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Well, let me put it to you this way: My other choices were Cooley and a long shot at Widener University. By long shot I mean Widener's trial program where you shell out $1,500 for six weeks and the hope you get the 2.0 for part-time admission in the fall. I'm a nontrad and live too far away from Widener, or any law school, to commute for the night classes. So, I'm headed to the University of Dayton where, I hope, all curriculum tweaking is done for now.

I will call the school and some of the schools I hope to transfer to and find out what's going on.   

Transferring / Scattered 1L curriculum and chances for transferring
« on: June 13, 2007, 10:57:53 PM »
This may be too early since I'm a 0L until August but I'm starting at 4T which has made some 1L curriculum changes. Most schools require Torts I & II, Contracts I & II, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Property I & II, legal writing by whatever name and research and one other course, with a little variation. The school I'm attending splits torts and contracts: According to the master grid, a student takes Torts I in the spring and Torts II in the fall of the second year; Contracts I in the fall of the first year and Contracts II in the fall of the third year and I think property might be split. They also just notified all incoming students that unless we specify, criminal procedure has been bumped into the third year or we spend an extra $2K to take it our first year.

What are my chances for transferring with this scattered curriculum? I may be paranoid but it looks like they did this to prevent students from transfering.

Current Law Students / Re: Person of Interest or Suspect?
« on: June 06, 2007, 08:08:58 PM »
No- the media will report that the police are calling the individual a "person of interest".   

Speaking on behalf of the media, these potential suspects are called "persons of interests" in print, on TV or online only when police use the term. As a soon-to-be-former police reporter, when police say they have a "person of interest" it means the person is on the list of possible suspects. In other words, the cop has a reasonable suspicion the person might be involved but not enough that a reasonable person might suspect the person is involved, falling short of probable cause. A person of interest can also be an accessory to the crime or even a material witness.

At least, that's how the cops and the prosecutors have explained it to me. 

Current Law Students / Re: Psycho Professor
« on: June 04, 2007, 06:55:46 AM »
In my soon-to-be former life, I found myself many a morning and afternoon numbing my butt in courtroom galleries as well as inside judges' chambers for the occasional face-to-face interview. I'll state here there are exceptions to every rule. I've observed local, county, state, and federal proceedings and I learned a couple of unofficial rules about courtroom punctuality: Court never, ever, starts on time and 99 percent of the time, people with attorneys will go first because judges are conscious of what the ticking clock does to a client's pocketbook (a judge even publicly announced as much before a transfer hearing I went to a couple years ago).

Also, most judges are as preoccupied as attorneys with being fully prepared for the docket.

Transferring / Re: can someone please advise me?
« on: May 24, 2007, 09:11:31 AM »
Does anyone know how much weight they still put on the LSAT and undergraduate GPA if you're transfering up? I'm hoping to transfer at the end of my first year but I'm afraid I'm going to be stuck because I'll be reapplying to the schools that already rejected me the first time.

Oh come on, we've all heard that ignorance is bliss. ;)

I don't have ADD/ADHD but I've had friends who do. They were medicated, which went a long way to help them graduate from college. I have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time unless I'm being intellectually engaged. My friends with ADD, most of them much brighter than I am, really have a hard time focusing no matter how stimulated they are. They also had to develop thick skins because of snarky comments made by people about their disability.

But, I think it's overdiagnosed. Any kid who can't sit still in class for 30-40 minutes is red flagged for possible ADD. I'd be amazed if I ever met any six-year-old kid who could sit still for that long, or not find their mind wandering. It's the pill culture where there's a pill to fix everything, so if a child doesn't fall into the norms a teacher expects, the child must need medication to make him behave like the others. I guess it's because so many kids are medicated now that a normal child appears to have a learning disability.

Current Law Students / Re: poor lawyers
« on: May 24, 2007, 08:35:37 AM »
Based on my deep insider knowledge (my boyfriend works for a law firm with a 2,000-hour-a-year billing requirement), I may be able to demystify this from the layman's perspective.

On billable hours, work is measured in increments and there's no standard increment that all firms use. One firm may bill in 15-minute increments, another in 10-minute increments, and where my boyfriend is employed, six-minute increments. It's not even done algebraically, I'm told. For each file, he keeps a running tally of what activity he did in relation to the file, and how long it took him on a piece of scratch paper and then enters it into a program that helps generate bills.

Again, I'm not a 1L yet, but I think it's a matter of ethical behavior not to cheat on the numbers. For example, based on a five-minute increment system, if I start working on a brief at 1 p.m., take a five-minute coffee break around 1:30 p.m., then return and continue working on the brief until 2 p.m., I'm billing 55 minutes. You don't round up to the nearest hour. Or, if I start writing the brief at 1 p.m, take a phone call to negotiate with the other side on a different case for 15 minutes, then return to the brief I'm working on until 2 p.m., I'm billing 45 minutes for the first file and 15 minutes for the second file.

Only certain activities can be billed for. My guess would be that that's part of why lawyers work long days. You can be in the office for 10 hours but may only come up with six billables for that time.

Current Law Students / Re: private law loans
« on: May 22, 2007, 10:21:52 AM »
They don't fund through my school either. I'll most likely be looking to transfer to a better-ranked school with lower tuition in May, near my boyfriend to reduce my living expenses (i.e. built-in roommate).

Current Law Students / Re: Law student with a big question
« on: May 21, 2007, 10:26:42 AM »
I haven't started yet, but I thought everyone had to be finished with core courses by the end of the second year.
It seems to me that this policy is going to force a lot of students into an extra year to meet the requirement. And besides, if the ABA says the grades must be curved, there will have to be some Cs in the class no matter what.

I've met a lot of successful lawyers who were solid C students in law school. In my ignorant opinion, it sounds like it's more of a move to increase the prestige/ranking of the school as opposed to a move geared to pass the bar exam. The bar exam focuses on black letter law, according to my boyfriend who has taken two of them for licenses in two states.

Although I'm probably too ignorant to form an educated response, really, other than: That sucks!

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