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General Board / Abusive staff at law school
« on: November 23, 2008, 06:29:29 PM »
It took me two years of law school to have a run-in with a staff member, but it happened a couple of weeks ago when I was meeting with IT support and got frustrated with their inability to address a problem with my library account. At that point, I chose to leave because I was under a deadline. The exact words I used were: "I have to leave now. Time is really f--king short." After I completed my work I returned to IT to promptly apologize for using profanity in their presence.

But that did not stop them from filing a conduct complaint with the dean, in which they didn't even mention that I apologized. As if that weren't enough, they grossly exaggerated my behavior, claiming that I was shouting multiple profanities and throwing chairs. When the dean described this complaint to me, I went from being calmly prepared to utter disbelief that a law school support staff would have the sack to engage in this kind of dishonesty.

Right now, the only good thing for me is that I only have one year left at this school. After this experience, I simply don't trust any of the staff members.

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General Board / Intense battle over the curve
« on: May 14, 2007, 03:47:15 AM »
A visiting professor at my law school will not be coming back next semester. Therefore, he doesn't have much of a voice. But, one thing that we have appreciated him for is that he grades well above the curve here at the school. This hasn't been lost on the dean of academic affairs, who has clashed with him on this issue.

Because this course has only been graded on multiple choice tests, some of which have seen radically differing spreads, I am convinced that this could be the one of more unfair aspects of how the school's grading policy could affect some of us.

What is particularly annoying is that this grading policy just went into effect this semester.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Using old exams to study
« on: January 16, 2007, 06:21:12 AM »
Studying for an exam by looking at a professor's past exams can be helpful but sometimes too narrow a method. It is helpful, but if one places too much emphasis on it, they risk going into the exam having neglected part of the course.

A professor of mine used to teach at UC-Hastings. She told us that a few years back students were studying for an exam with a professor who typically gave an exam almost identical to the previous year- never varying the nature of the question or the underlying themes. So, one year, the professor changed his exam altogether and students coming into the exam were surprised. Evidently, he had little sympathy for them, pointing out that it was their job to know the course cold- not just the exam he usually gave.

That's a somewhat extreme example of how using old exams doesn't always carry the day.

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Pointless Arguments / Great people, lousy students
« on: January 16, 2007, 06:04:13 AM »
Every now and then you meet a classmate who has a great personality, but who is also very mediocre as a law student. Even the movie "Paper Chase" has a character like this (Kevin). These people usually are the most agreeable folks in the entire school, but they just can't hack it academically. Just wondering if anyone's met a classmate like this so far over the course of law school.

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General Board / Huge break in Contracts
« on: January 10, 2007, 04:02:23 AM »
For me, contracts was by far the worst exam last semester. In every other exam, I left feeling relatively certain that I had put my best work into it. I was more than nervous about an F in contracts ending my law school career. My fears were reinforced by the fact that many people were extremely confident about their performance on that exam afterward.

But today changed everything. The professor told us she would post the grades on Friday. But, she also informed us in no uncertain terms that the grades were "disappointing" and she promptly announced that if we showed even slight improvement in the spring semester exam, that our midterm exam grade would be dropped altogether. Some of my classmates were dismayed and troubled by this announcement. I was ecstatic.

My only concern right now is what I'm going to tell my parents. I left them with the impression that I had done well, and to some degree I was hoping against hope on how well my fall grade in contracts would go. Now, they might accuse me of lying to them- which I never did. I never told them that it was a certainty that I would do well in this course. Hopefully, they will be understanding.

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General Board / The tale of two exams
« on: December 13, 2006, 12:57:06 AM »
Contracts was on Saturday. I walked out of the exam devastated, wondering what would become of my first year. I spent roughly two days stewing over it in my spare time. Then today, right before my CivPro exam, I asked other people what they had done with the exam questions. And when I heard what they had to say, my mood perked up, and I no longer felt hopeless and miserable.

Civ Pro was just this evening. People coming out of the exam were generally feeling the same way I did right after Contracts. I felt fine. Seriously, you have everything right in front of you for that exam. All you have to do is play with it.

Interesting how you can feel markedly different about two different exams in a timespan of only three days. Too early to tell if I've completely avoided the abyss, but it's nice to be able to leave an exam with one of the few bright-eyed faces.

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General Off-Topic Board / What is sway?
« on: September 17, 2006, 02:40:37 PM »
1. Sway is being able to walk into a top law firm in the country with a strong enough resume, and a good enough law school transcript, that when your interviewer looks over your credentials, he has to take a step back and think about his first question. You're the one waiting for him to speak.

2. Sway is showing up for a Yankees-Red Sox game with Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling pitching. The season's taken a huge turn for the Bronx Bombers. You see a Red Sox fan as you're walking into the Stadium. They see you. You smugly nod your head at them, and they just stare blankly at you, knowing that their season is over and your season is just beginnging to take off. That, folks, is pure sway.

3. Sway is driving by a club in a Porsche. A few of the ladies turn their heads, and so do some of the guys. "Who the f#$&k is this guy?" is on a few people's minds. You give a passing glance at the joint and decide it's not up to snuff. Some people wonder where you're headed. That is sway.

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Law School Applications / Are law schools too friendly to minorities?
« on: March 26, 2006, 09:51:57 PM »
For a long time, going through my college career, I knew that getting into law school would be tough. Perhaps even tougher than I expected. What I didn't expect was how big a role political correctness and outreach to certain ethnic groups was going to have in the law school admissions. I assumed that this type of stuff would be outmoded by the time I reached post-college age. On this, I was incorrect.

When I finally went to the law school forum in Boston, it finally dawned on me. In a handful of small board rooms next to the main convention room in which all the schools were presenting, were these videos being played. "Latinos in the Law" "African-Americans in the Law" and the like were playing for all to see. I don't mind that these videos were made; what bugged me was that they were being played in a law school forum.

It gave me the impression that the main purpose of law schools is to recruit minorities. That non-minority applicants like me were of secondary importance. Initially, I tried to suppress my frustration. But, the more I thought about it, the more I came to the conclusion that this kind of nonsense played a role in derailing white applicants with better numbers than me, but whose background in all likelihood weighed against them.

The law schools have made their agenda very clear. Students who are as uninformed about this as I initially was should do their best to prepare for it.

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Law School Applications / Admissions advisors
« on: August 09, 2005, 10:19:02 AM »
Every college and university has a pre-law advisor who tells students what to write and how to present themselves to law schools. As it turned out with my alma mater, much of the advice I got recently was generic and hopelessly unfocused. None of what the advisor told me addressed my individual case. So I broke ranks. I went my own way with my personal statement. I wrote what I wanted in my PS, emphasized what I chose to in my resume. The prelaw advisors were appalled. I loved that they were appalled.

Don't listen to any advisor when it comes to your personal statement, or any other important application essays. Advisors are paid to mollify, not to consult in the true sense. Be yourself.

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Law School Applications / Elitists applying to law school...
« on: August 04, 2005, 02:56:34 AM »
... are the coolest people on Earth!!!

HAHA

 ;D

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