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An AA with those numbers, provided that everything else is in order, will likely get into Yale. The question is should you go somewhere where your numbers aren't as 75% of the students. How are you going to make top-10%?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: 3.5/166 AA Female, Advice
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:58:33 PM »
I am AA 3L at a Tier one (top 35). I rank in the top 10% of my class and have a federal judicial clerkship lined up. With your credentials and soft factors, assuming you don't blow your personal statement and have a respectable resume, you are a lock for top-14. Actually, as a URM with those numbers, you stand a chance of getting accepted to Yale, Harvard, Stanford, or Columbia.

But I don't think it is advisable to go to one of these schools. In terms of raw intelligence, you will place in the bottom 25% of the student body. Although law school is a little different than taking a test, I can assure that you will find it daunting to land a spot in the top quarter of your class, let alone the top 10%. As a rule of thumb, I think you should go to a school where you will be above the median LSAT/GPA (espeically LSAT) cutoff. Provided that you work super hard, you will find it much easier to make top 5 or 10%. What you have to appreciate is that top 5 to 10% at a top-35 Tier 1 is more conducive to getting a good job than attending a top-5 and ranking in the top 50%.

Are you willing to travel? There are some Midwestern lawschools that you should look into. Post back if you want more info.

Wow! No suggestions?  :-[

Current Law Students / Law school talent show: What should I play?
« on: July 18, 2010, 08:32:44 AM »
Hello All:

I am going to play the guitar in a law school talent show early next year and I have no idea what to play. Do you have any suggestions? I want my set to be brief, no more than five songs, and perhaps as few as three. My tastes in music are pretty nontraditional, so I have no idea what an ordinary law student would like. I want something that appeals to everyone. I really don't know if I can typify the students at my school. I suppose you could say that they are white kids in their mid-twenties, the majority of whom hail from the Midwest. They are probably a little more liberal than conservative, though they are not socialists by any means. Half of the people there will be women, so I don't want stuff that is too heavy. Moreover, I would prefer something written for the electric guitar, though I would consider something written for the acoustic.

Thanks for the help.

Hello. Do you guys know where to get such info? Basically, a job fair is going to be held in Minneapolis and I have list of the participating firms. I would like to get some salary information on them to see if it is worth the trouble of attendance. Thanks.

Current Law Students / Do moot court judges care about substance?
« on: February 27, 2010, 12:44:45 PM »
Please delete mods

Current Law Students / Accessing briefs of actual supreme court cases
« on: February 11, 2010, 10:10:36 AM »
Hello. There is a case for which the court has granted cert, Quon v. Arch Wireless. I heard there is a way to go to something like Scotus and pull the briefs. Is this true? I don' want to do it on Westlaw, even assuming the briefs are already on there. Thanks.

Sometimes the SC will remand cases to the district court for further factfinding. I would like to know what is it's authority for doing this. In other words, is there a case in which the court holds that this is proper practice. Thanks.

Current Law Students / Need good supplement for Business Associations
« on: January 10, 2010, 10:14:51 AM »

We are using the following casebook: Business Associations, Cases and Materials on Agency, Partnerships, and Corporations, Seventh Edition.

Casenotes has canned briefs that are keyed to the Sixth Edition. However, I don't know how much overlap there is between the editions. What's more, I haven't had a really good experience w/ canned briefs, especially from Casenotes. Ideally, I would like something like a black letter outline; something that contains a basic outline of the subject, in addition to summaries of major cases.

Thanks for your input.

Current Law Students / Re: Should I even consider transferring?
« on: January 10, 2010, 10:08:11 AM »
If you transfer, your grades could drop. If you are in the top 5-10%, and your law school has a reasonably good rep, I would not chance it.

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