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Current Law Students / Re: F Grades....Please help freaking out!
« on: December 13, 2005, 04:04:41 PM »
Our Curve is based on a C+ Median.

10-20% of each class are allowed to make a B+ or better AND 10-20% have to make a C- or worse.

So, theoretically, the professors have the ability to flunk as much as 20% of a class, but in practice it really only happens to 1 or maybe 2 students per semester.

Current Law Students / Re: Civ Pro Question
« on: December 13, 2005, 02:38:57 PM »
There were three ways to establish jurisdiction over someone prior to International Shoe.
1. D is domiciled in the state
2. Service of process within the state (even if presence within the state was transatory)
3. Consent to forum.

With International Shoe, the "Minimum Contacts" such that "traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice" are not offended notion was established. This allowed to court to exercise jurisdiction over people and corporations not currently in the forum.

McGee v. Int'l Life the concept of jurisdiction based on a single activity is established. (ie. Specific Jurisdiction) If the suit is about the single activity that establishes D's contacts, then the suit is proper. If it the limited activity is NOT the topic of the suit, the suit is improper (see the "purposeful availment" arguement from Hanson v. Denkla)

I look at it like a matrix of sorts...

Systematic and Continuous ActivitySingle Activity
Suite Arises From ActivityGeneral JurisdictionSpecific Jurisdiction (McGee v Int'l Life)
Suit is unrelated to ActivityGeneral Jurisdiction (Perkins v. Benquet)No Jurisdiction (Hanson v. Denckla)

(for some reason I couldn't make lines in the table, so you'll just have to imagine them...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laser printer update...
« on: June 10, 2005, 06:20:20 AM »
What about networking your laser printer? Do any of the printers discussed above have network capabilities or is there an adapter you can get? I want to put my printer into a hole somewhere and not think about it except when I get up off the couch to collect printouts.

You can easily network just about any printer with an external device such as:

And yes, I'm leaving an IT job to go to law school...


My current boss hired me after I called him to ask for a LOR (he had been my boss at a previous position.) He still wrote the LOR. After I made my decision, which requires me to move out of city, his response was "No problem, you'll be our San Antonio office. We'll help you move and see if you can work some during school."

I don't know how realistic it is for me to work during 1L, or if I want to be "obligated" to work for them during summers, but it's nice of them to offer.

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