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Current Law Students / Re: Pretty interesting read... check this out
« on: February 17, 2007, 07:22:14 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.

Current Law Students / Re: class rank question
« on: February 14, 2007, 08:10:41 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.

Job Search / Re: Interview question
« on: January 30, 2007, 08:45:04 PM »

Job Search / Re: public interest job vs judicial internship... advice?
« on: January 29, 2007, 05:27:32 PM »
did you get a peggy browning fellowship? i just got one of those.

personally, i would take the workers' rights job. but then, i'm pretty certain i want to work in labor or some other public interest field. and i'm much happier when i'm doing what i believe is good work.

Current Law Students / Re: 3.5 first semester
« on: January 28, 2007, 11:28:07 PM »
I earned a 3.5 exactly, in my first semester.  A-s and B+s balanced out.  Thus, I'm wondering where approximately a 3.5 puts me in the class overall with a 3.2 median.  My school doesn't tell us this, so I'm looking for feedback from others... thanks!

what school do you go to?

Current Law Students / Re: talking about grades?
« on: January 27, 2007, 04:36:43 PM »
the atmosphere at my school is not tremendously competitive, and most of my friends and i shared our grades with each other pretty freely, with no evident jealousies or nastinesses. except that i got a little annoyed about getting lower grades than the guy who keeps demonstrating in class that he missed the point of the discussion.

Current Law Students / Re: Top 90% of Class
« on: January 27, 2007, 04:32:10 PM »
never mind a summer job. spend the summer founding a new law journal at your school.

Current Law Students / Re: True Horror Story
« on: January 26, 2007, 10:19:55 PM »
it would be wrong to smack such a person. but it's not wrong to want to. i'm totally self-important and have strongly-held opinions, but i know better than to use class time to assert it actively or passively.

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