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Current Law Students / Re: Are law school grading curves reasonable?
« on: July 05, 2008, 01:01:18 PM »
My feelings are spotty on the matter.
Personally, I don't think that curves make much sense because your individual grade matters less than what everyone else in your class got.  For example, on one final, I got a C+.  When I spoke to the prof, he told me that the same score in his class the previous semester was a B.  So I was dinged a bit because my class was smarter than the previous class.  That's the major downside - instead of giving a letter grade for the work you did, your grade is affected by the other grades students in your class got.  Frankly, I'd rather there was a loose curve where the entire class was a B- average overall, but there was no requirements for a certain number of D's, C-'s C's, etc. which is how some law schools tend to enforce their curves.  So your raw score may be, say, 85% of the answers correct, but because every other student in your class got above 90% of the answers correct, you can end up with a D.  You did solid B work, but because law schools grade in the aggregate instead of individually, you get a low score and end up with potential academic issues and employment problems.
Bear in mind that Med schools and B schools also use curves, but most if not all use a similar curve to what I am describing.

The curve you describe would end up punishing those who did "A" work by forcing prof's to give them lower grades to cancel out the effect of bringing the bottom of the class up to "B" work.

With any system there are going to be problems... the fact is plenty of time and money has been invested by people way smarter than me into figuring out what is the best way to grade law school classes, and this is what has been decided on.  That's good enough for me...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Important Question!!! Please help
« on: May 18, 2008, 09:08:42 AM »
IMO, if you need to study at all for the GRE you're doing something wrong...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: For People Who Are Buying a Mac for Law School
« on: March 02, 2008, 04:32:41 PM »
I ran a race last week that only had circa 500 people in it and there was a ban on headphones.  Like all other races I've encountered, though, it was more of a "don't ask don't tell" thing where if you aren't running to win and don't make a big deal out of it nobody cares.

(At least as far as I could tell, I never ever ever ever run with headphones on myself).

What do you guys think the best way to go about this is?

Snail-mail?  E-mail?  Fax?  Phone call?

I've got something drafted up for any of the first three options, but don't know how to go about a phone call.  Who do you ask to talk to and then what do you say???

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Texas 2011: There should be 500 of us.
« on: February 27, 2008, 08:15:49 PM »
Ok great.  I'm not sure if I'm going to Texas for sure or not yet, so a facebook group might be a bit premature for me to create.  However, if you or someone else makes it, I'll join.

I just got my acceptance letter 2 days ago, so hopefully some $ is on the way.  I'm a 167/3.94, but if I can even get in-state tuition it'd do a lot to my decision.  I didn't get a phone call though, at least, not one that I saw (maybe I missed it?  maybe they don't love me?).

Thanks for the help.

FYI I got a (small) scholarship offer without a phone call (back in December).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Scared to Move??
« on: February 27, 2008, 08:15:19 PM »
Why is this surprising to people?  Try finding a roommate on Craigslist in Manhattan and every other ad is like this.  It is what it is, you just have to have some common sense to sort out regular ads from "not regular" ones.

Law School Admissions / Re: JD/__: Joint Degrees anyone?
« on: February 16, 2008, 08:00:55 AM »
one of my classmates in my master's program was getting her JD at the same time.  she said employers could care less about your second degree, unless it was a business degree.  don't do it because you think it will make you more employable, do it because you're interested in it.

Not a great broad generalization.  There is pretty strong evidence that a Master's in Engineering, if you're willing/interested to do IP law, makes you a good deal more employable, and in fact is one of the few factors that can really get you a much better initial salary than you'd otherwise have.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2011: where you should be
« on: February 14, 2008, 08:23:15 PM »
I got a call last night but I was in the middle of something.  FBing them...never thought of that.  I'll do that now!

What's the FB info?

I listened to the voicemail in somewhat of a rush/daze and deleted it without listening by accident.

Who rakes in debt from pursuing a PhD???

My dad is going with me to UVA.  It's a 9-hour drive and while I've done drives like that myself it's always easier to not have to.  He's not going to go to any of the sanctioned events or anything, though.  He said he'll probably just work from the hotel.  I'm hoping to get a chance to talk to the hockey coach; if I do maybe he'd go with me to do that.

you're going to play hockey in law school?

NCAA sports are like a full-time job, I played division 3 basketball and it was brutal trying to get UNDERGRADUATE work done, I can't imagine law school work + NCAA sports...good luck.

I'm not planning on playing NCAA sports.

Good luck to you, and try to think things through more clearly before taking backhanded swipes next time.

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