Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The New Addition is Awesome

I've been meaning to congratulate all of us (especially the administration that made it happen) for the new, improved Boalt. The new Zeb rocks, the courtyards rock, the ease of getting from one side of the building to the other rocks. The library reading rooms are awesome (fun thing to try: put your face right against the class above any of your friends and watch them freak out). I would take pictures, but I'm too lazy.

Pretty much everything is awesome, except one thing: No Zeb 90s slow jams. Where is my Mariah? My TLC? My Counting Crows?

The lack of music is leading silly 1Ls into thinking it's a quiet study zone. It's not. It's Zeb, the place for meetings, friends and those sweet 90s jams some of you are too young to remember.



Blogger Toney said...

I'm glad it turned out well, but it SUCKED to go school there during construction. We had the grassy courtyard for about 6 days before they turned it into a giant mud pit. It might hurt less if I didn't have to pay it.

8/31/2011 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the 1L's remember 90's music no matter their age. Come on dude.

8/31/2011 3:13 PM  
Blogger Jackie O said...

I just want to second my DESPERATE longing for the return of zeb radio. I don't know if it was a playlist or radio station or what, but sometimes I need to start my day with a little backstreet boys/miley/lionel richie. I'm going to drop a note in the suggestions box, but if that doesn't work we might have to rise up.

8/31/2011 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: Does it count as "remembering" if you were 2 in 1990?

8/31/2011 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*90's* music? Don't make some of us 1Ls feel so old :P. Where's my Prince, my Whitney Houston, my Queen, my Janet...

No but zrsly -- Zeb is for CHILZIN?!

8/31/2011 4:40 PM  
Blogger James said...

Yes, Zeb is for chillin.

If you need complete silence the library is about 50 feet away.

8/31/2011 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took it to mean the 1Ls were too "young" to remember as in they weren't here last year....I interpreted young in the figurative sense instead of the literal sense.

-1 for no music
+1 for some better menu options
-1 for the fancy australian yogurt. I preferred the Berkeley Farms of yesteryear.
+1 for fresh lemonade in addition to their fabulous iced tea

8/31/2011 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

+1 for Anderson Cooper on the flat screen.

8/31/2011 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worth 2X the tuition? Doubtful. Flatscreens are nice, but not at $25K a year.

8/31/2011 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that notices the lack of a stair case from Zeb to the floor above? The elevator takes forever (plus exercise is good). You'll notice that the lack of access makes the patio/reading room a great place to film a zombie movie.

8/31/2011 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on, what about the OTHER NEW ADDITION. (Hint: involves Boalt; not at Boalt except for one day a year.)

9/01/2011 2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Toney sized it up beautifully.

9/01/2011 2:02 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Zeb used to be the perfect place for me to study, because I need just a bit of goings-on around me in order to not go crazy. If it's turned into a silent zone, that's a big loss! Get in there and mix it up, talkers.

9/01/2011 8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how in the world is there no post about goodwin?! isn't this a boalt blog??

9/01/2011 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you want to discuss your callback at Goodwin Proctor, then stick to the "OCIPin' on a 40" post, below. C'mon, folks, let's stay focused.

9/01/2011 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't tell if 9:18 is being sarcastic (my ability to sense these things is just one thing that law school has taken from me).

Just in case he/she isn't, Goodwin LIU not Goodwin Proctor.

9/01/2011 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:18 here. Thanks, 11:59, for the clarification. I haven't heard of Goodwin Liu. Obviously, they don't come to OCIP. But do you know if Goodwin Liu hires summer associates?

9/01/2011 12:18 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Y'all are getting off track again.

9/01/2011 12:19 PM  
Blogger Carbolic said...

Goodwin Liu, DC -, Sacramento +

9/01/2011 1:37 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Or more accurately, SF +/-.

9/01/2011 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure, but the rumor is that Goodwin Liu's finances took a hit, at least in the California office. not particularly leveraged and can't offer top salaries.

9/01/2011 3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stealth layoffs in Boston after a bloc of finance and restructuring partners left for BenJarvus Green-Ellis

9/01/2011 3:40 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

3:40, you're flirting with a comment of the year award.

9/01/2011 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone explain this piece of the email recently sent out about LRAP:

1) NEW: The class of 2011 may start LRAP as early as December 2011

2) NEW: An LRAP cycle will be between 6 and 12 months

i. The individual length of an eligibility period will be at the discretion of the Financial Aid Office

3) It is our goal to have on average no more than 40 applications per month

4) For Spring 2012 the first 40 applicants will receive a 12-month cycle, the next 40 applicants will receive a 11-month cycle, etc.

i. You will be notified of the length of your next participation cycle when you receive the eligibility letter

If I'm reading (4) right, you lose a month of coverage if you're not among the first 40 applications. (Probably because the LRAP coordinator is stretched too thin.) That can't be an officially adopted administration policy, right? I'm missing something, right?

9/01/2011 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't gone over to Boalt to see whatever they turned the gigantic pit into, but I'm pretty mad I paid for it. They didn't even fill it with water and let us swim in it. It was honestly 60 feet deep for more than 4 months. I'm pretty sure all they did was hire bulldozers to move dirt from a pile on one side of the pit to a pile on the other side. They were the Tom Smykowski of construction workers.

I think what I'll remember most is sitting in a metal warehouse for half of my classes with a key-padded bathroom door while paying $35k tuition and waiting for it to go up each semester. When they call me for a donation I gladly tell them to go to hell. Maybe 10 years from now, if I'm not living in a van down by the river.

9/01/2011 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When was tuition as low as 35k?

9/02/2011 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 years ago. That table makes me want to vomit.

9/02/2011 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to be clear, your tuition did not and is not paying for the new building. The building was funded by bonds, which the school is hoping to repay through fundraising, such as naming opportunities on the new building.

9/02/2011 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what DID that astronomical tuition increases pay for? A drop in rankings?

That's fair: 2X the tuition, 1/2 the clout.

9/02/2011 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The main thing Boalt has always had going for it was that it cost one third what its peers cost.

You could go to Boalt and get a top-notch legal education and not be indebted to Citibancorpinccom for the rest of your existence.

That is to say, you could do good for the world and not go into the poor house.

That advantage is gone. Now Boalt is just a Georgetown of the West.

But hey, we have nice furniture.

Thanks, Edley. Bravo.

9/04/2011 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from the outset, the Edley administration quite openly declared that it was going to spend big money on hot young faculty, which would keep Boalt high in the rankings and thus redound to everyone's benefit. there was indeed a huge hiring spree. it strikes me that some of the hot young faculty have left or are susceptible for poaching. it would be interesting to look at all the new hires since Edley started and how that turned out. it may have been a great investment.

9/05/2011 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the thing. When hot young faculty (or hot young students) chose Boalt over Harvard, or Yale, or NYU, they do so for a reason: because they want to go to the best public school in the country. Boalt is never going to compete with those school's by trying to replicate them. Edley's effort to do so, at the expense of maintaining Boalt as an accessible public institution, is really shortsighted.

9/05/2011 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is Edley "trying to replicate" any of the schools mentioned?

9/05/2011 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what happens when you let carpetbaggers from the East Coast come and run the school.

9/05/2011 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what happens when people should have taken a full scholarship to Davis don't STFU. If you want to go to a shitty, cheap law school then go to one, but don't complain when an awesome, market rate law school continues to improve itself through spending.

If you want to go to the best public law school in the country (and get what you pay for) then come to Boalt.

No one likes to mention it, but Edley was basically right in that other schools' tuition has increased with Boalt's, it's just that Boalt's tuition was much cheaper to begin with.

9/05/2011 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am near the top of the class and am applying for positions that pay less than what our unionized cleaning staff makes... sure feel like I got my moneys worth.

9/05/2011 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Pretty sure that has nothing to do with Boalt, bro, and instead with your intended field. What's your point?

9/05/2011 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blame, and indeed the primary driver of the fee hikes, should rest with the state legislature in Sacramento. They effectively made a policy choice to privatize public, professional graduate schools, and Edley responded as he should've. While it certainly stinks for students, I think the Dean has done an admirable job considering the context and pressure under which he has had to lead.

9/07/2011 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Cody said...

Such a great article it was which The new Zeb rocks, the courtyards rock, the ease of getting from one side of the building to the other rocks. The library reading rooms are awesome.Thanks a lot for sharing this article.

1/02/2012 8:24 AM  

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