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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Need help choosing a gift for a first-year stu
« on: April 25, 2002, 03:52:59 AM »
The obvious off-to-law-school gift is a copy of Black's Law Dictionary ("  That will only set you back about $60 though.

I can't think of anything else that is unique to law school.  A palm pilot might be nice to help keep track of classes and assignments.  If your friend is going far away to law school you could get him something related to that (ie - A nice winter coat if he's going somewhere cold - good for interviews too.)  Maybe a new suitcase for traveling?

Good luck with the shopping.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Personal Statment
« on: March 02, 2003, 10:46:31 AM »
In the interest of keeping this board organized, please note that there is a section for discussion personal statements.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: USC Law Admitted Students Group
« on: May 02, 2003, 09:51:48 AM »
Or you can just use the USC board on the Students' and Graduates' page by following the link from the lefthand menu.

Incoming 1Ls / Decided Students - Please Read
« on: May 02, 2003, 10:25:09 AM »
Originally, this category was created to give decided students (ie - if you KNOW that you're going to a certain school) a place to talk about the school, your plans, etc.  In other words: to get away from the "where did you get in" discussions.

It seems people have been using it for quite the opposite purpose - ignoring the "accepted and decided" title.  That's fine - y'all can use the boards however you like, I'm just trying to keep it organized.

For those that want to discuss a particular school, I suggest you take your conversation over to the Students' and Graduates' school specific boards.  The "Students' and Graduates'" board is actually a completely different board on this same site.  Thus, you'll have to register there too, but you'll be a student soon anyway so you're just getting it out of the way early.

*** Update: Actually, you don't have to re-register. ***

If your school is not listed, just suggest it and I'll add it right away.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Numbers Everyone -- PLEASE COMPARE
« on: January 10, 2003, 08:25:50 AM »
quick suggestion:

To avoid typing your numbers all the time, people could register with the site (this only takes a minute and gives you: (1) the ability to hide your email address, (2) the ability to protect your identity (no one else can post in your name), and (3) the ability to modify your posts later).  Once you register, click on "profile" at the top and change your "personal text" to your numbers.  This will show up each time you post, the same way I have "BU 2L" under my name.

This is by no means a requirement, just a suggestion.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Am I American or Canadian?
« on: July 24, 2003, 08:32:33 AM »
So sorry about the message being erased.  Apparently the server company had some problems and lost a week's worth of data (ie posts).  This isn't something that usually happens around here, but I appologize for your work being erased.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How to prepare for Law School?
« on: July 15, 2003, 04:19:00 PM »
There's nothing in particular that you need to do before law school, but if you've got some time to kill, I would try to familiarize yourself with law school itself.  Check out the pre-law book section for some useful stuff.  Actually I can't recommend enough the "Official Lawyers Handbook".  You'll learn something about law school and lawyers while being entertained.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: gpa conventions
« on: June 18, 2003, 05:16:34 PM »
That sounds logical to me.  If 4.0 is 100% (that's generally fair to say - that is 100% of the best you can get), and 0.0 is 0%, than 2.0 would be 50%, 3.0 would be 75%, and 3.5 would be 83ish%.  Certainly there's someone on this board that knows more about this than me though.  Don't be shy...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: gpa conventions
« on: June 14, 2003, 03:19:11 PM »
By the way - I don't know why I was talking about high school GPA instead of university GPA, but university GPA follows the same rules as high school GPA - GPA above 4.0 occurs less frequently though - as universities are less likely to give grades above 4.0.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: gpa conventions
« on: June 14, 2003, 03:16:01 PM »
Generally US high schools go up to 4.0.  Some schools allow a little more for AP classes and such (maybe an "A" is worth 4.3).  Thus it's possible to have a little over a 4.0.

In terms of percentage, do you mean percentage to get the grade or percentage in terms of class rank?  Generally, A's are given for scores ranging from 90% to 100% on exams.  (This is very flexible of course.)  As for class rank percentage, I don't think there is a clear answer, rank is usually determined by GPA, not the other way around.

Does that make sense?

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