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Bar Exam Preparation / Criminal Record Search
« on: January 21, 2009, 08:40:34 PM »
Does anyone know the best way I can search my criminal record from three different states?  I'm a 3L.  I disclosed everything on my law school applications, but I was pretty generally with my dates (e.g., "spring of 1999") and I need to be specific on the bar application. 

Transferring / One LOR, One low grade
« on: June 06, 2007, 05:56:11 PM »
Just got my grades back: A, A, A-, A-, B. Rank hasn't come out yet but I should be in the top 10% or just outside that range. I asked a professor in one of my year-long classes to give me a letter of recommendation so I can transfer. I only need one for the schools I'm applying to. I got an A- first semester in his class but he ended up giving me the B second semester. He wasn't going to write the letter until issuing grades. I never missed a class, was always prepared, and talked in class when I had something to say but was not a gunner. He told me he thought I was one of the better students in that class when I asked him to write the letter. How do you think the B will factor into the LOR he writes for me?

Job Search / Email Rejections
« on: March 23, 2007, 11:37:10 AM »

While I have never heard of someone sending a reply letter after getting a rejection letter, does it follow that I shouldn't send an email reply after an email rejection? I'm a 1L and already have a position for this summer but I do plan on contacting these other places for my 2L summer. I've sent out a few replies that say basically, "Thanks for getting back to me, I'll contact you again late summer, earlier fall." Unnecessary? Annoying, even? 

Current Law Students / Supplement for Dukeminier Property
« on: January 30, 2007, 03:41:48 PM »
Does anyone have a suggestion for a good supplement to go along with the Dukeminier Property casebook?

Current Law Students / Byrd & the Erie Docrine
« on: December 14, 2006, 08:21:31 AM »
In order for a federal policy to outweigh the outcome determinative test outlined in Guaranty and limited by the twin aims of Erie as explained in Hanna, does the policy have to be Constitutionally grounded?

I understand a Constituionally valid FRCP or Congressional Act would trump the outcome determinative test so long as it doesn't violate the 2nd part of the REA by abrdiging, enlarging or modifying any substantive right but I'm concerned with which federal policies prevail that don't emanate from the Constitution. Are there any?

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