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General Board / Re: Do large firms ask what classes you are taking?
« on: June 18, 2007, 11:05:37 AM »
Also, not sure about your school, but all of the electives at mine are curved. That means that unless you can peg the class comprised of the entire bottom quartile from the rankings, the A is just as hard to get in ANY class. Maybe easier in a difficult class where the material is hard and most people either don't grasp the material or give up and take the B.


The "easier" class I was thinking about taking is definitely easier. Not only is the material easy but last semester the AVERAGE grade was a 3.95 out of 4.00 with 76 people in the class.  Same numbers for the past 4 years as well. Our electives are not curved, needless to say.

take that class. get the A. nobody will care whether its easy or not. you want a good gpa, not a rigorous course load.

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General Board / Re: Do large firms ask what classes you are taking?
« on: June 18, 2007, 11:03:55 AM »
sometimes they ask, but its just to make conversation. that said, if you're interviewing w/big nyc corporate firms, it can't hurt to tell them you're taking sec reg, corps, etc., just to show an interest in corporate work.

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General Board / Re: basic questions/advice about OCI
« on: June 18, 2007, 11:01:45 AM »
if you're top 1/4 at a top 20 school you will get a good job. the market is very god right now; people have been doing deals like crazy. that said, don't have your heart set on cravath or anything. talk to 3Ls at your school to get a feel for where they wound up; perhaps aim slightly higher b/c of the present market conditions.

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General Board / Re: Rising 2LE OCI Question
« on: June 18, 2007, 10:58:34 AM »
it certainly can't hurt w/r/t job ops, although you may get your ego bruised. go for it.

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General Board / Re: Come on JD! We're going to Europe...
« on: June 18, 2007, 10:57:05 AM »
you most certainly can work in overseas offices of us firms w/a jd. lots of firms have european offices that do cross-border transactions, international arbitration, help foreign co's access the us capital markets (i.e., us securities lawyers), etc. personally, i summered in london and had an offer to return, but i turned it down. honestly, i think the market is pretty good for us lawyers who want to work in london. i don't think it would be that tough if you really wanted to do it, especially if you went to a top school.

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what in god's name could you possibly be 'busy as fck' doing that you cant get recs or write a measly personal statement? this is an extremely important decision. it would be incredibly stupid to turn down a great school for a mediocre one b/c you were too lazy to get some recs.

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Transferring / Re: One LOR, One low grade
« on: June 06, 2007, 09:16:05 PM »
while the rec prob won't be as glowing as it would had you received an a+, he'll probably look at the rest of the grades and think 'hmm. that b grade is an outlier. maybe he just had a really bad day' and write a nice reco for you. if you're concerned, you might want to feel him out. bring up your grade with him (he doesn't know what you got...blind grading) and ask if he still feels confident enough about your abilities to write the letter. if he agrees, he's not going to write a bad letter.

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General Board / Re: How important is case briefing?
« on: June 05, 2007, 08:59:38 PM »
it is not important at all. in fact, it's not even necessary to read the cases. what is necessary is that you know the black-letter law and how to write a law school exam. you don't learn that from reading (or briefing) cases.

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General Board / Re: Any Chance at Columbia
« on: June 05, 2007, 08:58:03 PM »
Looking for some advice / opinions?

3.77 at Tulane -- not sure but I think that is probably top 3-5%.  Already in at G-town EA.  Do I have any chance at Columbia, I know they take a lot of kids, but they also get a ton of apps.  Not a great LSAT but a top 10% ugrad GPA from a top 25 if that matters to Columbia. 

Thanks for any thoughts.


you're golden. nice job, congrats...but go to nyu instead.

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General Board / Re: Decent but not great grades at a T14...
« on: January 31, 2007, 12:08:19 AM »
those grades are very good, congrats. yes, you'll get a good job. i don't know about a 1L firm job, but you'll def do fine during oci, if that's what you're asking.

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