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Incoming 1Ls / Transfers and Drop Outs
« on: August 28, 2012, 07:43:03 AM »
I'm trying to anticipate whether my class rank will move up or down after the dust has settled following the transfers and drops.  I know a good portion of the top students have transferred out following great 1L grades.  But I've also noticed that a number of folks have dropped out.  I presume those who dropped were at the bottom of the class.

So here's my question: do you think that more students transfer than drop after the first year or vice versa?   

Incoming 1Ls / Solo Practice Advice
« on: June 16, 2012, 12:11:54 AM »
Are there any attorneys who have real experience with the development and management of a solo/small firm and would like to share their experiences, common pitfalls, etc.?

If you're currently a law school student, no disrespect intended, but I'd prefer not to hear from you unless you can add more to the discussion than run-of-the-mill biglaw versus sh*tlaw comparisons.

Current Law Students / Grassroots Politics
« on: June 17, 2006, 04:07:29 PM »
 This message is intended for anyone living in the San Diego area in particular and California in general. Are you a Republican who'd like to get involved in Governor Schwarzenegger's re-election campaign, or any Republican candidate's campaign for that matter? If you answered in the affirmative, we could really use your help. The Party is looking for volunteers who are willing to walk precincts, handle clerical tasks, make phone calls, etc. If you're interested, you can reach me via email at Take care and God Bless America.

Current Law Students / "Getting to Maybe"
« on: April 24, 2006, 09:38:37 AM »
I'm currently about 90 pages into the book Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams. The advice contained within seems plausible and reasonable. However, I don't start school until the fall; hence, I have no real way of knowing if the authors' recommendations on how to properly approach legal analysis are note worthy or not. In short, I was wondering if anyone has read this book and used its ideas on an actual (i.e., graded) law school exam? If so, how did the book's guidelines help or hinder the overall result of the test?

I would appreciate any help, thanks. 

Current Law Students / Any thoughts on this?
« on: April 22, 2006, 08:41:37 PM »
Common wisdom, on this site and elsewhere, advises prospective law students to attend the highest ranked law school possible. There seems to be a problem with this approach, however. Namely, in order for someone to get into the higher ranked schools this would generally mean that the said school was intially part of the applicant's "reach" schools but was somehow accepted there. For instance, say someone has a lower-than-average LSAT and GPA combination but was accepted to T14 because he or she has extraordinary soft factors.

The problem I see with this is that acceptance to law schools without the requisite intellectual capacities, e.g., as evidenced by one's LSAT and GPA numbers, only disadvantages the student. Most certainly, LSAT and GPA combinations are not the be-all and end-all of gauging one's intellectual prowess, but it is a fairly good--not great--indicator of such. My point is this, and I welcome any dissent: one may argue, as I am doing, that if students attend law schools in which the majority of their classmates have much higher LSAT and GPA combinations they are likely doomed to inevitable failure. Not to say they would fail out of law school altogether. But they will, in my opinion, find themselves in the middle of the class or, perhaps, even near the bottom once grades come out. Obviously, this would preclude them from participating in Law Review and many other prestigious opportunities available to students at the top of the class.

In light of this, I think maybe prospective law students should lower their expectations a little and attend law schools where they have equal or even higher LSAT and GPA combinations than their counterparts. Ideally, this would enable them to compete on a much more even playing field--and hopefully rise to the top of their respective classes. It just seems to me that it would be better, as they say: "to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big lake."

Just a thought.     

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