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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby smdpnp » Mon May 20, 2013 9:47 am

Nope.
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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Dun » Mon May 20, 2013 4:05 pm

Bronck wrote:
Dun wrote:Hi guys,

Thanks for taking the time to share all these tips with us.

I'm looking at cell phone plans and found this thread from last year:
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 4&t=190217

Has anything changed? I'm specifically interested in knowing if Sprint service inside has inside since I currently have a Virgin Mobile plan that runs on the Sprint network.

Thanks in advance!


I get shit coverage in the law school with T-Mobile, but it's generally fine in the city. No idea about other carriers

Tekrul wrote:In my UG experience, all of my iPhone carrying buddies on AT&T were always, always whining about having no service. Verizon was rock solid throughout campus. Now the iPhone comes on many carriers so I can't pinpoint AT&T users anymore, but I imagine it hasn't changed dramatically.


Thanks guys. I guess Verizon is the way to go then.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby bananapudding88 » Mon May 20, 2013 5:15 pm

Hey there,

Does anyone have any impressions of/insights on 414 120th Street?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Bronck » Tue May 21, 2013 2:08 pm

aiaea wrote:Hey there,

Does anyone have any impressions of/insights on 414 120th Street?


I don't live there, but what kind of questions do you have....?

All the places are basically the same tbh... 120th is relatively close to the law school which is all that matters.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby bananapudding88 » Tue May 21, 2013 3:47 pm

Bronck wrote:
aiaea wrote:Hey there,

Does anyone have any impressions of/insights on 414 120th Street?


I don't live there, but what kind of questions do you have....?

All the places are basically the same tbh... 120th is relatively close to the law school which is all that matters.


PM'd you since I had so many :D

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby jubee » Fri May 24, 2013 3:19 pm

anyone here live at 610 W 115th and got the skinny on it?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby nextstep222 » Fri May 24, 2013 3:24 pm

Not sure if this has been answered, but do any of you CLS students have any advice for students on the Reserve list?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby smaug_ » Fri May 24, 2013 3:27 pm

nextstep222 wrote:Not sure if this has been answered, but do any of you CLS students have any advice for students on the Reserve list?

Pray.

(Seriously I think it is mainly out of your hands at this point. Enjoy your summer, get excited about where you've been accepted, and if you get into CLS, decide if that's where you want to be. I don't think there's more that you can do. I don't think very many people get in off of the reserve at all.)

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby bhan87 » Sun May 26, 2013 9:17 pm

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nextstep222 wrote:Not sure if this has been answered, but do any of you CLS students have any advice for students on the Reserve list?

Pray.

(Seriously I think it is mainly out of your hands at this point. Enjoy your summer, get excited about where you've been accepted, and if you get into CLS, decide if that's where you want to be. I don't think there's more that you can do. I don't think very many people get in off of the reserve at all.)


Don't bank anything on the CLS reserve. CLS has been over-enrolled for the past 3 years so I doubt very many, if any, reserve students will get in.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby otnemem » Mon May 27, 2013 11:43 am

hibiki wrote:Don't bank anything on the CLS reserve. CLS has been over-enrolled for the past 3 years so I doubt very many, if any, reserve students will get in.


I don't know if it had any effect on the reserve list, but I believe last year's class was slightly under-enrolled, at 368. The previous two entering classes were over-enrolled at over 400+.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Elliott_Smith » Thu May 30, 2013 3:38 am

Hey all,

Rising 2L taking all your non-biglaw related questions.

Kind of Blue wrote:On another note, why do you think that Columbia lags behind peer schools in federal clerkship placement? Is it a result of self-selection, culture of the school, or are Columbia students somehow less competitive?

Also, TLS seems to suggest a pretty big difference between HYS and CLS, in terms of prestigious non-biglaw employment prospects, whether it be BigFed or PI. Do you think this is based in reality?


Clerkships: Couple of different reasons. 1) CLS EIP is incredibly effective, and the vast majority of students here find the fat paycheck way too tempting. 2) The clerkship office screwed up this year in finding out/warning students that certain judges were going off their hiring timeline. I know some upperclassmen who were pretty pissed off about this. The office is supposed to be pretty solid otherwise, and obviously a ridiculous percentage of the faculty have clerked, so if that's what you really want to do, I wouldn't worry.

PI: CLS makes it way too easy to just pick up a biglaw job. If you actually want to do something else, the CLS name still carries massive weight, you just need to do a little more legwork setting things up, as there's less institutional support from the school.

Dun wrote:
Thanks guys. I guess Verizon is the way to go then.


I'm on Verizon - I pretty much assume I'll have service everywhere, never had any issues.

nextstep222 wrote:Not sure if this has been answered, but do any of you CLS students have any advice for students on the Reserve list?

I know at least one student that emailed me after she got off reserve last year, so it does happen.

I was on another waitlist last year, and the recommended I send in any updates, not sure what the CLS policy is though.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby jbagelboy » Thu May 30, 2013 3:14 pm

Elliott_Smith wrote:Hey all,

Rising 2L taking all your non-biglaw related questions.

Kind of Blue wrote:On another note, why do you think that Columbia lags behind peer schools in federal clerkship placement? Is it a result of self-selection, culture of the school, or are Columbia students somehow less competitive?

Also, TLS seems to suggest a pretty big difference between HYS and CLS, in terms of prestigious non-biglaw employment prospects, whether it be BigFed or PI. Do you think this is based in reality?


Clerkships: Couple of different reasons. 1) CLS EIP is incredibly effective, and the vast majority of students here find the fat paycheck way too tempting. 2) The clerkship office screwed up this year in finding out/warning students that certain judges were going off their hiring timeline. I know some upperclassmen who were pretty pissed off about this. The office is supposed to be pretty solid otherwise, and obviously a ridiculous percentage of the faculty have clerked, so if that's what you really want to do, I wouldn't worry.

PI: CLS makes it way too easy to just pick up a biglaw job. If you actually want to do something else, the CLS name still carries massive weight, you just need to do a little more legwork setting things up, as there's less institutional support from the school.

Dun wrote:
Thanks guys. I guess Verizon is the way to go then.


I'm on Verizon - I pretty much assume I'll have service everywhere, never had any issues.

nextstep222 wrote:Not sure if this has been answered, but do any of you CLS students have any advice for students on the Reserve list?

I know at least one student that emailed me after she got off reserve last year, so it does happen.

I was on another waitlist last year, and the recommended I send in any updates, not sure what the CLS policy is though.



Hey, thanks for all of this advice. it's awesome.

re clerkships I corresponded with Anne Green, the clerkship adviser, before choosing CLS. How involved is she in procuring AIII clerkships for students, or do you have to go thru professors & personal ties?

on a completely unrelated note, I just submitted my housing deposit but utilities are not included. Trying to come up with a basic budget here -- I should be undercutting the stated COA by a decent margin -- but I haven't factored them in. Assuming AC isn't necessary October - April, what am I looking at utilities per month?

thanks in advance

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Bronck » Thu May 30, 2013 3:19 pm

jbagelboy wrote:
Hey, thanks for all of this advice. it's awesome.

re clerkships I corresponded with Anne Green, the clerkship adviser, before choosing CLS. How involved is she in procuring AIII clerkships for students, or do you have to go thru professors & personal ties?

on a completely unrelated note, I just submitted my housing deposit but utilities are not included. Trying to come up with a basic budget here -- I should be undercutting the stated COA by a decent margin -- but I haven't factored them in. Assuming AC isn't necessary October - April, what am I looking at utilities per month?

thanks in advance


I paid maybe 20-25 a month for utilities (i.e., electricity; water was included)

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby jbagelboy » Thu May 30, 2013 3:31 pm

Bronck wrote:
jbagelboy wrote:
Hey, thanks for all of this advice. it's awesome.

re clerkships I corresponded with Anne Green, the clerkship adviser, before choosing CLS. How involved is she in procuring AIII clerkships for students, or do you have to go thru professors & personal ties?

on a completely unrelated note, I just submitted my housing deposit but utilities are not included. Trying to come up with a basic budget here -- I should be undercutting the stated COA by a decent margin -- but I haven't factored them in. Assuming AC isn't necessary October - April, what am I looking at utilities per month?

thanks in advance


I paid maybe 20-25 a month for utilities (i.e., electricity; water was included)


Cool thank you thats half of what I expected -- do you remember if your housing specified "no" for utilities included, but have you water anyway? Is that typical?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby smdpnp » Thu May 30, 2013 3:47 pm

jbagelboy wrote:Cool thank you thats half of what I expected -- do you remember if your housing specified "no" for utilities included, but have you water anyway? Is that typical?

All tenants must have access to hot water and heat by state law, so you'll have them regardless of your housing assignment. Mine doesn't include utilities, so I'm just expecting to pay electricity (and maybe gas?) each month.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby jbagelboy » Thu May 30, 2013 4:15 pm

smdpnp wrote:
jbagelboy wrote:Cool thank you thats half of what I expected -- do you remember if your housing specified "no" for utilities included, but have you water anyway? Is that typical?

All tenants must have access to hot water and heat by state law, so you'll have them regardless of your housing assignment. Mine doesn't include utilities, so I'm just expecting to pay electricity (and maybe gas?) each month.


I'm learning! Thank you!

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Elliott_Smith » Fri May 31, 2013 3:51 am

jbagelboy wrote:
Hey, thanks for all of this advice. it's awesome.

re clerkships I corresponded with Anne Green, the clerkship adviser, before choosing CLS. How involved is she in procuring AIII clerkships for students, or do you have to go thru professors & personal ties?

on a completely unrelated note, I just submitted my housing deposit but utilities are not included. Trying to come up with a basic budget here -- I should be undercutting the stated COA by a decent margin -- but I haven't factored them in. Assuming AC isn't necessary October - April, what am I looking at utilities per month?

thanks in advance


I haven't worked directly with Anne Green since I'm not going the clerkship route at all, but I would assume she would be pretty heavily involved in all the applications. Professors are important simply because you're going to need solid recs, and it helps a lot when a professor knows a judge. There are feeder professors just as there are feeder judges. Takeaway: get to know some solid profs who have clerked for the judges/district/circuit etc that you want.

Just as an aside, do start working with Anne early on if this is what you want. I started meeting with the relevant counselors/admin for what I was looking at pretty early on, and it was enormously helpful.

Can't help you on utilities as mine are included.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby sc-123 » Fri May 31, 2013 11:58 am

Was anyone here on Reserve then granted a phone conversation with the Dean or admissions director? If so, what was the conversation like, and did you get in?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Fri May 31, 2013 12:25 pm

Does anyone here have an on-campus job and if so, did you have to have access to Lion Share to apply to it?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby smaug_ » Fri May 31, 2013 1:01 pm

ph5354a wrote:Does anyone here have an on-campus job and if so, did you have to have access to Lion Share to apply to it?


I didn't have a job and I would strongly advise against having one. You will not have time. (You will not effectively use the time you have, but that's another matter.)

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Fri May 31, 2013 1:22 pm

hibiki wrote:
ph5354a wrote:Does anyone here have an on-campus job and if so, did you have to have access to Lion Share to apply to it?


I didn't have a job and I would strongly advise against having one. You will not have time. (You will not effectively use the time you have, but that's another matter.)


Yeah, I realize it's not recommended. I'm not committing to anything --I'm speaking with some people in the same office that I work in at my university and they refer to the listings, but it doesn't seem like I have access to Lion Share so I'm a little confused.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby jubee » Fri May 31, 2013 1:54 pm

do people actually get renters insurance?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Bronck » Fri May 31, 2013 2:17 pm

jubee wrote:do people actually get renters insurance?


I sure as hell didn't

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby jubee » Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:51 pm

thanks! do all UAH buildings have laundry on site and if they do i assume they are open at all hours? going on a short trip after moving in where ill be getting back past midnight and i throw all my stuff in laundry immediately after staying in hotels...

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby beepboopbeep » Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:27 pm

Any Lenfest experts? I checked it out over ASW but I can't remember some stuff. Trying to figure out how much of my stuff I should sell/bring.

-What's the bed frame like? I have a full-size one right now that I really like, wondering if the standard one is spartan/minimal enough that I could stash it in the back of the closet or something. The mattresses are fulls, right?

-How much counter space is there? How much room in the cabinets? For someone used to a relatively full-sized kitchen, am I going to have to throw out or store a lot of my pots/pans and baking stuff? Would there be room for something like a chef's/kitchen cart on the side?

-What about a dresser? Is there much storage space in the furniture provided?

-Can we change/replace the curtains? Or put holes in the walls? I imagine we can't paint...

I feel like I should be able to find some of this stuff online, but couldn't on the UAH site. Any help would be appreciated!




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