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Our LW class is on a point system--1000 points total for the semester, but no official recorded grade until the end of spring semester.  The prof will give us a "shadow" grade at the end of fall semester.  We had a 30 point quiz lasts week and just turned in a draft of our first legal memo.  She'll give us feedback on it (no points), then the final product is due in two weeks--100 points.  We've briefed six cases (two together as a class effort) and turned one in for a P/F--we all passed.

I think I'd rather have grades--points sound like I'm accruing something for using my credit card.   :D

Meanwhile, as you argue with the prof, everyone else is thinking, "Why doesn't this dumbass shut the F up so we can get out of here on time."

I was thinking this while trapped by the gunner in my LW classes during orientation week.   :(

Current Law Students / Re: What was your undergrad major?
« on: August 03, 2007, 07:06:29 AM »

Current Law Students / Re: 2L Haters:-)
« on: August 02, 2007, 07:05:01 AM »
Law professors are about to spend the next 32 weeks (both semesters) trying to destroy your confidence so they can rebuild you into something harder.  Wow that sounds like an add for the Army or Marines. 

...or like what I went through at fire school my rookie year.

The only prep work I'm doing is reading the assignments the profs have already posted on the school's website.  The bane of the Internet...  

Current Law Students / Re: Non traditional students.......
« on: June 22, 2007, 10:54:08 AM »
I will be 60 tomorrow and just finished 1L, 2nd in my class.  It was the best decision I ever made.  I am much more focused and disciplined than I was when I was 20.  I plan to practice Elder Law, which will be appropriate considering my age!!

Kudos to you!   :)  I'll be 46 when I start LS this fall.  I, too, expect to be much more focused and disciplined than when I was in college.  After almost twenty years in the fire service, I'm looking forward to this second career, and will probably practice labor/employment law or health care law, since that's where most of my real-world experience lies.

My competition had a "10 characters per inch" requirement. what in the hell does that even mean? I had no idea so i just disregarded it.


"A typical 8.5 inch by 11 inch page contains twenty-five lines of typing when using double spacing and a 12 point font. The 12 point font provides ten characters per inch, which when divided by the accepted line length of 60 characters or six inches, gives the reason for a six character "word". This is all to say that with an average ten word line, a page is estimated to have 250 words - if your margins are set at one inch. If your margins are set at 1.25 inches, then you have an estimated 225 words on a page. 1.5 inch margins end up equaling 200 words a page."

Job Search / Re: Interview tips you wish you knew before you went!
« on: May 10, 2007, 07:33:32 AM »
I, too, use the "My greatest weakness is that I'm a bit of a perfectionist" bit. Works everytime. Employers LOVE hearing that one.

I'm an old-fart non-trad...I learned that trick a long time ago.   ;)

When I interviewed for my current position twenty years ago, I had to remind myself that the goal was to get the job, not piss-off the interviewer.  The fire chief, an uneducated, boorish, sexist, egotistical boob, asked me these obviously illegal questions (illegal even back then):  Are you married?  Planning on getting married?  Are you gonna have children and quit?  My god, I was HOT.  But I wanted the job so I politely answered "no," "no," and "no" to assuage his fears of hiring a "girl" to do a "man's" job.   ::)   But I really wanted to grab him by his collar brass and lay him out to whaleshit.   :D

I am really looking forward to leaving the fire service and starting law school this fall...  

Job Search / Re: Interview tips you wish you knew before you went!
« on: May 09, 2007, 08:11:28 PM »
I hate the question, "What are your weaknesses?" I always want to punch the interviewer in the face whenever I hear that one. What a lame question.

Turn the answer to this question into a positive for the employer/firm.  As in, "My greatest weakness is that I'm very detailed-oriented and somewhat of a perfectionist.  I don't feel comfortable submitting a project/memo until I know I've researched all of the pertinent information."  

Whatever your "weakness" is, it must be perceived as a strength by the potential employer.

Current Law Students / Re: Cleveland State University
« on: March 30, 2007, 02:55:21 AM »
What is the GPA requirements for avoiding probation etc.
Anyone ????

I believe a 2.0 is required to avoid probation.  I've heard CSU has a B- curve.  I have to keep a 3.1 to maintain my scholarship.

General Off-Topic Board / This is my kind of deposition!
« on: August 28, 2007, 03:22:03 PM »
Just when you thought depos were boring, dry affairs...

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