of spring semester.


If I recall correctly, roughly the first week of January through the third week of January is when most come out. I believe 1 or 2 classes didn't get grades until after class has started, but that's not supposed to happen (yet still fairly common).


thanks!

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby jbagelboy » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:09 am

helix23 wrote:
otnemem wrote:
helix23 wrote:I'm sure it varies by professor, but is there a general time frame when grades usually come out? e.g. last week of break-second week of spring semester.


If I recall correctly, roughly the first week of January through the third week of January is when most come out. I believe 1 or 2 classes didn't get grades until after class has started, but that's not supposed to happen (yet still fairly common).


thanks!


And so our watch begins.

Its like the LSAT all over!

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:26 am

jbagelboy wrote:
helix23 wrote:
otnemem wrote:
helix23 wrote:I'm sure it varies by professor, but is there a general time frame when grades usually come out? e.g. last week of break-second week of spring semester.


If I recall correctly, roughly the first week of January through the third week of January is when most come out. I believe 1 or 2 classes didn't get grades until after class has started, but that's not supposed to happen (yet still fairly common).


thanks!


And so our watch begins.

Its like the LSAT all over!


Does LawNet turn grey the day that grades come out?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Tiago Splitter » Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:40 am

ph5354a wrote:Does LawNet turn grey the day that grades come out?

Close. You'll see the exam number appear sometime before the grades are posted. Sometimes grades show up minutes later, other times hours later. Exam number's last year for Rapa's class went up like two weeks before the grades, so that wait was awful.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby helix23 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:46 pm

Tiago Splitter wrote:
ph5354a wrote:Does LawNet turn grey the day that grades come out?

Close. You'll see the exam number appear sometime before the grades are posted. Sometimes grades show up minutes later, other times hours later. Exam number's last year for Rapa's class went up like two weeks before the grades, so that wait was awful.


Yeah that sounds crappy. There's gotta be some Terminator/LawNet jokes out there somewhere that I'm too lazy to make.

What's the protocol for determining where one's GPA stands in the class? Is there an official posting of class rank bands or does it just have to be figured out via word of mouth?




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