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2L job search / Re: Declining Offers
« on: October 28, 2005, 03:47:01 AM »
I'm sure you had them with the split infinitive.

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Before.

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General Board / Re: For all Tulane students- Please pass the word
« on: September 04, 2005, 05:22:19 PM »
Nearly every school is doing this. Tulane students therefore should look elsewhere. Perhaps Case Western should focus its relief efforts on Loyola students. HTH.

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At most schools, the middle of the class is curved to something in the neighborhood of 3.2-3.3. You would therefore have to finish well beneath the average to lose your scholarship. Assuming you make the sorts of grades necessary to actually getting a good job, the scholarship will take care of itself.


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Transferring / Re: transfer by tier
« on: March 20, 2005, 02:01:43 PM »
1. It's definitely possible to transfer from a second tier law school to GULC, and something worth considering if you have the chance. Schools tend to have a set number of transfers they want to take in a particular year, but no strict formula for where those students should rank in their particular schools. Thus, depending on their recruiting goals for the year and on the number and quality of their transfer applicants, they could dip further down than 10% or they could reject students in the top 5%. You simply won't know until you try.

2. It's not uncommon for a school to accept more than one transfer student from the same law school. It's to their benefit to get the best group of students they can, not to create artificial quotas for themselves. That said, higher numbers are always better.

Two other things to keep in mind:

1. Most of the numerical factors affecting transfer admission do not affect the schools' rankings. That gives admissions officers free reign to indulge their own preferences. Give them a good reason to want you over other students.

2. The top schools (and possibly others) internally rank and evaluate other law schools (formally or informally) based on factors that matter to them. Thus, your school might be second-tier in the eyes of USNWR, but first tier (or thir tier) in the eyes of the target law school. That's yet another reason why posts suggesting a particular percentage cutoff are misinformed. Top 5-10% might be a good average, but many other factors come into play.

3. GULC is a good target (as they take *lots* of transfers), but I would suggest applying to many (if not all) of the top schools if you want to improve your odds. if you're in the top 9% and your school is respected then you have a very strong chance of getting in one of them.

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Transferring / Re: Top ten to HLS
« on: March 20, 2005, 01:42:42 PM »
One thing specific to transferring to Harvard is their requirement that incoming transfer students be students who could have been accepted originally. That doesn't mean that you actually were accepted, but your pre- law school numbers must not be entirely beyond their range for 1L admits. Given your decent LSAT, you may be within that group, but your undergrad GPA is more important at Harvard than at other top ten schools.

Best of luck; it's a great school.

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Transferring / Re: transfer "down" to Columbia
« on: March 20, 2005, 01:37:03 PM »
I transferred from a YHS to Michigan and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Michigan was a much better personality fit and I found their faculty generally better (more published, too). I also had no trouble getting my first choice law firm after my 2L year. The recruiting there was identical, except perhaps for the very bottom of the class, where YLS would have an advantage. Bottom line--there are plenty of good reasons to transfer within the top ten and plenty of good jobs to go around for students at top ten law schools. I would trust your instinct on this. (Of course, it is a question you will be asked by interviewers, so do have a good answer ready.)

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Clicquot, the entire point of exam software is to lock you out of the rest of your computer. Allowing such software to be used in an emulated environment would defeat this; you could simply click out of the Windows environment in Virtual PC and be right back in your Mac. Thus, the very first thing that these programs do is to check for emulation (Virtual PC is available for PCs also). If you're in Virtual PC, then the programs won't run. So if your school says that their exam software is not Mac-compatible, they mean it.

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Yes, check the requirements at your particular school. Many schools are becoming more receptive to letting students simply type their exams in a word processor. Usually, this is accompanied by some type of honor-code pledge.

For schools that use specialized exam software, there are two varities. ExamSoft is Windows-only. Electronic Blue Book is Windows or Mac.

I agree that Macs are wonderful laptops. Even if your school says no, they need to know that this is something people want.

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General Board / Re: How is much is Cooley & Michigan per year?
« on: November 22, 2004, 09:08:09 PM »
Can you transfer to an ABA approved school even if you're in the top of your class coming from a non-ABA approved school?


Yes, you can. A significant number of people have transferred from Ave Maria, which is not yet ABA accredited. Some of them have gotten into top-tier schools.

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