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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Doubts about law school
« on: July 13, 2006, 02:04:37 PM »
i work at a fortune top 10 (a division of one, we have tons), and absolutely no one here works less than 50 hours a week.  except maybe our ceo, but he travels all the time.

  I work for a Fortune 10 as well, the vast majority of us here work 40 hrs/week for 80% of the year.  Same thing as when I worked for a small hedge fund company.


  Wow, that is a fantastic post.  I think one of the main concerns for us 0Ls is that with 1st semester grades being so important, there is little room for trial and error in studying and test-prep methods.  Your advice on study aids makes tons of sense and seems easy enough to implement. I'll be printing this one out for sure.  The Dude most certainly does abide, and I thank him for it.

Computers are more the norm, but some profs have started banning computers in the classroom, too. So it might depend. You will probably need a computer for exams, so you definitely need one... But there's nothing wrong with hand-written notes, just you'd probably have to transcribe everything later. Personally, I favor legal pads for notes -- I used them exclusively in grad school, and I used spirals in college.

I type faster than I can write, so I would definitely use my computer for note-taking. I just hate having to transcribe and I would rather be able to organize everything on the computer for faster access.

Thanks.  I have a laptop but I've never used it for note-taking, and as Jolie said, I think my comfort level is priority.  I also think transcribing actually helps me retain and process information. 

Why are they necessary for exams? 

  I have this mental picture of me showing up to the first day of class and whipping out my trusty pen and notebook while other students look on with bemused contempt.  I'm not exactly computer illiterate, but when I was in undergrad nobody even had cell phones, much less laptops.  Is taking notes in class the old-fashioned way a thing of the past?  I'm starting to think maybe my Trapper Keeper isn't so cool after all :-[

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Grading Profiles
« on: June 15, 2006, 05:32:19 PM »
Hey I am also trying to figure out what percentile the 3.25 would leave a student in at Hofstra as I got a scholarship much like I'm sure you did.  Please let me know if you find out.  Thanks

  Roy, I called Hofstra a couple of months ago to ask this question.  After giving me the ol' run-around (not to be confused with the ol' reach-around ;)) I was told that they would be implementing a new curve and they weren't sure where a 3.25 would fall.  I would call them up if I were you and be pretty insistent, maybe you'll be able to pry it out of them.   

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn 2L taking questions...
« on: June 14, 2006, 04:23:23 PM »
  Wow- great insider information.  Thanks for taking the time to post.  It sounds like above all else, it is imperative to be pro-active while keeping one's career goals in mind. 

P.- Don't know if you've been here yet... username is: firstname.lastname;  password = last 6 of SS#

 Its not exactly hopping yet, but worth checking out.  Hopefully I'll be able to find you there!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn 2L taking questions...
« on: June 14, 2006, 03:40:30 PM »
   Miss P.-  As one of my favorite posters, I'm glad to hear that you decided on BLS!  Based on your posts, I can only hope that the majority of our classmates are as bright and compassionate as you.

Not to hijack this thread, but I can't let this go without registering my appreciation: thank you, Quintana!  This is very kind and surely undeserved, but I look forward to meeting you.  I'm the nerdy fat chick in the cute glasses. :)

  Heh... and I'll be the scruffy guy in nerdly glasses trying to re-acclimate to the northeast 8)

  Anywho, no thanks necessary, I was just keeping an eye on a like-minded LSDer.  I thought you were going to Cardozo?  I don't want to hijack,  but I think we have similar interests, legally speaking, and IIRC you've done some work in public defense, no?  If so, I'd love to pick your brain a bit.  Have you gone to the BLS message board?   Maybe that's a better place to take this..

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn 2L taking questions...
« on: June 14, 2006, 02:56:17 PM »
  Thanks for starting this thread.  In retrospect, is there any helpful way to prep for legal writing?  Also, if you could speak a little about summer jobs- how you found yours, networking, general tips....  Any first or second-hand info on the clinical programs in general or specifically for criminal justice?  Thanks.

  Miss P.-  As one of my favorite posters, I'm glad to hear that you decided on BLS!  Based on your posts, I can only hope that the majority of our classmates are as bright and compassionate as you.

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The joke is that those are lyrics to a rap song called "Affirmative Action"

Nice dun.  Very prestigious.

I'm glad you knew this. This has one of the hottest openings and beats of any song.

True.... proving that, yes, there is a place for the mandolin in hip-hop.  Still, the Escobarization of Nas was not a positive developmental step from the street poetry of Illmatic.  In other words, @#!* The Firm.

Tag with skepticism that merits more thought.  Can this all be grounded on the stereotype threat or is that merely a transmission mechanism?  Does grounding this on stereotype threat shield what lies beneath.  Could deeper analysis perhaps lead to a more targeted intervention that could address these issues.  A quick analogy before I do more thinking:

Black male life expectency is much shorter than White male life expectency in America.  In fact, as Sen points out, Black American males live shorter than Chinese and Keralan males (White American males live longer than both).  It would seem silly to me to argue that the best way to address these health shortcomings would be to cite a number of studies on vitamin deficiency to explain the difference.  That's sort of what this feels like.  I don't agree with the principles, I just think that you've giving too much centrality to what is essentially a symptom and not the problem.

  But this particular symptom is central to the justification of AA (the topic of this thread),  regardless of the root cause of the problem.

  Incidentally, I'm fairly sure Sen advocates for SES based AA.

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