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Transferring / Re: What schools are transfer friendly?
« on: May 19, 2008, 10:52:46 AM »
What schools are transfer friendly in to Top 50?

Illinois, Georgetown, NYU, Columbia, WUSTL, UCLA, GW

 what rank would someone need to have a realistic chance at any of those places coming from a tier 2 but with a sub 160 LSAT? 

Your LSAT does not matter much when it comes to transferring. It is based alomost totally on your 1L grades and school reputation. The one exception being that a URM would have a better shot than a non-minority.

As for your circumstance, the answer might be different depending upon whether your school is ranked #51 or #95. But as a rough guide, people from good T2's have a decent shot when:
Top 10-20% for Illinois/WUSTL/GW/UCLA
Top 5-10% for Georgetown
Top 1-5% for NYU/Columbia

Someone please tell Rutgers that. The Admissions Committee there still considers LSAT score for transfer applicants. I think someone forgot to tell them that LSAT scores for transfers aren't included in the U.S. News and World Report calculations. Not to mention that after a year of law school, and just like the SAT, that ridiculous test does not indicate law school performance nor does it have anything to do with learning law.

I think you just have to take it for what it is: Discussion. Socrates used the method as a way to isolate where personal knowledge and where the individual has to continue to seek the knowledge for himself. Well, we don't live in those times anymore but the point is to ask a student questions until she runs out of answers, then ask another student, and another student. The questions are designed to get students to look at the issues involved and the smaller sub-issues in a new way.

I can't tell you how many times I walked into Contracts last semester, thinking I knew the case cold, and the professor started the Socratic method which brought me to see the case in a completely different way. Or, I was confused in the first. Ain't no shame I guess.

Current Law Students / Re: take-home exams
« on: April 30, 2008, 11:07:38 PM »
I had a 24-hour take-home civ pro final last semester and I did fairly well so I'll divulge my "pearls" of wisdom.

An outline is crucial - include case names and page numbers. Tab your casebook and your FR supplement. Next, study for it like it's closed book. Believe me, recall is much faster if you study like you would for a closed book exam. This is where the outline becomes really helpful. If the call of the question/instructions state that you need to cite to relevant authority, you can reference your outline to make sure you've cited correctly to every part.

Don't be afraid to take hour naps so leave yourself time for that. It's going to take you at least 24 hours to recover from the take-home. I'd also recommend taking the test at home if you live alone. Other students who take the test and stay at school will be really ramped up. You want to reduce the stress on yourself as much as possible.

I saved three hours at the end because I had 30 multiple choice questions on top of six essay questions.

Breathe and believe in yourself.

Current Law Students / Re: legal writing - any recommendations?
« on: April 30, 2008, 11:00:08 PM »
Brush up on your rules of grammar, punctuation, etc. It is very important but keep in mind that even if you don't excel at it, the academic version of legal writing is very different than what you will actually do in the real world (especially if you are assigned to write an open or closed memo). Do the best you can and pray it's pass/fail.

Current Law Students / Re: Contracts help!!!
« on: April 30, 2008, 10:57:16 PM »
I second that. I also highly recommend practic hypos, especially old tests if your prof has released his/her old exams.

You're fine - there's a convicted murderer who is currently practicing law in the state of Ohio. Just be honest about your whole past and you'll be fine.

Transferring / Re: Possible transfer options
« on: January 26, 2008, 12:19:31 AM »
I'm wondering about a lateral transfer from T4 UDSL to T4 Widener University.

Transferring / Re: Dayton to American or Catholic
« on: January 26, 2008, 12:18:24 AM »
I don't know who this but the UDSL curve is set at B - 2.75. Look at your transcript.

Current Law Students / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: January 26, 2008, 12:10:05 AM »
Despite the naysayers, you can improve your academic performance this semester if you isolate your problems from last semester and improve them. If you still have your scholarship, congratulations.

From what I am hearing from attorneys in the real world, after a couple years on your first job, your grades law school grades don't mean anything. If you can't do the job, it doesn't matter if you had a 4.0 GPA; you're worthless.

Current Law Students / Re: Specific Civ Pro Questions
« on: December 12, 2007, 12:07:35 PM »
It has to be related to the original complaint too.

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