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Current Law Students / Just an observation
« on: May 29, 2009, 10:03:56 PM »
I understand this whole law profession is very hierarchical. The name of your school is important in finding employment.  However after one year of law school at a not so top school, one thing I realize is how superficial this hierarchy is. The quality of the students in my school is excellent (regardless of the law school entrance numbers).  There are people who didn't do well either on the LSAT or in undergrad but they can do very well in law school. The B curve can be annoying because you can get one question wrong on the test and you still end up with a B.  I was impressed with my classmates for a long time. There are a large number of engineering / physical /life science students in my school, PhDs, Masters and those with tons of work experiences who have had USPTO patents.  For a tier 3 school, the Class of 2011 is extremely strong. I don't think there is one person who is unconscious or drunk at any point.  I think the class is just as strong as any other at other law schools.   

It's just sad reality that a group of smart people such as my class is considered to be on the lower rung of the law hierarchy.  It really bothers me to read about people who desperately wanna transfer from UPenn to Harvard.  I understand this hierarchy really puts pressure on people.  But at the end of the day, what does this really mean? There are people in my school who are very bright.  This whole tier thing just doesn't make sense.

Transferring / Transferring recommendation letter
« on: May 28, 2009, 09:40:23 PM »
Hello everyone,

For the transferring application, do we go back to that LSAC website and submit an electronic form? and tell our recommenders to fill out an LSAC recommendation form to be submitted on their own to LSAC? Doesn't the law school already have copies of old reoommednations that you first submitted when you applied to law schools? Where will this new transfer recommendation go?

My second question is: I would like to reapply to a couple of schools. Can I just start with a new application for the same school?

Please help me.

Transferring / Re: Rutgers-Camden v. Ohio St and Fordham
« on: May 25, 2009, 04:38:14 PM »
I think the NYC law schools are way overpriced. I thought about attending a certain school located in NYC, however due to the higher than average tuition plus crazy living expenses, I gave up. My recommendation for NYC schools is not to attend a school unless you are certain it does bring better job prospects in the long run. Then it would be worth the investment.
Good luck


Transferring / transfer, writing sample?
« on: May 25, 2009, 12:53:53 PM »
Hello everyone,

In a transfer application process, has anyone ever tried to submit a writing sample? (ie a law school essay written for a particular class, for example, constitutional law). It's the type of writing sample that you submit to a potential employer? I would like to know because I want to enhance my application and show the admin committee my writing ability and my ability to analyze a legal issue. Thanks. I look forward to your responses.


Job Search / anyone not doing anything law related in 1L summer?
« on: May 15, 2009, 05:51:07 PM »
just wondering. i just went back to my old technical job. anyone in the same boat?

Hello everyone
I would like to know what are the chances of transferring from a T3 in the Northeast(with a reputable IP program)to any school in the 40's-80's (US news ranking). I have an advanced degree in the hard sciences. However, because of the harsh B curve at the school,there are very few As given in the school.  What are the chances of getting into a higher ranked school if you're in the middle of the pack? I'm sitting in the middle of the pack now mostly due to an awful torts grade where I got a C- (3 credit course)
Is there anyway to rescue this? I just wrote my finals and i'm waiting for those final grades.
If there is anyone that can provide advice, i'd appreciate it.

Rene Descartes

Current Law Students / Re: Con-law "Substantive due process "
« on: May 11, 2009, 04:48:15 PM »
in my con law studies, i never liked SDP that much as I thought there were too many value judgements in there. It's a tug of war between liberals and conservatives ..what it all comes down to...
I liked how O'Connor wrote her opinions, not taking any particular side. She was always right in the middle.

I think this is like comparing apples to oranges.
I know some very bright law students who are terrified of numbers and hate math with a passion. I also know bright scientists and engineers who cannot write, have bad grammar and spelling.

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