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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby HeavenWood » Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:13 pm

Tim0thy222 wrote:
Veyron wrote:
Tim0thy222 wrote:Question for Penn Students:

How much fun are Penn students? Based on what I've read on TLS, UVA students are really proud of softball and social events, but I don't see much discussion of Penn's social life.

It seems I'd get a great education and have roughly equivalent job prospects from either school, but say I want to "work hard, play hard," so to speak. You know, I'm going to be there for 3 years, 3 years of my 20's no less, and I'd like to enjoy them. Do Penn students work hard and play hard? Or do they just work hard and then work some more?

Since I'd be moving to either school from the west coast, I'm not going to have any friends in either city at first, so I'm hoping to go someplace where I can make some friends in the law school, instead of just seeing them in class before we return to our respective study caves.


Penn is "the social ivy." The school is, however, more nerdy than fratty. Whether that is a good thing is a matter of preference. The administration makes a strong effort to provide students with far more free booze than is prudent.


Thanks for the response. However, I'm not sure I understand the concept of too much free booze :mrgreen:

Seriously though, I probably would prefer that it doesn't lean too fratty. On the spectrum of nerdy to fratty, I'm probably closer to the nerdy end.

Really I would be satisfied with some social events for law students once in a while, and groups of friends that like to go out and do things on the weekend at least semi-regularly. After thinking about it a little more, I said "party hard", but on a wild night I usually end up having a few drinks and heading home by 12 or 1, as opposed to getting smashed at a club or a house party until 3am, so maybe Penn's social life is sufficient and UVA's is a bit more than I need.

You'd fit in just fine here. Most people go out once or twice a week before crunch time. We like to have fun, but we're also not raging every weekend. I'd say most people are chill, nerdy-preppy types. Fratty, not so much.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby dabomb75 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:25 am

Tim0thy222 wrote:
Veyron wrote:
Tim0thy222 wrote:Question for Penn Students:

How much fun are Penn students? Based on what I've read on TLS, UVA students are really proud of softball and social events, but I don't see much discussion of Penn's social life.

It seems I'd get a great education and have roughly equivalent job prospects from either school, but say I want to "work hard, play hard," so to speak. You know, I'm going to be there for 3 years, 3 years of my 20's no less, and I'd like to enjoy them. Do Penn students work hard and play hard? Or do they just work hard and then work some more?

Since I'd be moving to either school from the west coast, I'm not going to have any friends in either city at first, so I'm hoping to go someplace where I can make some friends in the law school, instead of just seeing them in class before we return to our respective study caves.


Penn is "the social ivy." The school is, however, more nerdy than fratty. Whether that is a good thing is a matter of preference. The administration makes a strong effort to provide students with far more free booze than is prudent.


Thanks for the response. However, I'm not sure I understand the concept of too much free booze :mrgreen:

Seriously though, I probably would prefer that it doesn't lean too fratty. On the spectrum of nerdy to fratty, I'm probably closer to the nerdy end.

Really I would be satisfied with some social events for law students once in a while, and groups of friends that like to go out and do things on the weekend at least semi-regularly. After thinking about it a little more, I said "party hard", but on a wild night I usually end up having a few drinks and heading home by 12 or 1, as opposed to getting smashed at a club or a house party until 3am, so maybe Penn's social life is sufficient and UVA's is a bit more than I need.


I still know a contingent of 10-20 1Ls that are still going out at least 1x a week and it's ~3 weeks before the start of finals now. Hell, I'm probably going out this weekend since it's someone's 21st b-day.

And yea, we get waaaaaay too much (in a good way) free booze from the school, especially during orientation, which was absolutely glorious.

The law students are fun, although even the most outgoing and social ones seem to have their slight awkwardness/nerdiness about them so take that for what you will.

I was a toss up between UVA and Penn for a while as well, but I ended up here and although I haven't been to UVA so I can't say what it's really like, I'm pretty sure I made the right choice.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby r6_philly » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:09 am

dabomb75 wrote:The law students are fun, although even the most outgoing and social ones seem to have their slight awkwardness/nerdiness about them so take that for what you will.


This does not apply to everyone. There are quite a few none awkward people, but they are not the most outgoing/social. Maybe that's why, they are normal.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby Tim0thy222 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:12 am

Just an update, I asked because I was considering switching my ED app to Penn. I ended up leaving it where it is, though you all have convinced me I would've liked Penn very much. Sadly, Penn is probably out for me RD, so if my ED doesn't work I'll definitely be bummed about not getting to go to Penn.

Thanks everyone for your answers!

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby lostmyname » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:44 am

Tim0thy222 wrote:Just an update, I asked because I was considering switching my ED app to Penn. I ended up leaving it where it is, though you all have convinced me I would've liked Penn very much. Sadly, Penn is probably out for me RD, so if my ED doesn't work I'll definitely be bummed about not getting to go to Penn.

Thanks everyone for your answers!


Stay persistent (but not a creeper). I know someone who got in after they already moved in to their apartment at another law school and ended up breaking their lease.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby MC Southstar » Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:44 pm

This is all very interesting because I thought c/o 2013 was the shit, but the general consensus is that c/o 2014 are mad serious to the point of it being weird to even the administration.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby Veyron » Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:58 pm

MC Southstar wrote:This is all very interesting because I thought c/o 2013 was the shit, but the general consensus is that c/o 2014 are mad serious to the point of it being weird to even the administration.


And here I thought that we were the weirdly serious class. The administration must just not be used to having an economy so bad that even Penn students need to worry.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby r6_philly » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:37 pm

Veyron wrote:
MC Southstar wrote:This is all very interesting because I thought c/o 2013 was the shit, but the general consensus is that c/o 2014 are mad serious to the point of it being weird to even the administration.


And here I thought that we were the weirdly serious class. The administration must just not be used to having an economy so bad that even Penn students need to worry.


Maybe they will relax a bit after getting summer jobs. TBF it isn't as bad as I thought in school today. Of course I did not step into the library.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby Veyron » Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:13 pm

r6_philly wrote:
Veyron wrote:
MC Southstar wrote:This is all very interesting because I thought c/o 2013 was the shit, but the general consensus is that c/o 2014 are mad serious to the point of it being weird to even the administration.


And here I thought that we were the weirdly serious class. The administration must just not be used to having an economy so bad that even Penn students need to worry.


Maybe they will relax a bit after getting summer jobs. TBF it isn't as bad as I thought in school today. Of course I did not step into the library.


Yah, I know we've all chilled the fuck out after OCI (at least, those people who got something did). I have no fucking idea why 1Ls would be conserned about getting summer jobs; its the T-14 equivalent of worrying about whether the sun is going to rise tomorrow.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby r6_philly » Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:39 pm

Veyron wrote:Yah, I know we've all chilled the fuck out after OCI (at least, those people who got something did). I have no fucking idea why 1Ls would be conserned about getting summer jobs; its the T-14 equivalent of worrying about whether the sun is going to rise tomorrow.


We need a 13% party. That may help.

I don't really like the atmosphere here this week. I went to my UG to study and it was a lot more relaxed.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby PennBull » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:41 pm

MC Southstar wrote:This is all very interesting because I thought c/o 2013 was the shit, but the general consensus is that c/o 2014 are mad serious to the point of it being weird to even the administration.


And then there's section 3, where nobody really cares about anything. They balance it out.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby dabomb75 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:03 pm

PennBull wrote:
MC Southstar wrote:This is all very interesting because I thought c/o 2013 was the shit, but the general consensus is that c/o 2014 are mad serious to the point of it being weird to even the administration.


And then there's section 3, where nobody really cares about anything. They balance it out.


yes we do :)

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby Ende » Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:53 pm

Thank you, for making this thread.

I'm trying to get to where you guys are at, so I'd like all the experience I can get from any Penn students reading or posting in this thread.

1. What did you do for the LSAT to get your score? I'm looking for specifics. Did you do a 6 month prep, 3, 4 weeks? Was a course involved? Was a course and a tutor involved? Based off of your experience with preparing, what would you recommend?

2. Your LOR: Did you use professors, coaches from college, bosses, or all of them? Did you use any friends that are attorney's?

3. Essays: Did you do all of them?

4. Mistakes: Through the application process, did you make any? Any potholes I should be mindful of?


To give you some background, I'm from Philly, now residing in Ft. Lauderdale. I plan on returning home to attend law school. I miss home, my family/close friends, etc. I have just under a year to take the LSAT, and I'm preparing now. Next year is going to be a very busy one with preparation. I'm very determined to get into this program, and I'm literally willing to do whatever I have to; leave no stone unturned...

PM/post guys, as I will be checking this thread on a regular basis for feedback. Thanks again for all your help!!! Have a great holiday and a safe new year!!!

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby iamrobk » Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:33 pm

Ende wrote:Thank you, for making this thread.

I'm trying to get to where you guys are at, so I'd like all the experience I can get from any Penn students reading or posting in this thread.

1. What did you do for the LSAT to get your score? I'm looking for specifics. Did you do a 6 month prep, 3, 4 weeks? Was a course involved? Was a course and a tutor involved? Based off of your experience with preparing, what would you recommend?

2. Your LOR: Did you use professors, coaches from college, bosses, or all of them? Did you use any friends that are attorney's?

3. Essays: Did you do all of them?

4. Mistakes: Through the application process, did you make any? Any potholes I should be mindful of?


To give you some background, I'm from Philly, now residing in Ft. Lauderdale. I plan on returning home to attend law school. I miss home, my family/close friends, etc. I have just under a year to take the LSAT, and I'm preparing now. Next year is going to be a very busy one with preparation. I'm very determined to get into this program, and I'm literally willing to do whatever I have to; leave no stone unturned...

PM/post guys, as I will be checking this thread on a regular basis for feedback. Thanks again for all your help!!! Have a great holiday and a safe new year!!!

Hey, I was just accepted via ED and had a phone interview with the dean of admissions so I'll try to answer as best I can through my experiences.

1. For the LSAT, I didn't discover TLS until about a week before I took it so I didn't really prep to nearly the same extent that a lot of people do. I took the October 2011 test, and started studying in July when I took a Kaplan class that went until the middle of August. My diagnostic was a 152, and the class was decently helpful since I was in the mid 160's by the end of it. From there I just studied the 3 Powerscore Bibles pretty much every day and took a PT every weekend until the week of the test when I took a PT every day. So I ended up taking ~14 plus a lot of individual sections (probably enough to add up to another 5 PT's or so). I ended up scoring a point higher on the LSAT than on my best PT's (I hit 170 a few times but never did better, then got a 171 in October), so I guess it worked. I'm a naturally good test taker though, so I always had that advantage going for me.

2. I'm a senior in college now, and I had 1 from a professor and 1 from my boss of the job I had last summer. After having the phone interview with the dean, I highly recommend you have 2 from professors unless you've been out of school for a while, since she specifically asked why I decided to have 1 from my boss. FWIW my job had absolutely nothing to do with the law (I worked at a country club).

3. I did the 5 year plan one. I did ED so it wasn't quite as important I think, but I'm from the Philly suburbs and I wrote about how much I love Philly and would love to go to school there, and how Penn has done a lot to make University City a great place. On my phone interview the dean asked if I wanted to stay in Philly long-term, to which I answered yes. So I think that showing some love for Philly helped me a lot there.

4. Hm. I guess I would have gotten 2 LOR's from professors like I said above, but I can't think of anything else. At the end of the day it's 90% GPA and LSAT, so as long as you can get whatever LSAT score you need (for ED, it's basically 3.3+ GPA and 170+ LSAT or 3.8+ GPA and 165+ LSAT) you'll be good.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby Veyron » Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:03 pm

^ Penn does phone interviews now?

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby iamrobk » Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:11 pm

Veyron wrote:^ Penn does phone interviews now?

Very rarely. Seems they started last year, 2 ED people on here had them. AFAIK I was the only person on here or LSN to have one.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby PennBull » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:47 pm

dabomb75 wrote:
PennBull wrote:
MC Southstar wrote:This is all very interesting because I thought c/o 2013 was the shit, but the general consensus is that c/o 2014 are mad serious to the point of it being weird to even the administration.


And then there's section 3, where nobody really cares about anything. They balance it out.


yes we do :)


Yes we do = yes we actually care, or yes we balance it out?

All I know is, I don't think it was any coincidence at all that a bunch of section 3 kids were playing flip cup at the goat after the civpro exam. I think section 3 definitely has the priorities correct.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby johnnyutah » Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:19 pm

Ende wrote:Thank you, for making this thread.

I'm trying to get to where you guys are at, so I'd like all the experience I can get from any Penn students reading or posting in this thread.
Former Penn student here.

Ende wrote:1. What did you do for the LSAT to get your score? I'm looking for specifics. Did you do a 6 month prep, 3, 4 weeks? Was a course involved? Was a course and a tutor involved? Based off of your experience with preparing, what would you recommend?
I just did a bunch of practice tests.

Ende wrote:2. Your LOR: Did you use professors, coaches from college, bosses, or all of them? Did you use any friends that are attorney's?
I just used professors. I would have used friends who are attorneys, but I didn't have any.

Ende wrote:3. Essays: Did you do all of them?
I did not do a "Why Penn" essay, but I hear that one has become much more important.

Ende wrote:4. Mistakes: Through the application process, did you make any? Any potholes I should be mindful of?
Apply early.

Ende wrote:To give you some background, I'm from Philly, now residing in Ft. Lauderdale. I plan on returning home to attend law school. I miss home, my family/close friends, etc. I have just under a year to take the LSAT, and I'm preparing now. Next year is going to be a very busy one with preparation. I'm very determined to get into this program, and I'm literally willing to do whatever I have to; leave no stone unturned...

PM/post guys, as I will be checking this thread on a regular basis for feedback. Thanks again for all your help!!! Have a great holiday and a safe new year!!!
Awesome. Good luck. With that much time on your side, you should be able to get an awesome LSAT score.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby NYC Law » Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:23 pm

I'm a Fordham student, but Prof. Wolff is visiting next semester. If anyone has access to outlines and/or exams (or has had him and has general advice) for his Civ Pro course it'd be greatly appreciated!

TYIA

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby johnnyutah » Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:56 pm

NYC Law wrote:I'm a Fordham student, but Prof. Wolff is visiting next semester. If anyone has access to outlines and/or exams (or has had him and has general advice) for his Civ Pro course it'd be greatly appreciated!

TYIA

Professor Wolff, while grilling me 1L year, once asked me literally to compose a Twombly/Mottley compliant complaint on the fly during Socratic Method. He is a very smart man and he's a nice and fair professor, but he does like to push the 1Ls a bit. I can't access any of his old tests anymore, but I'm sure some of the other Penn students in this thread can.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby r6_philly » Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:57 pm

johnnyutah wrote:
NYC Law wrote:I'm a Fordham student, but Prof. Wolff is visiting next semester. If anyone has access to outlines and/or exams (or has had him and has general advice) for his Civ Pro course it'd be greatly appreciated!

TYIA

Professor Wolff, while grilling me 1L year, once asked me literally to compose a Twombly/Mottley compliant complaint on the fly during Socratic Method. He is a very smart man and he's a nice and fair professor, but he does like to push the 1Ls a bit. I can't access any of his old tests anymore, but I'm sure some of the other Penn students in this thread can.


Only some? lol

NYC Law pm me with your email

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby czelede » Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:41 pm

does anyone know when loans get disbursed for next semester?

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby cesmoc » Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:59 pm

I think loans get disbursed on either the 9th or the 13th, depending on when the school receives the loan from your lender

Source: http://www.sfs.upenn.edu/announcements/ ... eposit.htm

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby r6_philly » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:30 pm

Disbursement is scheduled on 1/2 for all my loans. Then the thurs. after you will get your refund (if everything works normally).

You can see your date by going to PennInTouch, click on the "my loan requests" on the left, check the loan you want to see, then go in it and click disbursement info.

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Re: Penn Students Taking Questions

Postby stompa » Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:14 pm

how much does Penn Law stress diversty for their incoming classes
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