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General Board / Holy *&^% I got an F
« on: January 05, 2007, 12:01:41 AM »
there's no way, but it happened.  I received a 1.5 in contracts. 

I was ready for this test and left feeling as though I probably scored around a 2.3-2.5.

this prof is known for doing this, even when unwarranted.my school is also known for artificially low grades.

any ideas what to do?  or is this just the end or me?

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General Board / Re: Who else is getting a gut?
« on: January 01, 2007, 01:52:21 PM »
It's a losing battle...

Many of my friends have taken up smoking from the pressures of law school.  I too have put on about 12.  Still, I think that eating a little too much is better than filling your lungs with toxins.  I have managed to drop much of the weight during the break.  A little cardio (hard cardio for 20-30 minutes 4 times a week) and try to make a big salad at least one meal per day.  with chicken or turkey

I feel your pain.  Hopefully by the end of this, my pockets will stick out further than my belly!!!!

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General Board / Re: Depression. Malaise. Failure. Help.
« on: November 28, 2006, 11:05:33 PM »
brother,
   I'm right there with you.  I didn't drink for almost 4 years.  Got my life straightened out, got into law school.  But once I got here, the nature of it combined with the people and the workload, and the feeling of no safety net...ultimately was more than I could bear.  So after some thought, weighing the pros and cons, I went to BevMo and got a bottle of Jack and a couple of 6-packs. 

Now I can sleep.
I can relax a little bit, and realize that I'm not going to be able to do every little thing they want me to do. Like bull research assignments which are only meant to busy me enough to pull off my game in the substantive classes   

The booze has provided an "off switch" that simply wasn't there before. No amount of meditation can equal the power of Jack Daniels.....screw yoga too.

Admittedly it's a dangerous game.

I was going to flunk out without it, or have a heart attack. it's put that little bit of fun back in my life that was completely absent.

Nobody knows you better than yourself.


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General Board / Re: Just Passing?
« on: October 28, 2006, 08:38:01 PM »
if your school is like mine, they're playing a game of hide the ball with us.  This has not been a good faith effort to educate us at all. 

Teacher lectures conflict with the book sometimes. 
We are taught things after turning in assignments, then points are taken off. 
Grades given are artificially low.
About 6 weeks in, they sent us a letter stating that they would be failing more people at the end of the year due to a new policy
In short, it's a bs game

They make money by keeping us here, but they also must maintain as high a bar passage rate as possible.
Unfortunatley for us, there is a long line of people waiting to go to law school, so they can kick people out and still be profitable as long as they keep letting more people in than they actually expect to keep or want to keep.  Bastards.

My school only gives 4 or 5 people grades above 3.0.  I guess they think that we'd all transfer out, I know I would!
They just earned a provisional ABA accredation, so they're really sticking it to us.  I had big dreams of top 10%, and transferring up, now I just want to stay off academic probation, and make it out of here without a bad drug problem from the stress given to me by a bunch of unreasonable law profs.


 

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cannot pick,
    thanks for your encouragement.  I think you're right.  For now, I guess I'll give it a shot.  My essay is really good.  I might be able to write my way in.  Then perhaps I can transfer up.  If I don't get in anywhere.....I guess it can't hurt to take the test again.  You're right, once in, I'll be more dedicated.  I have a better perspective, drive, and discipline than most 20 somethings. 

     I heard that 85% of graduating JD's are no longer practicing law after 5 years.  This won't be me.  I know what I'm getting myself into. 

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Erapitt,
    you sound like the kind of guy that will end up working for the IRS someday....

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I'm not worried about getting through law school, mostly just getting in.  I've got 15 years of work experience including running my own company.  the lsat is an arbitrary set of BS that makes little sense in the scheme of things.  Taking classes and learning actual material doesn't compare.  I do appreciate your sanctimonious tone however....Besides the tests in law school are mostly essay.  Can anyone tell me when I'll ever need to do a logic game in 8.5 minutes again in my life, and exactly what the hell it predicts.....nothing.....

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My five practice test scores the three weeks before the exam
          158, 160, 159, 161, 157

It's all nerves.  when the test is real, I cant' breathe.  All I see is alphabet soup.  the words run together and make no sense.  In short, I freak out.  At this point it seems personal....

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I appreciate the encouiraging words.  But, if I get a 161, not an unreasonable possibilty, I still only have a 154 average. 

Do you think seeing that better test score will matter, or do the adcomms only go by the average???  Seems like I have an awful lot to explain away.....

watch me pass the bar onthe first try ;D,.....now that would be kharma

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Where should I go next fall? / where can a long shot get into school??
« on: March 05, 2006, 01:01:44 AM »
I have very average LSAT scores.  149 & 152.  (massive test anxiety, practiced consistently in the low 160's, now I'm f'ed)

     low gpa. from UCSB. 2.4 (15 years ago, explained by long history of alchohol and      drug abuse in a conviction addendum, go ahead say what you want.) 

Good personal statement. 

I might take the stupid test again.  Right now I'm applying to Golden Gate, who just changed their policy to average the test scores while they used to take the high one.  Great.  I figured I would also shoot for Santa Clara. Or even Hawaii. 

What I'm hoping to find out here, is information about schools in other parts of the country besides Northern California. At this point, anywhere in the country.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. After all I'm just a mere mortal.   

I hate this. 



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