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General Board / Re: Top 10 Percent
« on: June 20, 2009, 04:14:32 PM »
I'll have to ask the 71 yr old 1L in my class this Fall where he intends to work after graduation.

He is probably aiming for top 5% so he can be a super duper special student and get recruited by BigLaw.  :D

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General Board / Re: Top 10 Percent
« on: June 19, 2009, 02:08:27 PM »
Can't the "overarching goal of law school" be to learn the law?  I'm not proposing that your bottom line approach is wrong, merely that it might not be the only reason to go to law school.

Hmm, the goal of law school is to know the law for the sake of knowing the law?  I don't buy it.
Individuals who make it through three years of law school have some sort of teleological purpose for their endeavors.

There certainly seems to be a decrease in the desire to learn just for the sake of learning but that doesn't disprove my point.  You seem to imply that your bottom line approach was the only legitimate goal of law school.  Simply put, it isn't.  There isn't an argument to be had here.

goaliechica

you seemed to have worked through it in 3p  gg

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General Board / Re: Top 10 Percent
« on: June 19, 2009, 01:28:54 PM »
I'll be a 1L in the fall...is it stupid to set my goals not at top 10%, not at LR, but rather at pure survival?

I don't want to come across as negative here.
And for full disclosure purposes, I'll also be a 1L this fall.

I just question what there is to gain from setting your sights on "survival" in your first year?  While we all certainly do want to survive, the most immediate and concrete goal of law school for most students is to get a job.  The better your grades are, the "better" your job opportunities will be (at least monetarily).  Further, the better your grades are, the more likely you are to get on LR.  Thus, the better grades you get, the more options you have with job placement and the more likely you are to fulfill the overarching goal of law school (employment). 

I am sure that you knew all of this already.  However, I said all of that in order to make the point that if you don't end up at the top of your class, if you're aiming to be at the top of your class, you're a lot more likely to fall somewhere closer to the middle or top than would a person "aiming" for survival.

Again, I don't want to come across as harsh, I just want to push you towards setting a goal higher than survival.
Can't the "overarching goal of law school" be to learn the law?  I'm not proposing that your bottom line approach is wrong, merely that it might not be the only reason to go to law school.

To lawguy09 - I don't see any reason why you can't have different goals on different tiers.  You might spend the first month trying to "survive" and acclimate yourself, the second and third month trying for top 25%, and the last month shooting for top 10%.

As your confidence grows, change your goals.

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Just check with your school.  Scholarships could very well be tied to your class rank....or not.


And yes, you are a special little snowflake.

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General Board / Re: Expunged misdemeanor question....??
« on: June 19, 2009, 07:08:23 AM »
The charges may have been expunged but how about the arrest record?

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Looks like someone got rejected   :D

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This was back in Mar/April I think, but their invitation included travel, a roof, food, and a NBA game.  I've never seen a professional game but couldn't get there on their travel allotment.  Totally bummed.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: people you knew in high school
« on: June 14, 2009, 04:00:35 PM »
By remembering that people are just people.  I'm sure you weren't suggesting that you are "better" than them, but attorneys seem to get caught in that "trap".  If you don't share the same interests anymore that is one thing.  However the intellectual gap between GED and College grad may not be as wide as it seems.

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Did they take you to a NBA game?   ;)

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General Board / Re: 0L Question
« on: June 10, 2009, 02:26:40 PM »
0 - 1 + 1 = 0

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