Cornell 1L taking questions

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby runthetrap1990 » Sat May 06, 2017 6:55 pm

Lavitz wrote:
counttoten wrote:FWIW, Uber/Lyft and other ride-sharing services should be coming to Ithaca over the summer. There had been a gov't restriction on upstate NY that got lifted very recently.

About time.


Huge. Of course it comes after I graduate.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby charles117 » Sun May 07, 2017 1:19 am

one way flights in early august are so expensive (350+ for 2 layovers and 550+ for 1 layover) Is it better just to fly into nyc or syracuse and take a shuttle?
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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby tyrant_flycatcher » Sun May 07, 2017 7:01 am

runthetrap1990 wrote:
Lavitz wrote:
counttoten wrote:FWIW, Uber/Lyft and other ride-sharing services should be coming to Ithaca over the summer. There had been a gov't restriction on upstate NY that got lifted very recently.

About time.


Huge. Of course it comes after I graduate.


Yes, but also I am sure I saved hundreds of dollars not having Uber and just walking.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby cantexplaingottago » Sun May 07, 2017 12:43 pm

charles117 wrote:flights in early august are so expensive (350+ for 2 layovers and 550+ for 1 layover) Is it better just to fly into nyc or syracuse and take a shuttle?


Hate to break it to you, flights are that expensive year round. Fly into NYC and bus it up here. Flights into Syracuse and Tompkins Regional are notoriously unreliable.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby charles117 » Sun May 07, 2017 12:57 pm

cantexplaingottago wrote:
charles117 wrote:flights in early august are so expensive (350+ for 2 layovers and 550+ for 1 layover) Is it better just to fly into nyc or syracuse and take a shuttle?


Hate to break it to you, flights are that expensive year round. Fly into NYC and bus it up here. Flights into Syracuse and Tompkins Regional are notoriously unreliable.

do you have a preferred bus line? (greyhound, big bus etc?)

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby cantexplaingottago » Sun May 07, 2017 1:33 pm

charles117 wrote:
cantexplaingottago wrote:
charles117 wrote:flights in early august are so expensive (350+ for 2 layovers and 550+ for 1 layover) Is it better just to fly into nyc or syracuse and take a shuttle?


Hate to break it to you, flights are that expensive year round. Fly into NYC and bus it up here. Flights into Syracuse and Tompkins Regional are notoriously unreliable.

do you have a preferred bus line? (greyhound, big bus etc?)


I've been using shortline (it's this region's version of greyhound) because I'm broke, but the customer service is fucking terrible and the last driver I had was visibly hungover (to the point of being incapacitated) and swerved all over the road, nearly hitting other vehicles on several occasions. Next time I go, I'm going to try BRB, but Cornell also has a "campus-to-campus" service. It's a bit pricier, and I'm not sure if you can use it if you're not already a student, but I suspect it will be the highest quality option. Or you can rent a car, but that's a boring 4 hour drive.

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Postby Winter is Coming » Sun May 07, 2017 1:40 pm

Anyone can take Campus to Campus its just more expensive if you're not a current student. It's nice but costs 180 roundtrip for non-students.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby charles117 » Sun May 07, 2017 4:01 pm

is there a law school softball or law school intramural sports team like at uva?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby runthetrap1990 » Sun May 07, 2017 4:57 pm

charles117 wrote:is there a law school softball or law school intramural sports team like at uva?


We've sent a team for the last few years to UVA for the UVA softball tournament, but there isn't a formal team that plays in a softball league in Ithaca. There is also a law school indoor soccer team that plays in a local Ithaca co-ed rec league. Both of those though pop up during the winter time.

Students will usually put together their own IM teams that compete on campus in Cornell IM leagues (soccer, basketball, volleyball, etc.), but those aren't officially sponsored by the law school.

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Postby charles117 » Sun May 07, 2017 6:53 pm

Also do all of the 1L classes use the same textbooks or do they change from professor to professor and year to year? Could I just buy all the used books of a 1L and expect them to be the same for next year?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby cantexplaingottago » Sun May 07, 2017 6:55 pm

charles117 wrote:Also do all of the 1L classes use the same textbooks or do they change from professor to professor and year to year? Could I just buy all the used books of a 1L and expect them to be the same for next year?


Depends on the class. As far as I can tell, all Civ Pro classes use the same textbook, but other course textbooks vary by professor and year. Some professors just throw together a packet of cases instead of use a casebook. You won't know until you know your schedule, unfortunately. You'll probably be able to buy some books off of rising 2Ls, but some classes may switch to newer editions next year.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby uhwrestler » Wed May 10, 2017 7:55 pm

hey does anyone know any studio apartments offering 10 month leases (under 800 per month)?
i found a couple of studios at that price but they require 12 month leases.
i dont plan on staying in ithaca during the summer.

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Postby charles117 » Thu May 11, 2017 4:22 pm

Has anyone here signed up for one of the on campus meal plans before? is the food any good? would you recommend it?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Lavitz » Thu May 11, 2017 5:14 pm

charles117 wrote:Has anyone here signed up for one of the on campus meal plans before? is the food any good? would you recommend it?

Read through the last two pages.

My own answer is that the campus food is fine, but the meal plan's more expensive than it's worth.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby ReadyToStart » Fri May 12, 2017 10:14 am

Does anybody have any experience living in CTT 115 S Quarry Street? It seems to be more of a dorm style complex, but it's much cheaper so I was just curious how it works.

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Postby charles117 » Sat May 13, 2017 4:06 pm

ReadyToStart wrote:Does anybody have any experience living in CTT 115 S Quarry Street? It seems to be more of a dorm style complex, but it's much cheaper so I was just curious how it works.

I looked into that but theres only one small kitchen for the floor so cooking will be kind of hard. coupled with the fact that the university dining hall is pretty far away, it seems like people living there would probably just eat out most days or something.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby runinthefront » Mon May 15, 2017 7:00 am

charles117 wrote:Has anyone here signed up for one of the on campus meal plans before? is the food any good? would you recommend it?

I signed up for it, along with a few of my friends. The food is great. I bought the "45-meal w/ $150 CU bucks" or whatever plan, and it was fine. When you factor in the CU bucks (to be used at vending machines or basically any on-campus cafe/restaurant), it really came out to like ~$11 a meal, which is what I was spending in Collegetown anyway. I didn't really have access to a kitchen though, or else I would've cooked all my meals instead.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby freekick » Thu May 18, 2017 7:33 am

- When do we get to know our sections?
Any insight into:
- How does the school constitute 1L sections? LSAT/GPA/diversity/age/other factors?
- Do people get to switch sections, at least before start of classes?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Lavitz » Thu May 18, 2017 10:10 am

freekick wrote:- When do we get to know our sections?
Any insight into:
- How does the school constitute 1L sections? LSAT/GPA/diversity/age/other factors?
- Do people get to switch sections, at least before start of classes?

- Likely not until August.
- No idea. I believe it's supposed to be random. Maybe they adjust for diversity. In any case, it should turn out to be fairly representative, and they won't stack all the high LSAT/gpa people in one section.
- No. You're stuck with the section they give you.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby mt2165 » Thu May 18, 2017 11:30 am

Lavitz wrote:
freekick wrote:- When do we get to know our sections?
Any insight into:
- How does the school constitute 1L sections? LSAT/GPA/diversity/age/other factors?
- Do people get to switch sections, at least before start of classes?

- Likely not until August.
- No idea. I believe it's supposed to be random. Maybe they adjust for diversity. In any case, it should turn out to be fairly representative, and they won't stack all the high LSAT/gpa people in one section.
- No. You're stuck with the section they give you.


Is it a practice anywhere to assign sections by admissions criteria or age? That would seemingly be scandalous?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Lavitz » Thu May 18, 2017 11:34 am

mt2165 wrote:
Lavitz wrote:
freekick wrote:- When do we get to know our sections?
Any insight into:
- How does the school constitute 1L sections? LSAT/GPA/diversity/age/other factors?
- Do people get to switch sections, at least before start of classes?

- Likely not until August.
- No idea. I believe it's supposed to be random. Maybe they adjust for diversity. In any case, it should turn out to be fairly representative, and they won't stack all the high LSAT/gpa people in one section.
- No. You're stuck with the section they give you.


Is it a practice anywhere to assign sections by admissions criteria or age? That would seemingly be scandalous?

Section-stacking is a phenomenon at trap schools where they put all the people with scholarships in the same section and then they can rescind scholarships to whoever fails to meet the stipulations to keep the scholarships (e.g., top 50%, top 75%). Since the people with scholarships presumably have higher LSAT/GPA, that's at least a de facto assignment based on admissions criteria.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby cantexplaingottago » Thu May 18, 2017 4:22 pm

freekick wrote:- When do we get to know our sections?
Any insight into:
- How does the school constitute 1L sections? LSAT/GPA/diversity/age/other factors?
- Do people get to switch sections, at least before start of classes?


When they send out your schedule, check it against the Fall 2017 academic schedule (http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/registrar/calendar.cfm). Note the capital letter(s) in parentheses after each of your classes. The one that matches every class you have is your section.

Side note: I found it helpful to reach out to my sectionmates early; we maintained a group chat all year, which got pretty amusing during a couple classes.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby freekick » Fri May 19, 2017 12:30 am

cantexplaingottago wrote:
freekick wrote:- When do we get to know our sections?
Any insight into:
- How does the school constitute 1L sections? LSAT/GPA/diversity/age/other factors?
- Do people get to switch sections, at least before start of classes?


When they send out your schedule, check it against the Fall 2017 academic schedule (http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/registrar/calendar.cfm). Note the capital letter(s) in parentheses after each of your classes. The one that matches every class you have is your section.

Side note: I found it helpful to reach out to my sectionmates early; we maintained a group chat all year, which got pretty amusing during a couple classes.


Thanks. Group chat with section mates sounds like a good idea. :)

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Rubbishdump » Sat May 20, 2017 12:39 pm

How late do the buses run to and from campus?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby cornell2020 » Tue May 23, 2017 2:04 pm

I'm probably getting an unfurnished place... what's the best option for furniture?




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