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Current Law Students / Re: practicing law as a non-U.S. citizen
« on: July 09, 2007, 05:50:21 PM »

Job Search / law job guides
« on: July 08, 2007, 10:06:39 AM »
can anyone recommend a guide to legal employment that has good discussion of 2L summers? discussion of public interest work would be a plus. for my 1L summer i just went with the flow, but i feel like i need to be more strategic about my 2L summer job search. thanks.

If he'd answered in any way affirmative, he'd have been force to get married to someone of the same sex prior to being sworn in, I'm sure.

By the same reasoning, if you get an essay question about being a defense attorney in a murder trial, I'm sure you have to be in favor of murder to get that one right.

wouldn't he have to gay-marry anyway, being as he lives in massachusetts?

Current Law Students / Re: Ideal 1L Summer???
« on: June 30, 2007, 06:08:44 AM »
everyone i know who's had a judicial clerkship says it's a great educational experience.

Transferring / Re: Transfer or Stay w/ Scholarship
« on: June 25, 2007, 05:49:41 PM »
it really depends on what your goals are, and which schools we're talking about. i chose a lower ranked school with a large scholarship because i knew i want to do public interest work, which usually requires a lower debt load. if you're looking to work for a large law firm, it *may* make sense for you to transfer, if you're going to a place where you're likely to get that kind of job. but you have to weigh that against the probability of getting such a job where you are. i imagine that regardless of where you are, top 10% will get you some interviews for whatever kind of job you want, at least regionally.

Transferring / Re: Transfer FAQ
« on: June 19, 2007, 05:58:18 PM »
Q: are there schools that will accept transfer students after second year?
A:  ???

Current Law Students / Re: How many As.
« on: June 16, 2007, 06:12:59 AM »
i remember seeing a website that had some details about curves for the different ABA schools... anybody know it?


Transferring / Re: How does one estimate their class rank?
« on: May 21, 2007, 03:35:13 AM »
I am finishing 1L.  My current law school (tier 2) doesn't rank its students.  How can I estimate where I stand in my class?  My school has a "B" curve, and I have a 3.5 gpa.   

you need an additional data point on the curve before you can estimate. e.g. if you know what GPA corresponds to the 90th percentile, you can sit down with a stats table and estimate your rank.

Current Law Students / Re: Law Clerk Wanted, $10 hour?
« on: May 13, 2007, 07:01:19 AM »
And dont worry about Jillbean.  She hasnt even started law school yet so she doesnt know (I recognize the name from the prelaw board).

i knew how to whine way before i started law school. i guess this jillbean is kinda slow.

Current Law Students / Re: Grading Curves and Academic Dismissal
« on: May 04, 2007, 07:10:51 AM »
there are different rationales for purges and the curve, and they don't usually go together. almost every school curves, but only some schools purge. some schools - typically lower-ranked ones - purge more, others purge less or none. i believe the rationale is that lower-ranked schools purge in order to get rid of the students they don't think will do well, while higher-ranked schools don't purge because they expect even students near the bottom of the class to do well. the percentage of students who leave for academic reasons, which schools report to the ABA, gives you an idea of the extent of the purging (purgery?).

the curve has a related but distinct rationale. it lets employers compare students within and across schools. employers know that the top students at lower-ranked schools are comparable to average students at higher-ranked schools, while average and lower-ranked students are not. lower-ranked schools therefore need to curve so that their top students have a chance at the good jobs. higher-ranked schools rank for separating the elite from the super-elite for things like academic jobs and clerkships in higher courts.

i think there are a couple of schools that don't grade or rank - i know northeastern doesn't. it gets away with it because of northeastern's co-op program, and because employers in new england know how to read into the written evaluations that are provided in lieu of grade and rank. northeastern doesn't place so well outside of he northeast, and its US news ranking probably suffers as a result.

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