I wanna answer things too!
dstr15 wrote:Cool thanks, I have a few. What are some good places to eat around campus? How were 1L professors? And what common mistakes do 1Ls make that we should avoid?
1. For lunch... around campus isn't super. Apparently we'll have a smoothie chain that is pretty good by next year. And a Denny's all-nigher (which also doesn't sound great to me). Slightly further off campus has WAY better food. And I've tried most places, so, I'd be more of a help there. The Barking Spider is this sort of cool, cheap dive bar right across the street.
2. Some are great, some are boring as hell. Same as any school. Like the kid above me said, it depends on your section. If you guys let me know what section your in, I can relate what I know.
3. Most 1L's, in my opinion didn't take enough advantage of AEP. AEP is this tutoring thing, that tells you exactly how to take an exam, and they give you outlines from the top people of each class. Helped me so much. Also, take practice exams, and READ OLD PRACTICE EXAMS from your teachers, so you get a sense of what to do. Do that, and it's hard not to get at least a b+. Supplements are helpful too.
kristyk wrote:I haven't found housing yet and probably won't be able to get out to Cleveland for another few weeks. In your experience or from talking to others in your class, do you think I'm somewhat screwing myself, or is there still enough time to find housing?
You'll be fine. Especially if you are looking for a roommate, lots of people are still looking up until late July and August. A lot of leases are up in July though, so that is one of the best times to look.
DorothyV wrote:I have a few questions as well.
-What is the best place to get a parking permit? The Botanical Gardens or one of the lots on campus?
-Are there any special things we should do (besides getting good grades) in order to get a leg up on securing summer internships / jobs after the 1L year? (For example: joining certain clubs, getting to know specific professors, etc?)
1. Advantages to parking in a Case lot: After hours, you can park in certain lots for free, like the lot behind Veal (the gym). And there are no time limits. The botanical gardens is closer, but they close at 11, and if for some reason your car is there past then, then it's stuck. That said, I'm parking in the botanical gardens this year. No matter where you park, buy your pass ASAP, because they do sell out and you'll wind up having to park somewhere shitty if you wait too long.
2. I got my job because of a professor. So getting to know them doesn't hurt. But mainly, it's about applying, and making sure to write tailored cover letters. Everyone says its about grades, but, that isn't 100% sure in things that aren't biglaw. I know people with extremely mediocre to bad grades who have pretty cool internships. One is working for the Attorney General, one the patent office, a few have fairly decent paying mid-law jobs. Apply to lots of places, it increases your changes. Employers also seemed to like the fact that I did some volunteer work. The 3R's program. It's a great program where you teach disadvantaged inner city kids about the constitution. I'd recommend it. You feel surprisingly fulfilled after helping these kids.