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I've heard that too, but I find it hard to believe with anonymous grading.  If you truly suspect it, I'd ask to see your exam grade and final grade--for instance if every prof bumped you down for participation. 

I really don't think it happens though.

Yeah, you hear the rumors, but I don't see a law professor risking his/her career by falsely lowering somebody's grade. Unless it was the school doing it, which is almost harder to fathom. What would the professor really gain from it anyway, in the absence of pressure from administration?

Job Search / Re: Where is the best place to practice Law?
« on: December 21, 2006, 10:43:22 AM »
IMHO, take the NY bar. If you don't want to practice in NY, every state that allows waive-in would let you waive into their state with passage of the difficult NY bar.

If you're West coast, I guess the same thing would go for the CA bar but I only know the East coast.

Current Law Students / Re: Anyone else feel like exams were too easy?
« on: December 15, 2006, 12:36:25 AM »
Luckily, my school is on a B+ curve, but the margin of error is still very slight from A+ to below the curve. What I've heard is that a lot of professors at schools like mine, where they seem to be wholeheartedly embracing grade inflation, give out a tiny fraction of A's so that they only have to give out a tiny fraction of C's. Maybe that's true everywhere, but that's just what I've heard about my school. Basically, you have to try to get C, but you really, really have to try to get an A. Does anybody have a different experience?

Current Law Students / Re: which is harder?
« on: December 14, 2006, 08:41:03 PM »
The wrong professor can make any class as hard as they want it to be. I just took a Crim Law exam the other day with the German Penal Code on it and more Constitutional law questions than substantive criminal law questions. Yeah, luck of the draw. I get the guy who is in his very first semester of teaching law school, Mr. I was a Yale senior LR editor and I should have been allowed to teach Con Law. Luckily, my contracts professor made everything seem so simple, but then he made half his exam tough-as-hell multiple choice. Fun stuff.

Current Law Students / Re: The tale of two exams
« on: December 14, 2006, 08:31:30 PM »
Yeah, I had a good feeling after two of my exams, but then I noticed everybody else was feeling great about their exams. Then, I had two crappy exams and I noticed everybody else was less perky as well. So, here I am for a couple months, somewhere between an A+ and a C-. Luckily, I don't think there's an alcoholism gene in my family.


Current Law Students / Re: California Western or Florida Coastal?
« on: December 14, 2006, 08:27:21 PM »
I've heard FC built a really nice new building. However, there are hurricanes in FL.

Yep, Barbri pretty much levels it all out, though I have heard that a lot of the tier 3 & 4 schools that teach to the bar in their states are known for having significantly high bar passage rates. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Campbell in NC, but I'm semi-drunk. Finals ended today.

Current Law Students / Re: Done with exams!!
« on: December 14, 2006, 08:19:59 PM »
I won't be starting out at 100k, unless they're willing to pay me that for below 50, tops 60, hours a week. I'm sure that if I wanted work 70-90 hours a week out of school, like a lot of the straight-out-of-undergrad crowd, it would be a possibility here in DC. However, when you're ready to start a family, it's just not feasible to have 90 hour weeks popping up. That's why only 1% of the folks who start out in big law are still there after 8 years.

Hope this was relevant, I only read the 2 or 3 posts before, still reeling from exams.

Anybody know what it is for the CA bar? I'm too lazy to check and I hear CA is a good bit tougher.

Current Law Students / Re: Laser printer a good investment?
« on: December 14, 2006, 08:04:41 PM »
I bought my own laser printer but I'm starting to think it was a mistake. I paid $15 for a cartridge and was only able to print about 120 pages or so before I got the low ink signal. Though it is convenient at times, I'm feeling it wasn't a wise decision, but I guess if it saves your ass even once it's worth it.

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