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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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Current Law Students / Re: Who else is getting a gut?
« on: December 31, 2006, 09:14:12 PM »
i'm no nutrition expert, but i'm 5'10 and 145 pounds, so i feel like i can share.

spaghetti is high in carbs and will lead to weight gain. PB & J sandwiches have carbs (from the bread) and fat (from the PB).

instead, i suggest you substitute tofu-based fake meat for real meat, and snack on raw or dried fruits and vegetables (like carrots, celery, peppers, pineapple, berries). for salty snacks, try unbuttered or lightly buttered popcorn instead of chips or pretzels. drink lots of water - it helps reduce cravings.

alternatively, you could exercise more. adding a cardiovascular workout to your walking will improve your heart health in addition to helping you burn more calories.



So I am genetically predisposed to have somewhat of a gut, but it's getting a little out of control.  I'm 5-9, I was around 150 before law school and now I'm at 165.  I know I'll never have a 6 pack but I would like to at least lose some of the fat.  I was figuring since I'm in my late 20s I need to take in less than 1800 calories a day to slowly lose weight.  I'm moderately active (usually walk a total of 3-4 miles a day).  Any advice about what I can eat to cut down on the gut?  I don't have the time or inclination to cook vegetables and I've heard that canned vegetables have basically no nutritional value- so should I just go with PB and J and spaghetti and other stuff that's not very high in fat?  Any advice much appreciated...

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Job Search / Re: What do these rejection letters mean?
« on: December 28, 2006, 03:20:33 PM »
i haven't received any rejection letters, but from what you describe it sounds like a form letter. the encouragement sounds like mere politeness.

that doesn't mean that you shouldn't reapply. but it does mean you don't have any sort of special standing.

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