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General Board / Re: Navy after law school - not as a JAG
« on: November 20, 2006, 09:56:46 PM »
My recommendation would be to find your local recruiting office and schedule an appointment for a chat.  The military recruiters can best let you know what can happen.  All of my data is old and piecemeal, as I never looked into it seriously.

As I recall, the military used to have programs (I checked 10 years ago) where they would help pay for law school for a service committment on graduation.  It was along the lines of an ROTC program for lawyers.  They might have certain restrictions on it.  I know that for the undergraduate ROTC program you needed to graduate by a certain age.

The military recruiters will know what if anything they can do for you.  Just be prepared for them to push for a decision that very day if they've got something.

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U of Texas - Austin / UT Professor salaries
« on: November 20, 2006, 09:45:36 PM »
I know we mentioned this in one of the old posts.  The Law School's home page has a link to an article http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/112006_sager.html that actually answers the question of ballpark salaries for UT Law professors.

Starting salaries for new "faculty" average around $125K.
Dean Sager himself earns $340K.

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Section 1 Class Members
« on: August 30, 2006, 12:00:06 AM »
I hope you've found the assignments you're supposed to read by now.  Property has been expanded upon.  The insults don't really require a refutation.  I'm also quite willing to stand behind my name and reputation instead of making a dummy account to hide any information about myself.  I make no apologies for my interest in the law and enthusiasm for class to start.

I post here because outside of a few snarky side comments among the banter we do here, I consider my postings to be beneficial.  I gain virtually nothing from posting on these forums at all.  I'll admit I was hopeful that someone else would be willing to engage in thoughtful conversation on some of the things they learned while reading the initial readings.

I'll see y'all tomorrow.  If it seems like I've drastically cut down on posting on the boards from here on out.  Its probably because school has now started!  I'm ready for next year's incoming class to make fun of us for abandoning the boards right as school starts.  :)

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: OK, this is just BS...
« on: August 27, 2006, 02:28:58 AM »
Am I the only person who actually prefers writing rather than typing and who actually intended on writing ALL my notes?


K.  Just checking.

Yes.  Some of us sucked at penmanship in school.  Others of us just type much faster than we an write.  Still others figure it'll be easier to have everything typed up and use search functionality on our notes when studying for the tests, since it'll go into the laptop for that we may as well type it in from the start.

Someone said they already had to send their notebook back for repairs, so you may not be the only one writing them, just the only one writing them who has a choice in the matter.  :)

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Section 1 Class Members
« on: August 26, 2006, 06:00:33 PM »
Well, my wife let me leave the house to go study in the library for a couple of hours today.  Since I finally got MS Office from the school yesterday, I got around to actually outlining what I studied.

For my Torts, it wasn't too bad.  Of course, not that many folks have Torts with Wellborn.  I'd also read through it already, so just had to re-read and distill it into what I thought was the important information.

I had done the Property case already, since it was only one case.  That case has also been making the rounds of slashdot every time an important decision was made, so I was already familiar with the basics.  I just wish we could have the conclusion.  It looks like after the decision was handed down that we read, that the case was finally settled, but it looks like they kept the settlement value secret.

Set aside plenty of time for the Constitutional Law reading.  The first assignment includes the whole original Constitution (not getting to Amendments yet).  Consider sitting next to a dictionary when you read it.  I could get most of the words through context, but it is nice to have a dictionary on hand to confirm your suspected definitions.  Plus the Constitution is fairly jam-packed with the facts.  I ended up taking more notes on it than was probably necessary.  Having the notes in more modern day English should make it easier to reference than turning to the original and trying to puzzle out a meaning with a Socratic professor bearing down on you at the time, though.

Since I studied at the public library, I was also able to grab a book on the Constitution that looks like it goes through section by section explaining what it means, and how it has been applied.  It looks like it is written for lay people to read.  I also grabbed a copy of the Federalist papers (they're free on-line, I know) in case I get some time.  The Federalist papers will probably be a bear to read, though I'm hoping the Constitution book will help clear up some of the questions I had when outlining the Constitution.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: B- Curve
« on: August 26, 2006, 12:23:22 PM »
A B- curve means that the mean grade of the students will end up a B- (2.7).  That's all the information it really gives.  A student in a B- curve will overall have a worse GPA than someone on a B curve, but a better GPA than somoene on a C+ curve.  The lower the GPA point they define as the curve, the harder it tends to be to get A's.

Note that to better define the curve, you also need to know the standard deviation and flatness.  Some B- curves may give out only one A in 100, while others may allow six.  It all depends on how many Cs, Ds, and Fs the professor/school is willing to hand out.

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: For all of you in the MAG (Manor Garage)
« on: August 24, 2006, 06:12:51 PM »
We talked about it briefly either here on these boards or the official ones.

In order to get into SJG first semester, you're supposed to go in on August 1st and buy a summer pass as the reduced price for the last month.  You can then go online and renew for the Fall semester and request a transfer to SJG.  So for a little while, I had a MRG pass before I got transferred for the Fall semester.

You have a second chance once you renew for Spring semester, but I have no clue how many openings there will be at that time.  Also note that those of us with SJG passes will basically have to pay for year round parking til we graduate, or we'll have to take a change on the transfer system again.

I thought someone was mentioning they were able to buy a SJG pass directly after the renewal period was over.  If you weren't able to, it must have been a very small window for doing that.

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: For all of you in the MAG (Manor Garage)
« on: August 24, 2006, 06:07:26 PM »
It sounds like you were walking pretty darn fast at that pace.  I walked it a few times just last week before my SJG pass came in.  It took me about 9 1/2 minutes to get from the door by the Financial Aid office to the Manor Garage's stairs.

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: OK, this is just BS...
« on: August 24, 2006, 04:00:50 PM »
I've also had lecturers suggest not to take any notes at all during class, lest we miss what he is saying.  Whenever you start to take notes, it entails writing about something the professor has already said, which distracts you from listening to what he is currently saying.

I'll still be taking notes, though.  I must say that my notes from UG were sparse, except in the class for Ancient History where we had no textbook, so we had to remember everything the professor said.

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General Board / Re: bottom 25% at T14
« on: August 24, 2006, 03:40:32 PM »
Their career prospects are just fine, since employers usually won't be able to tell whether they were bottom 25% or top 1/3; these schools are notoriously stingy when it comes to making distinctions among their students or reporting class rank cutoffs to employers.

They may be a bit stingy, but if you supply a GPA, employers can figure out approximately where you fall.  The grading curve doesn't have that much variance from year to year.  Taking previous years and the various Laude designations for certain GPAs and people have published the approximate cut-off points for top 1/3rd of the class, with a few more gradiations as well.

http://www.bcgsearch.com/crc/book2005/bcg_guide_2005.pdf

That site has the information.  It only has the top 50 schools.  But T14 is within that group.

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