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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Is this Really the Case?
« on: April 03, 2008, 08:15:30 AM »
I will agree that luck is a major, major component of how well you do.  At least at my school, there are a handful of geniuses who can consistently seem to do well from class to class (you'll know who they are by the end of 2L year, when they are all editors of the flagship journal and so on).  Unless you are one of those lucky few (and even though I'm sure you think you are, you almost certainly aren't), there is a large component of randomness to it.

Here's my experience:  First semester, I did all the things you're supposed to do - had a great study group (both the other folks in my group wound up on the flagship journal, and while they're both very very smart people, I taught them as much as they taught me when we were figuring stuff out), read religiously, attended every single class, reviewed old exams, outlined, the works - and wound up smack dab in the middle of the class.  Did the same thing second semester, and actually did slightly worse.  Nevertheless, I found a decent job through OCI, so basically I figured since my GPA was permanently in the toilet, at this point my only real concern was not flunking out.  I ditched the study group and only studied alone, never ever outlined, but kept up with my reading (mostly) and went to class (almost always).  I wound up in the top 5% for that semester.  I still worked hard, but not nearly as hard as I did 1L.  I was pretty much just luckier.

So, the moral of this story is that you have to work hard.  And you have to get lucky.  One thing you will find (assuming that you go to the best school you get into; it might be different if you are foolish and decide to go to a crappy school) is that law school is full of ridiculously smart people.  Differences in how you perform on the exam are both subtle and extremely subjective.  It's not surprising that your grades when competing in this kind of pool under this kind of criteria will be all over the place.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: To prep or not to prep?
« on: April 03, 2008, 07:39:02 AM »
I wouldn't bother.  You take the professor, not the class.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 03, 2008, 07:37:00 AM »
Yeah, except you can walk to Everybody's, and the Varsity is all the way over by Tech.  If you're visiting, go to Everybody's.  If you wind up coming here (and you should), rest assured you will ingest your share of greasy Varsity fare while you're here.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 02, 2008, 04:18:40 PM »
There's a Starbucks in Emory Village, which is just a long block or so west on North Decatur from the Law School.  In the same little strip there's also Everybody's Pizza (yum!) and a couple of other places that you could park yourself for a couple of hours.

Or you could just hang out at the law school - plenty of room and there's the library if you want quiet.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: College Football
« on: September 09, 2007, 01:07:59 PM »
Some thoughts after week 2:

- Pac 10 looks better this year, SEC looks just slightly weaker than last year. I mean, WTF Auburn?

You're right - after wins over top 10 teams last year and the year before, USF really underachieved by letting Auburn stay so close.  They nearly blew what should have been an easy win after dominating pretty much the whole game.  If it weren't for an ill-timed case of the yips by their kicker, USF wins going away.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: College Football
« on: September 02, 2007, 04:26:28 AM »

General Off-Topic Board / Re: College Football
« on: August 20, 2007, 01:36:20 PM »
I really don't think so.  Anyway, gotta go - have to delete yet another announcement about a "diversity" scholarship from my inbox.  Toodles!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: College Football
« on: August 20, 2007, 11:21:54 AM »
But, in a manner of speaking, Boise (and other non-BCS teams) are also the URM in the world of college admissions. We have a fraction of the budget, facilities, and recruiting power of the BCS teams. We have to work with what we have, and what we have right now are the kids who aren't picked up by the Pac-10 teams. We also play the schedule we have (and we all now that there is more that goes into conference selection and scheduling than simply "we want to play them").

Uh, no, they're like the exact opposite of URMs.  Notre Dame is the URM of college football.  Everybody falls all over themselves to get them, regardless of how good they actually are.

umm actually 148 is below the 50th percentile.

Yes, in fact, it's about 3 entire points below the 50% percentile.  Which is, by definition, perfectly average.

So it's actually pretty average, as noted.

At the risk of stating the obvious, it's nearly average among test-takers, but it's really scraping the bottom of the barrel among those who actually wind up getting accepted into any law school.

That being said, assuming that the OP is smart enough to be even a crummy attorney, he/she is probably smart enough to pull that score up substantially on a retake, which would at least get them into a T3 school.

The poster who was suggesting UVA and the like is clearly on crack, unless the OP is going to go from a 148 to a 168+, which seems pretty unlikely.

Hard decision?  This is a no-brainer.  Retake.

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