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General Board / Re: Do BIGLAW firms recruit outside T14 schools?
« on: January 27, 2006, 03:30:07 PM »
Any firm with over 100 attorneys.

I've always been curious about what actually defines a "biglaw" firm. Maybe ya'll can help me out.

Wait. I'm sorry. Ya'll is the singular. Since there's more than of you I should say all ya'll. Maybe all ya'll can help me.

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General Board / Re: Why do I hate Con Law so Much?
« on: January 24, 2006, 01:56:36 AM »
my con law prof is suing the president

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General Board / Re: Dean's List in Law School
« on: January 23, 2006, 04:53:27 PM »
mp, u wouldnt happen to be at pepperdine?  :)

y

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General Board / Re: Dean's List in Law School
« on: January 22, 2006, 11:04:27 PM »
you make dean's list at my school if you blow the dean.

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Transferring / Re: Transferring: Class Rank
« on: January 22, 2006, 10:46:32 AM »
i go to school in a major city and that's where i plan on practicing when i get out.

there is one top 5 school, two top 30 schools, one tier 2, and two tier 4's.

the rankings pretty much go like this here:

(1) The top 5 US News schools
(2) My city's two, top 30 schools and the T-14 schools that aren't in the top 5
(3) My city's tier 2
(4) My city's tier 4
(5) My city's other tier 4
(6) The rest of US News (including tier 1, tier 2, tier 3, and tier 4 schools)

So the US News rankings are pretty much correct, at least in terms of reputation (which also equates with career opportunities), but you have to factor in regional reputation also. Of course, this is pretty much common knowledge now.

Don't any of you feel sort of cheated?  I mean, I believed in the rankings at first, chose my school based on that (and money) so went here...  but its BS.  really.  I am completely underwhelmed with my company.  And while i did pretty well this semester, it doesnt make me like it any more... half these kids have never worked, they try to use big words that they dont understand when they speak just so they can SOUND like they know what they are talking about.
its bizarre.
I would rather go back to where I have non-lawyer friends to keep me sane and be in a 2nd tier school.  It just seems like they literally lie to us to make us think its different- but its not.  1st tier, 2nd, 3rd,whatever. either way you can pass the bar.

i am really interested if anyone else feels the same way.



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General Board / Re: LSAT Score no predictor of success
« on: January 20, 2006, 05:36:23 PM »
0.16 was the r squared value i believe (don't know if that changes your opinion). It was statistically significant. (p < 0.01)

We also did a group differences test by separating the subjects into two groups and the there was a (statistically) significant difference between the two groups.

I got a 0.16 correlation in the study I did for my honors senior thesis and I was pretty happy about that. (As were my advisors.) It was in the Social Psychology/Consumer Behavior/Marketing field.
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Most of that would likely be chalked up to statistics error and the study would certainly have to be redone, at least in most psychological disciplines, I'm not all that familiar with consumer behavior or marketing.


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Yeah, cuz you know they are just lettin' us darkies into law school with "All Deliberate speed", I mean how else do you explain the fact that no minority makes up more than 4% of the 800,000 lawyers in this country.

Matter of fact, when I was on campus today I saw someone from Yale with a sign that said, "Come to Law School and getcha 'Learn On!!!"

 

People really should realize that just because you include the disclaimer, "No offense" it doesn't nullify the asinine comment yer about to make.

There is nothing inaccruate about what the original poster said.  Minorities are let in at schools with a lower LSAT than whites are.  There is no debating that.  Maybe the original poster could have phrased it better, but that doesn't make it any less true.  Whether or not that is a good or a bad thing is a completely different discussion.

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Transferring / Re: Questions for People Who Have Transferred.
« on: January 20, 2006, 02:02:50 AM »
Usually not. I'd tend to believe you might go up/down by not more than 10 percentage points. But there are always exceptions ..

Not true at my school. Our first semester grades are only mid-terms that count as 25%. Then again, they don't give us a class rank, (or even an official GPA) because the grades aren't official yet. I've got like a 3.0 on a 2.7 curve at this point (probably like top 35%) but I think I can definitely get into the top 20%.

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General Board / Re: LSAT Score no predictor of success
« on: January 19, 2006, 09:35:54 PM »
I got a 0.16 correlation in the study I did for my honors senior thesis and I was pretty happy about that. (As were my advisors.) It was in the Social Psychology/Consumer Behavior/Marketing field.

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General Board / Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« on: January 19, 2006, 01:43:44 AM »
I like doing stuff like that. I enjoyed it.

I spent some time doing the same thing today, but it looks like I went overboard.

So 4 substantive classes per semester is about average?

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General Board / Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« on: January 18, 2006, 05:29:11 PM »
good call

try balancing classes with exams and paper or other requirements.  Unless you're convinced you want to take five semester-end exams. 
And find out your school's policy for giving credits for journal/law review work.  Remember that you generally don't automatically remain with the journal in third year - you have to be selected as an editor. 

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