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Transferring / Re: Transfer or Stay w/ Scholarship
« on: June 25, 2007, 07:49:41 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, 07:58:18 PM »
Q: are there schools that will accept transfer students after second year?
A:  ???

General Board / Re: How many As.
« on: June 16, 2007, 08:12:59 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, 05:35:13 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.

General Board / Re: Law Clerk Wanted, $10 hour?
« on: May 13, 2007, 09:01:19 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.

General Board / Re: Grading Curves and Academic Dismissal
« on: May 04, 2007, 09:10:51 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.

General Board / Re: research assistant - how to put on resume?
« on: March 07, 2007, 09:05:53 PM »
first one.

description of project might be useful too.

General Board / Re: What do ACLU attorneys earn?
« on: March 06, 2007, 05:37:09 PM »
there are other options, such as:

1. go to a school with generous and dependable LRAP. (which schools are these? i don't know. there wasn't much information out there when i searched for it. but i think equal justice works is working on making this info more public. in general, it seems like harvard, columbia and other top schools have generous LRAP.)

2. go to a school with no LRAP or meager LRAP but don't accumulate too much debt by going to law school, through some combination of cheap tuition, scholarships, and cheap living.

i'm on option 2 - forewent higher-ranking law schools for a generous scholarship and a city with a low cost of living. both these options can help make the ACLU or other public interest law a realistic option straight out of law school.

General Board / Re: What do ACLU attorneys earn?
« on: March 04, 2007, 11:35:28 PM »

the issue is really if the aclu currently represents the interests of everyman or if they instead have been hijacked by extreme left-wing wackos who are totally disconnected from the american mainstream (those people neither of you seem to know anything about...and yes the constitution is only as good as the people it was written to represent...i get a distinct whiff of elitism in what both of you have written)

i suggest you do some introspection to determine where this sense of yours is coming from. it might be interfering with your judgment.

1L job search / Re: I got the public interest job I wanted!
« on: March 04, 2007, 05:55:25 PM »
good for you.

i got a public interest job too, doing legal aid & policy work. the evaluation of applicants was based more on merit than on grades, so i got the job more than a month ago, when grades were not yet available. i've been able to relax while many of my classmates are stressing out about jobs.

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