Domke wrote:The schollys come in waves it appears. I just got a full ride with a 2.1 stip. I doubt I will take it as I want to practice in the Pacific Northwest but good to know. If I was going to the midwest I would definilty take it.
Good thinking. Go to UW if you can, you'll get the best PNW placement out of there. I love Seattle, used to live there. I'd have stayed if my family was closer.
isuperserial wrote:Okay great. I was just curious since they made it seem like they were common, but I wanted to hear it from another source. What do RAs tend to do? And is there anything else we should know about Iowa? Like what are three things you wish you knew as a 0L about Iowa.
RA work depends largely on the professor. You're supposed to do about 10 hours/week, but even that varies a lot... Some are consistent, some have larger spurts with some weeks completely off. I didn't have an RA job as I am in-state and didn't need it for the tuition reduction. But, from what I know, most of it is research stuff (like doing research and writing for professors books or journal articles) but it can also be stuff like making power points for their classes.
Iowa City is an awesome town, so if you want to practice in Iowa or the Midwest (if you have ties somewhere besides Iowa or good grades), its a fun place to go to school. We have a lot of fun going out for Law Night on Thursdays, Phi Delta Phi (legal fraternity) hosts tailgates for all games which are a blast. Its very much a college town—affordable and fun.
As for the school, students aren't super competitive, and are pretty collegial, which I really enjoy. The professors in general are good, so your actual education will be pretty good in comparison to peer schools. The building is fine, but the architecture sucks. Our library is extensive, but I avoid that place.
Three things I wish I knew as a 1L?
1) Join PHIDs (or PADs, the other legal fraternity—I'm a little biased, but PHIDs is way better) right away, download outlines from the outline bank, and use that to take notes in during the semester. It really helps to have a structure for how the class progresses with the key points already built in.
2) Take the initiative and get to know your classmates and upper classmen early. Other students can be valuable resources for tons of things, and building friendships makes law school much more bearable, fun, and helps train you in networking skills.
3) Practical experience > coursework. So do the citizen lawyer program as a 1L, go on one of the legal service trips during spring break 1L year, and make sure to network with firms so you can find a decent job your 1L summer.
Before coming in, don't think about law classes. Read something like 1L of a Ride, Slaying the Law School dragon, or whatever, but don't try to learn anything about your classes until you start. It doesn't make any sense. Just get an idea of what its like to be a law student so you come in prepared.
Oh, and get supplements. The Examples & Explanations series is my favorite, but Crunchtime is invaluable for exam tips as well. Look at these during the semester for more clarity, but these will be most helpful right before exams.