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Question for the current students: a couple of the classes are scheduled five days a week but say they will meet an average of four days a week.  How does this work out during the semester?

Bascially you'll never meet fridays but the profs have the block reserved just in case they need to schedule make up classes or whatever. 

Not true if you have Primus!!!!  Then it's most Mondays off and meet basically every Friday.

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No, we didn't name her... we adopted her when she was 9.

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Heehee, yeah, they will be in a week and a half!!!!!  My husband is a telecommuter, so he can do a lot of the caretakeing while they're little and so needy.

Tetris, there are lots of 1L with pets, so don't worry... you'll manage, and you'll be glad you have your dog. :)

We lost our Sadie (see avatar) over the summer. :(  She was 13.5.

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Bouzie, you need to change your signature... you're not a 1L anymore!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Michigan 1L Taking Questions
« on: August 10, 2008, 12:05:32 AM »
Do Summer starters have a lower median LSAT/GPA?

I could be wrong, but it's my understanding that most (though not all) summer starters are ED applicants.  (I also believe that all ED admits end up as summer starters, correct?.) 

Given that ED applicants are probably (though not necessarily) more borderline applicants, I would assume that they do, on average, have a slightly lower average numerical profile.  (The fact a prof would try to dispute this is completely foreseeable, but also completely meaningless without supporting data.) It's not going to be a huge difference either way.

I'll also second what others have said about summer start -- most people I've spoken to who've done this appear to love it.  To the extent they form a clique, it's because they actually get to know each other due to the smaller class size.

The class size is no smaller for ABCD (summer starters) than for any of the other sections.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Michigan 1L Taking Questions
« on: August 09, 2008, 06:42:11 PM »
Do Summer starters have a lower median LSAT/GPA?

No... I think that was true years and years ago, but I don't think it's true anymore.  This is based on a lunchtime talk for women in law with a bunch of former summer starters (from the 70s or 80s) who made some comment about it and a prof who felt the need to clear it up that summer starters were not of a lower "quality" than others.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Michigan 1L Taking Questions
« on: August 05, 2008, 08:08:51 AM »
Why not?  Their rep ratings are already comparable with CCN, as noted, and far better than Penn's. Rep ratings, along with LSAT, constitute most of the USNews ranking weight.

The only difference between UM and CLS/NYU is a few points on the LSAT.

A Loyola LA professor put out a paper on this last year.  Michigan pumping their LSAT would literally make no difference.  If Michigan's median LSAT was 180 it would not raise their ranking a single point.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=937017

" I begin with my conclusions. First, U.S. News’ law school “ranks” are
unreliable – that is, they are subject to significant random error.32 Second,
its “overall scores,” if read with a “±2” appended, appear to be relatively
reliable – with caveats.
 
My first conclusion can be illustrated by a simple example involving
a change in the numbers of U.S. News’ lowest-ranked school – which I
will call the “bottom anchor” but otherwise leave unnamed. Assume that
the reported 9-month employment rate for graduates of the bottom anchor
falls by just 1 percentage point and nothing else changes at any school in
the country. In a reliable ranking system, one would hope that such a
change would not affect the rank of any other school. After all, this is a
miniscule change in one statistic at a school that few lawyers, law
professors, or law students have heard of.

As you might expect, nothing happens to the bottom anchor’s overall
score (by definition, zero) or rank (180th). But this tiny change wreaks
havoc on the relative ranking of the top 100 law schools. Seattle and San
Francisco jump six ranks, Fordham jumps from 32nd to 27th, and Rutgers
Camden, San Diego, and Indiana Indianapolis each jump four. Houston,
Kansas, Nebraska, and Oregon, by contrast, each drop three ranks. Overall,
41 of the top 100 schools change rank. Fordham’s dean gets a bonus.
Fingers are pointed and voices raised at Houston. All because of a trivial
change in the employment statistics of a single school far away in the
spreadsheet. Stranger still, if the bottom anchor’s 9-month employment
rate falls an additional 4 percentage points (that is, a total of 5 percentage
points) – and nothing else changes at any school in the country – most of
these effects disappear, but the reordering moves into the Top Ten. UC
Berkeley and Virginia both drop from 8th to 9th place. At the other schools
named above, it is as if nothing had ever happened."

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Top 10 Mormon Law Schools
« on: August 04, 2008, 09:02:12 AM »
Why does ASU have so many more prestige points than GW?

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I was just checking out Chickering -- it looks like the plan for a married couple is almost $8,000 per year.  Please someone tell me that I am wrong.

I priced out the MyBlue FlexBlue 1500 plan and it came out to $5,200.  (Full disclosure: I actually work for a company that enrolls people in MyBlue and other Blue Cross plans; you'd think I'd be less shocked at these numbers.)

I understand that the standard student budget can be appealed and increased based on documented costs.  Does anyone know if these costs can include the higher premium from including a spouse in the insurance plan?

I'm trying to get some word from the financial aid office on this, but it would be nice to hear any stories from the married folks who have actually gone through this crap. 

Hollow, its called "young adult blue."  Yeah, I'm almost 26 but whatev...

Here's a link  http://www.bcbsm.com/myblue/myblue_home.shtml#tab1d



Wish I could help... my husband has insurance through his work.  Chickering is cheaper than adding myself to his plan.

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