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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby lawcapture » Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:52 pm

Do most students live with roommates? is there a roommate finder like in college or should I count on friends of friends/craigslist

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby rhododactylos » Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:47 pm

Varrus wrote:
Varrus wrote:Looks like Order of the Coif notifications have gone out for c/o 2016. Anyone have any information on what the GPA cutoff was this year? Thanks.


Bump.

Sorry to be That Guy. Anyone have any information on this? Many thanks.


I don't believe they announce it--it's not like VLR where the cutoff is available upon request (or not available at all, depending on whether this year's VLR managing board decides it wants to follow its bylaws). I think the only way to figure it out would be if someone around the cutoff (3.6? 3.7? 3.8?) let us know if they made it or not. Or if Ruth Payne is allowed to use email again.

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby UVA2B » Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:03 am

lawcapture wrote:Do most students live with roommates? is there a roommate finder like in college or should I count on friends of friends/craigslist


Can't speak to other years, but this year's 1L class used Facebook heavily for this. We used the official class FB page, and then created another unofficial one that didn't have any of the admissions folks in it. Might be something worth looking into doing, cause advance networking with your future classmates can be pretty clutch.

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby First Offense » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:38 am

rhododactylos wrote:
Varrus wrote:
Varrus wrote:Looks like Order of the Coif notifications have gone out for c/o 2016. Anyone have any information on what the GPA cutoff was this year? Thanks.


Bump.

Sorry to be That Guy. Anyone have any information on this? Many thanks.


I don't believe they announce it--it's not like VLR where the cutoff is available upon request (or not available at all, depending on whether this year's VLR managing board decides it wants to follow its bylaws). I think the only way to figure it out would be if someone around the cutoff (3.6? 3.7? 3.8?) let us know if they made it or not. Or if Ruth Payne is allowed to use email again.

It's higher than a mid 3.6. Only data point I can give you.

Also lol @ Ruth Payne.

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby 20170322 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:07 pm

I'm number 13 on the Jeffersonian wait list. Should I assume that I'll be living there in the fall, or keep researching other options?

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby First Offense » Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:23 pm

SweetTort wrote:I'm number 13 on the Jeffersonian wait list. Should I assume that I'll be living there in the fall, or keep researching other options?

You're in.

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby 20170322 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:55 pm

Are there any batting cages near the school? I'd like to step my softball game up before the fall 8)

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby First Offense » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:57 pm

It's slow pitch. You'll be fine.

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby 20170322 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:41 pm

First Offense wrote:It's slow pitch. You'll be fine.


Oh, lol.

Thanks for all of the info!

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby MAPP » Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:41 pm

How's parking on campus? I don't think I'll have decided whether I'll attend UVA until around Feb/March so I might end up in an apartment way off campus and have to drive (unless there is good public transit)

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby First Offense » Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:45 pm

MAPP wrote:How's parking on campus? I don't think I'll have decided whether I'll attend UVA until around Feb/March so I might end up in an apartment way off campus and have to drive (unless there is good public transit)

There isn't great public transit - but you shouldn't have trouble finding an apartment close to campus even fairly late.

That being said, I think parking is okay. The lot closest to the school is done by lottery I think. There's also a lot that's a bit further away, and there is some chance you can find street parking on Arlington if all else fails.

But really, the best bet is to live either on Arlington or in Ivy and just walk.

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby potatoes » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:57 pm

Congrats and welcome! Skipping your first 3 questions because I don't have anything to add.

SweetTort wrote:
4. I'm interested in doing a bunch of clubs (Democrats, Libel Show, Moot Court, Wine Club) but I know that 1L's should keep their plates light. What's the max amount of stuff you would recommend? I recommend signing up for all of the clubs you are interested in, and then just taking control of the amount of responsibility you take on. A lot of these groups will have listservs and host events that you can choose to attend when it works for you, so if you feel too busy, as long as you're not in leadership, there will be no downside to being a part of them. Joining the group will get you on the listserv so you're always apprised of what's happening, and then you can be however involved works for you. (This obviously isn't true for moot court, but it is true for most of the ones you listed).

5. Any hidden gems at UVA law to know about? Cool spots, great classes, restaurants-- anything you wished you knew as a 1L. Carter Mountain has the "Sunset Series" in the early fall - which is free live music at the orchard. Carter Mountain has an incredible view of C'ville, and of course has cider/hard cider, apple cider donuts, etc. It's a nice getaway from North Grounds and a fun thing to do with your section.

Thanks y'all, and go Cavs!

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby UVA2B » Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:12 am

First Offense wrote:
MAPP wrote:How's parking on campus? I don't think I'll have decided whether I'll attend UVA until around Feb/March so I might end up in an apartment way off campus and have to drive (unless there is good public transit)

There isn't great public transit - but you shouldn't have trouble finding an apartment close to campus even fairly late.

That being said, I think parking is okay. The lot closest to the school is done by lottery I think. There's also a lot that's a bit further away, and there is some chance you can find street parking on Arlington if all else fails.

But really, the best bet is to live either on Arlington or in Ivy and just walk.


Parking isn't a lottery unless you want to park literally with faculty. Most students who commute park adjacent to Caplin Auditorium, either directly adjacent to it (more expensive), or down the hill near the Park (more reasonably priced).

Your last point is the most realistic for the average student though: live near the school and walk. Use your car when you need it for other things, but realistically those with cars drive very little unless they commute from farther out.

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby First Offense » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:59 am

UVA2B wrote:
First Offense wrote:
MAPP wrote:How's parking on campus? I don't think I'll have decided whether I'll attend UVA until around Feb/March so I might end up in an apartment way off campus and have to drive (unless there is good public transit)

There isn't great public transit - but you shouldn't have trouble finding an apartment close to campus even fairly late.

That being said, I think parking is okay. The lot closest to the school is done by lottery I think. There's also a lot that's a bit further away, and there is some chance you can find street parking on Arlington if all else fails.

But really, the best bet is to live either on Arlington or in Ivy and just walk.


Parking isn't a lottery unless you want to park literally with faculty. Most students who commute park adjacent to Caplin Auditorium, either directly adjacent to it (more expensive), or down the hill near the Park (more reasonably priced).

Your last point is the most realistic for the average student though: live near the school and walk. Use your car when you need it for other things, but realistically those with cars drive very little unless they commute from farther out.

See - I lived on Arlington and didn't worry about parking. Just remember the emails about a lottery every fall.

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby SeewhathappensLarry » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:09 pm

How much do I have to study for a Balnave PR final? I went to the first class, never again, never read. I took the MPRE if that helps

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby Yardbird » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:15 pm

SeewhathappensLarry wrote:How much do I have to study for a Balnave PR final? I went to the first class, never again, never read. I took the MPRE if that helps
I did the same. Studied for 2 hours the night before, got a B+ with minimal effort on the exam. You can use the barbri/themis outlines (and basically any resource you want).

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby SeewhathappensLarry » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:46 pm

Yardbird wrote:
SeewhathappensLarry wrote:How much do I have to study for a Balnave PR final? I went to the first class, never again, never read. I took the MPRE if that helps
I did the same. Studied for 2 hours the night before, got a B+ with minimal effort on the exam. You can use the barbri/themis outlines (and basically any resource you want).


Awesome, thank you!

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby 20170322 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:10 pm

Can 1L's do J-term?

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby Br3v » Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:38 pm

SweetTort wrote:Can 1L's do J-term?


Yeah. Assume you're getting a B+ (wider curves during J term) so plan accordingly

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Postby 20170322 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:48 pm

Br3v wrote:
SweetTort wrote:Can 1L's do J-term?


Yeah. Assume you're getting a B+ (wider curves during J term) so plan accordingly


Since you don't know what your grades are when you register, is it a boon or bane to have a median grade?

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby Br3v » Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:04 pm

SweetTort wrote:
Br3v wrote:
SweetTort wrote:Can 1L's do J-term?


Yeah. Assume you're getting a B+ (wider curves during J term) so plan accordingly


Since you don't know what your grades are when you register, is it a boon or bane to have a median grade?


I mean a median grade for one credit is only going to have a noticeable effect on people who killed their exams or people who had trouble. I think you can register then withdraw (check that) so if you want to hedge against some bad grades then maybe just register and then drop it if you end up being fine. I think you'll know some grades before then, right?

Regardless, again, one credit B+ isn't a big deal unless you are at one of the extreme ends of the class.

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby 20170322 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:42 pm

Br3v wrote:
SweetTort wrote:
Br3v wrote:
SweetTort wrote:Can 1L's do J-term?


Yeah. Assume you're getting a B+ (wider curves during J term) so plan accordingly


Since you don't know what your grades are when you register, is it a boon or bane to have a median grade?


I mean a median grade for one credit is only going to have a noticeable effect on people who killed their exams or people who had trouble. I think you can register then withdraw (check that) so if you want to hedge against some bad grades then maybe just register and then drop it if you end up being fine. I think you'll know some grades before then, right?

Regardless, again, one credit B+ isn't a big deal unless you are at one of the extreme ends of the class.



Gotcha. Thanks!

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby UVA2B » Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:26 pm

Br3v wrote:
SweetTort wrote:Can 1L's do J-term?


Yeah. Assume you're getting a B+ (wider curves during J term) so plan accordingly


Somewhat important to remember the break will likely be pretty stocked with interviews/networking events/decompressing from finals if you're doing it right, which should make you think twice about doing a J term course during 1L. There's nothing precluding you from doing it, but your time may be better served focusing on summer employment than getting that 1 credit B+ in the bank.

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby 20170322 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:45 pm

UVA2B wrote:
Br3v wrote:
SweetTort wrote:Can 1L's do J-term?


Yeah. Assume you're getting a B+ (wider curves during J term) so plan accordingly


Somewhat important to remember the break will likely be pretty stocked with interviews/networking events/decompressing from finals if you're doing it right, which should make you think twice about doing a J term course during 1L. There's nothing precluding you from doing it, but your time may be better served focusing on summer employment than getting that 1 credit B+ in the bank.


Do y'all know anything about alternative winter break?

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Re: UVA Law Students Taking Questions

Postby UVA2B » Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:14 pm

SweetTort wrote:
UVA2B wrote:
Br3v wrote:
SweetTort wrote:Can 1L's do J-term?


Yeah. Assume you're getting a B+ (wider curves during J term) so plan accordingly


Somewhat important to remember the break will likely be pretty stocked with interviews/networking events/decompressing from finals if you're doing it right, which should make you think twice about doing a J term course during 1L. There's nothing precluding you from doing it, but your time may be better served focusing on summer employment than getting that 1 credit B+ in the bank.


Do y'all know anything about alternative winter break?


What exactly do you want to know? There will be comparatively few alternative winter breaks (most are for Spring Break). They will be advertised via email as they're identified, and there will be firm deadlines for signing up for them. Most I've spoken to who have done them have really enjoyed them, and it can be a great way to knock out pro bono hours if you're planning on using PILA grant during the summer. But again, it'll take up a significant amount of time that you might end up needing for interviews, etc. Winter break really is your best opportunity to make headway on your summer employment because you'll have undivided time to send applications, respond to requests for interviews, and do research on what's available to you.




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