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Before you go to law school, realize that it is not easy.  It is not kindergarden; there is no finger painting.  In fact, it may be the opposite of easy: it may be hard

Every night, I have lots of reading to do.  Most of this reading is very dense; some would even argue that it's intentionally obfuscating because judges can't write for poo unless they're Kozinski, who's the f-ing man -- and there are a few other good writers on the 9th circuit, actually (see: Christian v. Mattel).  Sometimes, I have to read as many as thirty, if not fifty, pages.  In one night! 

Law school, as you know, is graded on a curve, which means that you're graded against your classmates.  They all study really really hard.  Some people stay hours in the library.  A few memorize a bunch of FRCP rules, which are also not easy.

Anyway, be sure you know what you're getting into.

Thirty to fifty pages in one night is hard?  That sounds easy.  The Wall Street journal end to end is a similar length. 

so you think reading 30 to 50 pages of a casebook in one night would be as easy (or almost as easy) as reading an issue of the wall street journal? if you do, you're assuming that the density of the material in a casebook is similar to that of a periodical. you are very, very wrong (says a 1L stressed about her readings for tomorrow and is annoyed at the suggestion that she's stressing over something as easy as reading a magazine).

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Section 3! Rubenstein, Lester, Stephenson, Singer. I've looked up the evals, but any additional information would be greatly appreciated!!

Rubenstein has excellent reviews. So much so that I'm taking his seminar this semester.

Matt Stephenson is young and nervous, but very nice. I only had him for a reading group though--he could be different in a real class.

Suk--one half of HLS's intra-school rock star professor couple. (Paired with Feldman. Inter-school rock star professor couple? Sunstein and Power, natch.) I'm told: very sweet, very friendly to students, although I've also heard that she's nervous in the beginning of the semester. She does crim and family law, I believe.


thanks dashrashi!!  you're a godsend:)

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Section 3! Rubenstein, Lester, Stephenson, Singer. I've looked up the evals, but any additional information would be greatly appreciated!!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.83 LSDAS GPA/175 LSAT
« on: July 09, 2008, 02:28:47 AM »
Seriously? Come on, by numbers alone you should be a shoe in to at least one of HYS, if not all three.

We-elll maybe not a shoo-in (esp. at Y and S), but you've got a pretty solid shot at H.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: foreign transcript
« on: July 09, 2008, 02:22:25 AM »
Foreign GPAs aren't re-calculated. The CAS report will show the original GPA you received from the foreign institution, and this GPA is not included in the process of calculating your LSDAS GPA.

Logickills - unfortinately, even if LSAC accepts the transcript from your semester abroad, it won't affect your LSDAS GPA since foreign GPAs don't count as part of your LSDAS GPA. You should send your transcript anyway (if not to LSAC, then to individual schools) - if it's sent as part of your application package, the schools you apply to may consider the grades from your semester abroad, even if LSAC doesn't.

Tome - Your situation is similar to mine, only I spent a year 'abroad' in Canada. I believe the GPA from your semester in the US will be calculated as your LSDAS GPA (if they accept transcripts from single semesters), and your BA and MA GPAs will only show up in the CAS report as stated on your original school transcripts. But in your case, law schools will generally look at the CAS reports rather than your LSDAS GPA.

Hope this helps!

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Law School Applications / Re: Toby Stock Call Thread
« on: June 27, 2008, 07:55:07 AM »
I GOT ACCEPTED about an hour agao! I can't believe this actually happened. It's been about six months since my first TS1 and more than a month since my second TS1, so I didn't really have much hope, but hey, Toby called again out of the blue..and after business hours too.

I know I already posted in the ACCEPTANCES thread, but I can't help myself..
sorry.

congrats, congrats. post in as many threads as you want, start several threads of your own. that first week after acceptance is sweet - so much bragging to do, and so little time to do it in.  ;)

my binder came in a couple of weeks after the TS2, btw.

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Bumpity.

I have a couple of question about Hastings!

1) When I chose my suite, there wasn't anybody in the other room. If it's not taken by a 1L, does that mean that (a) Housing will change my (or another 1L's) room so that 1Ls are living together, or (b) I'll just be living with a 2L or 3L?
 
2) Would living with a 2L or 3L be awkward in any way?

I'm a champion worrier.  ;D

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I agree with some of the others that based on your criteria, Vandy and UVA seem to be perfect for what you're looking for - IF you can get 170 or close on the LSAT.  Both those schools are in the South and are social, from what I understand.

My friend's husband graduated Vandy Law and couldn't find a job in NYC for a long time, but apparently he has no personality.

lulz  ;D

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