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Law School Rankings / Re: Curves at law schools and how do they work?
« on: March 23, 2008, 12:51:49 PM »
Here there is 3.17 (B+/B) curve that is on the median and the mean. As others have pointed out, the professor can grade tightly or grade broadly, it is up to them (at least here).

The odd result of this is that an "easy" test can end up being your worse grade. If the test is easy, most people did well, which means your margin for error is much smaller.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: March 22, 2008, 10:27:34 PM »
Oh, one other thing, just because it is annoying me now...

In VaHi, all of the buildings are old. This means you hear your neighbors non-stop. Right now, my neighbor above me is playing some sort of music with a woman wailing. It is uber irritating.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: March 22, 2008, 10:25:49 PM »
Well, here is the thing about VaHi: your first year, you will be in the minority as far as where you live. Most first year students live in Post Briarcliff. Two 1Ls do live with in a block of me (one in my building). Another lives within walking distance. Personally, I prefer where I live, however, there are nights were I don't socialize because I don't want to "drive all the way out to Decatur" (which btw, is about 2.5 miles). If "bonding" and hanging out on the weekend with the people you spend every minute with during the week is important to you, then Post or Clairmont Campus (if it is still available) may be a better choice.

The downside of Post is that it is an apartment complex, that is expensive. I don't think it is on the CLIFF line (the free Emory bus) so you still have to park somewhere. There is nothing "cool" within walking distance. Honestly, other than other law students being there, I don't really see the positive.

Its sort of a personal preference. I do know that after first year, some students end up moving out to VaHi or Midtown because those neighborhoods have more character. They aren't far from the school.

One other caveat: I actually bought a place instead of renting one. It was a little cheaper per month for me to do that. I looked in the area where Post was and it just wasn't appealing to me.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: March 22, 2008, 06:33:50 PM »
I'm a current 1L just wanted to make a few comments:

1) I keep reading over and over again about Emory is "cut throat." I just don't see it. It is perfectly friendly as far as I can tell.

2) Parking. I live in VaHi. If you live there, I would recommend Peavine over Clairmont, mainly because Clairmont will add 5-10 mins to drive time in the morning. I actually walk every morning from the parking deck to school and it takes about 10 mins or so. I can leave my condo 25 mins before a class starts and get there on time. (Drive to parking deck, plus walking).

3) Jobs. It is important to remember that firms have very little incentive to hire 1Ls. If you have SUPER good grades you might get a firm job. You are better of looking for volunteer opportunities. Or, as another person mentioned, smaller markets outside of Atlanta where you have some geographical connection. Especially if it is in the Southeast. You will have to do your own leg work your first summer. I had a few OCI interviews and a several off campus ones, but these firms/organizations only want 1-2 people and the interview 20ish a day. Something to keep in mind.

If you have any questions about Atlanta or Emory, you can feel free to PM me. I will be more candid there if need be.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Emory v UNC in overall prestige?
« on: February 10, 2008, 11:26:54 PM »
But UNC is usually about 30 and Emory is usually about 30, IIRC.

Yes exactly. I guess historically Emory had been higher, but I don't think it has been consistently and significantly higher. My guess: the gap this year is the biggest it has been. I just think once you get outside of top 17 or so, it just doesn't make a difference you need to start thinking regionally. If you live in NC and want to practice there, I think it's wise to stay there and go to UNC. Also, if you aren't in the top third at either school, you are going to have a hard time getting that amazing, BIGLAW, work 80 hours a week job.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Emory v UNC in overall prestige?
« on: February 10, 2008, 07:44:59 PM »
legal is right on target.

When it comes down to it all of those 20-30 schools are going to be roughly the same. So you should be thinking about 1) cost 2) market you want to practice 3) market of the law school. I do think people on the board tend to downplay cost, when really that should be a MAJOR consideration. If you are an NC resident, want to stay in NC, there is no reason to go to Emory. And this is coming from an Emory student.

If for some reason you want to practice in Atlanta and the cost ends up being about the same, or maybe you just like Emory better for some reason, then Emory it is. However, choosing Emory over UNC because Emory is ranked 22 and UNC is ranked in the 30s somewhere isn't prudent.

There is more to the law school experience than US News Rankings.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Emory v UNC in overall prestige?
« on: February 08, 2008, 04:22:34 PM »

Complex W&L trolling.  But this seems about right in general, as an Atlantan (and W&L undergrad).

Which makes sense because I go to Emory.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Application Fee Refund
« on: February 08, 2008, 07:54:01 AM »
This happened to me last year with Loyola LA. They sent me a refund. It can't hurt to ask, you are a "poor student" after all.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Emory v UNC in overall prestige?
« on: February 08, 2008, 07:53:09 AM »
I'm not really sure where the UNC is more prestigious than Emory stuff started. While UNC is a very, very good school, Emory is as well. Maybe they don't have a top ranked (if any) basketball team, but that is beside the point. For laymen, yes, UNC carries more weight because it has more name recognition. In the legal world, I have seen very little to support the claim that UNC is "more prestigious" than Emory.

That being said: I do agree with the poster that said if you are from NC, and if you plan to stay there, and UNC is cheaper, there is little reason to go to Emory. I'm from FL, didn't even apply to UF, and now since I'm thinking about going back there, I'm kicking myself a little because it costs less to go to UF for all of law school than one year at Emory.

However, here are some reasons why you might want to chose Emory: 1) If you are thinking about DC or NY Emory has a lot of alumni working in those markets and Career Services work hard to put you there. 2) As another poster pointed out, Emory is a hub of legal activity for the south: 11th cir., state government, large city, etc. 3) Emory, at least last year, gave out A LOT of money and at the end of the day it might be cheaper to go there. 4) For a big city with lots to do, it is VERY inexpensive. Someone compared the cost of living to Gainsville, which is fairly accurate: G'ville is slightly cheaper but with much less going on. Atlanta is thriving city with very low cost of living.

As for all of the crime concerns, I won't lie, it is here. It is also by the law school. There recently were some armed robberies in the apt complex where most law students live. I live closer to midtown, which has it's share of problems. However, I would guess it isn't as bad as Philadelphia or downtown LA, and you don't here complaining about the crime at Penn or USC. If crime is really an issue, I would go to Washington and Lee.

If you have specific questions about Emory, you can PM me and I will do my best to answer.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: W&L, Emory, WUSTL, or Iowa
« on: February 04, 2008, 09:00:53 PM »
I think if one were to look solely on US News rankings over the years, this data may be useful. However, this wouldn't be a very long discussion.

Truth is, I doubt there is very little difference between these schools when it comes to reputation, job prospects, quality of education, competitiveness, etc.

People should look at where they are comfortable, what pet programs are at each school, how much it is going to cost, when the schools are comparable as these four are.

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