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General Off-Topic Board / Hypothetical October Suprize
« on: August 02, 2008, 04:12:08 PM »
So I've been thinking recently how interesting it would be if a SCOTUS justice (most likely Stevens because he's the oldest) suddenly died in October.
1. this would be right at the beginning of the term and would throw the whole term off.
2. It would have a HUGE impact on the election as there will be huge drama about what will follow.
So what do you think? Will Bush nominate someone and try to get him confirmed? Or will he give the job to the next president? If so, how will this affect the election?

Feel free to argue with me but here's how I see it: Bush will yield to the next pres. The ball would then be in McCain's court. If he makes it VERY clear that he will appoint a conservative, textualist justice, he will finally get the support of the conservative base which severely mistrusts him. If, on the other hand, he seems to waiver, this will provide Conservatives all the more reason to stay home or vote 3rd party, guaranteeing an Obama win.

Note: I doub this will happen, but we're future law students, we do hypothetical right?  ;D

General Off-Topic Board / Re: College Football
« on: August 02, 2008, 03:26:42 PM »
Ohio State sucks. I can't wait for the OSU vs USC game tho.
OSU v. USC=Greatest game ever!
Go Bucks! (you know we're gonna win this year)

Does anybody know a good place to look at clerkship prospects? That really is my dream post-grad job. Specifically, I'd like to see something that shows what school place where i.e. Chi places approximately x many clerks in y circuit court in a given year. Thanks.

Clerking (especially federal appellate clerkships) will tend to mirror USNews in terms of placement.  Judges tend to like students from the more exclusive schools, though GPA is also of course important.

That makes sense, but it seems like there's got to be some kind of regional factor in there. For instance, I imagine Michigan grads tend to head more towards the 6th circuit while Berkley grads would clerk in the 9th etc. Also, i have to wonder if some of the T14 schools just aren't that great for clerkships. For example, Texas grads apparently have done a little better than Penn for SCOTUS clerkships over the past 10 years. I realize that SCOTUS is hardly a representative sample, but it does make me wonder...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 162 LSAT/3.96 GPA - Northwestern anyone?
« on: July 31, 2008, 01:38:57 PM »
just a quick hijack here: I've been wondering how much exactly Northwestern values WE? Is it to the point that only a select few people can get in strait out of UG? If so, what numbers do you need?

Studying for the LSAT / How to go over wrong answers
« on: July 30, 2008, 05:56:06 PM »
So what do you guys feel is the best way to go over incorrect answers on PTs? What I've been doing so far is making notes in my notebook about why the credited answer is correct. Are there any tricks you know to better remember the mistakes and find ways to improve them? Also, if you find you are struggling with certain question types, how do you improve, ooking at the appropriate bible? (my biggest problem is LR weaken questions)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: preptest 11(June 94) section 2, #11
« on: July 30, 2008, 05:50:34 PM »
I understand B is the correct answer. But I don't understand why A is not correct.

I think A also weakens the conclusion. If A is true, then the label "sugar-free" will not do any harm to the consumers who need to lose weight, thus there is no need to ban the labeling.

Is there anything wrong in my thinking? Could anyone help me with it? Thank you!

If A is true it strengthens the argument. You are wrong in that A can only occur if the ban is made. In other words, the actions of the food producers would change the product only if there is ban on calling high-calorie items "sugar free".

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 165 LSAT- retake?
« on: July 26, 2008, 09:55:07 PM »
sorry. I meant reported to the ABA. My point was that schools are now more likely just to look at the higer score. But yes, they will get both. Thanks for correct my mistake. :)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 165 LSAT- retake?
« on: July 26, 2008, 02:17:12 PM »
what schools do you think I can get in with my numbers as it stands now? T1? T2?  How beneficial would retaking the lsat be for getting into a good schooL?  Don't they average the scores?  For instance, say I retake and score a 168.  If you average it with the 165, it is just a one point increase (166).  Would it be worth it for a one point increase?
scores are no longer averaged. Only the highest is reported to LSAC. So retaking is far more beneficial these days. But I think you need to tell us what exactly you want as far as law schools and future employment before we can give you decent advise. For instance, if you biglaw as it is called, then retake and try to get 170+. if you want a firm job, it depends on where you want to practice.

Law School Admissions / Re: LSDAS GPA
« on: July 22, 2008, 07:15:20 PM »
people on this board have talked about the LSAC GPA calculator. is this an actual thing on the LSAC website or just private calculations based on LSAC's system?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: BOD: Round 4, Group 2
« on: July 19, 2008, 05:55:23 PM »
wow... this is a tough one. Can Harvard survive? I'm betting yes.   :D

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