Sunday, May 16, 2010

Farewell

The sun is rising on a new day at UVA Law, and our time here is - sadly - over.  It's been a lot of fun; I hope you guys enjoyed reading this blog as much as we did writing it.  For our part, this really has been an important part of our experience here.  We really enjoyed the opportunity that it presented to write news, opinion, and everything in between.  But what really meant a lot was that you guys were reading.  Thanks, all.

Watch this space.  There may be something that comes a long and takes this blog's place.  We might link to a new project.  But for now - after three years and 517 posts - we're out.

Thanks again, everyone.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

No Waitlist This Year, Says Admissions

Many UVA Law luminaries - your humble writer included among them - gained admission to this school through the waitlist.  According to UVA Law Admissions, that won't be happening this year:
We have received a sufficient number of deposits to fill the entering class and do not have any plans to make waiting list offers at this time.  We will continue to monitor our needs throughout the summer and make waiting list offers if the “summer melt” is greater than normal. We will also release applicants from the waiting list as it becomes apparent that we will not be able to make them an offer.
This isn't exactly new news, but it is interesting especially in light of the Law School's supposed offer of cash to students to defer for a year.

Three Figures Out a Way to Stay Profitable in a Recession

And the 1Ls (and, who are we kidding, the 2L and 3Ls) figure out a way to be a little more respectable on Friday afternoon - from the facebook invite:
The bar is giving us $2 Bud Light and $3 Wave shot specials and blacking out all the windows so we delude ourselves into thinking that drinking at 2 pm is socially acceptable. Just think of it as a pregame to 90's night. 
There is no theme this time around, but costumes are always encouraged. Who are we to stand in the way of your creative genius? Go with your heart. Also, those of you with firm jobs this summer are expected to buy drinks for all of us with lowly public service jobs. 
Feel free to spread the word. The more ridiculousness, the better.
Consider the word spread.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Rumor Mill: UVA Offering Scholarships to Some of c/o 2013 to Defer for a Year

Thank you for your multiple tips . . . apparently the Law School is offering three-year scholarships to at least some members of the Class of 2013 to defer their admission for a year and become members of the class of 2014.  One can only surmise that perhaps too may people put down a deposit.  One of you pointed us to a thread on autoadmit (usual disclaimers apply, go there at your own peril) where a student was claiming (through hearsay) that s/he was offered $5,000/year for three years.

How does this fit in with the recently released tuition figures, which are higher for the c/o 2013?  If tuition is going to increase 8.4% for new out-of-state students, how much will a 15k a year scholarship even be worth?  Maybe someone who knows numbers could do a Monte Carlo analysis on this puppy.

That's all for now (we have a final to take today), but we'll be following this story.  Thanks guys.

Dean Razavi and Ellen Valentine are 1-0 at the 4th Circuit

Check out this blurb from the Blog of Legal Times:
Virginia Law Student Wins His First Appeal at 4th Circuit
Dean Razavi, 24, may not graduate from law school for another two weeks, but he is already one-for-one at the appellate level.
On April 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in favor of a federal inmate who appealed a 15-year sentence on the grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel. Razavi, a third-year student at the University of Virginia School of Law, represented inmate Nicholas Omar Tucker at oral argument.
Tucker had filed his appeal pro se, but his case was picked up by the law school's Appellate Litigation Clinic. Razavi is one of six students who participated in the clinic this year. He and third-year law student Ellen Valentine got the Tucker case in September. Along with Razavi and Valentine, Neal Walters, who runs the clinic, signed the brief.
Tucker had been sentenced to 15 years under the Armed Career Criminal Act for possessing a firearm and ammunition after committing three or more violent felonies. He appealed that sentence on the ground that his trial-court counsel improperly failed to object to the use of an assault and battery conviction as one of the three violent felonies that qualified Tucker as an armed career criminal. Tucker had pled guilty to only a misdemeanor offense of common-law assault and battery in the earlier case.  Keep reading.
EDIT: Apparently credit should go out to Ellen Valentine as well.  DR notes in the comments:
I feel so bad, when the guy interviewed me I talked about Ellen [Valentine] for like, 90% of the time. I'm frustrated that this is how it came off. Ellen deserves as much if not more credit than me - at the end of the day, it was our brief that won it, and she rocked the shit out of it! 
Someone from UVA mentioned getting a photo with the two of us (9:26 - that was from a photo shoot like months ago, and the BLT just wanted something I had on my computer) and I think their coverage will be totally more fair. But yes, I wholeheartedly agree with you. ELLEN ROCKS MY SOCKS.
Related:
Virginia Law Student Wins His First Appeal at the Fourth Circuit [BLT]

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

BREAKING: UVA Law 2010-2011 Tuition

Well, folks, it's been a long wait, but we now the no just how much it will cost to attend UVA Law next year:


J.D. Class of 2013
Virginia Resident
Nonresident
Tuition and Fees:
$42,500
$47,500
Living Expenses:
15,150
15,150
Health Insurance: 2,150 2,150
Books and Supplies: 1,800 1,800
Loan Fees:
1,100
1,100
Totals:
$62,700
$67,700

J.D. Classes of 2011 and 2012
Virginia Resident
Nonresident
Tuition and Fees:
$40,500
$45,500
Living Expenses:
15,150
15,150
Health Insurance: 2,150 2,150
Books and Supplies: 1,800 1,800
Loan Fees:
1,100
1,100
Totals:
$60,700
$65,700
 
A couple of points:
* 47,500.  No, really.  When will it end?  How can it be that much in a recession with inflation near record lows.  We mean... it has to end sometime, right?
* Also, we think it's a little unfortunate about how difficult it is to find the cost of attendance on the UVA Law website.  You have to go to "Admissions" and then to "Financial Aid" and then there is a tiny link where you can view the tuition and fees.  The fact that you are going to pay 3 x 65,700 = $ 197,100 in today's dollars (not counting interest OR the fact that tuition will go up again) should be put more up front.  Just our 2 cents, though.  And in case anyone is wondering how much that will cost to pay back on a 10 year plan at 6.8% interest (the current rate for Staffords) . . . why it's a mere a $272,188.17, or 120 monthly payments of $2,268.23.  With all due respect, they should put these numbers - clearly - on the website and in the Law School's advertising materials.
* That said, kudos to UVA for adopting what we once suggested: a multi-layered tuition plan so current students are protected from large increases. 1Ls are paying an additional 2k across the board.  Of course, the plan would be more effective if there were more time for 1Ls to find other options.  They can still drop out of the
* The increases are:
  • For current in-state students:  38,800 to 40,500 = 4.38%
  • For current out-of-state students:  43,800 to 45,500 = 3.8%
  • For new in-state students (didn't pay last years, but here is the percentage increase)= 38,800 to 42,500 = 9.5%
  • For new out-of-state students: 43,800 to 47,500 = 8.4%
* We're sorry, c/o 2011-2013.  Find us at the bars after finals and we'll buy you a drink.

Related:
Please Don't Raise Tuition Again [Law Weekly]
2010-2011 Tuition [Virginia Law]

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

What Kind of Promotion is This?

There were some 'free' bagels outside WB this morning:


Is the promotion that it is in fact an honor code violation to take one?

Monday, May 03, 2010

Finals!

A couple of things:

  • The last day for THIRD-YEARS to take a final is Thursday, NOT Friday.  Being slow, we just realized this.
  • Only first-years can take finals on Tuesday and next Monday morning; no flex exams then.  (We didn't realize that either, see above). 
  • We shut down comments where the "bro" meme got out of control - the comments are for relevant conversation.  The occasional joke is fine, the brolific posting annoys just about everyone, including us.  
  • Thanks to those who have been leaving nice comments saying how much they liked the blog.  That really means a lot to us.  We like that you liked it.  We're not quite done yet, to be sure, but the end is nigh.  At least for us . . . but perhaps not for this site.  Stay tuned.
  • Good luck on your finals.  You're may on average all get a B+, but to us, you are, on average, all at least an A- people. 

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Law Weekly

Our final column in the Law Weekly is about the relationship between this blog and that paper.  Enjoy.

SIDE NOTE: I hope you 3Ls made it to the Alumni reception last night.  Delicious carving station, impeccable Pico salsa, beautiful weather, Mortimer Caplin, and little blue martinis.  It was wonderful . . .