UChicago 1L Taking Questions

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UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby lgcylwyr » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:51 pm

Almost done with the second quarter of 1L here at UChicago. I'm available for questions if anyone has any.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby WhiteyCakes » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:59 pm

lgcylwyr wrote:Almost done with the second quarter of 1L here at UChicago. I'm available for questions if anyone has any.


What are you doing this summer? On the admitted students site, it states that $5,000 in summer funding is guaranteed for PI work for 1L and 2L summers, is that really the case?

ETA: Thanks for doing this.
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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby lgcylwyr » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:02 pm

I'm doing PI work and yes it is true about the funding. All you have to do is make sure to apply for the funding by the deadlines and my understanding is that it's pretty much guaranteed.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby WhiteyCakes » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:16 pm

What's the quarter system like? Assuming that you had a traditional semester schedule for your undergrad, was difficult to adjust to the quarter system?

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby lgcylwyr » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:24 pm

I did have a traditional semester system for undergrad so I think I can give some idea of the switch over. In general, I think quarters are more difficult than semesters. Exam periods are very stressful and having to do three sets of exams is certainly trying as a 1L. People always argue in favor of the quarter system by saying it's the same amount of weeks (10/10/10 vs 15/15) but you still have an extra set of exams. I don't care who you are, you can't enjoy having extra exams.

I do think UChicago does a decent job easing you into it. Only 2 exams the first quarter, 2 the second, and then 4 in the Spring (which I have heard is terrible, I'll let you know when I'm through it). Fall quarter exams were not bad. Plenty of time to study for them and all that. This quarter's exams should be more difficult (testing 20 weeks of material rather than 10).

On the whole, I cant say I love the quarter system, but you do get used to it. Also, a positive is having 2 week breaks in between quarters which I like.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby cslouisck » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:40 pm

How would you describe the other students? My friend in another grad programs at UChicago says it's only the undergrads who are insular and miserable, but I haven't seen much comment on the law students.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby lgcylwyr » Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:15 pm

The students are not bad at all. I second the sentiment about the undergrads - but there are lots of normal ones too. Most people work very hard here, but I haven't met anyone who is cut throat or unfriendly. Definitely a few awkward folks, but what place doesn't have a few people like that.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby robot_socrates » Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:33 pm

Chicago is known for their law and econ program. To what extent does economics play a role in typical 1L classes?

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby Emma. » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:56 pm

Why you 1Ls gotta be so separatist?

(See viewtopic.php?f=4&t=140165)

:P

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby banjo » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:50 pm

People on TLS make a big deal about graded vs ungraded LRW. How bad is it?

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby lgcylwyr » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:39 pm

robot_socrates wrote:Chicago is known for their law and econ program. To what extent does economics play a role in typical 1L classes?


Well I think it underlies a good deal of the 1L classes. You sort of start to pick up the language after a while. But at the same time it's not like you need to know anything going in. Most of it is common sense stuff and you start to see applications in every area of law. I actually think it is a positive side the law school.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby lgcylwyr » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:41 pm

banjo wrote:People on TLS make a big deal about graded vs ungraded LRW. How bad is it?


I don't really know what to say about this. I think grading sucks because everyone works insanely hard. I can only hypothesize that having ungraded LRW would have been better. So I guess I agree with the common sentiment? We still have to write a brief for spring quarter, so maybe I'll have a better opinion then.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby WhiteyCakes » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:43 pm

Where do you live? Do you have a car? How's the public transportation?

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby lgcylwyr » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:49 pm

WhiteyCakes wrote:Where do you live? Do you have a car? How's the public transportation?


Regents, with a ton of other students. Public transportation to the campus is extremely easy (172). Getting downtown is also relatively easy (6 bus, or metra). The only time it gets sketchy is when there is a really bad storm (my understanding) and that hasn't really happened yet.

I don't have a car. I didn't want to pay for parking (175/mo at Regents I think) and didn't want to play the street parking game, which can suck. I have friends who do that and some days you get lucky and some days you don't. Also there are parking tickets to watch out for, 2'' snow bans (where you can get towed), and parking around the law school is hard unless you get there early.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby robot_socrates » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:56 pm

lgcylwyr wrote:
robot_socrates wrote:Chicago is known for their law and econ program. To what extent does economics play a role in typical 1L classes?


Well I think it underlies a good deal of the 1L classes. You sort of start to pick up the language after a while. But at the same time it's not like you need to know anything going in. Most of it is common sense stuff and you start to see applications in every area of law. I actually think it is a positive side the law school.


Thank you!

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby lgcylwyr » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:57 pm

robot_socrates wrote:
lgcylwyr wrote:
robot_socrates wrote:Chicago is known for their law and econ program. To what extent does economics play a role in typical 1L classes?


Well I think it underlies a good deal of the 1L classes. You sort of start to pick up the language after a while. But at the same time it's not like you need to know anything going in. Most of it is common sense stuff and you start to see applications in every area of law. I actually think it is a positive side the law school.


Thank you!


NP.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby Good Marshall » Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:18 pm

lgcylwyr wrote:Almost done with the second quarter of 1L here at UChicago. I'm available for questions if anyone has any.


Chicago drops the bottom portion of its class. When is the first cut? Are students constantly worried about this? How has it affected you?

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby AspiringAcademic » Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:07 pm

Good Marshall wrote:Chicago drops the bottom portion of its class. When is the first cut? Are students constantly worried about this? How has it affected you?

Pretty sure this isn't a thing. Sure you're asking about the right school?

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby Good Marshall » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:27 pm

AspiringAcademic wrote:
Good Marshall wrote:Chicago drops the bottom portion of its class. When is the first cut? Are students constantly worried about this? How has it affected you?

Pretty sure this isn't a thing. Sure you're asking about the right school?


I am not. I think I put out bad info. I checked their website again and I believe I must have misconstrued the following paragraph:

A grade of 160 or above is required for credit in a course. A student who fails a class will be contacted by the Dean of Students. A student who receives two failing final grades in any one academic year or three failing final grades during his or her period of residence at the Law School will not have maintained satisfactory academic standing. Additionally, students must attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 168 at the conclusion of each academic year to maintain satisfactory academic standing. Maintenance of satisfactory academic standing is a prerequisite to continuing study in the Law School as well as to graduating from the Law School.

It appears that you are correct: It is not a thing. I withdraw my previous question.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby lgcylwyr » Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:57 pm

Sorry I dropped off the face of the earth the last week or so - just finished Winter quarter and needed to get some R&R.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby Rahviveh » Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:02 am

Any tips for staying within budget in HP, besides the obvious cooking, roommates, etc.?

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby lgcylwyr » Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:54 am

ChampagnePapi wrote:Any tips for staying within budget in HP, besides the obvious cooking, roommates, etc.?


Sorry for taking so long to respond.

Well I don't know if I'll be giving obvious advice here, but don't live in Regents. You can save a couple thousand a year or more by living in one of the neighboring apt complexes or somewhere else in Hyde Park. You can also save money by avoiding the use of cabs (use DDs or structure your evening to use public transportation).

Another way to save money is by not buying books. I'm sure most will caution against this, but I have purchased very few books. You can scan the pages you need to read in the library or just check out a copy for a few hours before class. This could save you hundreds/thousands depending on how dedicated you are.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby jingyuan » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:32 pm

Hi, I have a few questions. I am not sure if there are others who have already asked, but I am really curious about them.

The first question is: Are the curricullums tight? Do you often stay late at night studying materials and doing assignments?

The second question is: Do you live in-campus or outside? What's the advantage and disadvantage living in-side or outside?

The third question is that, are there any students union or groups that for Law student to join in?

Thank you in advance! I look forward hearing from you!

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby Mad Hatter » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:42 am

jingyuan wrote:Are the curricullums tight?

:lol: :lol: :lol: wtf is this.

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Re: UChicago 1L Taking Questions

Postby TexasAggie13 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:17 am

Thanks again for doing this! I know you probably get this a lot and I'm sorry for asking it again, but how big of an issue is crime in the area? I realize its a huge city and crime will always be present to some extent, but do you feel as though it's particularly bad in the area? Have you ever had any issues?




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