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Transferring / Re: Transfering from cooley any advice
« on: December 18, 2008, 03:54:28 AM »
and ranked in the top 15% with a 3.69 gpa

Isn't a 3.69 at Cooley much better than top 15%?  I thought that they had a really low curve.  I am thinking a 3.69 puts you as one of the top students at Cooley and therefore a good transfer applicant.

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Yes, because everyone takes the same test.

Most difficult test I had in law school (by far) was an all multiple choice oil and gas test.  I felt good, because the test actually required a lot of thinking and not just a regurgitation of material.  I was unsure of many answers...but I realized that everyone takes the same test (got an A).  I actually appreciated the fact that the professor had so much confidence in our class's abilities to give us such a difficult test.  I hadn't really been challenged like that since undergrad EE.

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General Board / Re: getting f's in law school...
« on: December 18, 2008, 03:38:22 AM »
I think you should at least wait until you get your grades.  It is pretty difficult to fail classes at top 50 law schools.  I think you could probably read over an outline the night before an exam and have done nothing else all semester and still not fail.

Did you at least provide answers?  How is it that you are so sure you failed?

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Although this is not legal advice and I am certainly not an attorney, it makes a difference whether you're at a state or a private school in terms of due process issues. See 435 U.S. 78 (1978); 13 F.3d 221 (7th Cir. 1993). 

I highly doubt any law school is going to violate procedural due process or even come close to violating it.  I would almost guarantee their procedures comply and even give more process than that which is due.

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What you are seeking is basically legal advice.  I think you should at least consult with a legal professional that you trust and who understands the school (a professor that you trust and who knows you is a good start, they might even recommend someone).  I dont think its a good idea to "negotiate" this yourself.  No right minded lawyer would ever represent themselves, because you can't when you are emotionally involved.

I feel for you and hope that you can keep it off your mind while you continue with finals (and I am sure that is difficult to do).

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General Board / Re: Adverse Possession
« on: December 12, 2008, 07:07:28 PM »
What disrupts adverse possession?  I know obviously a legal action by the true owner would suffice, but would a request to vacate or the marking off of a boundry line  be adequate to void the continuity?

Depends on your jurisdiction.  Look up the majority and minority rules for the hostile element.  Also, just make sure to argue both sides...one side says that isn't sufficient to disrupt while the other side argues it is sufficient.

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General Board / Re: Do Post-Exam Feelings Correlate Well with Grades?
« on: December 12, 2008, 07:01:04 PM »
You never know until the day the grade is posted.  It does no good to think about or waste time discussing an exam you already finished.  In fact, as soon as the exam is over you should blank it from your memory and devote total focus to the next one.

I knew for myself that I hated when exams seemed rather easy and straightforward.  That meant that likely it was straightforward and there were many students who were better writers and applied much more detailed analyais than myself.

I liked exams that seemed difficult because I had a complex engineering background and was adept at answering complex problems.  I didn't have to worry about structure and depth, just that I had applied the proper legal analysis.

Dont buy into the "because it seemed easy you obviously missed some issues."  Not all professors write essays with difficult to spot issues and I in my experience most didn't.

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General Board / Re: Who leaves exam room earlier???
« on: December 12, 2008, 06:41:03 PM »
-Noone should ever leave an exam early.  If you finish, look through your outline to see if there is any issue that could remotely be raised (do a small analysis of those, you might get a point or two).  If you finish that, throw some policy in (you might get a pt). In classes with outlines, often I'd have a tiny amount of policy for each legal rule just so I could throw it on the exam at the end.

-At my law school, I was always asked "why do you use every minute available, I know you finish early?"  I always thought, "why wouldnt you use every possible minute and throw in anything that is remotely relevant, because an entire semester's work comes down to 3-4 hours."

-I received many exam high A's in law school, I would attribute them to those extra minutes where I gathered a few points that few others did.

-Finally, I dont understand how people can become distracted.  Your entire focus should be on the exam...so really you shouldn't notice when people are leaving and what not.

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General Board / Re: hardest first year class? vote here
« on: December 04, 2008, 08:52:21 PM »
Im surprised the consensus is not legal writing as that class requires the most work.  Of course what you perceive as difficult will be based on the professor, but conceptually torts may be the easiest class in law school (its nice when every rule is a simple list of elements).  When bar study comes around everyone looks at torts as the subject to get easy essay points.

And the economic based approach, I am guessing you must go to University of Chicago.  I like the 5th circuit law and economics reasoning.  Too bad, but I doubt we will ever see one of those judges in the supreme court.

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General Board / Re: Federal Courts v Commercial Paper
« on: December 04, 2008, 08:16:47 PM »
well...while we're at it...what is the most difficult course (barring 1L required classes)?

I am sure it depends on what a particular school offers.  At my school, the consensus and I agree would be Oil and Gas.

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