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Transferring / Re: Chances at transferring to Columbia
« on: June 25, 2006, 07:28:08 PM »
note: the OP was from July 2005

the 2006 deadline has not passed yet

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General Board / Re: Would you rather be......
« on: May 20, 2006, 03:06:11 PM »
I meant to ask whether you would feel more confident starting law school with a high undergrad gpa & low lsat or vice versa. Assume you got into whatever school you wished.

I really don't think it matters.  You could say people who do well on LSAT are good test takers and perform well under the stress & time pressure.  On the other hand, writing a cohesive essay on complex issues is a lot different than multiple choice.  The thing is once you get to law school it is really taboo to talk about your gpa/ lsat scores, so I have no way to gauge others performance on their numbers.

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Transferring / Re: Help with Trasferring/Do I have a shot?
« on: May 19, 2006, 01:23:30 PM »
I know a guy who transferred from my school (similar rank to Emory) to Boalt.  He wrote on to law review.  He also said Boalt students were really hostile towards transfers, which conflicts with my understaning of Boalt students. 

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General Board / Re: Would you rather be......
« on: May 18, 2006, 05:52:14 PM »
Depends- I had a high LSAT, lower gpa (product of laziness not inability).  I did not get into a couple schools that are gpa whores (UCLA & Boalt).  I also was WL at another school & then they ended up needing high gpa ppl to bring up their stats, so I was SOL.  Also, high gpa you can put on your resume.   

As far as law school success, I don't know which is better- I would argue LSAT but I am biased. 

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1L job search / Re: What are you doing this summer!!!
« on: May 09, 2006, 08:46:22 PM »
externing for a federal judge

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Burn Out
« on: May 05, 2006, 07:30:37 PM »
update- so it is funny this post popped back up since i wrote that in December.  My grades turned out well, but civ pro was my lowest grade (luckily it was a midterm worth 25% b/c it is a year long class)

i just had my first final this round yesterday.  no 24 hour finals this time and my exams are more spaced out.  i am still sleep deprived and heavily caffinated but not as stressed out.

i agree w/ lostmymonkeys.  i didnt slack off during the semester, but right before exams i need to work my ass off.  studying about 14-16 hours a day- i go to the gym every day and try to eat healthy.  having 1-2 red bulls and tons of tea.  just my style- it worked last semester so i dont want to change it now. diff strokes for diff folks maybe

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i had civ pro yesterday & felt like i did really well, but as the day went along i started to obsess about issues i missed.  the day of the exam i usually make a nice dinner, chill out, pout if need be, and then back to business the following morning.

i felt really really bad about my performance on my torts exam last semester and it ended up being my highest grade.  so you cannot know if you really did poorly.  i say just get back to work, go to the gym, and do a lot of timed practice exams. 

sorry this post is scrambled- i am feeling the mental deterioration from exams. . .

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Finals
« on: May 01, 2006, 03:11:09 PM »
My FIRST final is Thursday-  Rules semester of CivPro closed book & 2/3 multiple choice.  My section is the only one that does the rules semester w/out a copy of the FRCP.  Joy.

but at least I had property last semester- that class was awful.  We had a 24 hour take home- which I stayed up 24 hours for & then had my civpro final like 2 days later. 

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Transferring / Re: Transfer to a school of similar ranking
« on: April 29, 2006, 12:23:18 PM »
UPDATE:  My partner was accepted into my school!  ;D So the point is now, well, moot.  Thanks to everyone and their helpful comments though.  At least the ones that weren't bitter.

Congrats!

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General Board / Re: We're almost done with 1L year!
« on: April 29, 2006, 12:21:59 PM »
I thought 2L is easier in the sense grades are much less important, because you have OCI early in the fall semester (which I hear sucks) and then you have a job & can relax a little.  I still want do get good grades, but I dont think it will have the same urgency. 

Oh and at my school if you have 2 finals w/in a certain time period- I think 36 hours- you can have it easily changed.

And your no longer bullied by 2Ls.

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