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Pursuing an LLM / Re: LLM in tax @USD
« on: April 06, 2009, 11:10:09 AM »
USD has a lot of good going for it (despite the mysterious and unsupported comment above that it has lost ground recently...  ???)

Oh, USD's a good school, no doubt.  Just the rankings have slid, and the bar passage rate isn't best in the city.  They have great programs and are still the best at placing grads in larger firms in town.  I didn't mean anything ominous by the statement, just an observation.

I go to CW, and a few of my friends left after 1L, one went to Tulane, one went to USD, one to Hastings.  Those are just from my friends.  People transfer up and out from CW pretty regularly. That being said, 90% of students truly believe they'll be in the top 10%. 

I don't think anyone should go to a school that they wouldn't feel comfortable graduating from. 

I would not go to USD.  In fact, I did not go to USD.  USD's a good school, definitely, and it has a good success rate for local placement. 

That said, it is an ultraconservative school, with an even more conservative undergrad student body.  The facilities are starting to show their age.  The architecture on campus is beautiful, so that's nice.  I'd also be concerned about the trends in numbers coming out of USD recently, check out the U.S. News rankings over the last few years.  Check out the bar passage rates.  USD 81%, Loyola 87%.  Heck, USD didn't even have the best passage rate in San Diego, Cal Western came in at 85%.

Not that bar passage rates are the be all end all, and I really don't care much for the US News Rankings, but when all the metrics of USD are southward bound (and the only thing south of San Diego is Mexico)...  I'd probably pick Loyola.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: LLM in tax @USD
« on: February 02, 2009, 11:58:15 AM »
My Fed Income Tax professor has spoken highly of the USD program.  He's a visiting professor from Michigan, so I would imagine that if someone from Michigan thinks USD is pretty good, then its reputation is worthwhile.

That being said, USD's law school as a whole has lost ground recently.

Current Law Students / Re: Social aspect to grading?
« on: January 21, 2009, 12:04:21 PM »
Each school (and each professor within the school) handles it differently.  My school grades on a numeric (not 4.0 or letter) scale.  Professors may add or subtract up to three points for the class based on participation.  Some don't, most give one or two here and there.

Being sociable and participating and contributing in a meaningful and respectful manner is never bad.  Can't hurt your grade.  Might help your grade, and at the very least can help with references from a professor who knows who you are.

Current Law Students / Re: PLEASE help me decide between 2 firms
« on: October 15, 2008, 11:31:42 AM »
Firm B.  Prestige is great and all, but quality of life is of paramount importance.  You've said yourself you want life outside the firm.  So no contest.

Current Law Students / Re: thoughts on taking the February LSAT?
« on: October 15, 2008, 11:12:19 AM »
As an unreported test, you won't get to know where you messed up if you don't get the score you want.

I took the February LSAT, and it worked out well for me.

Current Law Students / Re: Attention Law Review Members
« on: October 13, 2008, 01:54:51 PM »
This thread is making me reconsider going to law school

This is exactly what law school is like.  It's high school all over again.  If you didn't like high school, I doubt you'll like law school.

Not exactly.  I never got laid in high school.

But you hadn't earned your doctorate in funkology yet.  Chicks dig the Ph.F.D.

You should ask him in class if he gets up to go to the restroom so often because he has an enlarged prostate.  And tell him to get checked for prostate cancer.  Tell him you'll do it right then and there if he bends over and drops trou.

Current Law Students / Re: Miami or Atlanta?
« on: October 13, 2008, 10:09:46 AM »
Take option C and join the Peace Corps.  They'll never expect you to do that.  You'll show everyone!!!!

Seriously though, your question really is this.  Does your life exist inside the office, or outside?   If you're an "in the office" kinda guy, then go with Miami.  If you're a "everybody's workin' for the weekend" kinda guy, then go with Hotlanta.

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