J90 wrote:I just got accepted, couldn't be happier.
A few questions hopefully some of you can answer:
1. Having never been to New York before, what do some of you typically do when you head into the city? I'll get the tourist things behind me soon enough, but as far as a random day/weekend goes, what are some things I should take advantage of?
Everyone's different, but there is something for everyone. Some people go to concerts. Lots of people go to restaurants/bars. This is a great walking city, for a cheaper alternative. Whatever you were into before, you can probably do it here.
2. Is housing spread out all around the campus, or is it typically just to the south/east etc.? On a similar note, would the whole building just be law students in the apartments, if I applied for housing through the school?
Housing is not confined to the South/East. There is housing all over, but it is certainly concentrated in a few areas. If you are law school housing, expect many law students. If you are in UAH, expect a mix. Law school housing is, on average, more expensive. You'll put a preference on the app.
3. I understand the 1L curriculum's set in stone, except for moot court and a possible elective. Is it worth applying for a specialized moot court, or should I just stick to the Foundational (looking to do corporate law someday, if that matters)? Is the spring semester elective too much to handle if I'm concerned about GPA, or do most people go for it?
Specialized moot courts are great. There is extra work, but it is manageable. I wouldn't say that you need to want to do lit to do external moot courts. In fact, Foundation is standard appellate, which is pretty hard core lit, where a few of the specialized courts might give you more exposure to subject matter that interests you (commercial arbitration, IP). You don't have a choice as to whether to take an elective. Some may be easier than others, but it's not optional
Anything else fun or specific I should be aware of as a first-year CLS student?
It's a great school and you will have fun (if you want to. some people seem dead set against it)
Thanks, truly. It's hardly been a few hours since I got accepted and I can't wait.
Thanks, Kwais, you're a huge help.
I'm excited to live in the city, and you're right, the limiting factor on what to do in New York appears to be my own time and imagination. Actually, wallet, too. Random, but as far as Broadway goes, how expensive do tickets usually get, and are there any student discounts? I've only ever seen the Lion King as far as similar stuff goes, and if the price is good I think I can manage at least one show per semester.
I'll have some fun, and I'm hoping to come out of 1L with a soul and not burnt out, so your advice works great.
I'll try a specialized moot court, too - thank you.
The two I'd be curious about are commercial arbitration and possibly international law, but I see the international one requires two-year involvement. How big of a time sink would this be second year? I'm not averse to putting in hours, but since I don't know exactly what I'll be doing that second year and you'd apply in early October of 1L, I'm a little hesitant to lock myself in so soon.
Haha lastly, on a little lighter note, I'm a Californian without much of a wardrobe. I'll get a coat or two and a few more pairs of pants just fine, but for any formerly-west coast students, anything that caught you off-guard?