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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Civil Procedure
« on: April 06, 2007, 08:52:25 AM »
thanks for the advice, but I would rather just having a pre-made one if available.  I didn't make a single outline last semester and did just fine.  If I can't come up with one I will make my own, but would rather save the time making one and just study it.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Civil Procedure
« on: April 05, 2007, 11:04:17 PM »
I aced Civ Pro last semester, but all the rules this semester have me freaking out about the exam.  Anyone have a summary/compilation/ outline of just the FRCP?

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General Board / Re: Understanding the Curve
« on: April 01, 2007, 06:01:52 PM »

Naturally, the higher the curve the better, because the grade average will be higher... that is why class rank is generally more important because it gives you a better idea of how you compare to your classmates.


This doesn't make much sense. 

Where the curve sits does not matter because employers, scholarship givers, etc. will only care about how you are performing relative to the rest of your class.  If A has a 3.5 and is 30th in her class but B has a 3.4 and is 10th in her class, it would be a tough row to hoe to say that A has performed better than B.  In fact, B's GPA vis-a-vis A's GPA is probably due to the fact that B's school curves lower than A's.

Hence, why I said class rank is more important than GPA.  However, if you are only taking the GPA into account, how is a higher curve not desirable?  Especially since some employers and programs have minimum GPA requirements. This is one of the major arguments why schools with low curves do their students a disservice by deflating their performance.  A student may have a 2.9 average, but be in the top 20% of their class.  Meanwhile, they are being dinged from employment opportunities that have minimum GPA requirements of a 3.0 or higher.  Additionally, while it is true that a student with a higher rank, but lower GPA than another student has performed better overall, you can't deny the fact that that 3.5 GPA looks a lot nicer on a resume compared to a 3.0.

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General Board / Re: Understanding the Curve
« on: April 01, 2007, 02:29:28 PM »
Basically, the average of all the grades cannot exceed the curve for each class. Therefore, if you are on a 3.0 curve the class could not have 10 A's and 10 B's because the class average would be a 3.5.

For instance, the curve at my school for legal writing is a 2.5.  Most professors will stack the curve so there are very few A's and very few F's and have most grades in the middle so that they would all average to a 2.5.  However, one professor decided that he didn't want to give anyone a bad grade so the entire class got either a B- (2.67) or a C+ (2.33).  Thankfully, it wasn't my class and I believe it hurt the students in that section more than it helped them, but it does demonstrate how you shouldn't look at a curve as "an F for every A." 

Naturally, the higher the curve the better, because the grade average will be higher... that is why class rank is generally more important because it gives you a better idea of how you compare to your classmates.

Hope this helps

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General Board / Re: Political Science Advantage...
« on: March 29, 2007, 09:56:11 AM »
I was a poli sci major and I had never seen a case book in my life before law school.  I even took business law as part of my business core, and didn't know how to brief a case.

Maybe it was just the program at my school, but I took constitutional law I & II, administrative law, sex-based discrimination, and criminal law (which was a mix of criminal law and criminal procedure); all were entirely casebook based (all were the UPS Brown/ Gold trim West Books.) and our exams were all long hypos which we had to issue spot, apply rules, and come to a conclusion.  We even had to brief all our cases and turn the briefs in for a grade.

Of course I had the typical political theory type classes that didn't don't do squat for me now, but the ones I mentioned above were invaluable.

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General Board / Re: Political Science Advantage...
« on: March 28, 2007, 01:55:14 PM »
I disagree, I don't think it helps much after the first semester, but how many people in undergrad outside of Poli Sci majors have even seen a casebook?  The ability to read and analyze cases was invaluable to me first semester.  It doesn't seem to mean much now though.

EDIT - I went back and read your question again and the answer is no, it doesn't help tremendously , but it will help some, as mentioned above.

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It isn't an ideal situation, but remember everyone is in the same boat.

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General Board / Re: Note-taking software
« on: March 22, 2007, 07:00:32 PM »
Some people in my class use Microsoft OneNote, it looks pretty handy but overall Word will work.

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Might get a better response on the prelaw side

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General Board / Re: Best Laptop Notebook for Law School?
« on: March 03, 2007, 01:44:58 PM »
there is no best really.  I would suggest this though
1) Light weight
2) As much RAM as you can possibly afford
3) Best warranty plan you can afford
4) Don't get a dell... they suck and their customer service is lacking at best

I agree with this post except for the Dell comments.  A lot of people hate on Dell, but mine has been great and the one problem I did have (I spilled water on it) was fixed by Dell within a week.  Under the warranty I had they weren't even required to fix it, but did anyway.

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