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Transferring / Re: transfer & law review, OCI, etc
« on: October 22, 2005, 12:18:05 PM »
I just transfered from a T4 to a T1 and was unable to write onto law review, but I did have the opportunity to do so.  If it's something that you really want to do you have to keep on top of it, I really didn't want to be on law review so I wasn't dilligent about making sure I met the deadlines.  Depending on the school you transfer to they do try to make accomodations for transfer students to write on.
As far as OCI I was able to successfuly obtain a summer associate position at a $125k firm so I am happy with the process, but I did find that I received a lot fewer on campus interviews than I probably would have at my T4 school, but may not have received as many offers because you have to face the realities that there are less spots open for individuals at lower ranked schools.  I think untimately the firms that I received offers from liked the fact that I transferred to a T1 school and wasn't content with being the top of my class at a T4 school.

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2L job search / Do 2L grades matter after getting a SA offer?
« on: October 20, 2005, 04:46:29 PM »
My question is how important are 2L grades in determining if the firm you work at as a summer associate gives you an offer at the end of the summer?  Any stories of anyone not getting an offer after getting horrible 2L grades?

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Transferring / Re: LSAT scores in regard to transferring
« on: October 20, 2005, 04:43:02 PM »
Honestly, LSAT scores are not even a factor when you transfer.  I transfered from a T4 school to a T1 school with a 155 LSAT, but I was top 5% at my law school.  I really think the only thing they look at is your first year grades.

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Transferring / Re: Boston University v. Boston College
« on: July 10, 2005, 06:36:25 PM »
Well my seat is certainly open.  In my section one kid dropped out after the first week.  People don't really talk about transferring and dropping out.  I certainly haven't told anyone I went to school with that I am leaving.  I guess they'll think that I dropped out or something next year when they don't see me, or just figure I take night classes now or something.  I do know of people who did really badly on midterms and were worried that they would flunk out.  Best of luck to you in transferring in.

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Transferring / Re: Possible to transfer without grades/rank?
« on: July 07, 2005, 10:48:23 AM »
For what it's worth, I was choosing between Northeastern and Suffolk last year and chose Suffolk because of that very issue.  I always went to Suffolk with the hopes of transferring.  So far that has worked out well for me as I'll be transferring to either BC or BU next year.  You don't hear of many people tranferring out of Northeastern for that very reason.

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Transferring / Re: Boston University v. Boston College
« on: July 07, 2005, 10:41:39 AM »
Here is some advice on doing well at Suffolk and law school in general.  My key to success was to develop a routine and stick with it was much as possible.  I went to the library directly after class, I studied until about 7 or 8 at night without many interruptions.  I didn't deviate from this routine much at all.  For many of my other classmates I would hear that they were in the library until midnight every night.  That to me is nuts.  The reason that they were there that late was because everytime I was going to my locker to get more books or take a short break I would see them chatting with other people and not focusing on what they needed to do to prepare for classes.  For some people this is not the ideal routine, but the key to success is figuring out what works best for you and sticking to it.  I also did not really become best friends with anyone at school.  I found that people who had really good friends at school were always focused on school and even when they were "relaxing" they were still discussing the law.  What I did was mainly stick to myself and maintain friendships outside of law school.  I always made time each day to do something that was completely unrelated to school like watch TV or go to the gym.  You have to do those things to stay sane.  On the weekends I would focus on outlining.  I suggest you start outlining about 3 or 4 weeks into classes and try to update your outline each weekend, like Contracts and Torts on Sat and Property and Civ Pro on Sun.  I used my class notes to start the outlines and filled in the gaps with Emmanuels.  Closer to exam time I would take every practice exam I could get my hands on and use E&E questions to make sure I knew all of the big stuff.  Another piece of advice, don't get wrapped up in study groups.  They may work for some people, but I found that study groups were not that helpful and always turn into a gossip session.  Some people learn well in a group, I don't and found it to be a waste of time.  THe only time study groups were useful for me was close to exam time when I would get together with a small group and go over spotting issues on past exams.  For what it's worth this is how I succeeded in law school, but the trick is finding what works best for you.
As for getting a job in the top 5% of the class at Suffolk I have talked with many people and they have told me that the Boston market is very competitive because there are so many law schools.  The top students at Suffolk compete with the bottom 50% of the students at BU and BC.  With that being said Suffolk is still a great school and everyone will get a job, but it is just more difficult.

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Suffolk / Re: Any Suffolk Students out there?
« on: July 05, 2005, 01:06:29 PM »
Thanks for responding.  So if the grading curve is terrible there, is it impossible to pull As at Suffolk?  Who are the students you know who pull As at this school?  Do they participate a lot/are they total nerds/overachievers?  I don't expect to have a ton of difficulty with this material and I want to ace my classes.  I am just afraid of busting my rear and not having it pay off in the end. 

Also, how many students do you know or have you heard of who got big firm jobs during the summer after their first year of law school?  Is this unheard of for Suffolk?  What great paying jobs do most people secure as a 1L? 

I was #4 in my class at Suffolk.  I got mostly A's, but surprisingly a few B's.  It's not impossible to do well, it requires a lot of hard work and not getting caught up in the cliques and social aspect that I found a lot of my classmates were interested in.  I did very well.  Not to knock Suffolk, but I did so well that I'm transferring to either BU or BC only because I'm interested in positioning myself for a work at a Big firm and quite honestly those jobs are difficult to get from Suffolk.  Best of luck to you!

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Transferring / Boston University v. Boston College
« on: July 05, 2005, 01:01:01 PM »
I have just been accepted as a transfer student to both Boston College and Boston University.  I finished my first year at Suffolk as #4 in my class.  I have been offered a scholarship from Suffolk, probably to entice me to stay, but I really think that I need to transfer out.  I have insignificant personal reasons for wanting to go to BC, but would be happy at either BC or BU.  I would like some advice in deciding between BC and BU.  I know that BU (20) is higher ranked than BC (27), but does that really matter?  Also, am I making a mistake by not accepting the scholarship and remaining in the top 5% of my class at Suffolk?  Any advice and opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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