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Does anyone else read the faculty blog?

I had a post written by Sunstein in my RSS feeder this morning that was a reprint of an article he had written praising Obama and then when I went to look at the comments it was gone - apparently he didn't get permission ahead of time? Did anyone see any of the comments before they took it down?

No, but when I saw it pop up on my feeder, I was shocked.  The school has been very careful to avoid giving any impression that they are officially backing Obama.  They wouldn't let us even post the FedSoc "Should Conservatives Support Obama" podcast on the faculty blog.  So I'm not surprised that it got taken down.

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I've heard that CHicago is a very good law school, but I've also heard that its filled with a lot of Harvard law school rejects.  Any truth to that?  Thank you.

Plenty.  Any further questions?

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BTW, not to freak you guys out during finals, but I'm starting to hear some stuff that suggests next fall's OCI might be brutal because of the economy.  So bid wide!

Anything more than the general the sky is falling thing we see on ATL all day?

1)  A few of my alum friends are really, really light on work.
2)  A rising Chicago 3L was tipped off by an associate at his summer firm that he should make sure to hit about 6 hours a day of billing because the firm was going to have to make some no-offers.
3)  A friend who just graduated heard his firm is only making offers to ~80% of the SAs.
4)  A rising Chicago 3L heard from his firm's hiring partner that while they wouldn't be cracking down on offers to this year's summer class, they plan to scale back on hiring in the fall.

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BTW, not to freak you guys out during finals, but I'm starting to hear some stuff that suggests next fall's OCI might be brutal because of the economy.  So bid wide!

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Ah, "up north."  That stings.  I probably won't be able to make it to any of them, then.  Do you take cars?  Buses?

Journalistic writing stresses brevity and clarity.  You have to adhere to very strict word counts and lucid writing with basic diction.  Moreover, its paragraphs are often short and organized so that each sentence leads fluidly into the next.  Is LRW similar?

Do you simply try to keep up with the casebook and cases and LRW, or does your study regimen include other things?

Your clear paragraphing and practice making solid topic sentences for every paragraph will be a big help.  Poor (or good) paragraphing is one of the first thing that jumps out at me when I'm reading a brief.

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still no legal writing grades bump


post the damn things already, they've clearly been turned in

I imagine the registrar is busy inputting all the 3L grades. You know, gotta make sure they are all good to graduate.

I got 2 grades today.  Being a 3L is awesome.

You did?  I still have 3 outstanding, and one left from last year...  I freaking hope he remembers it becuase I really want to graduate.

Just got another grade.

And Pontus is on top of those things.  He is a machine about bugging profs for grades.

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still no legal writing grades bump


post the damn things already, they've clearly been turned in

I imagine the registrar is busy inputting all the 3L grades. You know, gotta make sure they are all good to graduate.

I got 2 grades today.  Being a 3L is awesome.

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4. Favorite type of food?
Steak, Mashed potatoes, asparagus and freshly baked bread.

My dinner tonight:  steak, baked potato, asparagus, and Italian bread from the grocery store.

Close enough?

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To be fair, I visited three other T10 law schools and I noticed that at Chicago:

1. People were generally more serious about their studies.  They seemed more respectful of the material and the professors.  Also, I felt that this community perpetuated a sense they were learning important things.  (That's not a bad thing, I would argue, but it wasn't as obvious at other T10 schools.  At one MVP school, they treated the law more like you would treat UG classwork.)

2. People had higher ambitions.  I rarely talked to anyone who said that he "wanted some BigLaw" or something equally easy to obtain.  That may have been a byproduct of the people I met, or the impressions they wanted to leave, but that wasn't the case at another CCN school and two MVPs.  I spoke with people who were striving for CoA, prestigious PI like the Skadden fellowship, Academia, top firms like Irell . . . et cetera.

Feel free to refute my impressions.  I was partially attracted to the school because of these two factors, but I can see why they might contribute to a cult of fun dying.

Wallace: I noticed something similar when I was coming down to deciding between Chicago and Columbia.  For me, the main difference I saw was that at Columbia, I asked people what they thought about law school and they said "Well, law school sucks, but it sucks anywhere.  Main thing is, you get through your three years and you're pretty much guaranteed $125k."  I didn't get that answer at Chicago, which was one of the reasons I ended up choosing it.

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I wish they'd turn on the air conditioning in Regents bump

If I remember right, we have Big Brother Chicago to thank for an ordinance that requires heat through the first week of June.

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