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« on: February 04, 2009, 07:11:08 AM »
« on: February 03, 2009, 10:10:53 PM »
This idea, if not flame, is a hot mess.
BTW, is using the board for this purpose (soliciting law students to do some, at best, unorthodox work) even permitted?
« on: February 01, 2009, 09:18:01 PM »
Here's a question: if one is ineligible for need-based aid, does he/she still have to fill out NeedAccess?
I don't think so. The financial aid office would know for sure and, from what I recall, is quite helpful.
« on: February 01, 2009, 10:56:23 AM »
I cosign everything Jolie said.
I live in the south end of AA in a newer development about a 3-5 minute drive to campus. If you do end up living further off-campus, don't let people tell you it's impossible to do (especially if you have a car). I just drive to the Stadium commuter lot, hop on the bus that comes every ten minutes and it drops me off right outside of the law school.
I had a friend that did their undergrad at Michigan and I got plenty of warnings about how touch and go it was regarding properties on (and close to) campus. I haven't had any problems at the place I'm living at now. That said, there are some good properties on campus, just be wary when searching. If you don't have a lot of experience looking critically at places, bring someone (parent, significant other, etc.) to help.
« on: January 26, 2009, 01:03:44 PM »
I used to have this down pat and ended up doing really well on my Property exam. Now, all I can remember is something about grandmothers being a warning sign. :/
This is proof positive that everything you learn in law school that you don't continue to apply gets rejected in favor of space for new, even more uninteresting stuff.
« on: January 25, 2009, 06:35:38 PM »
Clairel is right, here. SLU does pretty well in STL. The real contender for jobs in STL, aside from Mizzou, is WUSTL. There's a number of firms in STL who have some distrust of WUSTL, esp. WUSTL kids who can't articulate local ties.
UDC does not have the same advantage -- indeed, UDC will be competing against American, GW, a number of other solid T1/T2 schools in the region whose names escape me, GULC, and every T10 kid that wants to be in DC (a substantial number). DC can get scary competitive, from what I've been told.
As a sidenote, SLU does have a well regarded health law program and manages to send some very tip-top kids in the class with a health law focus to DC. I eschew specialty ranks, but if you do exceeding well and cultivate a health law interest, heading to DC someday isn't completely out of the question. Nevertheless, don't go to SLU unless you can see yourself staying in STL for at least two-five years.
« on: January 24, 2009, 01:02:16 PM »
Congrats HB! It'd be tough to turn down the Hamilton (or a Darrow for that matter), but if I were in your shoes, I'd probably still go to Yale. You can't make a wrong decision here, though.
« on: January 23, 2009, 11:05:41 PM »
Yeah, it is a great place to learn the law. I edited my response a bit too, maybe after you responded. I think it'll ease the fears I caused (sorry about that) even more.
« on: January 23, 2009, 10:57:16 PM »
I'm probably overstating it...considering I'm paranoid at the moment. And the marginal difference it has is offset by the estimated rank letter the registrar provides to be given to judges. The registrar averages the last 8 years of GPA data and you can use that to guesstimate your ranking at the end of your 2L year. Most other people from Michigan that are going for clerkships will be taking a few (if not more) of those 40+ person classes, so I think it evens out.
Moreover, even though the curve is quasi-mandatory for any 2L/3L class with 40+ students, it seems professors are given wider latitude (which they use) to inflate it a little more than the harshness that is the 1L curve. From what I've been told (I'll know for sure once I get that P/F grade back), if you attend class/take notes/try, your odds of getting at least a B are pretty high.
« on: January 23, 2009, 10:39:37 PM »
Really? That's it? Those are the most irritating things about the law school?
If that's it, it sounds like paradise.
Also, Michigan should woman up and start checking IDs for the reading room around exam time. That's what my UG does at the law library to keep the annoying undergrads out.
Naw, I can't really think of anything else that irks me here. I have heard that our curve is a bit tougher than a lot of the other national schools for the upperclassmen. I'm in two classes where that will apply this term. The 1L curve persists for 2L/3L as long as the class has 40+ students. Honestly, my impression has been that that only matters if you're angling for a clerkship (I'm torn on trying for one...we'll see).
With regards to the reading room, they do cordon off half of it for law students only, but it fills up fast.
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