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I was looking through professor profiles at various schools and most of the professors have an LLM. Is this common for an academia career path?

foreign professors basically have to have llms because you need an llm to practice in the usa if you've already studied law abroad.  older profs have llms because that's the degree that used to be awarded (or is llb?) instead of jd. for others, i don't think it's common to have an llm but i may be wrong.

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Law School Applications / Re: Scared of Obama and Clinton Tax Brackets!
« on: February 14, 2008, 11:30:34 AM »
Also I'd like to ask the term-dropper that mentioned the laffer curve to describe why he believes we're on the waning side of the curve and to honestly state he isn't now just googling up some articles to back up his preconceived notions about tax policy.

it's hard to tell. but it does appear that bush's tax cuts increased revenue, indicating that we are on the "correct" side of the laffer curve. where bush went wrong was in spending (sspecially in iraq) not revenue.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Shake Up At William & Mary!!
« on: February 13, 2008, 04:50:40 PM »
flathatnews.com has some interesting analysis of the situation.

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Law School Applications / Re: Stanford 1L taking questions
« on: February 12, 2008, 02:07:12 AM »
"What have you heard about Stanford dropping grades for 1L?"

Could go either way--lots of strong support and dissent.  I'd imagine the system would look something like Yale's.  If change comes, I think it will be a done deal by this fall.

"Why should I choose Stanford?"

Your question is a bit assumptive, in that it seems to imply that I would care where you end up.  Why might one choose Stanford?  Great school in a great area.  I wouldn't recommend it over Yale, and I'd say it's basically a tossup with Harvard.

"Why did you choose Stanford?"

See above.

"Is it worth it?"

I'd be willing to pay $30-40,000 more to go here than any one of CCN.  Others with different preferences and inclinations might weigh matters differently.

Any idea when we'll hear about the grading? It's very intriguing to me. I think it would seal the deal--no competition would be wonderful.

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Law School Applications / Re: Stanford 1L taking questions
« on: February 12, 2008, 01:30:58 AM »
What have you heard about Stanford dropping grades for 1L? Why should I choose Stanford? Why did you choose Stanford? Is it worth it?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / US NEWS/T14 RANKING PREDICTION
« on: February 10, 2008, 10:53:04 PM »
So US News probably comes out next month. Let's start the chorus of predictions!

1. Yale
2. Harvard
3. Stanford
4. Columbia
4. Chicago
4. NYU
7. Penn
8. Michigan
8. UVA
10. Boalt
10. Duke
12. Northwestern
12. Cornell
14. GULC

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Cornell 1L taking questions
« on: February 09, 2008, 12:25:51 PM »
right. there is that inkling, but i'm trying to weigh everything, make all things considered, ya know? i'll keep you all updated.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Cornell 1L taking questions
« on: February 09, 2008, 04:34:44 AM »
Haha, thanks. But Cornell! It's [almost] free!

I see it this way: Stanford (possibly full price, unless I get grants) vs. UVA/Penn (both half tuition scholarship) vs. Cornell (35K/year). I don't know which category to choose from. The wildcards are CCN, which haven't given me money figures yet. I think if any of them hand over something approaching UVA/Penn (30-50K), they may exceed Stanford. I'm worried Stanford is overrated. It seems to good to be true.

I'm quite enamored with Cornell, believe me.  Fact of the matter is though, that your prospects WILL be better at Stanford.  As far as academia goes, I need not even say anything.  For Biglaw, you'll also have a wider range of options - but this will probably be in terms of locations.  From Cornell, you can go anywhere in the country, but you'll want to have at least some sort of connection to the area.  They are probably less likely to care about that coming from Stanford.  I can't back that up empirically, but talking to people from both schools, it seems like this is the way it is.

If you have any questions about Cornell, feel free to ask - we obviously love to have Stanford-qualified admits coming here!  Congrats, and good luck with the decision; if you do decide to go elsewhere, inform Cornell that there is a student who would like some more scholarship money.
 

Thanks. I think Cornell is great, and I hate debt. NYC biglaw seems my most likely option, so I'm not sure taking mounds of debt for marginally better job prospects is necessarily a great idea.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Cornell 1L taking questions
« on: February 09, 2008, 03:03:44 AM »
Cornell's got great prospects, don't get me wrong - but cmon man, it's Stanford.

Go to Stanford.

Haha, thanks. But Cornell! It's [almost] free!

I see it this way: Stanford (possibly full price, unless I get grants) vs. UVA/Penn (both half tuition scholarship) vs. Cornell (35K/year). I don't know which category to choose from. The wildcards are CCN, which haven't given me money figures yet. I think if any of them hand over something approaching UVA/Penn (30-50K), they may exceed Stanford. I'm worried Stanford is overrated. It seems to good to be true.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Nicest Campus in T14?
« on: February 08, 2008, 11:46:44 PM »
bump. late cycle thoughts?

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