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Transferring / Central to Carolina
« on: May 12, 2005, 01:36:46 AM »
Does anyone know of a student that transferred from Central to Carolina?  I have heard that some have transferred from Campbell to Carolina, but Ihave no idea about Central.  Does the C curve at Central damage a persons chances of transferring?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Grading Curve
« on: May 12, 2005, 06:16:05 PM »
Does anyone know where I can find a paticular school's curve?  I have looked on the specific sites but, most only have the grading scale.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Grading Curve
« on: May 12, 2005, 05:42:39 PM »
Grad curves work, very basically like this; if a school has a B curve then approximately half the class will get above, and half below, with the median for the entire class being a B. That means the higher the curve the easier it will be to do well and the lower the curve the more it will pull you down. Does this make sense?

Would you make a decision on a school based upon their curve?  Central has a C- curve, which has me concerned. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Grading Curve
« on: May 12, 2005, 05:24:47 PM »
Hi,
I don't know about the grading curve, but I've seen some of your posts about NCCU.  Have you decided to go there?  I'm thinking about going there, and I wanted to see if anyone had heard anything about the school and the program (job placement, etc). 

I'm still undecided.  I have been speaking with some of my local attorneys that went to cental, and they have praised the school.  But, of course, who is going to speak ill of their alma mater.   I have been told that Central has a good reputation in my area (southeastern NC). There are several judges in my area that are Central alumni etc., but no one has any experience with recuiting at central since most are in private practice.  So... I am still trying to decide if it would be better to wait a year, or just go on to Central an be grateful that I have gotten in somewhere. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Grading Curve
« on: May 12, 2005, 01:15:59 PM »
Do you think the grading curve at a law school makes a difference?  How would a C- curve verses a B- curve affect me?  I have read on other boards that the C- curve makes a difference in the attrition rates.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Go to Central or wait a year?
« on: May 11, 2005, 07:04:41 PM »
tough call...
I got denied last year at UNC.  I had a 3.4 and a 156 (in 2000)...no surprise really.  I waited, studied hard and made a 164 on my 2nd lsat.  I got denied again at UNC...they're tough.  I'm waitlisted at Wake Forest and Tennessee (I thought i'd get in there).  One perk of waiting though is that I got in at Arkansas with a good chunk of money.  I'm also in at Baylor in the Spring.  I'm undecided as where to go...wondering if the more highly regarded schools would be worth the extra money.  (any thoughts?)

If you raise your scores significantly and still don't get in at Carolina, you may get $ from Central or in at another as well.  So all wouldn't be lost if you give it another go and still don't get in.  Are you in a rush? 

What about transfering?  I've heard that it can be a bit less competitive if you have very good first year grades.  I may try it as well.  good luck with your decision...




Marco,

Reading your post makes me very unsure about delaying. Our numbers are similar for first applications, 3.44/153 myself.   I am going to speak with one of my local attorneys that graduated from Central tomorrow.  I really wanted to get into Carolina because I feel that my employment prospects will be much better there.

As for the cost benefit of the better schools... I am still investigating.

I have heard that it is difficult to transfer, but maybe this is incorrect.  I am also wary of Central because I have heard that some of the professors there have sort of a chip on their shoulder from being compared to Carolina. 

I am not really in a rush.  I have signed up to to retake the LSAT in June, and I plan to speak with some of the Deans if possible to see what I could do to improve my application for their school.  I have some employment prospects for the year that I think will benefit me in the experience and the law school application process.  Next year I am looking at Wake, Tennessee, Central, Carolina, Campbell, South Carolina, and William & Mary. I am from NC and I would like to stay close, and return to NC to practice.

I felt that my soft factors, such as military, rresident advisor, and divorce would have had more impact.  I think that these show that I have the persurverence to make it through law school and do well.  But, then again it's all about the numbers.

Thanks,
SM


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Non-Traditional Students / Delaying a year
« on: May 08, 2005, 01:11:37 AM »
have any of my fellow non-traditionals put off law school for a year for the possibility of a better school.  What were your results?  What did you differently in the new application cycle?  retake lsat, change in job, volunteer, etc.?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Go to Central or wait a year?
« on: May 08, 2005, 01:07:57 AM »
Okay, after some studying  am having some second thoughts on waiting a year.  It would really suck if I went through this process again to get the same results. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Go to Central or wait a year?
« on: May 03, 2005, 09:59:43 PM »
I would wait a year because with your numbers you can definately get into better schools next cycle.  Is there a reason not to wait?

I don't have a reson not to wait.  I even have a job offer to work as a case worker in the mean time.

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