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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Is this Really the Case?
« on: March 26, 2008, 11:08:28 AM »
to which i can respond... get over yourself asshat... you aren't as smart as most of the people that did better than you

people wanted to hear from the top 10% of the class... i was just giving my take from the top 5% and what i feel got me there... it wasn't by believing that i was destined to be sorted from my peers by random methods

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Is this Really the Case?
« on: March 26, 2008, 10:50:35 AM »
here is my take...

first a few background facts... i am a 1L... i am in the top 5% of my class... i skipped close to the maximum number of classes for each course... i rarely took notes in class... i enjoyed life my first semester...

now with that being said.. law school grading is not random... with any course that is graded on a curve there will be some variety of grades that "smart" people get... if you take the adage "everyone in law school is smart" and apply it to a curve you will quickly see that there are shades of intelligence... the top 25% of any law school class is "on the average" smarter than the bottom 25%... any student that attributes it to "randomness" is ignoring the fact that we are not all equal and is refusing to accept that some people will never end up in the top 25% no matter how hard they work... and some students just didn't do as well as they could have because they didn't prepare properly

while any individual class performance may be somewhat random in that you could have an off day and get a b when if you took the test 100 times you'd average an a-... the truly smart student is able to consistently out achieve his peers... and thus end up in the top 25%.

what makes a smart student? he reads before class, he takes notes AFTER he reads a case so he gets the big picture, he goes to class prepared, he doesn't take notes on what his peers say, because even if they are smart, the teacher will let you know if its something he agrees with, he doesn't write down the words the teacher says, but writes down the ideas the teacher speaks of, (i didn't take too many notes, because i only wrote down what the teacher spoke about which didn't mesh with what i understood), he keeps his outline to the bare minimum, he realizes why the teacher is teaching the class and what they want the students to understand, he reads and reads and reads his outline in preparation for the exam, he practices explaining the material to a person not in law school or talks out loud, because inevitably we write the way we talk and if we can't talk about the law we can't write about the law, he goes in the exam knowing he is going to crush everyone because he has done everything the teacher has asked of him and has processed it and can talk about it...

natural intelligence helps... you might say well why didn't so and so (a "smart" student) get good grades... because they weren't smart enough to figure it out...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: My update box is filled!
« on: June 29, 2007, 04:55:50 PM »
Does anyone know if in the past (when released on Friday) they have had the monday date in the "update" box?

No, they changed the date to the Friday date in the "score release date" and the "update" boxes.  I have a feeling since at this point its not showing today's date, it will be Monday when we get our scores...

as i said a few pages back.. my score last june was released on thursday and the "update box" said "7/3/06" which was the monday... so the actual date in the update box doesnt indicate when they will be released

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: My update box is filled!
« on: June 29, 2007, 03:21:43 PM »
Everyone's box now says 7/2/07.  Doesn't anybody think that means they will come on 7/2/07?

i took the test last june.. my box said monday july 3rd and i got my score on thursday evening when i came back from a happy hour

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nah you want a hearty meal... get a wendy's triple cheeseburger meal!

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Law School Admissions / Re: Lost decision letter
« on: May 22, 2007, 06:12:07 PM »
PS: The school you're referencing generally calls before they admit you.

yeah. thats what i figured... so i am not expecting much... which is why i am a little ticked off.. i just want the rejection letter so i can move on and not think about it at all.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Lost decision letter
« on: May 22, 2007, 01:24:35 PM »
This is now the second letter sent to me that has been lost..

A school that will remain nameless sent out my decision letter a month ago... i've called three times in the last two weeks to find out what the deal is... finally they tell me they will send it out again this week... they refuse to tell me on the phone despite waiting a month for the decision...

one of three things is true:

a) this school is heartless for not just telling me I am rejected...
b) this school is so pretensious that they don't care whether i accept their offer or not...
c) this school is so stuck in the red-tape of protocol and policy that they can't do sh*t about sh*t

a) Most, if not all schools, have a stated policy of not telling decisions over the phone
b) Pretentious
c) They arent the ones that lost the letter

HTH


a) yeah i get it. but its clear i have been waiting a while.. which brings me to my third point about the red-tape of policy
b) thanks. my apologies for not checking my spelling
c) i never said they did lose it.. but it is annoying that they can't just tell me

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Law School Admissions / Lost decision letter
« on: May 22, 2007, 11:11:12 AM »
This is now the second letter sent to me that has been lost..

A school that will remain nameless sent out my decision letter a month ago... i've called three times in the last two weeks to find out what the deal is... finally they tell me they will send it out again this week... they refuse to tell me on the phone despite waiting a month for the decision...

one of three things is true:

a) this school is heartless for not just telling me I am rejected...
b) this school is so pretensious that they don't care whether i accept their offer or not...
c) this school is so stuck in the red-tape of protocol and policy that they can't do sh*t about sh*t

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Villanova Waitlist Thread
« on: May 08, 2007, 10:34:32 AM »
I just turned down my offer.. hopefully that helps someone.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Dear Penn
« on: May 01, 2007, 02:13:17 PM »
Called today. Said a decision was mailed out on the 26th... they wouldn't tell me on the phone... this mean i am rejected?

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