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3L job search / Starting salaries @ State AG offices?
« on: June 03, 2009, 11:15:07 PM »
Does anyone know what the starting salary is like for a NY Ass't Attorney General? Is that information publicly available someplace?
Thanks,
Rob

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Studying and Exam Taking / Evidence?
« on: February 24, 2009, 01:28:10 PM »
Can anyone recommend a good Evidence supplement? I don't normally use supplements, but 3/4's of the hypos and questions we get in lecture seem to be answered with 'Well, some courts see it this way and others...'
Thanks,
Rob

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General Board / Are law school grading curves reasonable?
« on: July 04, 2008, 07:32:28 PM »
I've seen several posts that have complained about the fact that law schools grade on a strict curve. Here's a cut-n-paste of one such criticism (with identifying info removed)
"Curve - The curve at (X) was similar to that of (Y).  Unfortunately, the difference between a B+ and C+ was usually only a handful of arbitrary points.  I found it was often the case that I would get every issue, but still get a B on the exam because everyone else also got every issue.  Curves are worthless because they punish a class of very smart people, or reward a dumbass who happens to have stupider classmates.  People should get grades based on what they accomplished or demonstrated, not what other people did.  If the class had a bunch of lazy slackers who learned nothing, they should all get F's. D level work should not get an A just because of a curve."
Personally, I think that the curves that law schools use serve a valid purpose and I think that criticism like this aren't particularly valid. I'd imagine that few schools have classes full of 'lazy slackers' where a curve would "reward a dumbass who happens to have stupider classmates". Has anyone actually had a class filled with stupid classmates? From what I've seen in my first year, many of my classmates were just as determined once they got to school as they were to get in in the first place and all had comparable academic qualifications to my own. Further, without a strictly enforced grading guideline or mandatory curve, grades become far more subjective and schools quickly become subject to grade inflation, which ultimately devalues what it means to get an A. When everyone gets a top mark, is it really that much of an accomplishment? It would be the norm... and therefore not the exceptional performance that a top mark should denote.
Just bringing it up for discussion...
Rob

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L.L.M. Board / LLM's at NYU?
« on: March 28, 2008, 06:58:52 PM »
Does anyone know if NYU still offers a LLM in Labor & Employment Law? I've looked on their website, but couldn't find anything about it. It's still listed on aba website's post-JD section...
Thanks,
Rob

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St. John's U Law School / 1L books?
« on: July 30, 2007, 07:15:15 AM »
Hey All,
     Now that the incoming 1L book list is out there, has anyone started pricing out book costs for this upcoming semester? The two books for my Property I class were close to $150 on Amazon... I can't imagine the campus bookstore being any chepaer (my undergrad bookstore was also run by Follet... they were consistantly the most expensive place to buy books).

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St. John's U Law School / Seat Deposit is in!
« on: April 05, 2007, 01:48:40 PM »
Hey All,
    So who else here has committed to St. John's for incoming Fall '07 class? I saw plenty of people at the ASW a few weeks ago... anyone else attend and decide that St. John's was the right choice for them?
Thanks,
Rob

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General Board / Winter/Christmas break activities?
« on: April 04, 2007, 03:27:38 PM »
Hey All,
    Out of curiosity, what do 1L's do during the break between the fall and spring semesters? The school I'll be attending has a roughly 2+1/2 week break (12/22 - 1/8) and I was wondering whether it would be reasonable to schedule a vacation during that time or are you expected to use that time to do reading for the Spring semester? I just got the vacation schedule here at my job and it looks like one of the few opportunities I'll have to actually go anyplace.
Any advice or personal experiences would be deeply appreciated.
Thanks,
Rob

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2L job search / PT Summer Position?
« on: March 16, 2007, 09:12:43 AM »
While the vast amjority of law students are full-timers, there are many schools that offer a part-time program. I'd imagine that those PT students wouldn't be able to take a FT position over the summer. Does anyone know of any firms or governmental agencies that have PT openings for summer 2L'? Anyone have any experience with this?
Thanks,
Rob

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Hofstra U School of Law / Accepted Student Day, March 25th?
« on: March 12, 2007, 12:46:15 PM »
Is anyone going to attend this accepted students event? Do you think it's going to be much/any different than the accepted scholarship students event on the preceeding friday? I'm trying to determine which one I'm going to attend...
Thanks,
Rob

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Hofstra U School of Law / Hofstra's Curve?
« on: February 27, 2007, 04:05:09 PM »
Hey All,
     Anyone know what the curve is like at Hofstra? I just got accepted with a merit scholarship that requires me to maintain a 3.25 GPA. Any idea what sort of class standing that's like? Top 1/3? Top 1/4? I'd hate to go in and find out the hard way that only the top 10% of the class breaks a 3.25...
Thanks,
Rob

PS: Anyone going to the Accepted Student Open House in late March?
 

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