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Re: Indiana University - Bloomington 1L's taking questions

Postby Mulliganstew » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:31 pm

Well, the snow was up to my bumper. I call that "I'm not leaving my apartment today" snow.

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Postby RMstratosphere » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:38 pm

Mulliganstew wrote:Well, the snow was up to my bumper. I call that "I'm not leaving my apartment today" snow.


Ha! Fair enough.

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Postby Bankhead » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:51 pm

We got about a good 6-8 inches. It was no joke and I'm from the NE. It was about as tall as my sub from Jimmy Johns.

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Re: Indiana University - Bloomington 1L's taking questions

Postby BearDownChicago » Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:51 am

Can the 1L's talk a little about your desks at IU? A 2007 grad was telling me each student gets their own individual desk at the school to keep books and basically no one steals your shit and its a great place to study. Is this guy a little over the top or is that true?

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Re: Indiana University - Bloomington 1L's taking questions

Postby kings84_wr » Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:31 am

BearDownChicago wrote:Can the 1L's talk a little about your desks at IU? A 2007 grad was telling me each student gets their own individual desk at the school to keep books and basically no one steals your shit and its a great place to study. Is this guy a little over the top or is that true?


We get a Carrell in the library, but I think in general most people have to share it with one other student. But yeah thats basically what he was describing.

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Postby kings84_wr » Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:32 am

Halibut6 wrote:How do the buses run when there is a lot of snow? Behind? Canceled?


Surprisingly they were running strong today or I would not have been in class. My car was buried pretty good and no way was I walking.

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Re: Indiana University - Bloomington 1L's taking questions

Postby Threepeat » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:20 am

kings84_wr wrote:
BearDownChicago wrote:Can the 1L's talk a little about your desks at IU? A 2007 grad was telling me each student gets their own individual desk at the school to keep books and basically no one steals your shit and its a great place to study. Is this guy a little over the top or is that true?


We get a Carrell in the library, but I think in general most people have to share it with one other student. But yeah thats basically what he was describing.


So how does sharing work out? I see this not working out if two people always want to study at the same time.

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Postby Unjust Enrichment » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:00 am

Threepeat wrote:
kings84_wr wrote:
BearDownChicago wrote:Can the 1L's talk a little about your desks at IU? A 2007 grad was telling me each student gets their own individual desk at the school to keep books and basically no one steals your shit and its a great place to study. Is this guy a little over the top or is that true?


We get a Carrell in the library, but I think in general most people have to share it with one other student. But yeah thats basically what he was describing.


So how does sharing work out? I see this not working out if two people always want to study at the same time.


I don't think most people have trouble finding someone with a study schedule inconsistent with theirs, which allows the whole setup to be pretty easy.

And if there is an occasional conflict, it isn't like there isn't other seating in the library to utilize during that time. It's a good system.

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Re: Indiana University - Bloomington 1L's taking questions

Postby Threepeat » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:26 am

Unjust Enrichment wrote:
Threepeat wrote:
kings84_wr wrote:
BearDownChicago wrote:Can the 1L's talk a little about your desks at IU? A 2007 grad was telling me each student gets their own individual desk at the school to keep books and basically no one steals your shit and its a great place to study. Is this guy a little over the top or is that true?


We get a Carrell in the library, but I think in general most people have to share it with one other student. But yeah thats basically what he was describing.


So how does sharing work out? I see this not working out if two people always want to study at the same time.


I don't think most people have trouble finding someone with a study schedule inconsistent with theirs, which allows the whole setup to be pretty easy.

And if there is an occasional conflict, it isn't like there isn't other seating in the library to utilize during that time. It's a good system.



Do you get to pick who you share a carrell with?

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Re: Indiana University - Bloomington 1L's taking questions

Postby Unjust Enrichment » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:31 am

Threepeat wrote:Do you get to pick who you share a carrell with?


Yes, you sign up for one together.

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Postby Threepeat » Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:05 am

I'm trying to plan my visit/visits to IU. Right now I am planning to visit during the Spring Law Day later in March. Would I get a better feel for the school if I visited earlier on some random day of the week?

I'm only about 2 1/2 hours away from Bloomington so traveling really isn't an issue. I'm deciding on if I want to visit once on my own and also for the law day or if I just want to visit for the spring law day only.

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Postby badwithpseudonyms » Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:36 am

Threepeat wrote:I'm trying to plan my visit/visits to IU. Right now I am planning to visit during the Spring Law Day later in March. Would I get a better feel for the school if I visited earlier on some random day of the week?

I'm only about 2 1/2 hours away from Bloomington so traveling really isn't an issue. I'm deciding on if I want to visit once on my own and also for the law day or if I just want to visit for the spring law day only.

FWIW, I will almost definitely be attending SLD and I am intending to have an extremely good time.

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Postby Vincent Vega » Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:47 am

badwithpseudonyms wrote:
Threepeat wrote:I'm trying to plan my visit/visits to IU. Right now I am planning to visit during the Spring Law Day later in March. Would I get a better feel for the school if I visited earlier on some random day of the week?

I'm only about 2 1/2 hours away from Bloomington so traveling really isn't an issue. I'm deciding on if I want to visit once on my own and also for the law day or if I just want to visit for the spring law day only.

FWIW, I will almost definitely be attending SLD and I am intending to have an extremely good time.


Same. I also visited during a random weekday, and it was a good experience. Being a 0L and not having been to SLD, I can't answer your question completely, but I think it would be a good idea to go to both, especially if it's not a particularly major hardship for you to get to IU.

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Re: Indiana University - Bloomington 1L's taking questions

Postby Threepeat » Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:09 pm

Halibut6 wrote:
badwithpseudonyms wrote:
Threepeat wrote:I'm trying to plan my visit/visits to IU. Right now I am planning to visit during the Spring Law Day later in March. Would I get a better feel for the school if I visited earlier on some random day of the week?

I'm only about 2 1/2 hours away from Bloomington so traveling really isn't an issue. I'm deciding on if I want to visit once on my own and also for the law day or if I just want to visit for the spring law day only.

FWIW, I will almost definitely be attending SLD and I am intending to have an extremely good time.


Same. I also visited during a random weekday, and it was a good experience. Being a 0L and not having been to SLD, I can't answer your question completely, but I think it would be a good idea to go to both, especially if it's not a particularly major hardship for you to get to IU.



Thanks guys. I guess I'll plan on for sure going to the SLD and then most likely visiting on my own to see the school on a 'normal' day of class. Plus it'll give me an extra reason to go hit up the bars again at IU. Maybe I'll actually remember them this time....

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Re: Indiana University - Bloomington 1L's taking questions

Postby kings84_wr » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:58 pm

Well im sure this will out me even more, but I know a few of you guys are CA residents wondering about how the degree travels. I got my official offer (and accepted) at a federal district court in CA today. Its only a 1l job, but Im still very happy it traveled back so well.

Im sure my CA ties helped me out a lot, but still Im excited. Its been pretty rough overall for 1l's finding work (myself included), and I was starting to get worried, albeit there is still plenty of time left to find jobs.

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Postby MaurerFan » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:12 pm

If you visit for SLD, I can assure you that you're going to have a very good time. A few of us 1Ls are taking it upon ourselves to be the unofficial social chairs of that night.

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Postby Threepeat » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:35 pm

kings84_wr wrote:Well im sure this will out me even more, but I know a few of you guys are CA residents wondering about how the degree travels. I got my official offer (and accepted) at a federal district court in CA today. Its only a 1l job, but Im still very happy it traveled back so well.

Im sure my CA ties helped me out a lot, but still Im excited. Its been pretty rough overall for 1l's finding work (myself included), and I was starting to get worried, albeit there is still plenty of time left to find jobs.


Congrats man!

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Postby RMstratosphere » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:39 pm

kings84_wr wrote:Well im sure this will out me even more, but I know a few of you guys are CA residents wondering about how the degree travels. I got my official offer (and accepted) at a federal district court in CA today. Its only a 1l job, but Im still very happy it traveled back so well.

Im sure my CA ties helped me out a lot, but still Im excited. Its been pretty rough overall for 1l's finding work (myself included), and I was starting to get worried, albeit there is still plenty of time left to find jobs.


DUDE! Very cool.

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Postby superflush » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:33 am

kings84_wr wrote:Well im sure this will out me even more, but I know a few of you guys are CA residents wondering about how the degree travels. I got my official offer (and accepted) at a federal district court in CA today. Its only a 1l job, but Im still very happy it traveled back so well.

Im sure my CA ties helped me out a lot, but still Im excited. Its been pretty rough overall for 1l's finding work (myself included), and I was starting to get worried, albeit there is still plenty of time left to find jobs.


Cool. Congrats. Thanks for keeping us posted.

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Postby agentcom » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:42 pm

OK, so I'm a IUB 1L, just joining the fray here on this thread. I apologize if I make points that have already been made, but honestly I'm not going to read 26 pages of posts ;)

That said, I guess I'll just pick up with what I see on pg. 26:

MaurerFan wrote:If you visit for SLD, I can assure you that you're going to have a very good time. A few of us 1Ls are taking it upon ourselves to be the unofficial social chairs of that night.


First, you can come up anytime, I had an awesome time visiting law schools during my year off. I went to many SLDs and also many "I'm just dropping by for a visit" type things. Both were cool. However, IU was one of two schools that I went to that offered alcohol on SLD (the other being George Mason). I don't know if they'll do it again, as last year they cut us off after quite a few pitchers were ordered for a game we call "Sink the Bismark." Hopefully they will, and though I haven't heard of the group of 1Ls that are "taking it upon" themselves to host, my friends and I will certainly be out in force that night to woo the prospective new students.

superflush wrote:
kings84_wr wrote:Well im sure this will out me even more, but I know a few of you guys are CA residents wondering about how the degree travels. I got my official offer (and accepted) at a federal district court in CA today. Its only a 1l job, but Im still very happy it traveled back so well.

Im sure my CA ties helped me out a lot, but still Im excited. Its been pretty rough overall for 1l's finding work (myself included), and I was starting to get worried, albeit there is still plenty of time left to find jobs.


Cool. Congrats. Thanks for keeping us posted.


I noticed some discussion of the issue of how well the degree travels way back on page one of this post. I can say that one thing that drew me to this school was how well the degree traveled. You can tell when you're at a school and you meet alumni from all over the country who are willing to come back to their alma mater that Indiana is a respected school considering its ranking/location. As a counterpoint, when I visited UGA someone told me that it was a great law school to go to for gaining connections in GA. When further questioned I found that there's a great good-old-boys network of UGA grad working all over the place in GA, but outside of that the degree doesn't really have much weight (for that, this person said, go to Emory).

I'll try to keep on top of this thread a little bit because I remember how much of a help it was to have TLS when looking at law schools. I hope everyone's apps are going well and I hope to see many of you here next fall or summer.

Oh, that reminds me, I'm a summer starter so if anyone has any Qs about summer start ask away.

Finally, I'm curious who the other TLS Indiana 1Ls (or higher) are that are on this board. I'm sure you all by now know who each other is. But if you want PM me and we'll reveal our identities haha.

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Re: Indiana University - Bloomington 1L's taking questions

Postby pieceofbeth » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:49 am

I'm trying to decide whether or not to do the summer start. Mostly I want to enjoy my summer. Would you say it gave you a major advantage in terms of study techniques, making friends, etc?

Thanks.

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Postby Bankhead » Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:22 pm

It seems like most of the summer starters are pretty burned out at this point and just drink all the time... plus, you get lumped into a class first semester (crim pro) with a bunch of 2L's. For the 1L's, grade wise, it was basically a slaughterfest.

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Postby BiteyTLS » Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:41 pm

pieceofbeth wrote:I'm trying to decide whether or not to do the summer start. Mostly I want to enjoy my summer. Would you say it gave you a major advantage in terms of study techniques, making friends, etc?

Thanks.


How much might such a program cost?

The whole concept of "summer starts" and LEOP hits me as a bad development among law schools. Especially if it is coming at a cost to the student.

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Postby Spoonmanners » Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:30 am

pieceofbeth wrote:I'm trying to decide whether or not to do the summer start. Mostly I want to enjoy my summer. Would you say it gave you a major advantage in terms of study techniques, making friends, etc?

Thanks.


It's only a month early, so it's not bad. Your summer isn't gone. You get to know all the summers pretty well, and learn pretty quick how you should be studying. You get a good bunch of people you know, learn where everything is, already have your TV hooked up, etc.

Major advantage? No. Everyone thought it was, but from what grades I have heard, it wasn't too much help. It was good for me because I have gotten a slow start on... pretty much everything in my life. So I managed to hit fall semester at where I should be.

I think I summer grades for granted a little, not realizing every teacher is testing for something different. Some people are better at short answer, some are better at multiple choice, others are better on long answer, and all the above will get fucked over in criminal procedure. Or whatever 2L class you take, will be full of the smart 2L's. They are smart because they picked a class with 1L's who have only taken one exam and those 2L's have a schedule 1/3rd as hectic.

Still, I'd do it again. The school was really good about giving the class for cheap. I ended up taking torts for a few hundred dollars. I think it would be way too crazy trying to figure out where to eat/park/who to talk to/finish moving along with 5 classes.

Who are they offering to teach for the summer start program anyways?

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Re: Indiana University - Bloomington 1L's taking questions

Postby T14_Scholly » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:34 am

What prizes can you win at IU if you're a really good writer?




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