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I actually don't know the area that well, but I'm pretty sure you should go with:

Ask for the bar exam rate.  I think it's $249 for just Wed. night.  $30 or so for overnight parking.  I'm not coming from NY so I can't help you on the carpool.

Transferring / Re: Is transfering worth it?
« on: July 14, 2009, 08:22:53 AM »
I would figure out whether most transfers do as well at their transfer schools as they did at their first school.  I've heard they do comparatively well.  If this were true, then I think it's realistic to say the OP has a good chance of being in the top 10-15% at ND.  This doesn't answer the question, but I think it should be looked at and taken into account.

It's worth it for the relationships you develop with other motivated, intelligent students and the fact that it looks great on your resume.

Current Law Students / Re: Studying for MPRE.
« on: July 03, 2009, 05:35:56 AM »

Most people guess their way through it by chance on the first time, thus most people you ask who have passed won't be able to tell you how they passed it because they honstly don't know.  You need to ask people who have failed it and then passed it to fully understand what it takes.  Same advice applies to the bar exam BTW.

Coming out of the MPRE, I sure felt as if I guessed on a bunch of questions.  However, I think what I was really doing was narrowing down the answers to two choices and then picking the best one.  Both steps of that process involve common sense, logic, and some familiarity with the rules.  I feel the same way about the bar exam, at least according to the Barbri questions. 

Your assertion that "most people guess their way" through both exams by chance is illogical.  There are four answer choices on each question.  If most people guessed their way through both exams, then most people would fail because they would only get 25% of the questions correct. 

Current Law Students / Re: Studying for MPRE.
« on: July 01, 2009, 05:20:21 PM »
Just buy the book and study.  I spent a total of probably 8 hours studying for it.  I read the conviser review in the front of the book, checking the detailed outline for areas I was unfamiliar with, then took 1/2 of a test, and went over my answers.  Passed with a 117.  The book is less than $30:

Current Law Students / Re: Studying/Bar Exam
« on: July 01, 2009, 12:55:07 PM »
3L is miserable enough as it is, why make it worse?

Transferring / Re: Interesting article...must read!
« on: June 29, 2009, 06:51:11 PM »
I totally understand, and I totally respect Sands' judgment (and appreciate that he still devotes time here when he has serious real-world responsibilities).  I just hate the idea that people could be banned arbitrarily and I'd like to see some process put in place -- not like multiple levels of appeals, but maybe a one-warning system for all but the most egregious cases.  In any case, I still think the mods should delete those fifteen other friends, regardless of what happened to our unfortunate friend LovingThis.

I think you've read too many due process clause cases.  If some dood was actually arbitrarily banned, the moron could always contact the administrator to remedy this grave injustice. 

Transferring / Re: Interesting article...must read!
« on: June 29, 2009, 05:57:52 PM »
I think just banning them is funnier. 

Job Search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: June 24, 2009, 12:46:53 PM »
You should be disheartened.  It's a miserable process because it seems so hopeless at times.  There's really nothing wrong with being miserable in and of itself.  It's a perfectly normal reaction to your situation.  Just don't let your miserableness turn into a depression that keeps you from doing what you need to do.  Study for the bar, take the bar exam, and then start looking for a job. 

As far as getting a job without knowing whether you passed the bar exam first, if an employer doesn't want to talk to you until after you pass the bar, then that's fine, just keep a running list of these employers.  If an employer doesn't even respond to you, keep a running list of these employers as well so you can try to contact them again after you pass the bar.     

Job Search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: June 24, 2009, 11:26:29 AM »
Get a job.  What do you expect people to tell you?  Searching for a job sucks and it will probably be hard, but you do all the things you need to do to get a job - send out resumes, look for jobs, and NETWORK.  If you're from the area, you should know some lawyers.  Everyone knows lawyers or, at the very least, knows people who know lawyers.  Talk to these lawyers.  Ask them if they know of anyone who's hiring.  Ask them if they have any bright ideas about how you can get a job.  Go to where lawyers hang out (for example, bar association events) and talk to lawyers there.  It's really not rocket science, it just sucks.  You might not end up with the job you want either, but you'll end up with a job and that's a start.     

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