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Transferring / Re: Transferring from Catholic to another DC area school
« on: January 19, 2006, 02:34:54 AM »
It is definitely possible if you "downgrade", I guess. That is if you go to a lower-tier law school. I'd tend to believe that a 2.96 of a GPA is not bad at all, but it won't put you in the pool of candidates likely to be able to transfer to a first-tier school. I think you might also have a shot at transferring to another 2-tier law school as well (especially if 2.96 translates to above top 50% in the class rank). 

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I don't think mentioning the previous law school enrollment would necessarily prevent you from being admitted to the new law school. If it were a "delicate" crime that you have on your record and you do not mention, I can understand why you would do it, but this one?!

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General Board / Re: Top 5% at DePaul...
« on: January 19, 2006, 02:22:29 AM »
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But are my future employment options better graduating in the top 5% of DePaul or the top half of a T14?

Why do you think you'd necessarily not make it to the top of the class at a T14 as well? Just curious ..

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General Board / Re: I don't understand the appeal of "big law"
« on: January 19, 2006, 02:19:24 AM »
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the reason i don't see why a "big law" job is so sought after is simply this: you get paid twice as much but you work twice the hours (70-80 hours). so is it not the case that your "wage" (i.e. hourly pay) is the same at a non-biglaw firm?

i understand the potential to make partner, but there's a slim chance doing so in most firms, from what i've heard. am i missing something?

yes and no

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General Board / Re: How are you taking notes?
« on: January 19, 2006, 02:17:07 AM »
The more notes you take in class the worse you will do in law school. The typical student comes to class without having learned any law. That student spends an inordinate amount of time reading cases thinking that he will learn law from those cases.

When that student enters class she generally does not know the law from memory or has not even studied the law. Then the student proceeds to write down enormous amounts of notes that have little or no meaning when they are reviewed for an exam. That student and many of her compatriots may even try to reason about the law and make logical conclusions about the law even when they know nothing about that law.

All we can say is good luck; you'll need it. You cannot take notes on how to think and that is what applying the law is all about. If most students knew the law before they walked into class, they would simply say to themselves that this case is applying the transferred intent doctrine under tort law or this case is showing us how the reasonable person standard for a manifestation of contractual intent is analyzed under offer under contract law.

In class, you are merely learning the application of the law and making sure that you understand the underlying principle that the application is based upon.

If you already know the law, or are well underway to memorizing it, you go to class to learn how to apply the law and make sure you understand the principle behind the application of that law. It is virtually impossible to take notes on how to think about something.

In fact, when most students start to memorize the law their understanding of what is being discussed in class increases by orders of magnitude and the amount of note taking drops to virtually nothing.

You are in class to make sure that you can apply the law and understand the principles behind the application of the law.

You cannot learn the law in class nor can you ever understand the law if you do not take the time to memorize it and know all of its important aspects. Stop writing and listen and learn when you are in class.


AMEN!

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Socratic Method / Re: Legal Reasoning
« on: January 19, 2006, 01:38:13 AM »
Thanks terapist for the interpretation. A fairly simple story, but with such a great message!

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: subliminal studying?
« on: January 19, 2006, 01:35:18 AM »
I can still hear Bob Feinberg saying "licensee, invitee, licensee" in my head. 


u mean "licencee, invitee, trespasser" ..

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