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Where should I go next fall? / Re: USC vs. Fordham
« on: July 24, 2008, 08:32:52 PM »
I'd go to USC unless working in NYC is your one, main goal. Then you're going to Fordham because they'll more easily be able to give you the connections you need to get a small firm job in New York should you finish in the bottom 25%. USC won't be able to do that for you.

Otherwise, I think all things point to USC.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Foreign Languages
« on: July 16, 2008, 01:56:27 AM »
Well, if you're in Southern California (or I suspect any southwest state) Spanish is really a great idea. This is especially true for public interest where many of your clients will only speak Spanish. I know for our public interest clinics many if not most say "Spanish speakers preferred."

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Recording lectures on a Mac
« on: July 14, 2008, 01:46:11 AM »
don't bother record lectures.

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I think there's a fairly big difference between what law students spend a lot of time doing and what law school is "all about." Again, I didn't brief a single case my second semester and I was in the top part of the class that semester. I briefed the first semester and did substantially worse. I don't mean to say briefing caused my poorer grades, but I do mean to say that briefing isn't what "law school is all about."

Anyway, you seem very sure of yourself which is fine. Just make sure you're not inflexible come your first class. And for social reasons, I wouldn't play up the fact you know everything about law school.

Oh, and for what it's worth, both my parents are lawyers; I dated a law student all last year; and I was a regular on this board. I still didn't fully understand what law school was "all about." I'm not even sure that I do now.

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There really is no difference in the quality of legal education at a T14 school compared to a T2 school. The curriculums are identical.

You're putting forward an opinion as if it were a fact.  Likewise when you assert that law is easy compared to accounting.

And small firms are not all boutiques.  Some are just small firms.  I wouldn't consider a small firm a boutique unless it had hiring criteria and compensation structures comparable to the large firms.

Point taken. The curriculums are identical. Read course descriptions in school handbooks. I'm also only talking about first and second year (first semester courses).

As far as accounting being harder than law, that is an opinion. It's not a fact, but some circumstantial evidence in my favor: far fewer people pass the cpa exam on the first try than the bar exam. State Boards of Accountancy require two years of practice before candidates can take the CPA exam. You don't need a shred of experience to take the bar exam.

Law school is essentially reading and briefing cases. It's not hard. I do that on my own time for fun. The reasoning required for a legal career is not difficult at all. The process is more competative, though. Law school exams are harder than undergrad exams, I'm sure.

Accounting is a whole different ballgame. If I handed someone a general ledger and told them to prepare financials, there is no way they would be able to do it if they were not an accountant. Paralegals often do the same worka as attorneys without attending law school. They just can't advise clients or represent them in court. Often, though, a good paralegal knows just as much law as an attorney in specified fields. The practice of law is just not as intellectually demanding until you get into tax law and IP law. Yes, this is an opinion. I guess I'll let you know on the other side of the bar exam if it's valid or not.

Who briefs cases for fun? I understand if you're particularly keen you might read some cases for fun (to each their own), but BRIEFING?

Anyway, I didn't brief a single case my second semester.

Also, you're confusing technical knowledge with intellectual rigor.


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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
« on: July 01, 2008, 04:47:30 PM »
psch. don't worry about watches. Worry about alarm clocks:

http://www.voco.uk.com/

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recording would be useless and potentially destructive (you might stop paying attention thinking you'll go back and listen... you won't).

the only time I see it as potentially helpful is for Q&A style review sessions. I found those difficult to both take in what had just been said and listen to the next question. Still, I don't think it's recording even those.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Piercings on law students
« on: June 29, 2008, 03:02:16 AM »
I've actually heard that the whole "blind graded" thing is not something you can count on. Professors can change your grade before it is officially recorded.

Not sure if that is true everywhere, but two professors at two different law schools have confirmed.

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Also, I'm convinced that Dashrashi is a witch.   :P

My mind has wandered down a similar path more than once. Although I'm also convinced that if I met her in real life, I'd probably fall in love immediately.

self-destructive tendencies? You DO have what it takes to be a lawyer.

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I had one professor who provided us the past 10 exams and a sample student answer for each of these. In one, the student went with some sort of modified txt speech. For me, it was really grating to read, but presumably he or she did well because it's used as a sample answer.

And you're wrong if you think everyone seems the same issues. In a general law school exam with a fairly standard fact pattern, no one is going to get all of the issues. No one. Whether that's remotely important or not will vary on the professor and exam type.

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