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General Board / Re: Health Insurance
« on: July 17, 2008, 12:49:22 PM »
Many schools offer excellent coverage through their student health care plans at reasonable prices, so you should look into it. I had great BlueCross PPO coverage.

Try not to go through the school ... mine, at least, offers base-level, gutter coverage. The cap for prescription drug spending is $750 annually, which considering I take several medications, is not good. Also, the "network" is not as broad as advertised, and the school requires us to start our health care search at the university NP's office, which is 10 miles north and very hard to access without access to a car -- or, giving the constraints on our time, with one.

There are organizations out there that could introduce you to a nice pool ... if either your wife or your freelance in any field, the Freelancer's Union is an excellent option (given my previous career in writing.editing, I may be able to get away with approaching them, but probably not, since I;ve made all of $1,700 freelancing in the past two calendar years).

Anyway, just some perspective to add to the discussion. Good luck!!

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General Board / Re: Why I think 2L might be more important than 1L.
« on: July 08, 2008, 03:54:32 PM »
Bottom half of the class is bottom half of the class anyway you slice it, man ... BigLaw is NOT going to hire anyone for those oh so competitive jobs whose credentials aren't sterling ... the Ivy league tag may carry weight, but it;s not a $150K guarantee even for the low rung. Is it at Boalt? I didn't think so either. The $150K/$160K is reserved for the shining beacons and the ambassadors' kids ONLY, and everyone who slips their first year has a lot of work to do to make up the ground, regardless of where they attend school.   

This is just plain wrong. Anyone at Harvard who wants job at a Vault 100 firm can get it, no matter what his or her grades.

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General Board / Re: JMLS Academic dismissal: gripes and questions....
« on: July 06, 2008, 08:25:07 PM »
They're the same person.


My property professor straight up told me that had I taken this same test and gotten the same score a semester earlier, I'd be looking at a C/C+ instead of a D.


jeffislouie:
 "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."


Do you guys know each other or are in the same section?

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General Board / Re: JMLS Academic dismissal: gripes and questions....
« on: July 05, 2008, 05:55:35 PM »
nachas = jeffislouie. Are you still excited about starting at JMSL now that you've failed out?

Hilarious.  And false.

Your posts under the two names are too similar, and easily gave you away.

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General Board / Re: JMLS Academic dismissal: gripes and questions....
« on: July 05, 2008, 01:33:41 PM »
nachas = jeffislouie. Are you still excited about starting at JMSL now that you've failed out?

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General Board / Re: JMLS Academic dismissal: gripes and questions....
« on: July 04, 2008, 08:14:01 PM »
I agree with pickle. If for some reason John Marshall lets you back into school, I seriously doubt you'll be able to do any better, graduate with a decent GPA, or pass the bar. But by all means, waste money trying.

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General Board / Re: JMLS Academic dismissal: gripes and questions....
« on: July 04, 2008, 12:49:57 PM »
nachas,

How do you think you're going to pass the bar exam if you are readmitted to JMSL?

You obviously can't do as well on law school exams as the vast majority of students at a T4 law school, so what makes you think you'll be able to pass the bar exam, where you will be competing with all those T4 students who did better than you on your exams as well as students from (much) better law schools?

This should be a serious consideration before you expend any more time/money on law school.

Well, first of all the bar exam isn't competitive against other students.  You are taking a test to pass or fail.  I passed all of my classes and have failed none.
Additionally, I believe that if I treat the learning disability properly, I won't have issues with low grades.  As I said before, the shock of all this comes from the fact that I know the material.  I taught some of it to other students who had problems and those around me believe me to be knowledgable - and expert in the courses I took.  This semester was rough, but I don't think that the problem was that I didn't learn the material.  My problem was how my brain handled the testing pressure and time constraints.
People can change, adapt, and learn.  To say that because I took 3 tests poorly, that I am incapable of doing as well as my peers is a little presumptive.

Your performance on your law school exams this year shows that your aptitude for taking law school exams is at the lowest possible level among law school students - you were academically dismissed from (i.e., failed out of) a fourth tier law school. Such a low aptitude will very likely not allow you to pass the bar exam (no matter how smart you are aside from law school exams), which is an exam with all (if not more) of the time constraints and pressure of law school exams.

Knowing the material and being able to pass exams are two entirely different things (and, contrary to your assertion, you clearly failed some of your exams - whether it's called a B, a D, or a Z, if the grade is below the minimum required not to fail out of law school, it's a failing grade). Yes, you may know the material, and yes your law professors may think you could be a great lawyer, but unless you can show some aptitude for taking law school exams, which at this point seems clearly impossible, it is extremely unlikely that you will be able to pass the bar.

This may be a good opportunity to save the money you would have spent on two more years of law school and do something else - what would you have wanted to do as a lawyer, anyway? And would a degree from John Marshall (with a terrible GPA) have allowed you to do it? Realistically, no, it wouldn't have. See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119040786780835602.html for starters - a law degree is not a magical ticket to wealth (or even a job), especially a law degree at the bottom of one's class from a T4.

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General Board / Re: JMLS Academic dismissal: gripes and questions....
« on: July 04, 2008, 12:34:14 PM »
nachas,

How do you think you're going to pass the bar exam if you are readmitted to JMSL?

You obviously can't do as well on law school exams as the vast majority of students at a T4 law school, so what makes you think you'll be able to pass the bar exam, where you will be competing with all those T4 students who did better than you on your exams as well as students from (much) better law schools?

This should be a serious consideration before you expend any more time/money on law school.

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Stop pushing this audiocasefile crap.  It's annoying and worthless.

I agree.  I really cannot see any use to listening to cases like this.  I downloaded one and was so bored and irritated I stopped listening after a couple of minutes, which never happens when I read a case.

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Law School Rankings / Re: US News Rankings are Bogus
« on: September 19, 2006, 11:48:30 AM »
This same post appears here:

http://drinksoakedlawstudents.blogspot.com/2006/09/us-news-law-school-rankings-are-bogus.html

Unfortunately, Leiter's blog links to it today.

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