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Current Law Students / Re: Pirates?
« on: April 14, 2009, 08:37:51 PM »
What sort of post-grad clerkships do the Somalis offer?

I've known people transfer from CW to Hastings and Davis from the top 10%.

>< seriously. when i click on it, it took me to a youtube page for some reason. could somebody tell me wats the ranking for UCLA, USC, pepperdine and loyola marymount pls?! thank you sooo much! waiting on the rankings to make my final choice

Don't do that

If someone is so hung up on ranking that they'd wait to pick based solely a number.... leave them to their fate man.  Can't save them all Matthies.

Don't forget the yahoo group transferapps.

From Cal Western, one girl in the top 10% got into UC Davis and Hastings, but not into UCLA or Boalt.   Sounds about right to me.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is the debt worth it?
« on: April 06, 2009, 04:13:02 PM »
Based on your specific situation, you're probably best served by going to LaVerne.

The employment market sucks right now, especially down market.  Graduating with next to no debt would give you such a leg up in terms of security and safety.

I made a similar decision and went with a full ride at a low ranked T4.  I'm fortunate in that upon graduation I won't be under a mountain of debt.  Some of my classmates, and some friends from the higher ranked school in town are sweating right now.  It's not a fun time to try and enter the market.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: LLM in tax @USD
« on: April 06, 2009, 12:10:09 PM »
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, 12:58:15 PM »
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, 01:04:21 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.

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