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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.

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

description of project might be useful too.

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Current Law Students / Re: What do ACLU attorneys earn?
« on: March 06, 2007, 03:37:09 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.

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Current Law Students / Re: What do ACLU attorneys earn?
« on: March 04, 2007, 09:35:28 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.

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Job Search / Re: I got the public interest job I wanted!
« on: March 04, 2007, 03:55:25 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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Current Law Students / Re: What do ACLU attorneys earn?
« on: March 04, 2007, 03:46:03 PM »
the barometer i like to use is the "rust-belt bar standard".  if i`m shooting the breeze over a couple of pbr`s with good, honest, working folk, and they find something repellent, or wrong, i call that unamerican, i call that contrary to the american way of life.   

how do you select the good, honest working folk?

Nadine Strossman`s "Defending Pornography" is just another example of their extreme viewpoints.

strossen?

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Current Law Students / Re: FL Coastal...
« on: March 01, 2007, 11:23:44 PM »
the only school other than cooley that more or less told me i'd get a scholarship before i even applied. also, the only school with students surfing and sunbathing on their brochure. i'd steer clear unless there were no other options.

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Current Law Students / Re: Things you wish you would have known...
« on: February 22, 2007, 07:42:20 PM »
what things do you all wish you would have known going into law school?

legal skills class is much more important than the number of credits suggests.

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Current Law Students / Re: Legal Reasoning
« on: February 20, 2007, 08:00:50 PM »
in this system, are there any kinds of reasoning that are not forms of legal reasoning?

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