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General Board / Re: "Getting to Maybe"
« on: April 24, 2006, 04:44:39 PM »
The book is helpful, I found, in helping you to spot the issues that others are likely to miss.  While it's not necessary to do well on law school exams, some of the considerations the authors point to (i.e., parsing ambiguities in the facts or the law, thinking about policy considerations, the purposes of the rules, etc.) can make the difference between a stellar answer and a good one.  But above all, as the authors note, you should follow whatever advice your professors give you regarding what they expect from you above all.  THe book just has ways for you to generate answers that are more nuanced and sophisticated than those your average law student will typically come up with, which can certainly help to put you above the curve.

Thanks!! Your input has been very helpful.  ;D

General Board / "Getting to Maybe"
« on: April 24, 2006, 12:38:37 PM »
I'm currently about 90 pages into the book Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams. The advice contained within seems plausible and reasonable. However, I don't start school until the fall; hence, I have no real way of knowing if the authors' recommendations on how to properly approach legal analysis are note worthy or not. In short, I was wondering if anyone has read this book and used its ideas on an actual (i.e., graded) law school exam? If so, how did the book's guidelines help or hinder the overall result of the test?

I would appreciate any help, thanks. 

General Board / Re: Any thoughts on this?
« on: April 23, 2006, 10:53:59 PM »
This is a serious post which is exclusively seeking out serious responses. Take your juvenile bickering elsewhere, please.

General Board / Re: Any thoughts on this?
« on: April 23, 2006, 01:40:55 AM »
yeah...a Harvard graduate;D.

General Board / Any thoughts on this?
« on: April 22, 2006, 11:41:37 PM »
Common wisdom, on this site and elsewhere, advises prospective law students to attend the highest ranked law school possible. There seems to be a problem with this approach, however. Namely, in order for someone to get into the higher ranked schools this would generally mean that the said school was intially part of the applicant's "reach" schools but was somehow accepted there. For instance, say someone has a lower-than-average LSAT and GPA combination but was accepted to T14 because he or she has extraordinary soft factors.

The problem I see with this is that acceptance to law schools without the requisite intellectual capacities, e.g., as evidenced by one's LSAT and GPA numbers, only disadvantages the student. Most certainly, LSAT and GPA combinations are not the be-all and end-all of gauging one's intellectual prowess, but it is a fairly good--not great--indicator of such. My point is this, and I welcome any dissent: one may argue, as I am doing, that if students attend law schools in which the majority of their classmates have much higher LSAT and GPA combinations they are likely doomed to inevitable failure. Not to say they would fail out of law school altogether. But they will, in my opinion, find themselves in the middle of the class or, perhaps, even near the bottom once grades come out. Obviously, this would preclude them from participating in Law Review and many other prestigious opportunities available to students at the top of the class.

In light of this, I think maybe prospective law students should lower their expectations a little and attend law schools where they have equal or even higher LSAT and GPA combinations than their counterparts. Ideally, this would enable them to compete on a much more even playing field--and hopefully rise to the top of their respective classes. It just seems to me that it would be better, as they say: "to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big lake."

Just a thought.     

California Western / Re: Who's attending this fall 2006?
« on: April 18, 2006, 11:38:09 AM »
I will most likely be there in the fall. I was limited to San Diego for personal reasons, so unless some miracle happens and I get off the USD waitlist, then I will be there.

At least you got waitlisted. I applied to USD in late November, and I still haven't heard anything from them. I thought at least they would have sent out a rejection letter by now. Oh well :-\.

Law Firms / Re: Biglaw jobs
« on: April 16, 2006, 11:21:35 PM »
Yes he's talking about percentiles!

California Western / Who's attending this fall 2006?
« on: April 15, 2006, 01:40:42 PM »

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