I'll try not to repeat much.
the lantern wrote:2) Does Colorado have any weird laws I need to know about? Weird gun laws (I will be bringing hunting rifles, no handguns)? Weird insurance laws (no fault insurance, etc)? Is there religious influence in the public school systems (i.e. they teach intelligent design and other crap like that)?
All guns are totally cool; no registration or anything. If you wanted to bring a handgun, your military discharge papers (or duty papers if you're reserve or something) would exempt you from having to take a class to get your concealed carry permit (still have to file the paperwork and fee, but no class).
CO repealed its no-fault insurance laws in 2003, and I'm not aware of any other strange requirements.
Outside of Boulder, you might find some religious influence in the schools (especially the farther south and east you go in the state). You're not likely to find any of that in liberal Boulder, however. The Boulder Valley School District typically ranks up with the Cherry Creek School District as being the best performing public school districts in the state (drawing your boundaries specifically to exclude large minority populations can do that for you).
the lantern wrote:3) Will most of the apartment buildings be completely full during the school year even in the suburbs? The reason I ask is because I have a friend from Golden, CO, who would like to move in with me, but he is going to travel over the summer and will be coming back after I have already signed a lease. I know some apartment complexes would be okay with someone in a 1BR unit changing their lease to a 2BR unit, but I was just wondering if this would even be possible (not talking about if they would allow it, asking if apartment complexes even have any empty units during the school year). I plan on living 10-20 minutes from the school, so I will be outside of the immediate university area, but obviously not sure of anything at this point.
Once you get outside of Boulder, the apartment complexes are less dominated by students. Therefore, you'll probably have no real problem finding a place after September 15th or so.
I mean, the various phases of the Horizons at Rock Creek complex in Superior add up to over 2,000 apartments; with that many tenants, I'd be somewhat astounded if they ever
had 100% occupancy. The Peter Cooper Village, these places are not (11,250 unit complex in Manhattan), but there are some very large Superior/Interlocken complexes that will have vacancies year-round (plus, it's probably easier and quicker to get to Golden from Superior - 128 to 93 South - than from the center of Boulder). Boulder fills up completely; the surrounding area generally doesn't.
I wouldn't really want to bet that too many complexes around here will be particularly excited to move you from a 1br to a 2br, but I don't know.
the lantern wrote:THe only good reasons I can see for disallowing laptops are for the clicking sound computers make and because people do stupid things like facebook and stuff. Well, my PC is very quiet and I am not going to screw to mess around.
I've had 20 classes (with 15 professors) and I've yet to be have a prof ban computers. You might keep in mind that it's a possibility
that you'll get one of the couple profs here who ban laptops 1L year (you can easily avoid them after that), but I'd argue that icarter is probably overstating it by asserting that you're "VERY likely" to face a ban at some point. Virtually no profs here care if you use your laptop.
That said, the profs who have problems with laptops cite typing when nobody should be taking notes as a big reason why they have an issue with them. This is a bit of a combo of your two valid reasons - people are typing loudly, and they're typing at odd times because they're facebook-chatting with everybody else in the classroom (or using chat roulette, or playing flash games, or managing a fantasy baseball team, etc.). It may not be a majority of any given law school class fucking off at any given time, but it's a pretty solid percentage.
It's possible that you could be typing quietly and staying on task, but it's similarly possible that you'd be the only one doing so (especially after the first semester).