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Current Law Students / Re: Middle 1st Tier with Scholarship versus T10?
« on: January 20, 2007, 08:34:01 AM »
correct. except it takes more than a year of biglaw to make up the difference, unless you're very frugal.

if you think you *might* want to be a lawyer but aren't sure, then hedge your bets by taking the full ride.


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Current Law Students / Re: Results are in B average...
« on: January 18, 2007, 06:46:26 PM »
Briefing does not help you learn to apply the law.  *Reading* the cases, and seeing how the court applies it does help.

for me, briefing forces me to read in a way that i comprehend how it's being applied, and writing out the court's reasoning reinforces. just reading without briefing is too casual, and won't make things stick.

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Transferring / transfer t2 --> ???
« on: January 17, 2007, 10:28:48 PM »
i'm at a t2. i think i did well in my classes - maybe top 25%.

my question is: how well to i have to do to get into a t1 med school?

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Current Law Students / Re: Transferring from T4 to T1 or T14
« on: January 17, 2007, 07:01:36 PM »
how would you explain it when lower ranked schools (and i mean t3/4 v. t1/2) have significantly higher bar passage rates than higher one, even within the same state? 

i'm not trying to be sarcastic, i'm just curious

some schools, often lower-ranked ones (but also schools like almost-t1 baylor), are said to teach to the bar. while the students at higher-ranked schools are studying a great range of courses, learning public policy, comparative law and all those interesting things, the students at the lower-ranked school are all taking evidence and corporations, and essentially studying whatever will be on the bar. that's the theory anyway.

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Current Law Students / Re: Results are in B average...
« on: January 17, 2007, 05:28:30 PM »
i haven't received any grades back, so i can't claim any success or failure for any particular approach, but: doesn't briefing give you practice with applying the law? and don't exams have many points for applying the law? i would think briefing is pretty valuable. i usually do it myself, in classes where it's appropriate.

anyway, whatever approach you adopt, lawkid, i'm sure you'll do well if you study smart and hard.

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Current Law Students / Re: Transferring from T4 to T1 or T14
« on: January 16, 2007, 10:22:26 PM »
makes a certain amount of sense, but i guess i still don't fully get it. wouldn't it make more sense for lower ranked schools to grade inflate but publish rank earlier? that way employers will know which students to hire, and the school will escape the low-curve stigma.

sorry to turn this thread into a serious conversation.

but wait - are employers and target schools for transfers so ignorant that they don't realize that GPA is an artificial number, and that they should rely on rank instead? and if employers are that ignorant, why do law schools not boost their curves to improve the chances that their grads will be hired, and get better jobs when hired?

1. Not all 1L transcripts will come with a class rank (many schools refuse to rank until after graduation).  Thus, the employer or admissions officer would actually have to work to find out whether a 3.3 is good or bad at a given school.  Anything that requires effort on the part of someone else is already a knock against you.

2. The schools have a reputation to protect.  Low-tier schools tend to lower their curves to seperate out the elite students from the rest on the idea that the elite students will better represent the school to employers.  If a T3 or T4 sent everyone out into the legal community with 3.8+, employers would no longer want grads of that school (becuase you can't tell who is a moron and who isn't).  At top schools, the curve shifts up to reflect the belief that those in the middle (and even the bottom) of the class are bright, capable, motivated (just not as bright, capable, or motivated as their amazing peers). 

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Current Law Students / Re: Transferring from T4 to T1 or T14
« on: January 16, 2007, 05:39:56 PM »
but wait - are employers and target schools for transfers so ignorant that they don't realize that GPA is an artificial number, and that they should rely on rank instead? and if employers are that ignorant, why do law schools not boost their curves to improve the chances that their grads will be hired, and get better jobs when hired?

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Job Search / Re: Drinking and 2L SA's
« on: January 15, 2007, 08:23:21 PM »
If they make a big deal about it just tell them that you're a recovering alcoholic. That'll shut 'em up.

tell them you're muslim, mormon, or a member of the revolutionary communist party. that'll help you fit in.

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Current Law Students / Re: Transferring from T4 to T1 or T14
« on: January 15, 2007, 08:14:02 PM »
can someone explain what "low curve" means and how it affects transferability?

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