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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.

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.

Current Law Students / Interesting
« on: June 24, 2010, 07:57:09 PM »

how would someone do an analysis of this?

Current Law Students / Re: False Imprisonment
« on: February 15, 2010, 08:04:15 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.

Current Law Students / How bad of trouble am I in?
« on: February 08, 2010, 08:55:39 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?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Grading curves and academic dismissals at Tier 4's
« on: July 02, 2009, 08:18:31 PM »
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.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Grading curves and academic dismissals at Tier 4's
« on: July 02, 2009, 10:11:58 AM »
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?

Incoming 1Ls / Grading curves and academic dismissals at Tier 4's
« on: July 01, 2009, 03:30:14 PM »
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?

Choosing the Right Law School / Attrition rates...
« on: March 14, 2009, 10:19:43 PM »
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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