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Current Law Students / Re: how long take your guys to prepare LSAT
« on: April 15, 2006, 03:39:26 PM »
This may kind of fall in line with what Gekko is saying but, yeah, it just depends...  How high do you need to score?  As high as humanly possible for you or something less?  The answer to this question should give you some guidance.

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Why would you want to?  Why would it be any different?  It's fairly difficult to fail out of law school and it takes two semesters to do it.  I would think it's not too late to salvage another career choice.  Anyone who was admitted to law school is probably reasonably capable, but perhaps law was a bad choice.  There are plenty of other opportunities out there.  I would try to turn it into something positive, leave, and not look back.  I just don't see the point in transferring and praying for a miraculous recovery if it didn't hold your interest for the first two semesters.

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Current Law Students / Re: Boston Legal Market
« on: April 14, 2006, 11:44:44 PM »
Try the Turkey Carver on honey wheat.

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Look out, the nurses are bearing down on us!  I knew I should have been a real estate appraiser.

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Current Law Students / Re: HOw Old ARe You
« on: April 12, 2006, 06:21:40 AM »
I was just wondering where someone aged 25, 30, or 35 is supposed to vote in the above poll? 

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Current Law Students / Re: Law School Weekends
« on: April 12, 2006, 06:13:21 AM »
None of that matters.  You are graded on a single exam.  Most of the things you covered all semester will not be on it.  The grades are wildly arbitrary as you will find out.  Hard work is not always rewarded.  What you will soon discover is that writing an 'A' exam doesn't have very much to do with knowing case opinions.  Luckily, neither does practicing law.  And you can't read and read until you "get it".  This is another misconception.  You never just "get it".  The law is very fluid and subjective as you will soon realize.

You will not read cases for 18 hours a day after you realize all of this I promise you.

This is not my opinion.  Any law student of even a few weeks would agree with me (If anyone doesn't then by all means, speak up).  Your attitude is not unique for someone entering their first year. 

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I think most employers are quite aware of this and in most cases ranking is definitely given more consideration than GPA. A comparison of the two numbers side by side speaks for itself.  If you are envisioning some kind of high ranking/low GPA discrepancy, I'm sure they are capable of figuring that out.  They were in law school themselves once.  And yes, you will not sometimes but always include both your ranking and GPA on any application or resume.  I would by no means let a grading curve have ANY influence whatsoever in choosing which school to attend.  Most schools have similar curve systems anyway.  If you are a strong student (read: your professors like your exam answers), you don't need to worry about a grading curve keeping you out of a job. 

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Current Law Students / Re: Law School Weekends
« on: April 11, 2006, 08:28:28 PM »
You should also consider that everyone's brain works differently.  Hours spent studying is not directly correlative to GPA.  Some people function better when they are refreshed and use smaller amounts of time more productively.  Some goof off and socialize in the library with their books open and claim to have been "studying" for 8 hours.  Some just grasp concepts faster than others.  While some may need more time, some simply don't.  Some just write poor exams and in the end that's all that counts when grades come out.  Hardly a reflection of their ability to succeed in the diverse field of law.  To answer the OP's question, you can certainly be diligent about managing your time effectively so that you can have a break on the weekends. Sometimes you won't, and you'll just have to spend the weekend getting caught up. I find that working hard for a weekend reward is a good motivator.  You will find your groove once you get going.  In the end, I think you will apply yourself most effectively if you make sure law school remains an enjoyable experience (at least as much as can be anyway). Most of the time you'll be too tired to be tempted to go out anyway. A law student's idea of a good time is usually just getting to go to sleep.

Although I have to admit I am often just a bit envious of those at the bottom of the class. The lack of pressure must be very liberating. But then again, so is finishing your last exam knowing you honestly gave your best effort.  That's the only way to be at peace in this insane game.  Grades are just way too arbitrary to obsess over.

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Current Law Students / Re: Psycho Professor
« on: April 11, 2006, 07:58:11 PM »
On one hand, I find fear to be a good motivator.  If a professor is a nazi, I find I am always the most prepared for that class, and as a result I actually learn something.

On the other hand, remember that grading is anonymous.  If you can overcome the ego issues, you will be just fine.  If anything, teachers like that make the students circle the wagons and use the common enemy to empathize with each other.  Since everyone has their turn getting beat up, it's not as embarrassing.

Being late is going to happen when you have to drive to school, park, and be in class at 8 a.m. every day.  But being 10 minutes late is just irresponsible.  I know *&^% occasionally happens, but no one can say that they are regularly held up by 10 minutes because of traffic, parking, etc.  There is a simple solution to a problem like that.  I'm sure I don't have to tell you what it is.

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Current Law Students / Re: Legal Writing Sucks
« on: April 10, 2006, 12:21:52 AM »
It was annoying.  It definitely interfered with other classes and was my least favorite to attend.  I spent countless hours pulling my hair out over it.

Yet, I still have to admit that it was useful.  You have to learn how to research and cite sometime.  Oral arguments also give you a first taste of advocacy to know if you love it or hate it.

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