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Current Law Students / Re: Anyone study the same day after taking an exam?
« on: December 12, 2007, 12:05:31 PM »
Just finished a 24-hour take-home final, charging into torts right now.

This goes against the long-standing tradition of blending with the group but I respectfully disagree with #4, in a few rare instances. A couple weeks ago, my property professor asked the class why the defendant from the case would want to split a parcel off a larger lot (he gets his jollies from this) and wouldn't move on until someone answered the question. It wasn't in the casebook. One of my classmates raised her hand, announced she had grown up in a rural area, and explained to us dumbfounded 1Ls why people do that.

But mostly people are observing the rules of pretending they never did anything before they entered law school.

« on: September 14, 2007, 05:46:43 PM »
Kaplan has parked in the atrium every day since classes began, working very hard at scaring us 1Ls into not just signing up for bar review but the ethics test and every product they make. I'm not having a whole lot of sympathy right now for any of them.

Transferring / Re: Of course your LSAT score matters when transferring!
« on: August 09, 2007, 03:31:32 PM »
Harvard is different because it is one of the few schools that still considers LSAT and UGPA for transfers.

LSAT does not matter.  It is a predictor of law school performance.  Once you have actual law school performance, the LSAT is no longer a good/relevent predictor.

The vast majority of schools do not care about your LSAT.

I have to respectfully disagree on the LSAT as the end all, be all predictor of law school. My mentor tanked his LSAT (and by tanked I mean below 155), got into Georgetown by virtue of doing his undergrad at an Ivy, graduated, and immediately picked up a job as counsel for the Teamsters at the national headquarters. He attributed it to having the right "brand names".

Transferring / Re: transfer credits, etc
« on: June 20, 2007, 10:09:58 PM »

Yeah, you're not going there or you would've added the two classes that are in the first-year schedule. I'm a 0L so my advice is worth less than nothing but I'd call admissions and the registrar and ask how they plan to adjust your schedule to graduate on time. Also ask them if they need copies of the syllabi from the split classes. I just made some preliminary inquiries about transferring this week because I am going to Dayton, which I guess means my legal career is already finished, because I don't want to waste my time if there's no hope.

Oh, don't transfer to Dayton - you'd have to make up a whole year of legal ethics, required for 1Ls.

They were rude during the first round and they still got my application fee. Besides, if students have transferred to T1 schools from Cooley, I have some hope. The moral of the story is that transfer students have to have academic schedules adjusted to graduate on time. Whether or not I'm accepted because I'm going to a low-ranked law school, well, I brought it on myself. But after speaking with the other schools, at least I know what they're looking for in a transfer student: Students with a B+ or A- average, preferably toward the top of their classes.

There are worse fates in life than starving while working in a public defender's office.

Actually, after speaking with admissions and the registrars at the schools I'm applying (reapplying in some cases), explaining the situation and identifying the school, they sounded very enthusiastic about me applying for a transfer at the end of next year. All I can do is try, anyway. All the registrars and deans I spoke with said all the transfer students have to have their academic schedules tweaked because no two first-year curriculums are identical. So that gives me some hope.   

Transferring / Re: How long do transfer decisions usually take????
« on: June 19, 2007, 06:33:35 AM »
It doesn't now but I could have sworn it did. I posted before I went back to the Web site and searched for transfer criteria. It doesn't seem impossible, just really difficult. And really expensive, wow!

Per everyone's excellent advice, I spoke with three of the four law schools that I'm thinking of applying to. After my chat with Widener I'm really beginning to wonder about things over there in Delaware....

Anyway, apparently it's possible to transfer as long as I meet the other criteria. I guess a full year of torts and contracts isn't a prerequisite for every upper-level course. One registrar went so far as to tell me it wouldn't be a problem adjusting my second-year schedule so I could finish up torts and contracts before 3L. The registrar of the same school also mentioned the ABA sets deadlines for when core courses in the curriculum must be completed in a student's academic career.

Transferring / Re: How long do transfer decisions usually take????
« on: June 18, 2007, 10:44:49 PM »
I swear when I looked at the Penn Web site a few months there was a page that stated the law school was not accepting transfer students. I'm also looking to transfer to a Philly area law school.

I wonder what the chances are of transferring from a T4 to T1 Penn...?

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