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General Board / Re: What do ACLU attorneys earn?
« on: March 04, 2007, 05:46:03 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.


General Board / Re: FL Coastal...
« on: March 02, 2007, 01:23:44 AM »
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.

General Board / Re: Things you wish you would have known...
« on: February 22, 2007, 09:42:20 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.

Socratic Method / Re: Legal Reasoning
« on: February 20, 2007, 10:00:50 PM »
in this system, are there any kinds of reasoning that are not forms of legal reasoning?

Transferring / Re: thoughts
« on: February 18, 2007, 12:04:26 AM »
there's always BC, BU and other schools who i'm sure would love to have you.

General Board / Re: Should I be briefing cases?
« on: February 17, 2007, 09:25:39 PM »
i brief when (i) i'm pretty sure i'll be called on to discuss the case; (ii) i'm too unfocused to just read the case and get it.

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Pretty interesting read... check this out
« on: February 17, 2007, 09:22:14 PM »
okay, you plugged your blog once. fair game. now you've plugged it a second time. i think that's inappropriate.

assume it's the minority view unless your prof or casebook says it's become the majority.

but that shouldn't be relevant on an exam, except for your conclusion. if a dissent is included in your reading, it's because it's within the realm of the arguable. that means that you should use it on the exam if the issue that it addresses ever comes up. the standard for raising arguments on the exam is not whether they represent the view of the majority, or whether they support the black letter law, but whether they're arguable. in your conclusion, you probably want to find that the majority opinion will win, if the facts are basically similar to the facts of the case. if the facts are different, you want to weigh the majority and minority views and any policy considerations to decide whether to apply a different rule.

depends on the class and professor. if the professor discusses the dissents in class, be prepared to apply them on the exam.

General Board / Re: class rank question
« on: February 14, 2007, 10:10:41 AM »
it's been several years since stats class, but i think that's enough information to let you estimate the mean and standard deviation, which will let you estimate the top 10% and top 15% numbers.

i'm using the z-score chart here:

it shows that the z-score corresponding to to 25% is 0.67, and for top 5% is 1.64. figuring that z = (X - m)/s, where X is the data point, m is the mean, and s is the standard deviation, i calculate a mean of 3.39 and a standard deviation of 0.309. going back to the chart, top 15% would be a 1.04 standard deviations above the mean, or 0.32 points above the mean, or 3.71. top 10% would be 1.29 standard deviations above the mean, or 0.37 points above the mean, or 3.76.

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