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Current Law Students / Re: Journal
« on: April 12, 2008, 02:08:57 PM »
Journals are good for academia I suppose, but moreso during 1L/2L.

If you're considering a journal as a 3L and wondering about OCI you have poor grades and don't go to a top school, so academia is out anyways.

Skip it, start checking craigslist for legal work.

Current Law Students / Re: Judicial Clerkships
« on: April 10, 2008, 05:09:04 PM »
Hey everyone. Just wanted to gather some advice. I am dying to get out of Southern Illinois. I have wrote about this before as some might remember. Couple of things:.
1) since I go to a school that is not a Top tier school is it possible to get a judicial clerkship? I have yet to hear of anyone getting one.
2) I would LOVE to clerk at either the USVI, Northern Mariana, Palau(I know they require 1 year post JD at Palau), or somewhere like these areas.
3) i want to be a prosecutor when I get out so I am not worried if the right judical clerkship position would lead to a biglaw gig. Not interested.
4) I clerked for judges for about 6 months, I am doing an externship this summer with the SAO, I will also be working with a professor at my school who is working on a textbook doing research and writing for the textbook. Will this help me.
5) My ranking in my class is top 1/3 so I am not to high up there. I was 13th in my class but had to miss an entire month of school to be with my wife while she was in ICU. I still passed all my class above the median, but I still took a hit. Not trying to sounce egotistical, just want to tell what happened and see if anyone thinks that judges will look at this as a positive in a negative situation.

Anyway, I know I have alot of things going against me, but I will take any and all advice.

Info on Southern Illinois? Is that a law school? Accredited? If so, tier?

Without knowing what school that is, and assuming it's a law school, I have to assume it's either a tier 3, 4 or unaccredited. If so, you'll have a hard time clerking ANYWHERE but the same city this school is in. From what I know about obscure law schools, generally you need to be at the top of the class, as in top few people. Conversely, if you can find a judge that went to that school (there are lots of TTT judges in the areas that they went to school), you may have a shot.

I know the clerkships you mentioned are pretty competitive because everyone wants to do a year of clerk/sit on a beach on an island.

Current Law Students / Re: TTT
« on: April 10, 2008, 09:15:29 AM »
I don't expect anyone to feel sorry for me.  I don't even feel sorry for me.  I'm simply pointing out that the biggest difference between T1 and T4 students is the LSAT score and that the LSAT is a bad indicator of one's ability to be a good lawyer.

The LSAT may be a bad indicator of law school performance, but I would wager that the majority of those people that do poorly aren't that smart. Anecdotally from teaching LSAT classes with a prep company, I can say that there was a big difference when I taught for Kap than when I taught for PS.

The Kap students usually started out below the median, some classes I taught had an average score below 135. There was a distinct difference just talking to these students (who did improve btw, usually about 8-10 points) and talking to students in my PS classes. Generally the PS students started closer to 155-160 and seemed much sharper, more intelligent, and well-rounded.

The LSAT doesn't measure future law school success, but seems to be a pretty good indicator of intelligence.

However, the law has little to do with intelligence. If any one of us were truly smart, we'd probably be doing physics or cosmology. Law is easy and I see how a TTT grad can do well by handling speeding ticket/dui cases in a solo practice. Those take very little brainpower and it's pretty much the same thing every time.

Current Law Students / Re: Academic Dismissal
« on: April 09, 2008, 09:26:50 PM »
I'm missing what good retaking the LSAT would do you? Are you going to try to get into a different/better law school than the one you were dismissed from? A better LSAT score won't offset the fact that you crapped out (sorry to be blunt)... is there a particular reason why you did so poorly? You need something that's going to show that you are not going to achieve the same degree of success that you did the first time around, and I don't think a higher LSAT score is going to do that...

I disagree.

The curves at TTTs can be pretty brutal. At my school, the median is almost a B+. I think like a 2.75 puts you in the top 99% of the class and it's impossible to fail out, well almost impossible.

If he retakes LSAT and reapplies, and gets into a good school, I doubt he will have to worry. Schools primarily care about LSAT and gpa. Naturally, he will need an addendum, but I don't think it's a deal-breaker.

However, I'd make sure to attend a Tier 1 at the lowest.

Transferring / Re: GULC Status Checker -- Anyone Go Decision?
« on: April 09, 2008, 08:41:06 PM »
What do you mean by top tier? 20-30?

I'm guessing highest tier. As opposed to Tiers 2, 3, and 4.

Transferring / Re: GULC Status Checker -- Anyone Go Decision?
« on: April 08, 2008, 11:03:52 AM »
As for whether you should transfer, just think about it and make the best decision. Judging from transferapps, people do okay as a GTown transfer, but not as well as people who started at the school. I see it more as a safety against poor grades than anything, or a chance to move up from a tier 3/4. Check your 1L gpa once exams are finished, if you're top 10% think hard before moving your life to another school, especially if that school is in another city. I can understand people moving from a DC T3/4 school, maybe even T2. However, I think you'd be a fool to transfer from GW to GTown. Or top 10/15% at American to GTown. That's silly and I think the fact that you're giving up so much to move across town shows how much you value "prestige," as if GTown is a "prestigious" school.

If you are from out of the area and have a legit reason for going to GTown, do so. Don't think for a second though that you'll have wildly better employment opportunities at GTown over a great rank at your T1/2 school. I have to laugh at these people on this thread who are top 2-3% at a T30 considering a GTown transfer. For those cases especially, transferring is a bad move unless there is a real need to be in DC.

5+ lbs is a monster.

Go with something lighter. Some people may say 5+ lbs is okay, but they likely have never owned a lighter one.

It really adds up when you have to carry a bunch of books. Plus heavier laptops are thicker, taking up more backpack space.

Mine weighs 3.8x lbs and it's perfect.

I mean journals that publish articles by students who attend other schools.  My journal won't publish student written work except for a few notes from current journal members.

What school do you go to?

I've been published in my school's journal and in another school's (T50 main journal) journal. I'm pretty sure anyone will publish anything if it's good enough. Generally though, they do prefer the bigger names. However, if what you've written is unique enough, they will publish.

Can anyone direct me to a list of journals that are willing to publish articles written by current law students?

*gives you list of ALL journals that exist*

Current Law Students / Re: Fed Question
« on: April 02, 2008, 09:34:26 AM »
Some cases do automatically go to fed ct though.

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