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Current Law Students / Anyone Still Not Get Their Grades Yet?
« on: June 12, 2009, 08:38:55 AM »
Just doing a quick check out there to see who is still waiting for grades.  Can my school seriously be the slowest?  I'm sure this is going to hinder my transfer prospects.

Current Law Students / Re: Less is More?
« on: June 07, 2009, 08:03:45 AM »
So is the reasoning here that the anxiety of trying to do everything is somehow causing a loss of focus as to what the teacher wants on test day?

That seems like one possibility.  Another possibility is that after the 1st semester, some students figure out what works and what doesn't.  First semester 1L year, almost everyone tries to do everything.  They read everything.  Sometimes twice.  They take notes on their readings and the write non-stop in class.  After first semester exams, people start thinking: "hmm, all that extra reading and work was kind of worthless."  I think it really is just having the experience of one set of exams that changes the way people study for the second semester.  For most, it often means not having to study more but just changing things they were doing (or how they were thinking about the material).

Transferring / Re: i need advice
« on: June 05, 2009, 08:49:22 PM »
I think the perception is that the higher ranked schools already have a greater number of competitive students, so you don't need to do as well relative to them as you would need to perform relative to less competitive students.  In other words, because the average student is less competitive (numbers-wise) at a lower ranked school, you have to really stand out to look as competitive as someone pulling top third at a higher ranked school (where the average student is much more competitive, numbers-wise).

In other words, kids are smarter at higher ranked schools.

I think the question was actually addressing a different point.  It seems the OP is asking why some lower schools require HIGHER standards (top 10%) for their transfer applicants, whereas the better ranked schools have LOWER standards (top 33%). 

I don't actually know where the OP got this information or what led him/her to believe that this is the case.  At least, this is what I think he/she was asking.

Go to McGeorge.  Even though, it's not technically the bay area, you'll certainly have a better chance to network and take advantage of alumni connections from McGeorge than Stetson. 

Current Law Students / Re: Blowing off Write-on?
« on: May 22, 2009, 01:04:34 PM »
What makes you so sure you won't the journal?  Just curious.

Combo of where I was at in the LRRW curve versus the percent of people who enter the competition and are accepted, and how much I've gotten done so far versus what I know other people have been doing.  I'd feel more confident if our competition were a mock note, but it's an advocacy memo and I suck at legal writing.

Oh, and knowing that my grades aren't high enough to make up where my memo lacks.

Anyway, I guess it's possible, but it seems so unlikely that this feels like a waste of time.

It may seem hopeless.  I'm not sure if I'll make a journal at my school, but I think ours is mostly grades (and a "good faith" effort on the journal).  But, I think you're almost there, might as well finish it off and hope for the best.  Good luck.  Don't get discouraged.

Current Law Students / Re: Blowing off Write-on?
« on: May 22, 2009, 12:30:45 PM »
Is pure laziness and mental fatigue really a good reason to give up now?

What about being 99% sure you're not going to make a journal?

I actually think I would LIKE being on a journal, but I feel like all this work is for naught.

What makes you so sure you won't the journal?  Just curious.

Current Law Students / Re: Blowing off Write-on?
« on: May 19, 2009, 03:33:57 PM »
Just do the write-on, you may kick yourself later for not doing it.  It's unlikely that you'll kick yourself in the future for doing it.

I'm with the poster above, in that, they don't really read the thing and, you don't have to do that much work.  I think a part of the exercise is being able to wade through the stuff quickly and figure out what is relevant and what is not.  Personally, I used the headnotes and summaries to figure out what was on point and what was not.  This may not be the most thorough method, but it's an efficient method considering the time constraints.  I think reading the whole packet in its entirety is a waste of time.  Figure out ways to narrow your reading.

Bottom line:  just three more days of work and then you're free.  You can do it.  Good luck.

Current Law Students / Re: Mailbox Rule
« on: May 19, 2009, 03:28:00 PM »
Um.. This was was first semester contracts for me, but under the mailbox rule, isn't an acceptance considered "good" once the mail has been sent (that is, it doesn't need to reach the offeror before it becomes effective)?

If that is the case, then once the offeree has sent the acceptance, a contract has formed.  Depending on the terms of the contract, the offeree isn't usually allowed to revoke his acceptance.  In general, you can't "revoke" an acceptance.  At least, that's my understanding.  I don't think it has anything to do with whichever arrives first.

Transferring / Re: When to apply?
« on: May 19, 2009, 02:48:36 AM »
I'm wondering the same thing.  The way I figure it is that we apply through LSAC, so it doesn't necessarily matter when you "apply" because you'll still have to get your school to forward second semester grades, right (before you can go "complete")?

I'll probably try and get my other materials (PS, resume, etc.) ready and then just send off my applications soon.  Then, once grades come in, I'll have my grades and dean's letter of good standing forwarded to all the schools I applied to. Is there something wrong with this plan?

Site Suggestions and Announcements / Re: Transfer
« on: May 10, 2009, 12:10:08 PM »
Um.. Is this a part time program?

I think most schools which take transfers have a minimum credit requirement to be eligible for transfer (usually around 30 credits).  I think there may be some schools which might allow less credits to transfer into their part time program, but I don't know.

If this is a part time program, I think you may be able to transfer to a school after your second year.  You should just look at the schools you may consider transferring to and see what their current requirements are (that way you'll be able to gauge when you could transfer).

With that being said, transferring is said to be difficult.  Only go to a school that you'd be happy graduating from in the worst case scenario.

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