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Current Law Students / Re: 1L's with horribly early class schedules?
« on: September 18, 2007, 11:59:53 AM »

yea, I dunno who makes these 1L schedules but they do it to torture us, I am convinced.  On the days I have 8am classes, m y last class isn't over until 3:50. And on monday's, I have 2 classes, a 9 am and a 6:30 pm class  ::)

How the heck as a day 1L did you get put in a night class?

Current Law Students / Re: 1L's: Do you like the people?
« on: September 17, 2007, 09:10:26 AM »
It's that first year as a new associate when they realize they don't know a damn thing that the attitude starts to dissipate.  Once I went full time and was around the school during the day I realized how annoying people at my school are.  The night program is typically older students, so I didn't see it much, but the kids fresh out of college, oh brother are they full of it.

If the curve is a C+ and you got a B, you're immediately above the median, yes?

No.  Where there are multiple assignments in a course, the whole course is typically curved at the end.  Each graded assignment need not be curved individually.  So, it's conceivable (though unlikely) that everyone could get a B or higher on a LW assignment.  Then the B would mean you are at the bottom of the curve.

Depends on the school.  But in this case, it's only 5% of the grade.  Give me a break.  It won't be a grade killer unless you don't learn from the assignment how to better conform to what your professor is looking for.  You see I didn't say learn to write better.  I was ill informed that your ability to write was what mattered, but instead found out it was your ability to write the way your professor wants you to write.  Even if what she wants is incorrect.

Current Law Students / Re: what do you think?
« on: September 06, 2007, 01:43:45 PM »

what do you think

insanity abounds.  You really trust someone else to know what is important or not?  Do you really think they put everything in their outline?  You should be taking your own notes and using other outlines as guides.  But hey, you  might get lucky, that or your classmates will love you for the low grade hit you will take.

Current Law Students / Re: Routine...
« on: September 04, 2007, 01:43:38 PM »
I started out in the evening program.  Most people read and study on the weekends because they don't have time during the week.  Since you have time during the week, enjoy your weekends while you can.


pick the states your interested in practicing in and check out their requirements online.

Current Law Students / Re: Job Fair--A good thing to try?
« on: August 22, 2007, 01:32:02 PM »
I asked my career services assistant dean if I should interview with a certain employer at the job fair or wait for OCI.  He said waiting for OCI was fine, but I would be risking that the employer decides to add conditions to interview that would exclude me from an interview at OCI.  I only asked because I didn't want to drive to the job fair if I could just interview at school.  He was of the impression that it doesn't matter either way, you just risk the different conditions to interview.

Depends on where you are going to school.  My school has a little older age average than the typical school.  There are no issues with age differences that I have seen.  It's actually kind of nice when the profs use our working knowledge to prove a point or teach a lesson to the class.  Just as they said above, don't try to use your working knowledge as a way to snub class mates or garner brownie points from the prof and you'll be fine.  Also, don't let your outside working/life knowledge let you get too confident in a subject you might know already.  You are likely going to approach it at a different angle in law school.  And if not, you don't pay enough attention to the prof to learn his/her style for the exam.  Try to pretend you don't know much about the topic and learn it new.

I was talking to an attorney during my externship and she said her first school was miserable for her as an older student.  She transferred and things were great.  So, it depends on your school and how you handle it.  Your not an idiot at all.  A lot of us waited until we were in our thirties to go to school.

Current Law Students / Re: My Advice to Incoming 1L's
« on: August 19, 2007, 12:16:29 PM »
You absolutely need to study.  However, to study alone is not enough for a good grade.  If your school provides old exams, look at them, study them.  Figure out what kind of questions your professor typically asks.  It's impossible to learn everything, so having an idea of what areas he/she typically tests is essential for a good grade.  Find 2L or 3L's that have taken your professor for that class.  Ask them questions about how the professor tests and grades.  All professors seem to say to stay on point in your essays.  Don't do a brain dump.  However, some professors actually do want brain dumps.  Find out if your prof is one of them.  I had one that said no brain dumps but didn't mean it, as the brain dump people got the A's.  I had another that really meant it and the brain dump people got bad grades for not following instructions.  Find out as much about your prof and his/her testing as you possibly can.

If your school offers seminars on how to take a law school exam, go to them.  Law school exams are totally different from undergrad.  Knowing what to put in an essay and how to read a multiple choice question and decifer the answers is extremely important.  Knowing the material is simply not enough unless you are just naturally inclined to take law school exams, which most people are not.

Current Law Students / Re: Intense battle over the curve
« on: May 16, 2007, 10:07:41 AM »
Sure. In any event, some people will benefit, others won't. The policy was enacted mainly in response to a tenured professor who gives lots of D's and F's.

So your school's curve tells the professor they have to give a certain score for the class????  Our school curve doesn't allow the professors to give higher than a set class gpa, it does not prevent them from giving a lower class gpa.

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