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General Board / Re: Prospective law school student seeking HELP!
« on: March 02, 2006, 02:24:50 PM »
prepping is a good idea. nuff said.

Socratic Method / Re: Socratic method & law school preparation
« on: March 01, 2006, 10:22:54 PM »
i don't even read the cases, nor do i bring my casebook to class.

Socratic Method / Re: Socratic method & law school preparation
« on: March 01, 2006, 12:03:32 AM »
or you can just not give a sh-t about participating in class since it has no effect on your grade.

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: After the Exam, How does an A exam feel??
« on: February 28, 2006, 06:05:10 PM »
Thanks man. Yea, I pretty much killed my Torts exam. As I said, it was my highest grade. I ended up with like a 3.0 though, which isn't outstanding. But this GPA is unofficial because our mid-terms were only 25% of our grade. We're on a 2.67 curve, so this actually would probably put me in the top 35% if our class ranks were released.

I feel confident that I can get my grades up this semester. Since these grades count for much more, I think I actually have a shot at top 10%. I know someone from last year got into the top 5% with a 3.36 GPA, so it's definitely possible.

Just to follow up on this thread:

I was actually correct. I did, in fact, get an "A" on my Torts exam, so my feeling after the exam was correct! This is really funny, considering that I didn't get any other A's in my other classes (my next highest grade was a "B").

First, before, i answer the question, i must address this one issue:

mp - you are a pompous prick. what makes you think you know more than many 2Ls? I hope somebody stabs you in the neck with a pencil. arrogant dunce.

now, onto my answer. An A exam feels like you have just been through war. you should emotionally drained. your head should feel a little "in the clouds". not that its a brain dump, but you should feel as if every single issue you spotted, you analyzed as if your life depended on it. ALSO, you should feel as if u didn't get to every issue. Thats one thing, if u know ur stuff, you will obviously see things that you should address perhaps in passing, although not have time to go back and address it more fully, because your analysis on the other "meatier" issues took up your time. Its kind of hard to explain. some people say that the A's they have gotten, they felt the worst right after the exam because of some issues they didn't address.

Congrats mp.  You deserve mad props on the Torts grade.  Listening to what you were saying, I was pretty confident that you had done well.  I've found the LEEWS system to be very helpful for myself as well.

Oh, and every 2L who was slamming you is just as much an arrogant prick for assuming they know more than you.

Not sure if anyone has said any of this, but: Send an additional letter or recommendation and letter restating your interest in attending their school. Tell them why their law school is special, why you want to go there over other law schools in the letter. Mention specific reasons. Discuss any significant accomplishments you've made in the few months since you applied. For example, I had new grades when I sent my letter in, but I knew the grades wouldn't get to the law school for at least a month because my school hadn't even posted them yet (I asked my profs for my grades before they were posted). So I put that in the letter. I mentioned academic conferences I had recently presented at. Attach a revised resume in the letter also.

Call the Admissions Office and ask how many people are on the wait list, how many people are typically accepted, etc. Ask if you can come in to meet with the Dean of Admissions. When you meet with him/her, have a spiel ready. (It's like an interview -- dress up too.) This is, of course, if you're near the school. If you go for the "interview," you may want to save the questions about how many people are on the wait list, etc., (from above) for then.

General Board / Re: What's good about being an attorney?
« on: February 21, 2006, 06:12:24 PM »
If you are now aware that you were thinking it, was it really a subconscious thought? Shouldn't it beyond the reach of voluntary recall?

i considered going to the site while thinking briefly about it but then, without realizing the reason why, decided not to go and closed out the thread. then when i saw the above post, i realized the precise reason why i didn't want to go to the site. actually it may not have been the precise reason. i may have been worried that i would have to waste my time filling out some crap (without having to pay) just to take the survey.

how's law school goin anyway coxless?

General Board / Re: partner track, clerkship, and public interest questions
« on: February 21, 2006, 06:09:49 PM »
That sounds really cool. How much did the partners rake in?

Partner tracks differ between firms.  Some firms take longer than others, some firms will make you a non-equity partner first.

I worked my 1L summer at a midlaw firm of maybe 300 lawyers that had a very interesting system- almost every attorney made partner after 6 years.  That meant, though, that when someone made partner they didn't make a whole boatload of money.

At the time I was younger and stupider and I thought this system was lame.  I changed my mind now though- 1st year partners were still pretty well compensated, the hours weren't as grueling as a lot of other firms, the system made everything collegial, and it was really the kind of place where you could actually have a career.  Most biglaw places are up or out (and the great majority are out after 5 or 6 years.)

General Board / Re: What's good about being an attorney?
« on: February 21, 2006, 05:57:00 PM »
This isn't one of those "free" online tests, like some online IQ tests, where one completes the questions but then must pay to get the result (e.g. score), is it?

that's what i was subconsciously thinking when i quickly glanced over that post.

General Board / Re: LSAT Score no predictor of success
« on: February 15, 2006, 11:56:13 PM »
I heard/read that people in the US are generally moving south and west in the US, but I really doubt they are moving to Chicago.

I think they are moving more to to the SOUTH (e.g. FL, NC) and to the WEST COAST (e.g. CA), not the MIDWEST. (There's a chance I could be wrong about this though.) Who would want to live in the midwest anyway?

General Board / Re: What do you do to relax?
« on: February 15, 2006, 05:54:20 PM »
sexy time

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