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Job Search / Starting salaries @ State AG offices?
« on: June 03, 2009, 09:15:07 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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Current Law Students / Evidence?
« on: February 24, 2009, 11:28:10 AM »
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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Current Law Students / Are law school grading curves reasonable?
« on: July 04, 2008, 05:32:28 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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Pursuing an LLM / LLM's at NYU?
« on: March 28, 2008, 04:58:52 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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Current Law Students / Winter/Christmas break activities?
« on: April 04, 2007, 01:27:38 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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Job Search / PT Summer Position?
« on: March 16, 2007, 07:12:43 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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Law School Admissions / Stupid Resume error
« on: January 22, 2007, 08:31:11 AM »
After submitting my applications to two law schools, I realized that I had made a slight error on my resume...

"X Firm" January 1994 - December 1995
"Y Firm" January 1995 - August 1995

The dates for "X Firm" should have been March 1994 - December 1994. Granted, these jobs are from over 10 years ago, and I've been at my current firm for better than 9 years... should I even bother contacting the 2 schools that I sent this to and making the correction? I consider this a very minor mistake of little relevance, and hesitate to draw attention to it for fear that my 'lack of attention to detail' will hurt me more than an honest mistake.
Any thoughts or opinions would be deeply appreciated...
Thanks,
Rob

PS: As you could probably guess, I'm a non-trad, and I'm looking at local, part-time schools, most of whom my numbers exceed their median's for PT students.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / How 'catholic' is St. John's?
« on: December 27, 2006, 12:09:09 PM »
Hey All,
     This may sound like a stupid question, but I figured that I was better off getting some sort of answer now rather than later. I'm seriusly considering going to St. John's for their evening program. I'm a practicing atheist with a firm belief in the seperation of church and state and little patience for fundamentalists who try to inflict their religious beliefs on other people. Having made the astute observation "Hmmm... I believe that St John's is a catholic-oriented school"  ;), I was curious as to what degree it's religious beliefs colors it's legal education.
Any help here?
Thanks,
Rob

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Studying for the LSAT / Update to 'My Docs' LSAT section... Good News?
« on: October 20, 2006, 11:12:19 AM »
Hey All,
    I've been lurking here for about a month and saw an older post about a change to the 'My Docs - LSAT' section as an indication that the grades are coming. Is there any truth to that? When I checked LSAC this morning, there wasn't anything filled in date-wise on that page, but when I just checked, it had 10/23/06 filled in. I hope this is a good sign...
Thanks,
Rob

PS: Go ahead, flame away at the noob if you want... but hopefully someone knows what I'm refering to and can offer a bit of insight. Thanks.

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