I passed the bar (North Carolina)! I have heard that NC gets its results out quicker than many other states. I did it with Barbri books but without the Barbri classes - that's a cool 3 grand in my pocket! Anyone else heard?
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I write this mostly as a record for future takers, but also welcome comments and thoughts from others.
First, I had heard that NC recycles essay fact patterns somewhat, but I was surprised that two of the twelve were VERY familiar - one, about employing a vase-maker or vase-painter was 98% the same as I had seen before. I had only looked at essays while studying in two locations -- the Barbri book-o-essays, and the released tests from the NCBLE for the last 3 years. So one of those places or both was where I saw the essays I saw on the actual bar. I bet if I had gone further back in time on released bar essays, I would have seen more familiar material.
So my tip is -- learn those essays, and get the released answers from your law school (UNC has them) for the ones not on the NCBLE site anymore.
Now that you've been in law school and seen some of the anti-socials, do you think me think that law school is bizarre in that there is no admissions interview, whereas other professional schools like MBAs and MDs do interview? I mean, we're a profession of communicators.
I have it on good authority that UNC only had sent out about 1/4 of the acceptances it is intending to send out as of a couple of weeks ago. The reason? First, the admissions staff has never had enough people, but it was especially compounded this year by the ABA accredidation process which came up this year, as it does for every school every 7 years.
So for those of you who are annoyed at UNC, try to have some patience. yes it's annoying but it's a great school at a great price.
Some comments about UNC's drop from the 20s to 30s in the rankings:
UNC's reputation ranking remains top 20. The rankings reflect data taken during a transition period here -- while we still had an interim dean, and before the University agreed that it needed to up its commitment to the law school. This is reflected in improving areas which were our weak points and are largely the cause of our lower ranking. First, career services -- now we have a larger staff and more experienced dean of career services. Second, the fiscal resources are improving from the afore mentioned new commitment from the University. Third, much money will go to hiring 15-20 more professors to improve our achilles heal, the faculty-student ratio (I've never thought it was bad, but I guess everything is relative). Fourth, our new head dean is someone who's been at the school for a long time and has a commitment to the school, so we should have more stability there. Finally, Chapel Hill continues to be a fantastic place to work, study, and live.
That's all to say, we expect this "drop" to be temporary, not because we are going to start gaming the system like some schools, but because we have already taken the steps to improve those factors that actually do result in improved education. I know in my short tenure here I've seen things improve already (particularly CSO).
« on: December 14, 2006, 11:47:35 AM »
Concerning job searches, admissions, etc -- shoot.
« on: October 30, 2006, 04:16:00 PM »
I starter a similar thread on the other board which you can read, and then ask your own questions here or there.