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Arkansas - Little Rock / Re: Little Rock
« on: January 25, 2009, 03:33:32 PM »
Does anyone have any thoughts about Little Rock?  Is it nice or a little bit ghetto?  Would it be a nice place to settle down and raise a family?

It is not ghetto in general. There are good parts and less good parts like any bigger city. I go to the U of A-Fayetteville and I thing that NW Arkansas is a much better place to live and start a family personally, but both are great areas with solid legal markets that are not as overly saturated with law schools as most parts of the country. I prefer NWA though.

General Board / Re: Bottom half of class after one semester..
« on: January 23, 2009, 07:33:38 PM »
My broad, optimistic advice....I think you can certainly work your way into the top 1/2 with a really good semester this spring. Then the bottom line is that, worst case scenario, you are in the top 1/2 of the class at the best school in your region. (One of at the very least)

As long as you aren't NY/LA/CHI or bust or something like that and you like the South you will be in great shape. I know everyone wants Top 10%, but just don't lose sight of the opportunity you've been given and that you still have.

So, I'm freaking out. I ended my first semester with a lowly 3.0 from Texas (3.3 curve), which puts me squarely in the bottom half of the class.

Although I could have studied harder (kept up with reading but my finals prep in the last two weeks definitely felt like cramming), I never imagined I would do this poorly. Now I am paying for it with tons of stress about loans and summer jobs, etc. I don't even feel like applying to spring OCI due to shame and embarrassment.

Can I get out of the hole with a lot of hard work? Or am I doomed with these sub-par grades? Sometimes I get really amped up and tell myself I'm going to dominate this semester, load up on summer school and dominate it, and get where I want to be. Other times I think its really unlikely.

Anyone here been in a similar spot and ended up relatively successful as far as jobs go?

General Board / Re: Super Narrow Curves...
« on: January 23, 2009, 05:09:32 PM »
We don't get our ranks/breakdowns until 2/1. Which is really starting to piss me off... >:(

The breakdown at my school is:

Top 50% = 3.2
Top 30% = 3.4
Top 20% = 3.5
Top 10% = 3.6

Anyone else have a curve this narrow or narrower?  I just think it is strange that the difference between top half and top 10% is only a little more than a third of a grade.

General Board / 1L Summer Interview Offers
« on: January 20, 2009, 05:16:47 PM »
What is the most usual way that a firm will respond to your mailed cover letter and resume with an interview offer? WIll they do this in a return letter, phone call, e-mail?

What is the norm when it comes to this?

Also, how long does it normally take to hear back with positive news as opposed to the "We've already filled out summer spots" or "We don't have a summer program for 1Ls" that seem to come back quite quickly?


General Board / Re: Law Preview, does it work?
« on: January 17, 2009, 09:06:02 AM »
I agree with Jacy. I've only got a semester under my belt but a year ago I was asking the same question and I feel like I definitely know the answer now.

Law School is not rocket science. It's not even close. Just make sure you stay up with all the assignments and find time to review it in between and you will be right where you need to be in regards to the substantive knowledge. Then just make sure you understand to the best of your abilities what each prof is looking for on their exam. (Content & structure)

If you do that and then put in the effort in your LRW class and work on practice exams to polish your writing skills you should ge in great shape. I just really don't see what taking those prep classes or reading law before you start is going to do to help you.

General Board / Is there any method...
« on: January 15, 2009, 06:10:58 PM »
to accurately guess-timate (kind of an oxy-moron I know) your class rank while passing the time during the freaking month or so it will take to get them?

For example... a 3.1 at a school with a B-/2.67 curve...I've heard from classmates everything from that being a sure fire Top 20% (I don't think I buy it) to probably being Top 1/3. Is there any way to mathematically make a solid prediction?

General Board / Re: Need good supplement for contracts
« on: January 05, 2009, 09:51:31 PM »
That sounds like a pretty standard contracts class. I would suggest the E&E personally...

General Board / Re: Should I be really worried?
« on: January 05, 2009, 03:20:34 PM »
I'd go ahead and say hilarious.

General Board / Should I be really worried?
« on: December 31, 2008, 11:17:28 AM »
My school grades in a B- curve. I just got my first grade from my 1L Fall Semester and it is a C+.

It definitely was one of two classes where I thought a of C was "possible" but I am still kind of worried about it's impact on my class rank. If that is my only C of any kind and the rest of my four classes turn out with Bs and an A should I be in decent shape? I know it seems like people say the better you feel about the test the worse you did, but I did not feel outstanding about this one and there are three classes in which I really think I may get an A....


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