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Transferring / Re: Another "where should I?"
« on: February 26, 2008, 09:13:18 AM »
It seems strange that you have a 3.1 and are on dean's list and honor roll.

For sure.

Also, what's a book award? I've never heard of that.

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Current Law Students / Re: Clerkship chances?
« on: February 23, 2008, 09:36:31 PM »
Check with your career services, they will (if they're worth anything) have stats on previous students, clerkships, etc. I'm doubtful about it though. Certainly you're not looking at SDNY or something.

Try to get your grades up, study more, whatever. Try to be top 5%.

Unfortunately, you're only on a secondary journal. Do you at least have a senior staff position?

Fed District is pretty tough in many areas. I know some people who got clerkships with lower grades, no journal/moot court, but they went to state courts.

Good luck!

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Current Law Students / Re: Essay First or Multiple Choice
« on: February 23, 2008, 06:27:06 PM »
I like to speedily do MC first (maybe using 1/3 or 1/2 of the allotted time for them), then essay fully, then go slowly through MC reviewing what I did and answering questions that I didn't do.

Honestly, if you need to jog your memory about the subject by doing MC first, you are probably unprepared for that exam.

I do it my way because I easily pick off the MC questions that I absolutely know and have no tricks to them/the short ones, so I KNOW I have some points. Then essays. If the essays are pretty simplistic, I will have plenty of time for MC. Worst case scenario, if the essay is on something I'm unprepared for, I have time to think out the response better. Then if time is coming close to running out, I know I have many points on the MC, and can just guess "D" or something on all the remaining MC questions (again, worst case scenario) and know I'm getting at least a few points.

You can't do that with essay questions, you have to write something to get points. With MC you could presumably get points by random guessing.

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Current Law Students / Re: Course CDs
« on: February 23, 2008, 06:19:48 PM »
Hey you guys

I want to know which CDs are better to use as supplements.
1. Law School Legends  or

2. Sum and Substance CDs

The 2nd one is more expensive but I am not sure which one is better. I really  need to hear some audio stuff to get things registered in my mind especially for courses the professor talks very fast. If anyone has advice please reply.

I have never listened to the first, but thoroughly enjoyed S&S.

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Current Law Students / Re: Sum and Substance - administrative law - finz
« on: February 23, 2008, 06:19:02 PM »
has anyone had a chance to listen to this? Is it worth getting?

Well, I haven't listened to it (although I have all the other ones), but here are the reasons I didn't get it:

1. Cassette tapes only
2. Published in 99 and not updated since, many of the admin law cases are post-99, although many aren't

Although, if you have a cassette player, maybe its worthwhile for the parts of the law that have not been updated. Also, I can't say enough good things about Finz. I used his S&S on Torts and it was by far the best audio review out there. Not only because it covered everything necessary, but because of his humor and voice.

If they updated it (which would include putting it on CD), I would buy it in a second.

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Transferring / Re: 3.5 GPA on a C+ curve at a T4
« on: January 19, 2008, 08:50:19 PM »
Think I have a shot at GULC EA?  What about American?  Boalt? 

Anyone have a rough guess of what GPA you have to have to be top 10 on a C+ curve?

A 3.5 GPA with a C+ curve (3.33) probably puts you in the top 25% but probably not the top 20%. I'm looking at multiple schools where the curve is C+ right now. It may be different for your school, but if your school is like these others, you're probably top 25%. From a tier 4, that won't be enough to get GULC and certainly not Berkeley. American you may be able to do, however.

3.33 is B+, 2.33 is C+.

Oh, wow, my bad. Sorry, you're absolutely correct.

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Transferring / Re: 3.5 GPA on a C+ curve at a T4
« on: January 19, 2008, 07:26:15 PM »
Think I have a shot at GULC EA?  What about American?  Boalt? 

Anyone have a rough guess of what GPA you have to have to be top 10 on a C+ curve?

A 3.5 GPA with a C+ curve (3.33) probably puts you in the top 25% but probably not the top 20%. I'm looking at multiple schools where the curve is C+ right now. It may be different for your school, but if your school is like these others, you're probably top 25%. From a tier 4, that won't be enough to get GULC and certainly not Berkeley. American you may be able to do, however.

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Job Search / Re: Chances at a 1L big law job...
« on: January 17, 2008, 05:52:01 PM »
It may generally be impossible to tell who is lying, but it's not impossible to tell if he's lying.  Clearly, he's either lying now, was lying in September, or both.

Everyone I know with that many interviews at big law salaries is at a top 10 school.  Everyone I know with interviews sent their cover letters as e-mail attachments.  (That's what I did, and I have big law -- or mid law at market -- interviews.)  So no need to encourage people at lower-tiered schools that if they just send out more letters they'll get a big law job.  At some point in the next few weeks, they should start exploring other opportunities.

You may have a special resume (and I don't know why you'd send a personal statement to an employer), but the top three deciding factors for interviews at this point are networking, where you go to school and grades.  Every firm will openly tell you that.

No, I'm not lying, just on the ball. I knew that I wanted biglaw for 1L summer and made a list of all the locations I wouldn't mind working. It's a pretty varied list, so that probably has something to do with it.

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Job Search / Re: Chances at a 1L big law job...
« on: January 15, 2008, 10:26:06 PM »
190 letters is a lot to send out...  how much did that cost you?

Probably under $130 including stamps, resume envelopes, and resume paper. Really a good investment considering I will probably get at least an offer or two out of it.

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Job Search / Re: Chances at a 1L big law job...
« on: January 15, 2008, 05:33:21 PM »
No OCI.

I sent out about 190 letters and 10 emails or so (exclusively to firms that state that they hire 1Ls) so that the letters would arrive on December 1st. I may do OCI, too, because a couple firms said that they weren't making any decisions until 1L OCI and that they would be on campus for that.

I was getting (and still get) rejection letters/emails constantly. I was expecting probably a 5% favorable return rate and that looks like what it's shaping out to be.

Honestly, autoadmit was right on the money with regards to their 1L interview guidelines.

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