remember, you can start your own practice anywhere you like, as long as you graduated from an ABA-accredited law school and passed the relevant bar exam.
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Briefing does not help you learn to apply the law. *Reading* the cases, and seeing how the court applies it does help.
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
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).