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General Board / Re: What to Do with a 1.71 GPA at a <T4
« on: January 14, 2006, 12:04:05 AM »
You are awesome for having the smarts to even consider leaving!I have seen students struggle, and then get kicked out their third year. Law schools will gladly take your money, and give you lip service about 'potential' and 'applying yourself'. If you have a 1.71 at a 4T school, get out, get the refund, re-evaluate and go from there. YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE $100K in debt with no J.D.!!!! And if your school is money hungry, they may give you just enough of a gpa throughout your 3-4 years, and then flunk you out your last semester! (Don't believe for a second the administration doesn't have some bearing on your grades)

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Socratic Method / Re: Do u get called on once or more than once???
« on: January 13, 2006, 11:48:52 PM »
My property professor once called on 45 students in one hour! His norm was around 15. One guy was called on EVERY CLASS except twice from Aug-May! If a student wasn't prepared > he/she could expect to be called on for two weeks straight > at the exact second the clock struck 9am when class started > and the question would be regarding some minor fact buried in the case "If this were 1500 in England, how would a court apply the law to the housekeeper 'finding' the bracelet in a room unoccupied the past 20 years"?

Real answer: "I was up till 3am doing my legal research assignment, and I could care less"

Usual answer: "I apologize professor, but I'm not quite sure."

Professor: "You are unprepared, show me your brief"!

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Socratic Method / Re: Psycho Professor
« on: January 13, 2006, 11:32:37 PM »
Unfortunately for those of us who really have to go, many students use the 'bathroom ploy' to get out of being called on. I had two profs who made it policy that bathroom breaks were not allowed, ever! (and both profs were female, and stated female issues might work for the male profs, but not for them)

Officially, our school requires every case be briefed as part of class preparation. This policy is largely ignored by the profs under 50, and enforced by the older profs.

As far as being late for class, yes, your prof is overreacting > because he can. His mindset however, is that a client, a court, and a firm/public entity will expect you to be punctual and prepared. Before fire laws took effect, some profs would lock the doors to the classroom at starting time. Keep in mind, if you think he is an egotistical jerk, wait until  you're in front of a judge > particularly the over 50 crowd. Your prof may be doing your class a favor > particularly those going into criminal law (criminal law judges are inherently insane) or civil litigation.

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General Board / Re: UOP - Mcgeorge School of Law
« on: January 13, 2006, 11:13:52 PM »
Check the grade postings by the Registrar's Office. As far as 'what puts you in the top %' > it's finding more issues than the other students. Almost EVERY WORD in the exam is a clue > particularly for first year and second year exams (The BAR courses)

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General Board / Re: Grading Curve Question
« on: January 13, 2006, 11:03:31 PM »
My school categorically denies there is a curve, but if you get a prof to open up after a few cocktails, they'll tell you there is no other way to grade. This is largely because of the firms that hire students based on grades, and the school wants to ensure the firm has not made a mistake > thus so more students from that school will be hired.

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General Board / How long does it take to get upper level exams back?
« on: January 13, 2006, 10:36:05 PM »
I submitted my last exam on Dec 8, and as of Jan 13 I have not received ONE exam back. Is this the same throughout the country, or is it just McGeorge? These exams are all upper level last year classes.

Are profs at other schools given a mandatory date to have exams graded by?

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