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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: New England Law
« on: December 16, 2010, 08:50:35 AM »
I've been there for a conference - building, location and facilities are nice.  The students I met seemed a bit despondent about job prospects.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Score improvements after Kaplan prep course
« on: December 16, 2010, 08:46:19 AM »
I don't really remember specifically, though I think I did the worst in the games.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Lawyers and Suicide
« on: December 15, 2010, 04:38:45 PM »
That assumes that people from happier places don't commit suicide as often as people from less happy places as you put it - I doubt that's true. Lawyers think they work hard, but they are far from unique.  Auto mechanics very often work 70hrs a week and many, many other professions also require hard and long work. 

I'm not the least bit concerned and won't be offing myself any time soon :)  If being a lawyer becomes something that makes me unhappy, there are a million other things I could do with my self that would be preferable to being dead. 

It is a somewhat high-stress, tedious job I suppose, but that suits me fine.  One, possibly contributing trend in law school and perhaps practice is additional measures to  help those who have difficulties emotionally/psychologically to deal with the stress of law school and to adjust law school demands wrt scheduling, time to take an exam etc, to suit them.  I suspect that this kinder, gentler, more caring approach to law school does these individuals a disservice.  In the old days where law school was supposedly hard and those who couldn't stand the pressure dropped out or failed out.  Now law schools, with the best of intentions, help them through law school.  I doubt legal practice has gotten any easier so those folks now become lawyers and then find themselves without the support and coddling that is available in law school and maybe some resort to suicide.  There are of course strong counter arguments to this hypothesis - some of those who recieve help in law school may overcome their difficulties and become able to withstand higher stress levels, some may simple commit suicide as a student rather than an attorney if law schools were less gentle, and I'm sure there are many more.  Still, I suspect there may be some empirical merit to the hypothesis that if law school were harder/more stressful it might weed out, at a time when stakes are much lower, those who can't deal with the stress and ultimately result in fewer suicides.

As for the 3L course, I think no one would take it.  You could make it mandatory, but then you'd waste most or all of the student's time. Most law schools have extensive programs to help students learn about mental health issues.  I'm doubtful as to how helpful these are, in part for the reasons suggested in the prior paragraph.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Score improvements after Kaplan prep course
« on: December 15, 2010, 08:42:01 AM »
Mine went up 10pts as well.

Current Law Students / Re: Funding for the Bar Exam
« on: December 10, 2010, 02:19:39 PM »
That sounds awesome!  Mexico is as far south as I've gotten so far.  I really need to learn spanish and take a couple of months to ride to TdF at some point  ;D

The job thing is tough, I didn't get confirmation of my start date 'till I was almost to Nevada so was pretty well committed by that point. Life might have sucked if the start date were pushed back a bunch, but thankfully we started on time.   

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where would you go?
« on: December 10, 2010, 02:17:16 PM »
4th T unless you can pay cash for the 2T.  Its going to be mighty hard paying back $150k in student loans on what you'll get as a prosc. 

Law School Admissions / Re: what is considered a "good" GPA for law school?
« on: December 10, 2010, 12:55:35 PM »
thanks, everyone.

Does anyone know if there is a way to calculate what my current LSAC-calculated GPA would be? A college GPA to LSAC GPA calculator?

No, LSAC doesn't release the details of its method (or hadn't when I was applying).  In general, if you go to a high-end school with minimal grade point inflation and a 4.0 scale, it will usually go up a little, if you go to a not-so-great school with rampant grade point inflation and a >4.0 scale expect to get hammered.

As long as your undergrad isn't really anomalous it won't change very much.  I went to an ok, but not great state school, majored in econ, did a semester at a great school abroad and my gpa went up just a smidge. I also don't know if its a linear type thing or if it varies depending on your gpa.  It could be that they want a greater spread in the curve so gpa's below some level get pushed lower and gpa's above some level get pushed higher.  Unlikely but possible I guess.

Current Law Students / Re: Funding for the Bar Exam
« on: December 10, 2010, 09:33:31 AM »
Sounds good.  Don't forget to stash some $$$ aside for a post-bar trip.  You'll want one and its a great way to have a bit of fun before you start working long hours. 

I competed in The US's longest off road race then rode the race bike down into baja mexico for a bit of R&R

Law School Admissions / Re: what is considered a "good" GPA for law school?
« on: December 10, 2010, 09:25:30 AM »
Yep, totally depends on where you want to go.   Work hard, get the best GPA you can.  It'll give you more options and more $$ at those options.

Law School Admissions / Re: Wrong Cumulative GPA on LSAC
« on: December 07, 2010, 12:29:09 PM »
My college didn't give out A+s for my first two years and my lsac gpa still went up.  I've been told that part of the calculation is normalizing the gpa curve across the school to account for varying levels of difficulty and grade point inflation - I kinda doubt that they work directly off letter grades, but who knows?   My guess (and its only a guess) is they compare gpa to lsat and sat scores across schools and adjust gpa up and down so that the ratio stays about constant. I imagine it gets even more complicated if you study at multiple institutions - particularly when one or more don't use letter grades and have a very different grading scale. 

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