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Current Law Students / Re: Does Socratic Method prepare for court?
« on: April 16, 2004, 01:56:20 PM »
As professors like to note in defense of the socratic method: "Even if you don't become a trial lawyer, people are going to ask to think on your feet throughout your career.  Teaching this way helps you to practice that skill."

I think it certainly helps in that regard.

In Civ Pro, our professor brought in a tape of Posner and Easterbrook grilling a young attorney.  It did sounds a lot like class.

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Boston U / Dean Cass steps down
« on: April 10, 2004, 10:49:33 AM »
I'm sure everyone got the email by now.  Any thoughts?

Quote
April 9, 2004

To the Boston University School of Law Community:

I have served as Dean of the Boston University School of Law for the past fourteen years. During that time, the School has improved markedly. We have a top-flight student body, nationally prominent faculty, better physical plant, and successful alumni across the nation and around the world. We have reformed our curriculum, created opportunities for international study, and added new degree programs.

Our rankings have improved commensurately, with top ratings in teaching, recognition as one of the best values in legal education, and solid rankings everywhere. Even US News & World Report now ranks us among the top twenty-five law schools. This year's ranking, at 23, is twenty places higher than when I began my deanship. Credit for these accomplishments must be shared, but I am proud to have been at the helm during such a remarkable period of success for the School.

Although I am pleased with the School's present standing, I know that our success is not complete. Most obviously, we need a new building, and as my letter of March 1, 2004 explains, we are not yet able to announce when that building will go up. The University has some costly construction projects, including ours, and constraints on its ability to fund them. The timing of this project depends most critically on those factors. Of course, we continue to pursue funds for this project as well. This pursuit has produced the first million-dollar gifts in our school's history and laid the foundation on which we must build. Our processes for recording and reporting gifts, pledges, and promises have differed in some respects from the system used by the University's central development offices, and we are changing our processes to conform to those used by the University. The University is conducting a review which will help us to make that transition. It is important in this context to emphasize that, contrary to some speculation, all funds received are fully accounted for and every dollar received for our building and other capital funds is secure.

It is important, as well, to remind ourselves of our shared goal and the gains we have made at the school these past fourteen years. Throughout my service as Dean, I have remained committed to promoting the School's interests and focused on fulfilling the mission of making this permanently one of the very finest law schools anywhere. I continue to believe in that mission.

I am now making a change that stirs deeply mixed emotions. I am stepping down as Dean at the conclusion of the academic year. This change, while a poignant one, will allow me to explore new scholarly and other professional projects and to do work that I have put aside for the many years I have spent in administration. I will of course always remember what has made the past fourteen years so rewarding for me, most of all the people I've had the privilege to know and to work with during this time.

I am grateful to the many donors, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends who have expressed confidence in my leadership and support for the achievements of the past fourteen years. I will miss all of the extended law school family with whom I've worked so closely for so long.
 
Ronald A. Cass
Dean

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Current Law Students / Re: Tired of paying tribute.
« on: March 24, 2004, 02:56:52 AM »
If this conversation is worth continuing, please start a new topic.

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Boston U / Re: Question for Andrew
« on: February 27, 2004, 07:43:09 AM »
I'm pretty sure there's an ABA rule against working more the 20 hours per week your first year.  Under 20 hours (if I'm right) is therefore permissible, but never recommended.

That said, there were students in my class that worked throughout law school.  It can be done.

Be wary of relying too much on firm connections.  It's definitly good to keep up with your employer and hope to return, but in my experience law firms really only care about grades (they'll tell you otherwise, but ask the job seekers).  It's amazing how some of these firms won't give the time of day to their respected former employees because they aren't in the top x% of the class.

A lot depends on how you manage your time and how efficient you are.  It would help you a lot if you happen to be a fast reader or if you have some time at work that you could use to study.  I can't give you an hourly figure of how much work there is in law school - it's different for everyone.

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Boston U / Re: competitive?
« on: February 19, 2004, 07:41:04 AM »
I'm not really sure what types of activities the admissions office likes to see.  It's probably a good idea to do something that sets you apart from people that just watch TV all day.

Thinking about others in my class - there are a lot of people that worked for a year or two before law school - sometimes at law firms, but often at jobs that had little or nothing to do with law.  A lot of people had two majors in college and a lot of people did some sort of study abroad.  I can't say I know much about people's extra-curricular or volunteer activies.  It doesn't come up much in conversation.

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Current Law Students / Re:Prof. Resp. Exam - can you pass with no class?
« on: December 06, 2003, 10:19:02 AM »
Well no one answered my question, but I found out that you can indeed pass the exam without taking a class.  I read portions of the BarBri book and took three or four practice exams - did just fine.

I thought the test was rather difficult, but I guess I wasn't the only one who was unsure about a lot of the answers.

I guess only the local bar associations list the official passing scores, but there are a lot of sites that have tried to compile a list of all jurisdications.  Here is one of those in case you're trying to figure out where you passed:

http://www.micromash.net/BarReviews/MPRE.htm

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U of Minnesota - Twin Cities / Re: Class of 2006 yahoogroup
« on: June 21, 2003, 07:57:42 AM »
It's just I've worked hard on this site to try to foster a community, and it hurts a little to see people, who would be contributing that community, using it only as a forum to pull people away.

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U of Minnesota - Twin Cities / Re: Class of 2006 yahoogroup
« on: June 20, 2003, 01:05:29 PM »
Why not just use this board?  To me, asking people here to join a Yahoo group is like walking into a local mom & pop diner and asking everyone to join you down at TGI Fridays.

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U of California - Hastings / Welcome
« on: June 03, 2003, 11:56:11 AM »
Welcome to the UC Hastings board.  Click "start new topic" in the upper right corner of the main screen (hit back once) to post a new thread.

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