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General Off-Topic Board / Re: MAS: Welcomes Our New Socialist Overlord
« on: August 20, 2010, 08:14:28 PM »
LinkedIn just put Former Poster in that "people you may know" box.  Completely out of nowhere.  Never looked him up or anything.  No connections in common.

The Internet frightens me.

I can't possibly imagine, Dischord, where you could hate being a summer associate.  This--with very little hyperbole--has got to be among the best gigs in human history.

You're given giant checks, showered with extravagant perks, and handed easy-yet-interesting assignments.

MAS me.  I'm bored.

What up.

I think I'm bidding your place of employment fairly high.

You should do that.  We all like it here.  I've heard NYC has a higher feminine hygiene product ratio, however.  Only heard good things about Chicago.

MAS me.  I'm bored.

New format, eh?  Do we like this?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Case Western v. Chapman v. MSU
« on: April 07, 2010, 09:37:51 PM »
Case Western, if you can handle Cleveland.

Cleveland is a delight.

Delight = Post-industrial decay?

I'll spare everyone a full-spirited Cleveland defense; suffice it to say, the decay happened three decades ago.  Now it's just a small city with a young scene, a lot of green space, and disproportionately strong cultural offerings.  And weather that will toughen you up.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: April 05, 2010, 02:28:02 PM »
The dress didn't seem that bad but it definitely went below the breastbone, which is apparently a violation.  I'm mostly amused by paddling as a form of punishment.

It's wayyy more than "six inches above the knee-line," too.  Looks like basically a miniskirt under a single layer of tulle.

I don't know why I'm so pissed at this girl.  I think I just hate the local news.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: April 05, 2010, 01:32:22 AM »
Did anyone hear about this?

It says she chose suspension over...paddling ???  I thought that was illegal

What should be illegal is calling the local news every time a school rule keeps you from doing whatever your little heart desires.

You found the perfect dress?  And you even paid for it?  ZOMG THE PRINCIPAL HAS GOT TO GO!!  Let's achieve this by yelling about the fact that a voluntary paddling was one option for your punishment that you could have chosen but definitely did not choose because you think it's, like, old-fashioned.  Yes, that will cut to the heart of the matter.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Case Western v. Chapman v. MSU
« on: March 04, 2010, 11:29:20 PM »
Case Western, if you can handle Cleveland.

Cleveland is a delight.

Basically everything here is credited.

There are three facets of "luck" which I think compound each other:

First, on a law school exam, you can go down the right path of analysis or down the wrong path.  Preparation increases the likelihood of the former.  But you can be unprepared and stumble down the right path, just like you can be well-prepared and wrongly decide that X issue requires more attention than Y issue.  This is baseline "luck."

Second, exams are exercises in semi-frantic writing; when you're operating in a state of controlled panic, your performance is going to be volatile.  Were a well-prepared student to take the exact same Property exam 10 times (like Groundhog Day, except he's Andie MacDowell--no memory), he might get two As, three A-'s, three B+'s, and two Bs.  And that doesn't account for the baseline "luck" of going down the right (or wrong) path as a fluky take on some specific fact pattern.  When you factor that in, if you take 10 different Property exams, you might wind up with everything from an A+ to a B-.

Third, finally, there's inconstancy inherent in the grading process.  No matter how well you know a prof's tendencies and areas of emphasis, she might write a specific question with something bizarre and unpredictable in mind.

So that's the exam-specific stuff.  You can also get sick or sit next to a girl who treats her keyboard like a game of Whac-A-Mole--so on and so forth.

This all might sound extreme, but I know a number of people whose transcripts have 15 As and A-'s, and one B- or C+.  It happens.

BUT BUT BUT, the fact that you see people with consistently high (or consistently low) grades is absolutely indicative of the fact that overall success is really just about preparation & ability.  My point is only that "luck" exists (it's just another name for uncontrollable variables, but whatever).

Also, OP mentioned writing skills, which for my money is the most important element in getting good grades.  I'd wager that SAT II Writing scores are as good or better than LSAT scores at predicting law school class ranks.  If you write quickly, cogently and stylistically, you're going to get good grades.  That's not luck, but it's also not a teachable ability.

Yeah yeah I know, TLDR.

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