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Nice work Matthies!

And to give another perspective, I am a T2 grad in the top 1/3, and I have an associate job starting in three weeks that pays 160k.  It can and does happen, but it doesn't fall into your lap.  But then again, should it?  Follow this brilliant thread and the odds will be in your favor.

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San Diego / Re: how's the meal plan at usd?
« on: June 22, 2005, 02:28:21 PM »
My meal plan involves Cheesecake Factory across the street :)

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Arizona / Re: If you are attending U of A next year
« on: June 18, 2005, 10:06:21 PM »
Ok guys here's the scoop..  I've lived in Tucson 20-some years, went to HS and am a U of A grad.  Needless to say I know this place a little too well.

As mentioned, there are some bad places (like every city).  What most U of A people don't realize is that there are some stunningly beautiful places too (the views and area).  The best area to live in that's reasonable to campus is the La Paloma area.  The main apartment complex in this area is The Legends.  The Legends is 15 minutes from school, in a completely crime free area, high end shopping/restaurants (Flemmings, Coach, Cole Haan, etc) surrounded by million dollar plus homes, and next to the luxury Westin La Paloma resort.  This is where I would live if I had to pick an apartment for school.

My second choice would be Summerlin Villas located on Camp Lowell and Swan.  This neighborhood isn't as good as the Legends, but the area is quite good and new and the apartments are very nice.  You're looking at about 10 minutes from campus.

The area on River between Campbell and First is a very nice area with PF Changs, my favorite place. :)  The problem is the area is very well known by undergrads, and you can run into problems with noisy neighbors.  The apartments in that area are also becoming old, so be a little more cautious.

If you don't mind a further drive, the Greens and and other apartments next to Lowes Ventana Canyon are great too.  Looking at a 20-25 minute drive there.

Good luck everyone at Arizona!  I met with Dean Holpert many times about my law school decision, and I can tell you there are some great and genuine people there!  I'm going to USD just so I can experience another area, but I wish I could bring the U of A law school out there with me. :)

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San Diego / Roommate for a house needed
« on: June 18, 2005, 08:36:47 PM »
I still need a roommate.  I'll be building a house in the Carmel Valley, but that won't be for a while, so I'd like to rent a nice house with someone who's willing to put up 1200-1600+/month.  If anyone is looking for a roommate who's ready for a pretty nice house in a great location, I'm it. :)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Windows in a Mac
« on: April 03, 2008, 03:49:21 PM »
Almost all schools now allow exams to be taken on a Mac booting Windows via Apple's Boot Camp.  In fact, the California Bar will allow Macs using Boot Camp for the July bar exam.

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Since the haters are doing their job, I'll give them more ammo. :)



My view...



Hate on :)

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Thanks for the link... very insightful and intimidating.  I really enjoyed the first 20 pages, but I'm not too confident that the professorís approach will do much to alleviate the situation.  Telling students they're winners despite receiving poor grades (and thereby worse career prospects) seems a bit vacuous.

Anyone else read it?

Thanks for your reply.  As with anything, I'd recommend reading it with a discriminating eye. 

However, I'm not sure your conclusion was where he was driving.  I don't think Professor Morris would say poor grades means you're a winner.  I think he would say not to let grades, especially your first set of grades, define you.  To that end, I completely agree with him.  But as you've correctly pointed out, the near term practical ramifications (i.e. jobs) are problematic.  Professor Morris would probably counter by noting that one of the more famous USD law grads is not famous in law but baseball (Theo Epstein, general manager of the Boston Red Sox).

True.  My statement was more a pithy summary of my feelings about the article.  The author doesnít argue that failing students are winners.  Rather (as you said), he argues that students with poor grades shouldn't give up.  If they "withdraw" from learning, they waste the opportunity to receive an excellent education.

Nonetheless, I feel that the authorís suggested approach will not result in healthier, happier students. Regardless of studentsí attitudes, career prospects are worse for students with poor grades.  And, regardless of studentsí attitudes, students are generally disappointed/anxious/depressed when they realize their career options have worsened.  Therefore, I think itís a bit empty to tell students their grades shouldnít define them.  After all, grades define career prospects, and career prospects are the primary reason students attend law school.

I completely agree with the author that another major cause of students' anxiety/depression is the feelings that they don't have direct control over their own grades.  An external locus of control leads to anxiety, depression, etc.  Students, through feedback, should know what they must do to succeed.  I think the author would agree with me on this.  It just seems the authorís approach is like putting a band-aid on a wound that could have been prevented (or, at least, foreseen).

I think it's the well prepared and informed people, like you, who do well in law school.  You know what you're getting into.  It's not for most people that go, but it is for some people.  I did similar research, knew what I was getting into, and am happy I went.

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It is SDLR's policy (and most law reviews follow this policy as well) to publish all professors from our school. 
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Delivery.cfm/SSRN_ID1018729_code514132.pdf?abstractid=1018729&mirid=1


My experience is that most Law Reviews specifically avoid publishing professors from their own school.  Neither here nor there for the purposes of this thread, but just my observation.

And what experience is that?

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Thanks for the link... very insightful and intimidating.  I really enjoyed the first 20 pages, but I'm not too confident that the professorís approach will do much to alleviate the situation.  Telling students they're winners despite receiving poor grades (and thereby worse career prospects) seems a bit vacuous.

Anyone else read it?

Thanks for your reply.  As with anything, I'd recommend reading it with a discriminating eye. 

However, I'm not sure your conclusion was where he was driving.  I don't think Professor Morris would say poor grades means you're a winner.  I think he would say not to let grades, especially your first set of grades, define you.  To that end, I completely agree with him.  But as you've correctly pointed out, the near term practical ramifications (i.e. jobs) are problematic.  Professor Morris would probably counter by noting that one of the more famous USD law grads is not famous in law but baseball (Theo Epstein, general manager of the Boston Red Sox).

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The hijack thing was funny.

I know of at least 3 USD students who will be summering at Latham.  (One LA, two SD)  Likewise, 4 going to Cooley, 3 to Baker, 4 to DLA, 3 Gibson, 2 Wilson Sonsini (in Palo Alto) and on and on.  Obviously USD doesn't place as many as UCLA/USC/T14/etc.  But, like Matthies said, going to a lesser school in the area you want to work often gets you there.  Good students at DePaul/Kent/John Marshall do quite well in the Chicago market.  Do you need grades?  Yes.    The fact is only ~1200 students graduate from the top 15 every year, but everyone on here pretends to be a Harvard admit.

Here's the USD data for 06.  I know that my year (2008) has done better, and 2009 kicked our ass (2008) in fall OCI.

http://www.sandiego.edu/usdlaw/career/students/data/

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