Love the UChi lovefest that is this thread.
Just wanted to say, um, it's FUCKING 4 AM IN EARLY FUCKING MARCH AND I AM STUDYING FOR FUCKING FINALS.
And I'm a SLACKER by UChi standards. Kids have been gunnin' their asses off pre-Valentine's day for this shit.
Finals 3 times a year. That's at least 3 additional finals periods and probably 9-12 or so more actual finals over your law school career. Given how awful each and every one of these damn finals is, you probably should think about that before going to U Chicago.
It should be the UChi slogan: FOR THOSE WHO DON'T THINK LAW SCHOOL HAS ENOUGH FINALS!
So all I'm saying is: y'all better love some muthafuckin' finals, yo. And don't kid yourselves with platitudes about rigor and how smart you are and how it won't bother you. Even if you're not a gunner, finals means all-out panic for at least a week if not more. Do you want to do that to your nervous and cardiovascular systems 3 times a year when you can go elsewhere and suffer this misery only twice annually?
Now, I love the school most days and have learned a lot. But right now, man, I'm thinking I might've made the wrong decision.
Rigor is the wrong word. A 16" Finals Dildo Up Your Ass 3 Times A Year is more like it.
I'm psyched U of C is getting serious TLS love because I think the faculty are brilliant and I love the place. So when you think of U of C, think of really brilliant professors and really helpful administrators and really smart and ambitious and (at least not outwardly competitive) classmates and think of all of said classmates and you bending over and having really nice professors put A 16" Finals Dildo Up Your Ass 3 Times A Year.
If this is your idea of fun, IT AIN'T DEAD!
U of C 1L
P.S. I realize this is vulgar, but I think it's a question that should be considered by all those who are considering this school. I think it's an amazing place. I just do not like a 16" Finals Dildo Up My Ass 3 x annually and would love my school much more were I not subjected to this type of invasion so frequently. I think UChi knows that their quarter system is stupid, hurts people w/r/t jobs given that our summer break does not correspond with that of any other school ... and yet it will NEVER change due to the love of tradition here. Complain about anything to the admins and it will be the same way. Now, of course, most law schools operate this way and could give a shit about your opinions or ideas, but U Chi seems even less receptive than other schools, in my limited experience.
My point in bringing this up is that I personally discounted the impact 3x/yr finals would have on my life in law school. I have a wonderful significant other who has -- so far! -- been really understanding about finals ... cooking me dinner, letting me be a slob, cleaning up for me, being understanding when I can't do anything other than study ... but if this person were not SUPER FUCKING AWESOME and way more understanding than any other human I've dated, I would probably get DUMPED. I'm a lucky one. I know at least 3 classmates who are on the verge of a serious mental breakdown of one type or other and will likely drop out.
In other words, don't buy the shiny happy it's really not all that bad crap the admissions office will peddle. They're selling you on a very, very expensive product. If you're down for this particular game, welcome -- you will learn a lot. But don't pretend you haven't been warned.