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Transferring / Re: GULC Status Checker -- Anyone Go Decision?
« on: April 09, 2008, 08:41:06 PM »
What do you mean by top tier? 20-30?

I'm guessing highest tier. As opposed to Tiers 2, 3, and 4.

Transferring / Re: GULC Status Checker -- Anyone Go Decision?
« on: April 08, 2008, 11:03:52 AM »
As for whether you should transfer, just think about it and make the best decision. Judging from transferapps, people do okay as a GTown transfer, but not as well as people who started at the school. I see it more as a safety against poor grades than anything, or a chance to move up from a tier 3/4. Check your 1L gpa once exams are finished, if you're top 10% think hard before moving your life to another school, especially if that school is in another city. I can understand people moving from a DC T3/4 school, maybe even T2. However, I think you'd be a fool to transfer from GW to GTown. Or top 10/15% at American to GTown. That's silly and I think the fact that you're giving up so much to move across town shows how much you value "prestige," as if GTown is a "prestigious" school.

If you are from out of the area and have a legit reason for going to GTown, do so. Don't think for a second though that you'll have wildly better employment opportunities at GTown over a great rank at your T1/2 school. I have to laugh at these people on this thread who are top 2-3% at a T30 considering a GTown transfer. For those cases especially, transferring is a bad move unless there is a real need to be in DC.

5+ lbs is a monster.

Go with something lighter. Some people may say 5+ lbs is okay, but they likely have never owned a lighter one.

It really adds up when you have to carry a bunch of books. Plus heavier laptops are thicker, taking up more backpack space.

Mine weighs 3.8x lbs and it's perfect.

I mean journals that publish articles by students who attend other schools.  My journal won't publish student written work except for a few notes from current journal members.

What school do you go to?

I've been published in my school's journal and in another school's (T50 main journal) journal. I'm pretty sure anyone will publish anything if it's good enough. Generally though, they do prefer the bigger names. However, if what you've written is unique enough, they will publish.

Can anyone direct me to a list of journals that are willing to publish articles written by current law students?

*gives you list of ALL journals that exist*

Current Law Students / Re: Fed Question
« on: April 02, 2008, 09:34:26 AM »
Some cases do automatically go to fed ct though.

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.

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!

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.

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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