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Current Law Students / Re: Worst 3L GPA dropoff you've ever heard of?
« on: December 15, 2007, 09:58:17 PM »
I fell into the trap of allowing the summer people at the firm to encourage me to take "useful" classes even if it hurt my GPA.  There are some crazy soft, easy A's out there. One prof taught 2 classes last semseter and gave 100% A's!  This semester he decided instead of having an exam, people got to go in and talk to him for a few minutes about a topic "at least somewhat" related to the course and he's giving them all A's as well. 

What school do you go to?  I thought every school had some type of grading requirements (e.g. an enforced median or mean).

Current Law Students / Re: 0L - Suggested pre-study ?
« on: December 14, 2007, 11:27:30 PM »
The absolute best thing you can do to prepare for law school (BY FAR) is download a free typing program and learn how to type *really* fast.

Listening to others (even accidentally) = a bad idea.

Even the 4.0 student will always miss some issues and always get some things wrong on an essay exam...without exception.  I can't tell you how many times I've overheard others' post-mortems and began freaking out only to realize later that they were wrong.  Just relax and be glad that you're done with it.  It is what it is now and there's nothing you can do.  Also, whether it was easy or hard typically won't change grades that much because it's easy/hard for everyone.

Current Law Students / Re: suspecting a cheater
« on: December 12, 2007, 04:54:50 AM »
If he left 6 times I can guarantee he did not set the curve.  That's way too much wasted time.

Current Law Students / Re: Hey how important is spotting ALL the issues?
« on: December 12, 2007, 04:52:04 AM »
Nobody hits all the issues, and if they do then they aren't covering them all in depth.  Ask any professor and even they won't get all of them when making their key - they have to add more once they find ones that students are pointing out.  I missed a rule against perpetuities issue in property and still did very well.  After my civ pro final, I talked to a friend who said he'd found the hidden Erie problem in the exam - after a month or two of worrying about it, grades came out and I did very well.  I talked to the professor and he said there wasn't an Erie problem.

Yeah...the ones that drive me the craziest are the cynics.

Current Law Students / Re: Mailbox Rule Hypo
« on: December 04, 2007, 06:28:14 AM »
Since no method of acceptance was given, any reasonable method will suffice (rest. 30 or UCC 2-206).  You might be able to argue both sides, but the acceptance via fax is almost certainly a reasonable method (particularly if the offeror gave his fax number).  Assuming this is not an acceptance of an option contract (i.e. a contract to keep an offer open for a period of time), the acceptance is effective upon dispatch (rest. 63 I think) so long as normal precautions are taken to ensure delivery (rest. 66).  You could argue both ways about whether the offeree took reasonable precautions - I'd say that sending it to the number given almost certainly is sufficient; however, you could argue that reasonable precautions for faxes require making sure that the fax went through since it's easy to tell on a fax machine.  If that argument succeeded, the acceptance wouldn't be valid and there would be no contract.  In the more likely event that the offeree did use reasonable precautions (at east in my mind it's more likely), the acceptance was valid upon dispatch and there is a valid contract.

Current Law Students / Re: Wierd contracts final, how to approach it?
« on: November 29, 2007, 09:33:45 PM »
That sounds more like a policy question to me than a black letter question.

Job Search / Re: Drinking and 2L SA's
« on: November 25, 2007, 05:16:05 PM »
Man this thread is old.

Job Search / Re: skadden or latham
« on: November 21, 2007, 08:49:26 PM »
Historically in NY Latham has paid at least market bonuses, but frequently above market from what I've seen.  I think last year their bonuses started at $27,500 for first years - I don't know where that fit in with non-NY bonuses, but my guess is that that was at or above market.  I believe Latham pays their bonuses in January/February and they usually wait until then to announce, so I certainly wouldn't be alarmed that they haven't said anything yet and I wouldn't count on hearing anything before you make your decision.

Cravath hadn't announced yet when I made my decision, so it wasn't an issue for me.  Even if I was making my decision now, however, the fact that Latham hasn't announced wouldn't affect my decision because (1) it seems highly likely that Latham will pay market bonuses in any cities where other firms are doing so, and (2) whatever happens now will likely have little impact on me, since there's a pretty good chance that base pay and/or bonuses will have changed again (and again and again) by the time I receive my first full-year bonus in late 2010/early 2011.

Let me know what you end up doing and maybe we'll see each other at the summer retreat if you pick Latham.  Good luck - you have two amazing choices and can't go wrong either way.

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