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St. Marys / Re: San Antonio, St. Mary's and general info
« on: March 01, 2008, 01:24:17 AM »
I hear it is decent since St. Mary's is the only law school in the South Texas area.  Good luck!

Oh, and an hour and 20 minutes north is the University of Texas, which is unquestionably the best law school within 900 miles, and you have to go at least 1,300 miles to find a legitimately better law school.

Well Chicago is about 1165 miles from Austin and Vanderbilt is less than 900 miles.  UT may be the best law school in the region, but its ranking is down (to 18); the 2007 pass rate on the Texas Bar was not so hot (ranking 7th out of the 9 Texas Law schools on the July 2007 exam and posting a 79% pass rate for the Feb. 2007 exam); a lot of its faculty members have left/may be leaving; the school wants to raise tuition by almost 50%; schools like Vandy, UCLA and GW now have higher medians; the law school is simply too large, given its location, to become elite; and it is located in a relatively small market.  So, I'm not so sure it's so great.

Yeah, Vandy is about 900 miles, which is the one I was referring to. I thought UC was further though, I was thinking about Duke originally. Regardless, the point still stands.

However, what's your point with the rest? It's not like another LS is going to spring up and beat TX in the rankings. The only schools that could dream of coming close in the region are UH, Baylor, and SMU. We know that won't happen, even if Baylor keeps its absurdly high bar passage rate.

Texas is a large market, unless you're referring to Austin specifically. However, that's not the scope of UT. People go to UT if they are smart enough to get in and want to practice in any major TX market (Austin, Dallas, or Houston) or in the south somewhere.

As far as tuition, its in state would need to double to be comparable to the tuition of its peer schools.

It's certainly not the best school in the country, but someone would be a fool to choose another Texas school over it for practicing in Texas. This is especially true given that the tuition is much better for an in stater than Baylor/SMU and the functional equivalent to UH.

St. Marys / Re: San Antonio, St. Mary's and general info
« on: February 29, 2008, 02:31:06 PM »
I hear it is decent since St. Mary's is the only law school in the South Texas area.  Good luck!

This is definitely true.

Oh, except SOUTH TEXAS College of Law, University of Houston, and TEXAS SOUTHERN University...All of those are equal or better than St. Marys.

Oh, and an hour and 20 minutes north is the University of Texas, which is unquestionably the best law school within 900 miles, and you have to go at least 1,300 miles to find a legitimately better law school.

Law Firms / Re: in between insurance defense/contract work and v100, what?
« on: February 28, 2008, 05:19:30 PM »
Do any of you have experience looking for enjoyable work for law firms that fall between these extremes of lowly sucktitude and lofty towers? I'm imagining firms of 15-75 lawyers, but perhaps that is off the mark. Was your job search almost entirely a mail 100 letters for every 1 response jungle? do these sorts of firms usually only hire attorneys who have already passed the bar? Do you know of people who chose this type of work over "biglaw?" Anything that you think might be relevant to a person looking at such work would be much appreciated.

My school has this thing several times a year where employers come to the school and interview. All you do it submit your resume and they have to interview you. The hardest part is picking which offer to accept. It's called "OCI" at my school, perhaps your school has something similar?

Socratic Method / Re: My teacher asks questions
« on: February 26, 2008, 07:50:16 PM »
My Professor asks alot of questions in class, is that normal.


General Board / Re: Studying in Bookstores
« on: February 26, 2008, 07:49:16 PM »
I can't decide whether you're oblivious or a very peculiar satire.

I think he's just an idiot trying to promote his blog.

I can only assume his blog consists of random discussions/rants nobody cares about, much like all the threads like this he starts on here.

My guess is that he has ideas throughout the day of things he thinks are witty or quirky that will really provoke discussion. Then, he posts them on here, day after day after day.

Book Sales and Trades / Re: CALI lessons CD
« on: February 26, 2008, 04:34:11 PM »
Does anybody have a CALI lessons CD they want to sell me? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

You can get them online for free, but I'm sure you can find someone willing to violate copyright restrictions for profit to benefit some anonymous internet person.

1L job search / Re: My professor has told me to write my own LOR
« on: February 26, 2008, 01:55:04 PM »
Look on the undergrad board, there are whole sections devoted to LOR writing.

General Board / Re: curve question.
« on: February 26, 2008, 01:41:07 PM »
you probably have a 2.5 (I'd guess that's a c+). It really depends on how high of a grade the prof chose to give the people above you, though.

If the median is a B- or so, and OP scored in a little above the top half of the class, how do you figure he got a C+?

To OP, you probably got a B or B-.

General Board / Re: Clerkship chances?
« on: February 24, 2008, 12:29:27 AM »
Unfortunately, you're only on a secondary journal. Do you at least have a senior staff position?

Thanks for the replies. I do live in a pretty desired area, so thats why Im trying to be realistic.

I did talk to career services already. They say that I am a good candidate. I am taking that with a grain of salt though. According to them, 5 people got federal clerkships this year.

I have thought about magistrate judges or state clerkships, but the firm that I am (hopefully) going to doesn't give clerkship bonuses or anything for them. I also don't know if they will still guarantee you an offer after that year.

As far as journal stuff goes, board interviews are coming up soon. Is there anything else that I could do between now and Aug (besides work on my grades) to increase my chances?

Try to get published if possible. It helps. Applying to a lot of judges helps.

If you're hellbent on clerking, there are other options. Many more people recently are working at a firm, then clerking after a year or two. Judges apparently love that b/c they get someone with experience rather than another fresh grad whom they have to train for 6 months to work for 6 months.

Also, I have known people that didn't do as well as they wanted in school so ended up doing a state clerkship, federal district the next year, and then circuit the next year. Pretty good route if you want to teach.

Oh, and don't get me wrong on grades, yours are excellent. However, I think the difference between top 8% and top 5% is like the difference between top 12% and top 10%. It's only a small jump, but I think it puts you in a different category. That's just what I have heard though.

Good luck!

General Board / Re: Quick Bluebook Question
« on: February 24, 2008, 12:04:08 AM »
And in your example, write out "hospital" in full.  See BB R. 10.2.1(c).

Depends on where, the first part where she is just giving the case name, yes, it should be spelled out. In the citation clause after the sentence, it should be abbreviated.

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