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Transferring / Re: Grades needed for T2 transfer to NW or UChi
« on: January 13, 2007, 04:19:32 PM »
top 5% for UVA/NU. Might be able to get into NU with top 10% but unlikely. top 5% first semester for GULC EA. GULC EA also prefers GPA's over 3.7 regardless of class rank. top 5 numerical for UChicago

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Transferring / Re: professor reccomendations
« on: April 05, 2006, 11:05:11 PM »
I have always asked for letters through e-mail. This includes the letter I received for my georgetown transfer application. I can see why it may be advantageous to do it in person but it's certainly not a big deal to do it over e-mail. Professors write letters all the time; you're not asking them for some huge thing.

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Transferring / Re: transfer from T2 PT program to FT ???
« on: March 09, 2006, 07:55:19 PM »
I don't understand how you're taking 12 credits, that doesn't sound like a part time program. Anyways you'd have to check whatever school you're looking at to see what their minimum transfer credit hours are.

In general I've seen schools only refer to minimum/maximum credit hours for transfer applications not whether or not the person is a PT/FT. I'm pretty sure if you have the required credits that it doesn't matter what your school calls you.

For the OP; you need to apply around June so if you don't have the minimum credits on your transcript by then I don't think a school will consider you since they have to compare your GPA to other transfer applications. You could always transfer to a PT program at one of those schools, though I don't think it would be worth it if you are already in the market where you want to practice.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Advice on Study Aids/Hornbooks! PLease!
« on: February 28, 2006, 08:51:50 PM »
Don't buy anything. Your library probably has commercial outlines on reserve, you're not going to need them day to day.

Hornbooks? Why in the world would you need to read a hornbook? I received an A+ (highest grade in class) in torts and did not buy any supplements. I read over gilberts and EE in the library the week before finals. I also did the CALI exercises.

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Transferring / Re: Transfer Application Questions
« on: February 28, 2006, 01:01:46 AM »
Dean's letter is just a formality. It just says you're a student there. Check with the school you're transferring to to find out when you need to get it/if you need to get it.

No one here is going to be able to tell you for sure what you need on a statement but in general schools say, and its probably true, that you need to talk about why you want to transfer. It should be very different from your initial PS because they know that you want to be a lawyer and they know your aptitude for the work (based on grades). You need to convince them that you are serious about transferring to their university.

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General Board / Re: caught for plagiarism at my school
« on: February 28, 2006, 12:53:21 AM »
An honor violation is definetly something that would make passing C&F difficult. Usually time can overcome that sort of thing but who knows if 3 years is enough. You may end up in a lengthy appeals process after passing the bar. If you have to take out 100k+ in loans it's probably too much of a risk.

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Transferring / Re: Is it worth it?
« on: February 26, 2006, 02:13:02 PM »
A T2 might help you but its mostly going to depend on your accomplishments. There is a professor at Yale (not tenured) who went to Cooley.

How do you know what you'll want to be doing in 15 years? It may be worth it to go to a T2 just to get yourself in a better position starting out. Unless your current school is offering a full scholarship, it's probably not worth it to stick around.

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Transferring / Re: Transferring Due to Hardship/Retaking the LSAT
« on: February 23, 2006, 07:25:05 PM »
Good luck but it doesn't look good. Transferring for hardship reasons is a hard sell because any school will want to see that you are someone who is a good student who will stick with the program.

If you can't cope with your current school and are having personal/financial differences, they are probably not going to want to give you one of their limited spots and have you drop out/fail to pay tuition.

Hardship helps for getting into law schools only because it shows you overcame something and that you can deal with stress etc. 

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General Board / Re: GPA trends
« on: February 21, 2006, 09:34:01 PM »
I think that for the most part, the summer associate position for a 1L is just that. See most firms realize that 1Ls don't really know that much just yet. So it doesn't matter too much how great the relationship was b/c they will still choose someone that has a great cumulative GPA and has tailored his classes to the firm needs over someone who seemed like a good kid. Sure it doesn't hurt that you worked there, but I don't think that it's such the "in" that everyone makes it out to be.

Now, in the second year...that's a different story.

I'm pretty sure he was talking about 2L OCI jobs which only have 1st year grades to go on. Large firms typically do all their hiring through 2L OCI and have very few spots for 3L students. Offers are extended to nearly 100% of the 2L summer class so in essence if you have high first year grades and get a job 2L OCI (which occurs at start of you second year) then you're set. Firms don't typically revoke summer offers for a drop in GPA your second year and its not an issue for getting a permanent offer.

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Transferring / Re: USD-Transferring?
« on: February 20, 2006, 09:44:14 PM »
Did you get a job through OCI sdlaw? It seems that transferring to a T2 wouldn't be worth it since you lose your grades and ranking.

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