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Studying and Exam Taking / ConLaw Hypos - any help/input appreciated!
« on: April 14, 2009, 12:51:42 AM »
So finals are coming up, and there are two hypos I'm a little confused about....if you have any input on this, it would be greatly appreciated.

1) Could Congress enact a statute which provides that federal judges may be removed upon conviction of bribery in federal court?

I'm thinking this is a delegation of power question. Pretty much, impeachment, at least in our history (last 206 years), has been the only way that's been used to remove judges from the court. By enacting the statute, they are pretty much delegating their legislative power to the judicial branch. Delegation of power is okay if there is an intelligible principle, which I don't see here. However, I can see a distinction between "may" and "will." With "may," it might not be really a delegation of power...it might just mean that Congress will then go through the impeachment process after a conviction. If they definitely "will" be removed upon conviction of bribery, then I feel like it is an improper delegation. Not only are you delegating the legislative power w/o an intelligible principle, you're also giving it to 12 average joes on the court. Pretty much those 12 normal folks will have the power to remove a federal judge, and there might be issues of bias, politics, etc. Supposedly through impeachment members of Congress are better at discerning these kind of violations.

2) Can Congress and president give power to the Supreme Court to change the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure?

Would this violate bicameralism and presentment? I know right now the SC promulgates the FRCP and Congress approves them right now. But if it was changed to the hypo, would it be okay? Would it be like a line-item veto and pretty much be unconstitutional because it is giving the judicial branch blind discretion and letting them change legislation that has already gone through bicameralism and presentment? Also, is this an okay delegation of legislative power? For the intelligible principle I can see the point that the Supreme Court is best at making these kind of rules because of their experience, etc, but for them to change the FRCP?

I'd appreciate any input on this. We have an exam coming up and we have a bunch of hypos our prof posed to us in class I'm trying to study. My group met and we discussed them, but were unsure exactly. Thanks! (And I apologize ahead of time for bad grammar, etc....)


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Transferring / Re: Ultimate Thread for GULC EA!!
« on: April 14, 2009, 12:23:52 AM »
well, if the Yahoo Groups thing is true...I live about two states away from DC so I should know pretty soon hopefully. I'm still at complete.

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Transferring / Re: Ultimate Thread for GULC EA!!
« on: April 09, 2009, 09:57:43 PM »
I know they're done with regular 0L admissions for the fall...one of my friends is applying to gulc this year and they told him they had already finalized all their decisions for good.

I bet its Monday.

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Transferring / Re: Ultimate Thread for GULC EA!!
« on: April 08, 2009, 11:31:22 PM »
Well, I guess I should better explain. I know Columbia takes a lot of transfers from lower-ranked schools in the top tier and even non top-tier schools (http://www.law.columbia.edu/studentservices/transfers2008/transfercontact). I also heard they take a substantial number of transfers as well.

However, I've heard (and this is no way fact...just from random message boards, etc) that Harvard and Yale are super picky about transfers and take mostly people from the top-14 already or would have previously qualified for those schools. Coming from a law school in the 30s and with a 164 LSAT doesnt really fit that criteria. I know I'm around top 10%, I just don't think that, combined with my law school ranking and LSAT score would really make it possible. And, my classes this semester seem harder, so I dont know if I can go up in ranking, must less keep up the GPA.

And I don't mean to dissuade anyone from applying or anything. I am probably the worst qualified person to offer transfer admission considering I'm in the process of applying myself.

Good luck to everyone!

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Transferring / Re: Ultimate Thread for GULC EA!!
« on: April 08, 2009, 10:11:33 PM »
depends on my second semester grades...

but if they are good, hopefully
1) Stanford
2) Berkeley
3) NYU
4) Columbia

but honestly, if I get into Georgetown, I might just be happy with that. I'm hoping to practice international law, and Georgetown is 4th in the nation for that. I would love to go to Harvard or Yale but I don't think I'm smart enough. Does anyone know the percentage cut-offs for the top 14 schools (like what GPA/Rankings they usually require)? Does being in-state for Berkeley help at all?

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Transferring / Re: Ultimate Thread for GULC EA!!
« on: April 08, 2009, 05:17:45 PM »
Maybe today's the day? It's already 5:17 and they havent updated...and they usually update around 5:00pm..maybe something tonight?

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Transferring / Re: Ultimate Thread for GULC EA!!
« on: April 08, 2009, 05:13:34 PM »
Why must they torture us so much? I would love to know before finals so I can stress out less, not have to worry about applying to other school, and know whether or not I should renew my lease. I've been checking LSD and the status checker pretty much on the hour...ugh

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Transferring / Re: Ultimate Thread for GULC EA!!
« on: April 06, 2009, 07:05:30 PM »
I think my school has a more generous curve? I'm estimating my rank based on the grade cutoffs for the class of 2010 as of Fall 2008, which was 3.75 for top 10%. Our school doesnt release ranks at all, but releases the cutoffs for top 10%, top 25%, etc.

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Transferring / Re: Ultimate Thread for GULC EA!!
« on: April 06, 2009, 06:24:06 PM »
i saw the update...still complete.
3.80, no rank after first semester but based on first year cut-offs i'm about top 10%, top 30-40 school. Undergrad GPA ~3.6, 164 LSAT.

Did anyone go decision?

I went complete the first week of March after sending everything in (except the transfer certification) on the first day it could be sent in. The transfer certification was delayed a few weeks because my school was really reluctant to let me transfer and I had to have all sorts of meetings, etc about it before they would sign.

Cmon Georgetown! I want in!


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