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Separation of powers and questions of that nature or theoretical questions. The legal questions that arise, and are litigated, are far more narrow and typically do not deal with theoretical concepts . . . at least on the level of an academic. You will not be able to practice "Constitutional Law" as you know it.
« on: January 17, 2008, 11:28:17 PM »
Yes. Well, I'd rather put it this way: I walked out of an exam this semester praying for a B--I didn't finish. To make matters worse, I reached the last few essay questions with almost no time. To my amazement, I pulled an A. The class was on a brutal curve.
As for feeling OK, I have one outstanding grade that I am waiting for and felt OK about it but still a little nervous. It's natural to feel anxious about your grades--even if you *know* you did well, you run down that "Worst Case Scenario" in your head a thousand times. Best thing to do for a 3L is drink beer. So, hop to it (no pun intended).
I don't know about the first part of your question...but I have also been wondering about the second part. I didn't come in with any type of scholarship, while it seems like 70% of the class did, they need to stay in the top 50% to keep their scholarships - so if I am in the top half, it only makes sense that I should be able to take over someone else's scholarship money right? I know my school allows people to increase their scholarship for doing well, so why shouldn't I be able to increase mine from nothing to at least a couple g's?
Wrong. Law schools don't work that way. Just because someone loses their scholarship doesn't mean the school will give it to you. Law schools need to make money and they will be reluctant to dish out more money. Some schools, like mine, do reward students who did not have scholarships but end up in the top 25% or 5%; but these awards are modest and do not equal the amounts of the students who lost theirs. Indeed, I know that my class rank is much higher than my initial scholarship would indicate, but the Dean informed me that I could not receive any more money.
Let me speak from experience. I am a 3L, but my SO and I adopted a dog this summer during my Summer Associate Position. The dog, who lies next to me right now, was allegedly 1-year-old when we adopted, but he seemed younger; he is a purebread. I wouldn't recommend getting a puppy (a friend of my in LS did this and it was a lot of work). Get a full grown dog that is already partly trained.
The up-front cost will likely be the greatest--adoption fee, vet fees, crate, etc. There are *always* emergencies, which cost another few hundred dollars. Over the summer, we got a dog-walker. It was $10 a day for one walk in the middle of the day. The service gave us a modest discount because we adopted our dog. It was a great service and definitely worth it.
The dog is also a lot of work, but that is relative. Personally, I like the fact that I have to get up and go outside three to four times a day with my pup. The only downside is that you cannot leave your dog for long periods of time, as one poster already noted. That, however, is a small price to pay as I look over and see my dog, sleeping like a person, head back and reclined on my couch.
If you go to get a Ph.D. in history or polisci, the graduate schools will *look* at your grades, but they will not be important. You have to do well as an undergrad and show an ability to research and write. Law school is nothing like researching for history or polisci, the latter being highly quantitative.
Actually, 2L hiring usually has no effect on 3L hiring. The firms looking for 3Ls are trying to fill an immediate need. 2L hiring deals with one year in the future. Thus, firms normally determine how many 3Ls they need separately from their incoming 2L class (although the two may be related numerically).
I always tried to sit down after EVERY CLASS and go through my notes and put them into outline form. In fact, I still do this. I find it to be extremely helpful because you can continually edit your outline as you go--say you mis-write something one day and the professor corrects it the next. This technique also gives you a time-saving advantage over other students. While they are busy finishing their first outline, you have time to go through your "draft" outline and correct it. These corrections will help you understand the law better as well.