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General Board / Re: A Horror Story not for the Faint of Heart....!
« on: April 28, 2004, 11:21:05 AM »
Thanks for your response to my "traumatic" experience...he...he... It really wasn't so bad; I just wrote it for a laugh. Actually, I majored in Physical Anthropology in undergrad and suffered through organic chem and bio with the best of 'em. I agree, sciences are challenging but law school is demanding in a different way. You're right though, if we were all losers like I was during that class, I dare say we'd still be dwelling in caves, repeating phrases like "ugga bugga," and dining on leaf sandwiches or something. Hey, maybe that wouldn't be so bad...;-)

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Socratic Method / Re: Does Socratic Method prepare for court?
« on: April 28, 2004, 09:41:52 AM »
I despise, am sometimes awed by, and respect it. It is a fascinating sort of "organic" way to develop a concept from the listener's point of view. Good professors truly can convey information in novel ways that approach genius sometimes. Conversely, as the poor schmuck who must answer the questions, the experience ranges from humiliating to (possibly once in three years) miraculous. I think it's an integral part of the law school experience.

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General Board / A Horror Story not for the Faint of Heart....!
« on: April 28, 2004, 09:18:00 AM »
Picture this: You're taking Corporations taught by a Socratic Nazi. He's funny but brutal. With nearly 100 students in the class, you reasonably expect to be called on between once and three times during the semester. The professor jumps around the list of names all semester and consistently calls on new people every class, never calling on the same student within a three-week period. Enter yourself. You have briefed every case thoroughly all semester, diligently typing neat little outlines to bring to class. During the second-to-last class, Socrates calls on you and you shakily but decently rise to the occasion, briefing your case without too much trouble. Whew! "This is great," you think, "I won't even have to brief the cases for the last class since he would *never* call on me two classes in a row." Last class arrives and you lounge contentedly safe in your chair. Directly after the break, Mr. Nazi introduces the last case of the Semester. Suddenly you hear your name being called. At first you don't understand... "Why would he be saying my na... oh my G*d! this cannot be happening," you think, mentally returning to the place on the syllabus that indicates you'll lose 1/2 a letter grade if called on and you're unprepared. You turn what must have been a shade of red that would rival a fire-truck and start READING the case from the book. Your hands shake as you turn the page. The Socra-Nazi asks a question in what must be an obsolete tribal language once spoken in the Archipelagos... You barely escape a heart attack as you somehow finish the most humiliating 7 minutes of your life.... Yeah. Happened to yours truly. I suffered for all of you. Feel free to forward all sympathy and be glad you weren't me for the worst 7 minutes ever! :-) :o

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Socratic Method / True Horror Story
« on: April 28, 2004, 09:04:19 AM »
Picture this: You're taking Corporations taught by a Socratic Nazi. He's funny but brutal. With nearly 100 students in the class, you reasonably expect to be called on between once and three times during the semester. The professor jumps around the list of names all semester and consistently calls on new people every class, never calling on the same student within a three-week period. Enter yourself. You have briefed every case thoroughly all semester, typing neat little outlines to bring to school. During the second-to-last class, Socrotes calls on you and you shakily but decently rise to the occasion, briefing your case without too much trouble. Whew! "This is great," you think, "I won't even have to brief the cases for the last class since he would *never* call on me two classes in a row." Last class arrives and you lounge contentedly safe in your chair. Directly after the break, Mr. Nazi introduces the last case of the Semester. Suddenly you hear your name being called. At first you don't understand... "Why would he be saying my na... oh my G*d! this cannot be happening," you think, mentally returning to the place on the syllabus that indicates you'll lose 1/2 a letter grade if called on and you're unprepared. You turn what must have been a shade of red that would rival a fire-truck and start READING the case from the book. Your hands shake as you turn the page. The Socra-Nazi asks a question in what must be an obsolete tribal language once spoken in the Archipelagos... You barely escape a heart attack as you somehow finish the most humiliating 7 minutes of your life.... Yeah. Happened to yours truly. I suffered for all of you. Feel free to forward all sympathy and be glad you weren't me for the worst 7 minutes ever! :-)

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General Board / Re: Should I stay???
« on: April 28, 2004, 08:43:49 AM »
I had one bad semester and managed to lose my entire full-tuition scholarship. I'm still in law school. The best advice I have is if you want to be a lawyer, relax and don't fight the process. If you're past the first year, you're already 1/3 of the way there. What's another couple of years?

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General Board / Frustrated With Law School Rankings
« on: April 28, 2004, 08:32:42 AM »
I am a part-time law student finishing my third year at "middle of the road" law school. I'm not an idiot but I didn't pay a great deal of attention to school rankings prior to selecting my school. As for undergrad., I graduated magna cum laude (3.7/4.0) from a highly-ranked state school and scored a not-so-great-but-ok-I-guess 159 on the LSAT. I made the decision to attend my school primarily because I initially received a full-tuition merit scholarship and could attend part-time while working full-time to avoid accumulating debt that approached the level of our current national deficit. I was a little over-confident and managed to lose the scholarship after the second year, placing myself well within the happy pool of up-coming graduates whose debt is approaching the oh-so-horrifying six digit figure. I've alternated between doing extremely well in law school (when the professor is remotely engaging) to rather poorly when the professor is as as intriguing as bingo night with my incontinent grandmother. I've gotten the best grade in several classes and advanced to semi-finals in Appellate Advocacy. My problem is that I am an intelligent, driven and accomplished student but feel dramatically restricted in the post-grad "opportunity" (i.e. job) realm based merely on my school's non-top-50 status. Am I just being pessimistic? I am so sick of seeing top 10/50, etc. lists plastered all over the place. I could have gone to a first tier school but couldn't manage to not bring in income and pay for school for three years. I feel like a second-class citizen and it angers me. I know that employers look at more than a school's rank but I feel unfairly classified. Any comments?

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