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Law School Admissions / Re: T25 vs. top 10% in T26 - 50
« on: August 25, 2007, 04:54:34 PM »
@ the guy who said FSU is academically light-years beyond UF?

I'm guessing you've never attended either one. UF > FSU in US News ranking. UF > FSU by lightyears in Tax law. UF > FSU significantly in environmental law. UF Law library > FSU law library by appx. 20% or more, including a vastly superior rare book room. FSU = only 25% of matriculated students in 2007 had an LSAT over 162.

Lets not even get into how abysmal the FSU faculty senate system, student government association, and administration staff are. UF, on the other hand, has one of the most pleasant and efficient staff that I've ever worked with.

UF's alumni network s outstanding across the nation. FSU's is moderate, and second best even in the south.

As an FSU alum, I could never recommend that school to anyone.

Law School Admissions / Re: T25 vs. top 10% in T26 - 50
« on: August 24, 2007, 09:57:28 PM »
It was suggested to me that if one cannot earn admission to a top 25 law school, the next best thing is to graduate in the top 10% of a school ranked 26 - 50. I am speaking of career prospects in a major urban center here. Does this make sense? Of course, I think this discussion will have to exclude the very elite schools. I'm not going to suggest that the top of the American University class will be viewed by hiring partners the same way as a Yale graduate.

The reason why I discuss this is that I am very seriously considering the University of Florida. I believe that I am a very good candidate for admission and the in-state tuition is ridiculous. I liked the area and the campus when I visited there. Plus, I really do like living in Florida. I do not, however, want to completely eliminate the prospect of employment in the Northeast, or possibly Chicago. I am not being so presumptuous as to guarantee my placement in the top 10% should I be given the opportunity to attend UF, but I am haunted by the thought that I will forever lose my freedom to choose to live elsewhere. Thank you for any feedback you can provide.

Florida does have very good OCI, and yes, there are NY firms there. The same with American. (My choice ended up between American and UF. I liked American way better, but my family had extensive ties with UF. I ended up choosing American.)

The difference between those two schools and FSU (where I went to undergrad) is lightyears.

Feel free to PM me or email me or something and I'll answer any of your questions you have about those three schools. Also check my 1L blog at

Incoming 1Ls / Re: For People Who Are Buying a Mac for Law School
« on: August 24, 2007, 10:15:18 AM »
Since I'm too lazy to look it up, does anyone know if Vista works with Parallels, or Boot Camp? I have parallels installed but I rarely ever use it, same with boot camp (Running a MacBook Pro 2.16 Ghz 1 GB RAM).

Also, is Vista compatible with exam testing software?

Basically, I just want to know if it's a good idea to switch out XP Pro for Vista on my laptop, since I'm already going to do it on my desktop.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: For People Who Are Buying a Mac for Law School
« on: August 21, 2007, 09:48:17 AM »
Just computers?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 1st Year Law school Guide: MUST READ.
« on: August 21, 2007, 09:46:40 AM »
For Chrissake could you please troll elsewhere? Or do you have nothing better to do with your life than troll threads.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: For People Who Are Buying a Mac for Law School
« on: August 12, 2007, 12:14:23 PM »
The best thing about Office for Mac is the "Word Notebook" feature.

It's perfect for outlining in class.....

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Hairy Hand
« on: August 12, 2007, 12:12:53 PM »
You probably have to actually be in law school to know about the hairy hand.  And even then, it will depend on your contracts professor.

And that's all the information you need to find out exactly what I'm talking about.

Ah! Hawkins v. McGee... :P

Check this out:

Hawkins doesn't even mention hair on the hands. It comes from McGee vs. US Fidelity Guarantee, which was McGee's appeal to his lawsuit against his insurance company, to reimburse him for settling Hawkins.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 1st Year Law school Guide: MUST READ.
« on: August 12, 2007, 12:10:01 PM »
again, I disagree--but obviously I may just be the outlier. my 2 "hardass" profs were mediocre, IMHO. the 2 best I had were both very nice and respectful, decent people.

just saying...LS is such an individualized experience, it's nearly ridiculous to posit generalities. I think it does a disservice to 0Ls.

Some things are individualized, but for 1L at least some things are always the same

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 1st Year Law school Guide: MUST READ.
« on: August 12, 2007, 12:48:18 AM »
Well, it's a few years out of date. Some things don't change in law school (i.e. socratic method, a-hole contracts professors) and some things do (using west/lexis is used much more than it used to by law students, more classes done with podcasts/vodcasts, more law schools have official faculty blogs, etc). Ivy Briefs didn't cover much of any of that. contracts professor was one of the nicer ones. sorry about your luck...seems unfair to hate on contracts profs like that, IMO.

It's one of those "institutions" to hate on contracts professors. Out of the 5 sections in my class, I got the a-hole contracts professor. On the flipside though, I got exceptionally nice Torts and Civpro professors.

And I should also note that the vast majority of people who undergo a class with a hardass professor usually cite that professor as being the one that taught them the most.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 1st Year Law school Guide: MUST READ.
« on: August 11, 2007, 01:53:41 PM »
from the blog...Im a 24 year old law student at American University Washington College of Law, one of the top law schools in the nation.

lollercaust!!!   one of the top law schools in the nation = 4th best in dc

Which still equals top 40. So please troll elsewhere.

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