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Transferring / UVA to....?
« on: June 11, 2007, 08:01:04 AM »
Well, after a delightful first year, with many ups and downs, it looks like I'm going to wind up just inside the top 10% at UVA (assuming a final grade is not a disaster). Hence my question: would it be at all worthwhile to try to move into one of the top 5 schools? And for that matter, is it even possible? The yahoo group doesn't have much info for my situation.

I have a strong interest in teaching one day... and since UVA only takes the top 8% or so onto law review, and the write-on is no guarentee, I feel like I might have a better shot at one of those schools.


Current Law Students / Modern Commerce Clause question
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:49:03 AM »
Under Lopez, one of the three main categories of commerce that Congress can regulate is "persons, things, and instrumentalities" of interstate commerce... what exactly does that phrase include? If I walk across state lines, do I become a person of interstate commerce? Or would I have to work in interstate commerce?

Any examples would be great... Though it's perhaps a simple question, it's one of the only things still confusing me here at the end of con law :(

Current Law Students / Two journals.... worthwhile or crazy?
« on: March 27, 2007, 11:40:38 AM »
Journal results are out (though not law review) and I've gotten onto both the journals I applied to... I'm hoping for a law review offer in the summer--aren't we all?--but am wondering how I should hedge my bets now. Would double decking on two journals be more impressive to employers? What about if you're hoping to teach: does working on two journals in any way compensate for not having made law review?

Any musings are appreciated...

Here's an idea: pull up the vault rankings and then go to firm web pages... nearly all of the large firms let you search their attorneys by the school they graduated from. Doing so will give you a better, real world perspective as to just how much the T14 dominates biglaw firms.

Current Law Students / Re: Transfer from U Mich to Harvard
« on: March 23, 2007, 08:34:11 AM »
My LSATs aren't quite as high, but so far I'm in the top 20% of a comparable top ten school... and I'm hoping to transfer to Harvard as well... so I guess we're competitors ;)

Current Law Students / Re: lsat score and grades in law school
« on: March 09, 2007, 06:12:45 AM »
LSATs scores are just a standard, and not so much a rule... I'm probably in the bottom 20% of my school in terms of LSAT score, but in the top 20% gradewise. I encourage you to keep practicing sample LSAT tests--my score jumped significantly from where I started to where I ended up by working away at it for months.

Current Law Students / Re: How can I improve 1L spring grades?
« on: March 09, 2007, 06:10:20 AM »
I was being serious. 

What is the difference between an A- and an A?  Sheer luck?  Being particularly brilliant that day?  Or is it something that I can actually try to implement as I prepare for my exams? 

Sorry if I came off the wrong way, but I would still appreciate any suggestions that people may have in this regard. 

I think it's essentially sheer luck... I walked away with nearly identical grades to your own (three A- grades, one B) and then took a short course. Turns out that in the short course, which was with the same professor who gave me a B, I walked away with a straight up A... my exam answers look mostly the same to me ;)

Current Law Students / "Our firm pays $xxx,xxx and a 'bonus'...."
« on: February 21, 2007, 05:24:19 AM »
I'm (hopefully) headed into academia, but I've always wondered: just how sizeable are the firm bonuses? Do they vary by the firm's ranking, meaning that V10 firms offer larger ones than V100 firms?   Are the bonuses of individual firms listed on some website that I'm just clueless about? I have to know how under-paid legal professors are... ;)

Thanks  :)

Current Law Students / Re: Sometimes life really does send you up and down
« on: February 17, 2007, 12:40:39 PM »
Man you really lucked out.

But only if you let it :)

At a T10 school, had my first grade come out near the beginning of January as a B on a B+ curve. Needless to say, at least for anyone who's been dealt a law school grade, that was rather discouraging... spent an entire month feeling like I was doomed to be a sub-par student, only to get all of my other grades within the past forty-eight hours: every other grade was at least an A- and I've found myself launched into the top 20% of the class. Just another one of life's reminders that you can't let the defeats of the day keep you down, cause you never know when things can suddenly change.

Anyone else have tales of sudden changes in fortune?

And actually just found a little redemption as well. Before I had my grades, I signed up for a January term class with the same professor... just got that grade back, and ended up with the best grade in the course.

....And I still can't tell the difference between my B and my A exam answers that my professor thought was worthy of such disparate grades.  ::)

Current Law Students / Re: Business Cards?
« on: February 16, 2007, 05:16:59 AM »
Well, if you have a business card from a prior biz, I think that is more acceptable.  If you have a card which says law student, I still think that's looks like a "symbol of unearned power."

Wait... so you think it's better to pass out business cards for a company you no longer work for, rather than handing out cards that truthfully state your present situation....?

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