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Considering that my school was founded by women and has a 60/40 female/male split, that's generally not a problem here.

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General Board / GPA Dip During Comment Semester
« on: February 10, 2008, 09:14:45 PM »
Hey y'all,

Quick cathartic question; basically for the purposes of making me feel better.  I'm a 2L at a lower-Tier 1 school (i.e., ranked in the 40s). I wrote my comment last semester for one of my school's "niche" journals...the comment was good enough to get an offer of publication.  Unfortunately, it may have come at the expense of my grades.  I was previously in the Top 20%, now I'm hovering around the Top 40% of my class.  This is at a school that is notorious for grade-inflation.

As far as jobs go...how forgiving, in general, do you think employers will be of a GPA drop in a comment semester?

I welcome all flame posts, because, frankly, those who do so don't really matter to me.  I don't need care if my Internet feelings are hurt.

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2L job search / Reasonable Job Opportunities w/My Stats
« on: August 30, 2007, 01:59:25 PM »
Hey guys, I'm a 2L at a middle Tier 1 school in a large city.  I am in the Top 20% of my class, wrote on to one of my school's "niche" journals, am on the moot court team, and am the SBA vice president.  I kinda feel as if I'm jack of all trades but master of none.  I want to go into civil rights/constitutional litigation, ultimately would like to be an appellate lawyer.  What size/ranking of firm should I realistically be looking at?  I've had OCI interviews with a handful of large firms, one ding letter on callbacks and some no-responses.

Where should I look?

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General Board / Re: Law review too much time?
« on: April 10, 2007, 02:26:15 PM »
All 4 of my school's journals allow summer comments.

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General Board / Re: Law review too much time?
« on: April 10, 2007, 11:23:03 AM »
I finished my short write-on competition about a month ago, and will hear back from 1 of the 4 journals at my school this Friday.  I am on Moot Court and a member of the SBA executive already.  If I make journal, I'd like to do my comment over the summer combined w/a part-time job.  About how many hours per week would those of you on law review or another journal say that you put into your note or comment?

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Jacy,

Agreed, although, in the interests of time, I was actually in Civ Pro yesterday while one of our gunners was droning on with this hypothetical about discovery (yes, DISCOVERY) that I couldn't pay attention. But yes, I like the argument, rebuttal, and surrebuttal format.

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My Contracts professor did an in-class exam-taking workshop a couple weeks ago, and he illustrated an alternative to IRAC, CRAC (sounds fun, eh?)

Conclusion
Rule
Application
Conclusion

Example:

1. Conclusion - "Yes, John is guilty of battery against Mark." This is a simple answer, framing your argument for your professor.  It will more easily guide them through your reasoning until you re-state your conclusion.

2. Rule - "According to the Restatement, a person has committed a battery against another when they have intended to make harmful or offensive contact that is neither consented to nor otherwise privileged." Simple statement of the rule is all that is necessary here. If you need to explain further to clarify your application section.

3. Application - "John punched Mark in the face when Mark wasn't looking, breaking his nose. Mark never consented to this action, and, even if he had, the act was unlawful, mitigating any consent. The act was not privileged, because it did not take place in a context, such as a boxing ring, where some actions are permitted." All you need to do here is apply the facts to the rule in order to buttress your conclusion.

4. Conclusion - "Therefore, John is guilty of battery against Mark, and may be held liable for any damages that may result as a consequence of this act." A more expansive conclusion that includes any other considerations as a result of the conclusion.

Not sure if that helps. But I think this format makes it a lot easier and a lot less stressful in doing hypotheticals and answering model exam questions.

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Like many other 1Ls, my section has quite a few gunners. Some other section mates and I are trying to nail down some "rules of classroom etiquette" for a quasi-Socratic dialogue.  Tell me what you guys think of these rules:

1. When the professor asks you a direct question pertaining to a case, statute, or hypothetical, answer directly and in as few words/sentences as possible. Do not pontificate or wax philosophically. We are all trying to learn black-letter law, and your gray-letter hazy b.s. is frustrating that goal.

2. If you are unprepared, and the professor asks you a question, say "pass" and allow somebody else to move on (this is an option at our school) with the discussion.

3. Do not volunteer for questions or comments unless the professor invites such discussion.

4. Do not discuss personal experiences. Period.

5. Do not argue with the professor. You're a 1L. They're older than God. Do the math.

5. Do not invoke hypothetical scenarios involving some sort of factual distinction from the present rule discussed unless explicitly invited to do so by the professor.

6. Limit yourself to one question or comment during volunteer periods in class per session. Quit hogging class time trying to prove to other people in your class, who had the same GPA and LSAT score that you did, that you are smarter they are. You aren't making friends with your future colleagues.

7. Only use Instant Messenger for the purposes of making fun of the people who are presently violating these rules. Do not use AIM to talk to your significant other when you should be trying to figure our venue under federal question subject matter jurisdiction.

8. All discussion not permitted under this code shall be reserved for study groups, professor e-mails, office hours, and lonely nights in wish you alternate between Dungeons and Dragons and your casebook. For the love of God. Who is still younger than your professor.

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Criminy, where do I begin.

"So...why do we even have a Constitution?"

"I don't understand what due process has to do with personal jurisdiction?"

"I think there should be separate accomodations for people with disabilities."

That's just to start. I don't want to even get into the ridiculous garbage spewed our by our section gunners thus far.

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General Board / Which supplements do you prefer (1Ls)?
« on: September 06, 2006, 10:58:34 AM »
Just curious to see what everybody else is using and why. I started with Emanuel the first two weeks, found them a little too technical, switched to E&E's and I feel more prepared for class than most of my classmates who are just slogging through the cases without any context.

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