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Accepted with a 142?  That must be nice. I wish they were that generous when I applied the first time. I lost a whole year having to retake the lsat.

I was waitlisted and then accepted by UDM last year. I enjoyed my first year a lot.  The professors are really good and the classroom experience likewise. I went to undergrad at Wayne, but they rejected me.  I personally would have chosen Wayne, but looking back I am glad they turned me down.  I think Wayne is quite a bit cheaper and the attrition rate is much lower. The grades here are tough, but not too tough. The curve is very fair from my experience, even though 1 class did beat me up. I know one person in my class who chose udm over wayne.  We had one of Fiegers right hand man come in for a chit chat and also had a federal judge have a hearing in the school for oral argument on some motions.

I would visit both schools and see where you feel most comfortable.  The UDM Open House event I went to- the admissions people actually gave the audience a side by side comparison of the 2 schools after 1 applicant asked why she should choose UDM over Wayne.  One thing I think that is apparent is that UDM is a private school- where there is a more of a personal stake by the staff. I wouldnt base my decision on whether someone answering the phone is nice and friendly, but there is something to be said for public v. private.

General Board / Re: What should I be doing to prepare for law school?
« on: June 24, 2010, 10:08:32 PM »
Well, my legal writing and analysis professor recommended 'Legal Writing in Plain English".... that should help you out regarding the use of the word rudimentary.

General Board / Interesting
« on: June 24, 2010, 09:57:09 PM »

General Board / Is class action an exception to joinder or not??
« on: April 19, 2010, 03:02:58 PM »
how would someone do an analysis of this?

General Board / Re: False Imprisonment
« on: February 15, 2010, 10:04:15 AM »
I would argue its not false imprisonment. At the time she entered the box, she thought it was a short job interview and she didn't know the fake magician got a thrill from this until afterwards.

General Board / How bad of trouble am I in?
« on: February 08, 2010, 10:55:39 PM »
If a student gets a bench warrant for contempt of court- can he get kicked out of school? This was over a real estate deal that I had failed to show up to a Subpoena back in november.  I recently got jailed for 2 days and had to get bonded out. I am planning on filing for bankrupcy within the next week or 2.

How serious is this and should I disclose this?

My numbers weren't good.  2.6 LSDAS GPA   143, 150 lsat.  I feel I could improve my lsat another 5 to 10 points because I never figured out logic games. I just didn't want to put this off another year. Already been serious about this for 3 years.

I did send an email and this is what they said:

"The curve is based on 2.7-2.8.  It is not necessarily the same for every class as it depends on the size of the class and whether it is a required class or not. A student must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA to not be dismissed. In terms of the class of Fall 2008; approximately 9% of students were dismissed.  Though historically its anywhere between 5-12%."

Can you break this down for me Ninja1? If the curve is 2.75 is that the 'median' grade or the average. Seems like a typical grading system doesn't it?

Just wondering what kind of questions I should ask the school (detroit mercy) about the grading system used and on what basis a student can get dismissed. Do they give you a second chance typically?

Is there forced attrition? I've seen various numbers on there 1L attrition from 13% to 21%. Where are the true numbers at?

Where should I go next fall? / Attrition rates...
« on: March 15, 2009, 12:19:43 AM »
Why do all the 'bad' schools have double digit attrition rates if the degree is less prestigious than the Tier 1 schools. You'd think if the Tier 1 standards were that much better they would kick out much more students than a bad school. Or is a more prestigious school 'prestigious' because of the entrance requirements, but the degree is not more difficult to obtain than a lower ranked school?

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