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Current Law Students / Re: Long exams
« on: May 11, 2007, 10:13:04 AM »
I had a 24-hour takehome exam with a 5-page limit.

Brutal, just brutal.

Current Law Students / Re: Completely useless and irrelevant post
« on: May 10, 2007, 07:44:59 PM »
The Delaware beaches are better.  There are far fewer needles washing ashore and they don't require you to buy a beach tag ( yes, New Jersey really does this) to enter.

Agreed that the Delaware beaches are better.  The best part is not having to buy a beach tag!  I like Lewes best but Rehoboth and Dewey are nice too.

Transferring / Re: Visiting Student
« on: April 15, 2007, 02:25:26 PM »
If you're a visiting student, you spend a semester or year taking courses at another school, but your JD still comes from your home institution.  You need permission from your home school to visit elsewhere -- many schools have strict criteria on the reasons for which they'll approve visits.  So I imagine that they could prevent you from visiting elsewhere if you don't fit within their criteria.

Current Law Students / Re: casearc program vs. ohio state
« on: April 02, 2007, 08:37:36 AM »
Yes, but also consider the specialty rankings -- Case's health law program jumped to #5 this year, and its international program is now #15 (tied with U Texas).  IP is up there, too (I forget what that ranking is).

If you want to do international law, I honestly don't think there are many schools outside the T14 that do a better job at it than Case.  There are tons of students this summer who are working at international tribunals -- the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the Special Court for the Former Yugoslavia, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (prosecuting Khmer Rouge), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (prosecuting the Rwandan genocide of 1994), etc.  Several students have gone on to do 6-month or 12-month clerkships with the ICC.  At least two students each summer work for Human Rights Watch (Case has two guaranteed spots with HRW), and at least two each summer work for the International Trade Centre in Geneva, which is an agency of the WTO.  Case students prepared documents for the Iraqi Special Tribunal that prosecuted Saddam Hussein, and others prepared memos related to Guantanamo detainees and counterterrorism actions -- documents that are actually being used in the cases.

Ohio State certainly has its strengths, but it doesn't have anything like that.

Anyway, don't choose Case just because you think you have a better chance of making law review... it's sort of presumptuous to assume that.  Choose Case because you like it, because you want to be in Cleveland, because you got a bigger scholarship, or because you want to pursue a certain specialty area.  Just don't choose it because of a presumption that it's easier.

Current Law Students / Re: State SC or Fed Dist. Court?
« on: March 27, 2007, 05:00:24 PM »
It depends on the state, I think...

The CA Supreme Court or the NY Court of Appeals or the Delaware Supreme Court, for instance, probably would be more "prestigious" places to work than the federal district court for the northern district of a small state.  But the federal district courts for the Southern District of NY, or the District of Delaware, probably would trump most states' supreme courts.

you should probably consider what the reputations of the various courts involved are, and where you want to practice eventually.

Current Law Students / Re: casearc program vs. ohio state
« on: March 27, 2007, 04:53:02 PM »
Ditto... I got into both OSU and Case and chose Case because:
a) I liked Cleveland better;
b) it was easier to renew Case's scholarships than Ohio State's; and
c) Case just felt friendlier to me, and I liked it much better.

Within Ohio, I don't think you can go wrong with either OSU or Case.  Now, if you're looking to leave Ohio after graduation, the calculus may be different.

Edited to add -- I found it interesting that both OSU and Case made Vault's list last week of "top 25 underrated law schools."  (OSU is 12 on Vault's list; Case is 17.)

Current Law Students / Re: Scan of USN&WR 2008 Law School Rankings
« on: March 22, 2007, 06:59:07 PM »
The employment stats are also off for multiple schools...

Nice work, but try better next time. 

Current Law Students / Re: What do ACLU attorneys earn?
« on: February 20, 2007, 07:00:41 PM »
Not only has the ACLU represented Rush Limbaugh, but it has represented Jerry Falwell (of anti-Teletubbies fame) and is currently representing Fred Phelps (that pastor from Kansas whose tiny church protests at soldiers' funerals with anti-gay messages).

Since you're not keen on journals and you want to be a legal aid lawyer, you're probably better off doing some nice clinical work.  Find yourself a really amazing internship for next year or sign up for a clinic.  Volunteer somewhere.  Etc.

depends on the professor...

for example, Our con law professor spent a ton of time on the 14th Amendment and always talked about two competing views of the 14th -- 1) the idea that the Constitution is colorblind, and race is always and everywhere irrelevant (including affirmative action etc)  or 2) the idea that the Constitution prohibits only oppressive laws based on race.  we had a race-based affirmative action question on the exam, and both the majority and dissenting opinions were important for the exam, b/c of the two different views of the law. 

You should be able to tell what your prof values and whether he/she wants something like that.

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