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General Board / Grading question - an error and the curve
« on: May 06, 2009, 11:43:33 PM »
Hey.

Have a second to lend some advice? 

I took the foundational course in an area that I hope to practice in last Autumn.  The prof. said that our grade would be based on either a) an exam, or b) an optional research paper, provided that we take the exam and pass it.  I opted for the latter.  The exam period was 3.5 hours; I stayed just long enough to ensure a passing grade.  The paper was turned in and golden, and I focused on finishing up my other classes.

Grades were posted in January - a "B."  Huh?  I approach the prof.  We discover that, because of the procedure for anonymous papers and some administrative confusion, there was a screw up and the "B" I got on the exam -- expected -- was recorded rather than the "A-" I earned from the paper.  Easy to fix, right? 

The school refuses to change the grade because the number of A-s and As are already maxed out.  The dean says that the only way that I can get the A- is for the student who received the lowest A- to have a retroactive de-grading.  The professor and I seem to have exhausted all administrative processes within the law school.  There may be some way to seek relief through the general university, but I don't know where.

Due to changes in the law school largely relating to the economy, the advanced opportunities in this area of the law that I was counting on participating in next year have been canceled.  So ... I have a lower GPA, a bad grade, and heart.  Lots of heart. 

What would you do? 

Thanks!

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I'm a second-year student and am jaded -- with some naivete -- on the practice of law.  The academy gains appeal each day.

What are your impressions on how a JD may affect the development of an academic career that would focus on multiple subjects, some of which involve public policy and other legal intersections? 

I'm wondering about 1) admission to the nation's traditionally prestigious programs and how a JD (and/or a year or two of practice) may be viewed alongside GRE scores, undergrad/law grades, and research interests (and their overlap with faculty expertise) and 2) how a JD (with or w/out practice) informs both the placement and work of a teaching/researching social scientist.

Cheers. 

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Utah / Re: How is Utah's Criminal Program?
« on: February 12, 2009, 11:10:09 AM »
The professors are well-connected and the larger legal community is accessible.  Medwed seems good in the classroom. 

The facilities are lacking.

Students I've spoken with are very pleased with their experience.

Can't really say much else, sorry.

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General Board / Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« on: November 25, 2008, 02:22:38 PM »
Yes and no.

Yes, because of several tremendous developments in my life that, while largely incidental to my law school career, may not have happened otherwise.

Yes, because I've learned valuable things about the law and legal instruction and practice; honed writing, research and critical thinking skills; and am generally a more competent member of society.  (Perhaps it's needless to say that all of these mostly intellectual developments should be available to all citizens, outside of law school.)

No, because legal instruction stinks, past and present.  No, because legal practice stinks, past and present, and I want no part in it.    No, because there are more valuable things to do for one's self and one's community.  No, because of the limited options that graduate face due to crazy amounts of debt. 
 

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General Board / How to become a professor?
« on: March 07, 2007, 12:35:09 PM »
What are the digs?  Any insight on anything at all? 

(I'm still waiting to figure out which school to attend)

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My brother who was living in NYC took a job a couple years ago in California, he had a week to move out there so really no time to visit.  He found his apartment on Rent.com and then went to apartmentratings.com to see what people were saying about it. 

Also, I found in the Students and Graduates boards a lot of people as where to live for particular schools, some of the postings are a few years old but I've found them helpful.

This is good advice.  When I moved for LS, it was a super-saturated market and I wasn't familiar with the neighborhoods. 

1)  Got in touch with a couple of students + other sources that helped me identify where in the city would alright.

2)  I used Craigslist (almost) daily, or several times daily.  When a place sounded like it might work, I would immediately get in touch.  Eventually, I talked with a manager at length, really got a sense of her and the place, and we both took a chance that has worked out.

3)  Try to get as short of a lease as possible and understand the terms in advance. 

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ditto UW in Seattle

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Is your lifestyle sustainable?
« on: March 18, 2008, 11:29:54 AM »
No, but on the right track!

Vegan (as many local, unpackaged, minimally processed foods as possible)
(http://www.goveg.com/environment.asp)

Bike, bus in the rain (car and plane use very rare)

"If it's yellow, let it mellow"

< Five minute shower

Compact flourescents<sp?>, turn off lights when the classroom is empty, etc., etc.

Oh, oh, and my new home page is:  http://www.blackle.com/ !

But:  1) There's much more that I can do, and 2) if 7, 10, 15 Billion people were living like me, there would still be way too much production consumption and pollution.

With so many of us humans, and the bizarre ideas we come up with, one must wonder if true sustainability is even remotely possible

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Wait List / Re: University of Utah
« on: March 18, 2008, 11:23:27 AM »
Yeah, it's surprising, and kudos on your volunteering background.  I'm eager to hear if other's have insight, too.

Aguilar is very approachable.  If you are able and interested, perhaps it would be worthwhile to establish a relationship with him -- if it is genuine, even go as far as asking if you can talk with current students, attend an admitted students' event, etc.


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Wait List / Re: University of Utah
« on: March 18, 2008, 12:54:02 AM »
I don't know where you're coming from, but must it be about race and class? 

If so, I'm sure the displaced children of Darfur pity your plight.

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