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They chose a different bar each week, and would get a group discount for all the law students.  So all the students would go to the same bar as eachother.  It changed each week though.

If you really want to prepare for life as a law student you need to start building up your tolerance for drinking and be able to work with a hangover.  I agree that reading before summer is somewhat of a waste, also reading fast is not always a good thing because you can tend to miss small important details.  It is better to read a case slowly and pick up on all the small details, but you wont be able to know what to look for until you start so I say go have a drink.  Trust me everyone drinks in law school, I went to USD which is on your list, its Roman Catholic yet the dean throws a kegger every know and again (well the old dean did) and friday nights are law review nights which is a night at a bar with discounts for law students.

Transferring / Re: USD-Transferring?
« on: February 22, 2006, 11:55:49 AM »
I got a job through oci because my grades at USD were also very good.  I graduated when the old grading system was in place, and the curve was not as bad for 2ls as it was for 1ls.  So although I lost my ranking, I entered with an easyer curve and got good grades and now my degree is from USD which is basically all the employers see.

Current Law Students / Re: not going to class
« on: February 21, 2006, 09:47:17 AM »
It all depends on the prof, many do not keep track of who is there and who is not and so have no way of knowing if you have 5 absences.  Other prof's take role every day.  It seems as though lower ranked schools are stricter on attendance policies than higher ranked schools.  In the end though it really depends on your prof.

Transferring / Re: USD-Transferring?
« on: February 20, 2006, 12:11:12 PM »
I transfered from Cal West to USD, I was top 15%, Deens list.  Most of the transfers came from Cal West, only 1 came from TJ.  Basically top 25% will give you a chance, top 15% and you are basically in.

no chance of getting in an aba, think of a new career

Online Law Schools / Re: My Savior Duckasouras
« on: February 19, 2006, 12:41:13 PM »
texas I have to question your logic, the non Aba schools tend to make the legal field more of a joke then an honorable degree.  By your posts I see your at a T3 (not that impressive, yet WAY more impressive than a non-aba).  I do not get why you encourage people to continue their legal education online, non aba schools are not real law schools and to defend them makes no sense.  I agree you should make your own choice as to what education to get but a law degree is not a hobby and Aloha737 and you make it seem like it is.

I dont want to be negative but the legal field is extremelly competive and with those grades you would be lucky to get a non paying job much less than one that pays.  The problem is all your classmates and any other local law schools are all going for a limited number of jobs.  The firms have a few spots and can afford to be picky about who they choose.  They chose by grades and affirmative action, and so with your grades I would recommend hitting up the small firms who do not advertise.

Job Search / Re: Public Defender's Office Summer Internship Question
« on: February 19, 2006, 11:41:01 AM »
Also I had a friend who worked for the San Diego Public Defenders office.  She got to interview prisoners and take statements and did a lot of hands on work.  Not just the office crap, really hands on work, granted interviewing prisoners can be scary, but you get good experience.

Job Search / Re: Public Defender's Office Summer Internship Question
« on: February 19, 2006, 11:38:46 AM »
I would say take it, any experience is valuable especially in the field you want to practice.  Also you could always say I always wanted to be a criminal defense attorney but after my experience I realised that I wanted to become a prosecutor.

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