2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby bigtexmex » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:16 pm

neeko wrote:I wish. In Texas right now... Looking forward to leaving this heat behind! Are you?
I feel you on that one. I graduated from UT, and that is the only place I would consider in Texas. I'm sick of this state in more ways than one. Colorado is absolutely gorgeous, and I would love to be near the Rocky Mountains. I grew up in El Paso, Texas, so I'm used to mountains. Plus, I also have family in the Denver Metro (Boulder, Longmont, Englewood), and that makes it a bit easier to move out there.

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby un-vordox » Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:33 pm

that makes it a bit easier to move out there


Not worried at all about the ease of the move. As a San Diegan living in Phoenix until my fiance finishes her MSW at ASU, I would move to Denver or Portland quicker than you can say "landlocked in the desert". Denver might be the only place I would move that isn't on the coast. It's rad.

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby DULaw13 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:35 pm

Hey All,

I am a 2L student at DU, if you have any questions let me know.

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby Ginj » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:40 am

DULaw13 wrote:Hey All,

I am a 2L student at DU, if you have any questions let me know.


How's the job hunt going?

ETA: Can't type apparently. Too hungover.
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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby un-vordox » Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:01 pm

+1, and...

What did you do 1L summer and how did it come about?

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby DULaw13 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:49 pm

un-vordox wrote:+1, and...

What did you do 1L summer and how did it come about?


I think that overall the job search has not been as bad as portrayed by many. I was fortunate in securing a firm job both last summer and for this upcoming summer. I would have to say that is not the norm, but I am by no means alone in taking that path. Overall, most folks I know have either locked-up something for the upcoming summer or are close to doing so. It really just depends on what you want to do. DU is not a school that places a lot of people in big law (that said, you can do it if you really kill with grades), but there are a ton of opportunities in smaller firms, public interest, DA, PD, etc... While the market is still definitely depressed, I believe that most of the people who work hard and get decent grades, do a little networking, and can speak coherently in an interview, will ultimately find something.

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby Ginj » Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:03 pm

Spoke with Admissions today. Apparently they aren't going to start reviewing apps until December. Just an fyi.

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby neeko » Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:28 pm

Ginj wrote:Spoke with Admissions today. Apparently they aren't going to start reviewing apps until December. Just an fyi.


Thanks for the update! Not too much longer to wait I guess.

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby bigtexmex » Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:15 pm

DULaw13 wrote:Hey All,

I am a 2L student at DU, if you have any questions let me know.

How is rent in Denver? What about renting in places like Englewood/Littleton/Lone Tree/Aurora (near the RTD lines)?

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby DULaw13 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:57 am

I guess it all depends on where you are coming from. Overall rent in Denver is very affordable compared to larger cities and cities on the coast. It also depends on what kind of place you are looking for. Being close to light rail is great and will save you a ton of time and money (rtd pass is included in your tuition at DU).

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby beezy08 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:50 pm

Is anyone applying for the Chancellor Scholarship?

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby ashley12 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:00 pm

beezy08 wrote:Is anyone applying for the Chancellor Scholarship?


I wasn't going to, but looking into the stats of people who got it last year, I guess I should

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby Ginj » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:16 am

Touring and sitting in on a class today. Will report back.

Correction: Tomorrow. Due to blizzard. Stuck in Kansas.

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby coldshoulder » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:52 am

beezy08 wrote:Is anyone applying for the Chancellor Scholarship?


I'm not bothering until I see what they give me without applying for it. If I need to I will.

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby coldshoulder » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:54 am

DULaw13 wrote:
un-vordox wrote:+1, and...

What did you do 1L summer and how did it come about?


I think that overall the job search has not been as bad as portrayed by many. I was fortunate in securing a firm job both last summer and for this upcoming summer. I would have to say that is not the norm, but I am by no means alone in taking that path. Overall, most folks I know have either locked-up something for the upcoming summer or are close to doing so. It really just depends on what you want to do. DU is not a school that places a lot of people in big law (that said, you can do it if you really kill with grades), but there are a ton of opportunities in smaller firms, public interest, DA, PD, etc... While the market is still definitely depressed, I believe that most of the people who work hard and get decent grades, do a little networking, and can speak coherently in an interview, will ultimately find something.


So with networking and working damn hard at a DA or PD in Colorado, I'd have a good chance of getting a job in crim law?

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby un-vordox » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:02 pm

Ginj, did you make it?

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby Ginj » Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:50 pm

I did! I just got here. I only drove through campus but, y'all, it is gorgeous. Will report back post-tour and class.

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby un-vordox » Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:08 pm

Sweet!

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby ashley12 » Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:49 pm

Ginj wrote:I did! I just got here. I only drove through campus but, y'all, it is gorgeous. Will report back post-tour and class.


Very excited to hear what you think! I wish I wasn't so far away (and so poor)

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby neeko » Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:08 pm

Ginj wrote:I did! I just got here. I only drove through campus but, y'all, it is gorgeous. Will report back post-tour and class.


How was it?

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby Ginj » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:26 pm

The facilities are amazing. Of course, as I'm sure you all know, the building is pretty brand spanking new and LEED approved. Everyone has enough space to stretch out for leisure or studying, and, according to my 3L tour guide, there's always enough space in the library. Even during finals. Her one complaint about the facilities was that the only access to the library is on the second floor. So. Not a whole lot to complain about there.

There is unfortunately this hideous undergrad building, Sturm Hall, right across the way. Though if you go up to the top floor in the law building, you can see clear past it and into the mountains. Those beautiful, beautiful mountains.

There is construction going on at the frat house (you betcha) right outside of the main access. You can see that in one of the pictures I took. I also asked how having two frat houses straddling the law school might interfere...she claimed that the rowdiest thing she's ever seen them do is build a slip and slide.

I sat in on a Contracts class, which apparently was a "weird day" to sit in, so I'm guessing this isn't representative of all of her classes. I forget the prof's name, but she was very laid back. There was a lot of playful banter and laughter during the class, which I didn't expect. I could also tell at this point in the semester that the 1L's are kind of bored and/or distracted. I sat in the very back in clear view of their computer screens.

Speaking of the student body, they're a pretty attractive bunch (you care, right? Of course you do). They don't seem overly young either, with the median age at 25. They definitely seemed older than the crowd at Mizzou and Arkansas.

In terms of housing, there are tons of apartment complexes within walking distance of the school. My tour guide gave me a handout with a list of apartments all within walking distance. I'm sure they could e-mail any of you the doc if interested.

My only concern was the 3L weighing in on her job hunt. She very bluntly said that while the Class of 2010 (whose stats they flaunt) was at 9_% nine months after graduation, the Class of 2011 is proving to be lower than that, and the Class of 2012 lower still. I asked about competition with CU, and apparently CU owns the clerkship market, for the most part. However, all other jobs seem to be fair game.

I also asked her why she didn't apply to CU. She stated that, while the outside is beautiful and the school is higher ranked, the inside has fallen victim to some wear and tear. With all other factors considered, she chose DU because it is comparable with CU in all arenas other than facilities.

Of course, taking what she says with a grain of salt, being an admissions rep and all. But she did seem very blunt about her experience there...and especially her complaints.

Anyway, tl;dr. I liked DU a whole lot more than I anticipated. I only took a few pictures. I was tempted to take a picture of the class I sat in on, but people were staring at me enough already.

Outside of the law school. See construction:

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One of the frat houses. It looks like a little cottage. Me likey:

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The student center with various restaurants, the bookstore, etc.:

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Inside of student center:

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby hadisious » Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:52 pm

Thanks for the pics. Looks really nice indeed. I am also applying to CU and Denver; I too seek happiness in beautiful Colorado :-D

There is definitely some argument out there as to what is better considering all the $$$ you could get from Denver.
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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby Strange » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:20 am

DULaw13 wrote:I guess it all depends on where you are coming from. Overall rent in Denver is very affordable compared to larger cities and cities on the coast. It also depends on what kind of place you are looking for. Being close to light rail is great and will save you a ton of time and money (rtd pass is included in your tuition at DU).


I thought I'd weigh in since I lived in Denver last year (Great city, by the way). I had my own one bedroom studio a little north of cherry creek for $450. I'm from CA so that's just dirt cheap. Colorado is the future :)

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby un-vordox » Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:32 am

Thanks for the photos & the report! I haven't visited the campus yet, so this is good stuff!

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Re: 2011-2012 Cycle: University of Denver c/o 2015

Postby neeko » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:28 am

Ginj, thanks for the pics and the info! It looks really nice.




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